Hello and welcome to my site.
My life so far… in a nutshell…
Born November, 1969 in the beautiful Ribble Valley in Lancashire, North West England, I grew up with my parents, two brothers, two sisters, a German shepherd, tabby cat, duck and a few hens.
I studied at Blackpool College of Art for 2 years but eager to spread my wings I joined a modelling agency and spent 6 years working between Manchester, Osaka and Tokyo, then later in London.
Assignments took me to Korea, America, Italy, Africa and Barbados.
Whenever I came home and off and on throughout the last 30 years, I worked in my mother’s flower shop – The Secret Garden. I lived in Scotland for a while and enjoyed working at The Edinburgh Stained Glass House but throughout my life, more than anything, I have always enjoyed painting and writing songs.
I posted a cappella ideas to publishers and record companies and in 2003 to my great astonishment, signed a 5 album deal with Virgin/Hut Recordings. ‘That Girl’ was beautifully recorded in Dublin by Ian Stanley (Tears For Fears/Tori Amos/Sinead O’Connor/ Pretenders) and released 2004 and played on Radio Two.
Soon after, EMI closed the label and my record contract was no more. I teamed up with writer and producer Johnny Dunne and he accompanied my new melodies and lyrics and produced ‘Sunlight On My Soul’ released 2006.
In the back room of the flower shop I painted a picture to go with each of my songs and while delivering flowers I sang new ideas into my phone.
Phil Thornalley (The Cure/Natalie Imbruglia/Brian Adams/Pixie Lott) sent a backing track for me to write a melody and lyrics. It became ‘Happy Ever After’ and life breathed into my music once more.
I continued to email song ideas from my phone and Phil sent me backing tracks to work on and over the next few years we recorded ‘Tiny Spark’, produced by Phil and co-produced by Mads Hauge, released 2016.
‘Easy As 123’ has been used by Peugeot in the UK, EDF in France and Miracle Gro in the USA.
My songs have always been my companions and the soundtrack to my journey in life and I think writing and singing the happy songs on ‘Tiny Spark’ set new wheels in motion.
I’m now living in Cornwall with my husband, in an old Chapel with a German shepherd, tabby cat and a few hens, no sign of the duck yet!
I’m enjoying making music although in a new direction since I discovered Solfeggio tones and learnt Reiki. You can hear my new music here www.stellasonos.com
I’m also finding more time to paint which I love and happy to have exhibitions in The Penwith Gallery in lovely St. Ives. You can see my paintings here at www.stephaniesandercock.com
Thanks for visiting my site, I hope you have a wonderful day,
Cornwall Today. May 2016. Easy As 123
Since coming to Cornwall, Stephanie Kirkham has found success in both art and music.
Cornwall-based artist and singer-songwriter Stephanie Kirkham has enjoyed a busy 2016 so far. Her third album, Tiny Spark was released in January and she is currently putting together an exhibition of her most recent artwork in preparation for Open Studios from May 28th to June 5th.
She first threw open the doors of her studio at Townshend, near Hayle for Open Studios 2015. “I’d never exhibited my art before, so it was great to be a part of something that was happening already” says Stephanie, who is softly spoken with an accent that betrays her Lancashire upbringing. “It’s such a great idea – you don’t feel so alone, and yet you can still do your own thing in your own way. It gave me so much confidence, and I’m really looking forward to it this year.”
She works in colourful acrylics, building up layers before sanding and scratching to reveal patterns and textures. The area around Gwithian, with Godrevy lighthouse to the east and St Ives to the west, has become the most recent muse to her work and many of the paintings on display are inspired by her emotional relationship with the rocks and ever-changing colours of this stunning shoreline. “Just touching and feeling the rock gives me a sense of self”, she says with conviction.
Stephanie grew up in the Ribble Valley, just north of Preston, and spent much of her childhood “writing songs, painting and daydreaming”. She made the move south-west two years ago, ” I felt so much at home in Cornwall, as soon as I stepped off the plane at Newquay.”
“As soon as I moved down here, things started to happen for me.” Mitch Adams of 3S Films filmed her painting, which can be seen on here, she met guitarist and singer-songwriter Kai Skjervik and she has been offered a month-long run in August at the prestigious Penwith Gallery in St Ives.
Visitors to her Open Studios can expect a bonus on June 3rd, a live performance of tracks from Tiny Spark. She describes the album as “snippets of holiday feelings”, with postcard-like titles including Bon Voyage, Kiss Me Quick and Dreamboat Song. It’s a bright, feel-good album, perfect listening for a summer’s day, and infectiously upbeat, with accompaniment and production by the Grammy award-winning Phil Thornalley (who has worked with Natalie Imbruglia, Pixie Lott, Bryan Adams and the Thompson Twins).
The hugely catchy track Easy As 123 was co-produced by Mads Hauge (whose CV includes songs for Natasha Bedingfield and Eliza Doolittle), and has been featured on the European TV campaigns for Peugeot and EDF, and Miracle Gro in the US. This comes as no surprise, as her style, poppy and light, brings to mind the likes of ad-friendly Feist, Noah and the Whale and female singers such as Ellie Goulding.
“When I came to Cornwall, my goal was to find great musicians to work with, for gigs and the new album, and to get my artwork on a wall in St.Ives. All that has happened within 18 months, so I’m really happy”, says Stephanie.
“Coming here to Cornwall, I feel more grounded, more settled. I feel at home here – I don’t think I’ll ever leave.”