Amy Jo here,
A few years ago, I spent a weekend in Camden with my Mum. One morning, we were walking around the town and I came across KOKO, a beautiful music venue. We looked at the listings and noticed that one of my favourite artists, Izzy Bizu, was playing that night. We attempted to buy tickets but unfortunately it was sold-out. By complete chance, a man walked past us as we sat on the bench opposite looking very solemn. He offered us two tickets to the show as he suddenly couldn’t make it. We couldn’t believe our luck! She was incredible and we even got to chat with her before the show.
Anyway, fast forward a few years to December 2022, and I had the opportunity to perform on that very same stage. The Other Songs is an amazing event, showcasing songwriters to a small, intimate crowd of industry-people and music lovers. I was on the line-up alongside some of my inspirations, including Raye and producer Rodney Jerkins. If that wasn’t enough, I looked at the crowd mid-performance and saw legendary songwriters Don Black and Andrew Lloyd Webber in the audience!! I don’t think I have ever been so nervous.
I performed two of my original songs, Coming Close and Caught me on a Bad Day. The audience were really attentive and the other acts were really supportive.
It was truly a full-circle moment…