North Wales based Stacey McNeill & Jonathan Smith are a singer/songwriter duo, formed in early 2020.
Stacey and Jonathan’s joint musical journey began by chance in early 2020 when the two realised their close musical alignment in song writing and harmony.
Since then, the pair have co-written and created a growing collection of songs from across the breadth of the singer-songwriter genres, with a lean towards an acoustic folk sound, complimented by hints of country and pop.
Reaching the final of the international Blues and Roots song competition in successive years ('Between the Lines' in 2021,'Blood on My Hands' in 2022) , and with a further three songs achieving semi-finalist status in the UK Songwriting Competition in 2020, Stacey and Jonathan are set to release their fourth collection of self-penned songs in the autumn of 2022.
Taking influences in their individual and joint writing from the likes of Nanci Griffith, John Prine and The Civil Wars, the duo’s moving and heartfelt songwriting provides an emotional, unfeigned look at the real world through the lens of earthy metaphors and delicate imagery. While leaning towards a largely acoustic sound, their more recent releases showcase the breadth of the duo’s style and musical flexibility, with songs from diverse genres including latin, contemporary ballads and American bluegrass.
They have described their latest album, 'Walking Barefoot', as being their most personal and emotionally bare yet, with a collection of songs which reflect on joy and pain, love and loss, and the beauty to be found in the natural world and the human one, while coupling these themes with their trademark soaring harmonies and delicate melodies.
The new LP will follow debut collection ‘Leaving Autumn Town’ (June 2020), ‘Parallel Lines’ (January 2021). and 'New Strings, Old Guitars' (July 2021). Stacey and Jonathan’s music has also been well received by radio shows across the UK, Europe, the USA and Canada, including BBC Radio and syndicated platforms across the world. They have appeared on the main stage at the Warwick Folk Festival 2022.