A Morpeth-based singer and songwriter is giving fans some unique opportunities if they purchase her debut album this month.
By pre-ordering Anna Corcoran’s record through the Pledge Music website before March 1, her supporters can gain access to weekly video updates, behind the scenes footage of recording sessions and free mp3 downloads.
Those who do so can also choose from an exciting list of exclusive options. These include a singing or piano lesson from Anna, a personal dedication in the CD liner notes, a specific song recorded just for you or even a concert in the comfort of your own home.
Anna, who is originally from Liverpool, is hoping to build on the success of her captivating single The Show, which achieved national radio play on BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6Music.
She performed it live (and was shown on camera) during a scene for an episode of the BBC One television series Moving On starring Hayley Mills and Peter Egan. It was broadcast in November.
“After over 10 years of live gigs, so much travelling and working with fantastic musicians, it’s time for me to finally make my own album and create a body of work that documents my journey so far,” she said.
“The great thing about Pledge Music is that it gives independent artists a way of funding the release of their album and it’s a wonderful chance for me to stay connected with fans throughout the process and thank them for their unwavering support in my musical ventures.
“The more people that pre-order the album, the more funding I will have to promote it, which is important for musicians who work independently without a record label.
“I only had one take for the Moving On scene, but I really enjoyed the experience. It was fascinating to see how it was put together behind the scenes.”
The Pledge Music process includes a target being set and as this was recently achieved, five per cent of all money raised will be donated to The National Autistic Society.
Anna graduated from Goldsmiths College in London in 2005 and quickly immersed herself in the capital’s late night piano bars. Well and truly honing her craft, she held residencies at exclusive establishments such as The Dorchester, The RAC Club Pall Mall and The Ritz.
She returned to Liverpool for a few years and built up a following in the North West before moving to Morpeth in 2012.
In the last two years, she has performed across Northumberland and the North East, including the Trit Fest music festival in Tritlington, Holy Sepulchre Church in Ashington, St Nicholas’ Cathedral in Newcastle and Beamish Hall in County Durham.
Anna also teaches music and she has linked up with the Northumberland Music Service and Milly Performance Academy, which covers the Morpeth, Ashington and Blyth areas.
She said: “I love living up here – Northumberland is a beautiful county and the people are very friendly.
“I perform across the country, but I do as many concerts in the North East as I can and hopefully I will build up a following in the region like I did in the North West.
“My piano and vocal style has been influenced by iconic singer/songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Sarah McLachlan.”
To pre-order your copy of Anna’s album and receive your instant free download of her track ‘And Winter Came’ (written about her first day in Northumberland), visit www.pledgemusic.com/projects/annacorcoran
You can keep up-to-date with her activities on Facebook (Anna Corcoran Music) and Twitter (@anna_corcoran)