WITH Second Time out in the world...
Ferera Swan has been telling me about the track and how it came together. She reveals how she got started in music and what her favourite memory is; what she thinks of the modern scene and how she has evolved as an artist.
Swan reveals whether more music is coming later this year and how she relaxes when she has time; which artist she would support on tour if she had the chance and the advice she’d give to any musicians coming through right now.
Hi, Ferera. How are you? How has your week been?
It’s been going pretty well! Thank you for asking (smiles).
For those new to your music; can you introduce yourself, please?
I am a singer-songwriter and a composer. I’ve released two albums in the past (an R&B one and a Pop album) and rebranded last year. As an artist, I’ve found my voice by sharing my journey through music. As an adoptee, I’ve found my purpose through using my voice to serve others. I’ll be releasing my new single, Second Time, on February 1st!
Second Time is new. What was the inspiration behind the song?
Second Time was written for my birth mother over ten years ago after our reunion where we ultimately experienced the loss of each other all over again after a very complex relationship filled with grief, pain and (what I've now come to realize) love.
Might we see some more material later in the year?
I'll be releasing my new single, Second Time, this Friday, February 1st! I'll be working on a lot more writing and recording this year, so I'll have some more music for everyone following the release of this single. Stay tuned! (Smiles).
Can you recall the exact moment music struck you? Did you grow up in a musical family?
I started piano lessons when I was three years old and felt instantly connected to the music...it felt familiar, like it had already been a part of me all along.
Looking back at last year, do you think you evolved as an artist? What are your impressions of 2018?
2018 was filled with a lot of personal growth, discovery; reflection, redefinition and transition…I think growth directly affects the music we create and what we’re able to share through our art. When we evolve as people, I think the music naturally does, too.
What do you think of the modern scene? Do you listen to a lot of new artists?
There are a few I like but I find myself craving more vulnerability in not just the content but also the production.
Have you got a favourite memory from your time in music so far – the one that sticks in the mind?
I’ve got two so far. In high-school, I won a district composition contest for writing my piece for orchestra and piano titled Serenity and it was premiered by four orchestras and a pianist. I really struggled as a teenager adoptee navigating through emotions, etc. and I remember feeling proud, along with a sense of worth, when I won. I think that’s when I realized that we can turn our pain into beautiful things like music that can truly make a difference.
The second favorite was my last C.D. release party - so much fun in one night!
Which three albums mean the most to you would you say (and why)?
This one is really, really hard...I don’t think I can answer that in one answer!
If you could support any musician alive today, and choose your own rider, what would that entail?
Sara Bareilles. All I need is a piano and I’m good to go!
What advice would you give to new artists coming through?
Be authentically you and people will be able to feel it; the honesty will reflect in all you do.
Do you think there are going to any tour dates coming up?
Yes! I’ve got a handful of cities in mind. (Smiles).
How important is it being on the stage and performing to people?
If being on stage and performing is the way you know that you reach the hearts of others in need the most powerfully, then that’s where you need to be.
Are there any new artists you recommend we check out?
No one comes to mind at the moment!
Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?
I love the outdoors and being in nature. I also enjoy cooking and working out (not at the same time) and spending time with my fur babies!
Finally, and for being a good sport; you can choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).
Misery Chain - Chris Cornell (he’s my fave!)
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