Stephanie Kirkham is ready to light a big fire from a Tiny Spark Stephanie Kirkham’s new album ‘Tiny Spark’ was released a short while ago. She hasn’t had much luck with previous releases, her label Hut/ Virgin folded a few months after her first album ‘That Girl’ came out in 2003. But I think given the right exposure and airplay ‘Tiny Spark’ could well put her deservedly on the ladder to success. It is clear that Stephanie is a talented singer songwriter from listening to the range of songs on this album. It has a folky feel, jazz influences and great pop sensibility. But in addition to giving us earworms aplenty on this release she is also a talented artist and was once a very successful model. “Easy As 1-2-3″ and “Best Time Ever” two of the album’s singles have been used in TV adverts and it is easy to see why they were chosen. They are among my favourite songs on this LP. I also love “Feeling Good”, but it is rousing closer “Future Come On” that really blows me away. The album is co written by Stephanie and Phil Thornalley, with one track also co-credited to Ritchie St.John […]
They say all it takes is a tiny spark to start a fire, and that’s got to be the hope for Lancashire singer-songwriter Stephanie Kirkham. Stephanie grew up in Chipping and Hurst Green, attended Longridge High School and Blackpool School of Art, before travelling the world working as a model. But her musical break didn’t come until she’d returned to Lancashire, working in her mum’s florist shop Secret Garden in Preston city centre. After sending off some of her songs, she was signed to Virgin-owned Hut Recordings with a five-album deal in 2002, putting her on the brink of a major career. Unfortunately they folded a short time, and just one album – That Girl – release, later leaving Stephanie’s musical career in the lurch. Stephanie Kirkham – back in 2003 Not to be deterred, album two Sunlight On My Soul came in 2006, released on her own label named SLK. It may have been quite some time since Stephanie’s been in the musical spotlight, but it’s clear she’s excited to release her third album Tiny Spark through Easy Action Records and distributed by Cargo. And she’s not let her somewhat turbulent musical past effect her new output – track titles such as Best […]
Album oozes smiles and pleasantries Europeans are hearing plenty of smiley Stephanie Kirkham’s work, probably more than you are. Her new song Easy As 123 is featured on adverts for Peugeot and EDF on the continent, something which has given her a welcome platform in other countries. When I spoke to her, she was sitting in her Cornish home slightly bewildered that Tiny Spark, her third record, was due for release. The other two CDs Kirkham has put out did not light the way to stardom and she has dedicated just as much time to seeing her career as an artist take off. Each track on the Tiny Spark album is accompanied by a unique piece of art, crafted by Kirkham as she sits on the beach listening to her music. The original artwork and prints of it are available to buy – but so is the record, and you choose whether to pursue music or art on the homepage of her website. Tiny Spark certainly deserves attention and is undoubtedly the happiest record I’ve heard in some time. Every track oozes smiles and pleasantries, with plucky pop piercing the room in the shape of a Cheshire Cat grin. Tracks such as Best Time Ever, Happy […]
Today was fantastic!! I loved it!!! I picked Kaj up this morning and drove into Truro. It was a sunny morning and we set up in the middle of Music Nostalgia record shop in the Pannier Market off Lemon Quay. After giving out a few flyers we started our first set around midday and then two more sets, finishing around 2.30 pm, as people walked by in their lunch hour and stopped and listened. It was so lovely to see lots of families out shopping and stopping to enjoy the music! Great feedback and a lot of fun! Thank you Pete and Heather for having us!
It was great to chat with David White on BBC Radio Cornwall today! He played ‘Easy As 123′, ‘Best Time Ever’, ‘Kiss Me Quick’ and ‘If I Could’ from the album and talked about the album launch at Music Nostalgia in Truro, tomorrow. Kaj came round this afternoon and we ran through the songs… We’re looking forward to it!
Tiny Spark Interview R2 Magazine Jan 2016 They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder. In that case, the decade that has passed since Stephanie Kirkham’s last album makes Tiny Spark a heartwarming arrival indeed. Chock full with uplifting melodies and hummable hooks it proves that miserable doesn’t need to be the songwriter’s stock in trade. And it’s not like the singer-songwriter hasn’t had her fair share of career downs. Signed to Hut Records in the early 2000s she fell victim to that label’s spectacular and litigious collapse (over rights to The Verve’s ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’) just as promotion of her debut album was kicking into gear. That Girl remains an undiscovered classic and this writer’s favourite album to accompany a summery day. A second collection appeared in 2006 but that was followed by a decade where Kirkham’s releases were, at best, low-key and sporadic. Those years, however, weren’t wasted. Instead her energies were thrown into developing a reputation as a visual artist while continuing to write songs, often collaborating with established writers. A close writing relationship developed with Grammy-winning writer, Phil Thornalley (perhaps best known for Natalie Imbruglia’s ‘Torn’). “How it first came about was that, […]
By Jeremy Williams-Chalmers, Arts Correspondent Stephanie Kirkham first made headway on the music scene with her single Inappropriate back in 2003. Followed swiftly by the debut album That Girl, it appeared that the Lancashire songstress was destined for global stardom. Although she followed her debut with the equally striking Sunlight On My Soul in 2006, she opted to step away from the music world to focus on her artwork. A decade later she returns with the irrepressible cheer of Tiny Spark. We caught up with the now Cornwall based songstress to learn about the record and her current ambitions. It has been a decade since your last release. Are you excited to return to music? For me it has been an ongoing process, I have always been working on it. There hasn’t been a big gap, even though it seems that way. I am looking forward to the album coming out and I love it so much. Sometimes things just take time to create. In that time I have written two albums worth of songs and so the next album is written, and I have lots of other ideas. I wasn’t really driven to go out looking for a record label. […]