STACEY McNEILL & JONATHAN SMITH
North Wales based Stacey McNeill & Jonathan Smith are a newly formed singer/songwriter duo.
Stacey and Jonathan’s joint musical journey began by chance in early 2020 when, while producing songs for Stacey’s solo album, the two realised their close musical alignment in song writing and harmony.
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With his solo albums described by Americana UK as "an inspired piece of writing", Jonathan Smith is a singer songwriter living and working out of North Wales. His songs centre around reflective and poetic lyrics, while musically, he draws from an eclectic range of influences, from acoustic folk and the classic singer-songwriters, to 50's rock, classic pop music, and country.
Jonathan was raised in Cornwall in the UK, and while there he reached the semi finals of a National Songwriting competition run by EMI. He has been writing ever since, and released his first collection, the mini album 'Last Leaf', in 2011. To date, Jonathan has released a total of three solo albums; 'Last Leaf', 'Travel Bag' and 'Steps', all of which are available for streaming and purchase across the online platforms.
In addition to his solo work, Jonathan also regularly collaborates with fellow singer songwriter and friend Cliff Howard, and also plays in the Americana style band, Rivertown, performing a mixture of originals and covers.
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Raised on heartfelt country ballads and foot tapping folk tunes in the West Midlands of the UK, Stacey's song writing styles have been heavily influenced by the music she grew up listening to in her family home.
Drawing on inspiration from the likes of Nanci Griffith and Dolly Parton Stacey has been writing songs straight from the heart since her early 20's, but only began performing live as a solo act in 2019 after moving to North Wales. Her original song "My Favourite What If" received a commended entry award in the UK Songwriting Contest in the same year, and will be featured on her debut album, currently being recorded and produced, for release later in 2020.
Stacey also performs as part of country covers duo "The Dixie Sisters" along side biological sibling Kelly Osborne.
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Since starting to work together musically, Stacey & Jonathan have co-written and created a number 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. With a debut EP released in June 2020, Stacey & Jonathan have so far been well received by radio shows across the UK, Europe, the USA and Canada, and are set to perform at various festivals over the coming months.
Drawing much inspiration from the natural world, the duo’s moving and heartfelt song writing provides an emotional, unfeigned look at the real world through the lens of earthy metaphors and delicate imagery. With a sound and style that can at times be likened to Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris, or Gareth Dunlop & Kim Richey, listeners can expect a collection of reflective lyrics, sensitive melodies and captivating harmonies from Stacey & Jonathan’s increasing repertoire of original songs.