1. Hello Bailey, can you tell me a little bit about yourself before you became a country musician?
Well, i’ve just turned 20 years old and have pretty much always wanted to be a musician, As a child we moved around quite a lot, I’ve lived in Italy and Belgium as well as the UK before settling in St Ives, Cornwall. I’ve been performing on stage and writing since I was 11 so I don’t really know any different. When I finished my A Levels I had a pretty difficult decision to make, either go to Uni and study the music industry or throw myself right into and see if I could swim! As it turns out I was offered a record deal around that same time so I guess I’m very lucky to be doing what I love!
2. What was the first country album you ever bought?I remember finding a Sheryl Crow CD in a fair. ‘If It Makes You Happy’ is one of my all-time favourite songs! My Dad used to play it in the car when I was like 5 and I knew all the words haha. Sheryl Crow is awesome.
3. What is the background story behind your new single “I Wish (It Didn’t End Like This)?” I wrote this song about my old best friend and actually he’s the same guy that I wrote ‘Hey Ace’ about. I sneaked in a reference to that song in the middle 8! Basically it was one of those “Will they, won’t they” kind of situations for a while and then we kissed…and it totally ruined our friendship!! We went from seeing each other everyday to like never! I was feeling really quite sad about the whole situation when I wrote this song and it poured out of me in 20 minutes while I sat crying on the bathroom floor!
4. How would you describe your music in 3 to 5 words? Fearless, whimsical, narrative, emotive and nostalgic.
5. What are some of your favourite venues or events to play at? I’ve played at some really cool places! One of them being The Water Rats in London. I also really love performing at festivals, The Great Estate in Cornwall is an upcoming festival thats getting bigger each year, I think thats the most beautiful festival I’ve played at – one of the stages I performed on was in a secret forrest with dreamcatchers hanging from the trees.
6. Is there anything new coming up with your music in 2020?I’ve written a song with another female country artist in the UK, so something exciting is happening there!! I’m looking forward to festival season and releasing some more songs! Maybe another EP? not sure yet though.
7. Do you have any family traditions for the holiday season? Because we live by the beach, we usually have a walk on Christmas day with the dog on Porthmeor, but I guess we have a pretty traditional Christmas! We have the presents under the tree, watch Love Actually and eat loads of food! Christmas Eve is really fun in St Ives too so I go out with my friends and NYE is massive here, so everyone dresses up, Im super excited.
8. What is one of your favorite quotes? “Cous cous, the food so nice they named it twice” – Seth Rogen in Pineapple Express.
9. Is there anything else you would like to share? I have some really cool gigs in London in the new year! My first being a headline at The O2 Academy Islington with my band on the 18th of Jan, the lineup is awesome! You can buy tickets on my website: www.baileytomkinson.com