“I started making I Am without a label. There was no guidance or anyone telling me what to do or when to finish. That’s the best way for me to create: without a million people telling me which direction to go. My goal was to create raw, authentic music — anything that comes after that is just a bonus.”
Saying Hi to Stevie
“I got to meet Stevie Nicks [after leaving Syco], and she gave me the pep talk of my life. She hugged me and started singing my song ‘Bleeding Love.’ She said that the world needed to hear my music.”
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Getting Out of London
“Home is always London, but I also have a mini-ranch with horses in L.A. I’m closer to songwriters and producers, and it’s a nice environment to write in.”
Avoiding Pressure to Make a Hit
“I don’t write or sing songs because I think they’re hits. I only do what’s meaningful to me. I’m not the kind of artist that chases a hit. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.”
This story originally appeared in the Sept. 5 issue of Billboard.