Fiona Bevan

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Fiona Bevan
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Background information
Origin Suffolk, England
Genres
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Labels Navigator Records
Associated acts Ed Sheeran
Laura Welsh
Billie Marten
Ed Harcourt
Nick Mulvey
Ben Haenow
Hawksley Workman
Gwyneth Herbert
Website www.fionabevan.co.uk

Fiona Bevan is a multi-platinum selling English singer-songwriter from Suffolk, who lives in Hackney, London.[1] She co-wrote the song "Little Things" with Ed Sheeran which became a number-one single in 13 countries for One Direction.[2] She also co-wrote "Voodoo Doll" with 5 Seconds Of Summer for their self-titled debut, and also co-wrote "One Night" for Ben Haenow with Ben, Rick Parkhouse and George Tizzard for his deluxe debut album.[3] She also co-wrote the single "Sex and Violence" with Laura Welsh, as well as working with Billie Marten, including co-writing Marten's first single "Heavy Weather", produced by Cameron Blackwood and chosen as Huw Stephens' Single of the Week on BBC Radio 1.[4] She performed on Gwyneth Herbert's album The Sea Cabinet, sharing writing credits on two of the songs. Her debut solo studio album Talk to Strangers (April 2014) was released on Navigator Records.

She has toured as support to Nick Mulvey, Ryan Keen, Ed Sheeran, Hawksley Workman, Ingrid Michaelson, Gwyneth Herbert, Luke Friend and Bill Bailey. In 2015 she completed a tour of Canada, supporting Hawksley Workman and the year before that Fiona completed a tour of Australia supporting Busby Marou. Bevan also runs a residency night at Servant Jazz Quarters, Dalston, London called "Fiona Bevan Presents" which has so far featured acts including Mercury Prize-nominated Sam Lee and Ed Harcourt, who also remixed her first single, "The Machine" in 2014.

Early life and education[edit]

Bevan is of British and Canadian parentage.[1] She was brought up in Suffolk and went to secondary school in Colchester.[5]

Recording career[edit]

Fiona Bevan's debut studio album Talk To Strangers was released in 2014 on Navigator Records[6] in the UK, Planet Music in Australia and P-Vine in Japan.[7] In 2015 it was released on Convexe / Universal Music in Canada, and Convexe in USA. The album's twelve songs were written by Fiona Bevan, arranged and played by Fiona Bevan and Shawn Lee produced by Shawn Lee and engineered by Pierre Duplan in Bloomsbury, London and mastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studios, San Francisco. The Guardian wrote "Bevan took us on startling odysseys that suggested Erykah Badu, Joanna Newsom and Kate Bush spine-tinglingly joined".[8] The Mail On Sunday said "...a stunning debut album...it's time for this dreamy, offbeat beauty, and her halo of blonde curls, to take centre stage."[9] Whilst the Line OF Best Fit called it "...mesmerisingly beautiful..." [10]

The first single "The Machine" was remixed by Ed Harcourt and featured Fem Fel and received airplay on BBC Radio 1 and BBC London. Clash Music had this to say about the track – "Fiona Bevan contrasts pastoral, acoustic textures with her golden, golden voice"[11]

The next single, "Rebel Without A Cause", was released in May 2014, with remixes by Anushka, who are signed to Gilles Peterson's Brownswood label, and Mr Hudson.

The single "They Sang Silent Night" was released in 2014 as a peacetime/Christmas song, marking the 100 year anniversary of the Christmas Truce ceasefire when enemy troops united in peace to sing Silent Night across the trenches. A live version of the song aired on Christmas Day on national ABC radio in Australia, featuring Fiona accompanied by Jeremy Marou from Busby Marou on guitar.[12]

In 2011 she released her debut EP, Us and the Darkness, co-produced with Robin Baynton. It features Bevan on lead vocals and guitar accompanied by Rosalie Bevan on bass and James Crichlow on violin.[13] One of the songs on the EP, "Dial D for Denial", was a semi-finalist at the 2011 International Songwriting Competition.[1] The song "Pirates and Diamonds" was included on the OneTaste Collective Album Vol. 2, released on 14 June 2010, while she also appeared on Winter Hunter Remixes by The Living Graham Bond released on 26 July 2010 on the Fat label.[14]

Her song "Love in a Cold Climate" was included on the For Folk's Sake Christmas 2011 compilation album.[15]

Collaborations[edit]

One Direction/Ed Sheeran[edit]

Bevan co-wrote the song "Little Things", that appeared on the One Direction's album Take Me Home, and was released by Syco Music on 12 November 2012 as a single. The song was written by Ed Sheeran and Fiona Bevan, and produced by Jake Gosling.[2] In October 2012, Sheeran acknowledged Bevan's songwriting credit in an interview with British radio network Capital FM: "The great thing about it is I wrote that song with a girl called Fiona Bevan when I was 17 and we lost the song. I've kept in touch with Fiona, we've done gigs and stuff and about two months ago she sent me the tune and was like, 'Oh, do you remember this?' I was like, 'Yeah, I do remember that', and I was in the studio with the One Direction boys at the time and I was playing it and they were like, 'We really like that'. It's got one of my favourite lines that I've ever written in a song."[16] The song went straight to number 1 in 13 countries, and the Album 'Take Me Home' went on to become number 1 in more than 35 Countries.

With Ed Sheeran and Terrius Nash she performed "Sight of You" on The Party Machines' album 2013 Party Jams.[17]

Fiona and Ed also received BMI Awards for co-writing 'Little Things' for One Direction.[18]

5 Seconds Of Summer[edit]

Bevan co-wrote 'Voodoo Doll' with Adam Argyle, and Calum Hood and Ashton Irwin from the band for 5 Seconds of Summer's debut self-titled album. The acoustic video of 'Voodoo Doll' has proven to be a fan favourite with over 20 million views on YouTube.[19] The album went on to have international chart topping success and was number 1 in 8 countries.

Ben Haenow[edit]

Bevan co-wrote, with Ben Haenow and producer duo Red Triangle (Rick Parkhouse and George Tizzard) 'One Night' from his deluxe debut album.[3] The Album reached the top 10 in the UK and his subsequent 'One Night Tour' was also named after the track.[20]

Laura Welsh[edit]

Bevan co-wrote the single 'Sex and Violence' with Laura Welsh which was released as a 'Stream Only' premiere on Spin.com.[21][22]

Billie Marten[edit]

Fiona has also been extensively working with Billie Marten, including co-writing Billie's first single 'Heavy Weather',[4] produced by Cameron Blackwood and chosen as Huw Stephens' Single Of The Week on BBC Radio 1, and the single 'Milk And Honey' which the BBC streamed live from Billie's SXSW performance.[23] She also co-wrote Billie's debut EP title track 'Ribbon'; the song gained radio support from Lauren Laverne, Fearne Cotton and Zane Lowe and featured in Nylon, Clash, HungerTV and Vogue.[24] Billie was nominated for the longlist for BBC Sound of 2016.[25] This year Bevan and Marten co-wrote the lead single 'Lionhearted' for Billie Marten's debut album 'Writing of Blues and Yellows' released through RCA.

Gwyneth Herbert[edit]

Bevan co-wrote, with Gwyneth Herbert, two songs on Herbert's 2013 album The Sea Cabinet – "I Still Hear the Bells" and "The King's Shilling" – and performed with Herbert on the album and at its London launch at Wilton's Music Hall in May 2013.[26]

ARCO[edit]

With Neil Luck she co-composed music for, and performed alongside the avant-garde string ensemble ARCO on Last Wane Days (squib-box), a two-act monodrama for voice and ensemble,[27] which was released on 12 March 2012. In a review, Tim Rutherford-Johnson said: "Bevan in particular can turn her voice on a dime. As co-composers, Luck and Bevan use sound and recurring motifs cleverly, so that the rampant dislocations achieve an unexpected coherence and continuity. Serious artistry".[28]

Poussez Posse[edit]

For several months in 2011, Bevan was joint lead guitarist in the Poussez Posse, a band fronted by Georgina Baillie and mentored by Adam Ant. Fellow members included other lead guitarist Danie Cox, bassist Molly Spiers MacLeod (daughter of Spizz) and drummer Rachael Smith. The last three later left to form self-styled "flock rock" band The Featherz. This version of the Posse played several support slots for Ant in 2011 and recorded tracks for a planned album. It was replaced by a new line-up, still fronted by Baillie, which continued to support Ant on UK, mainland European and Australian tours until the end of 2012. Footage from 2011 of a band meeting of Bevan's lineup of the Poussez Posse at Ant's home is included in The Blueblack Hussar, a documentary about Ant directed by Jack Bond.[29][30]

Music for advertisements and television[edit]

In the spring of 2015, Bevan's own track "Slo Mo Tiger Glo" from her album Talk To Strangers was chosen as the theme music for the HSBC adverts aired in the UK and Ireland.[31] Her song "Beginners Luck" was used as the E! 2015 winter red carpet season USA track.

Discography[edit]

Album Release date Label
Talk to Strangers 28 April 2014[6] Navigator Records
EP Release date Label
Us and the Darkness March 2011[13] Venus Climbing

Writing discography[edit]

2012

2014

2015

2016

References and footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Victor Alfieri (16 March 2012). "Woman of Indie: Fiona Bevan – Us and Darkness". Indie Music Reviewer. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b ‹See Tfm›Take Me Home (liner notes). One Direction. Syco Records. 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Ben Haenow – One Night lyrics | Musixmatch". musiXmatch. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  4. ^ a b "Billie Marten – Heavy Weather". Discogs. Retrieved 15 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "Chart success for songwriter and former Colchester schoolgirl Fiona Bevan". Daily Gazette. Colchester. 20 November 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "New Album: Fiona Bevan – Talk To Strangers" (Press release). Navigator Records. 6 February 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Fiona Bevan – Talk To Strangers". Discogs.com. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  8. ^ John Fordham. "Gwyneth Herbert – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  9. ^ "Connecting People Through News". PressReader.com. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  10. ^ "Stream Fiona Bevan's "The Machine" at Best Fit.". The Line Of Best Fit. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  11. ^ "Track of the Day 10/2 – Fiona Bevan". Clash Magazine. 
  12. ^ "New Single: Fiona Bevan – They Sang Silent Night". Navigator Records. 24 November 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "Fiona Bevan – Us & The Darkness". Discogs. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Winter Hunter Remixes MP3 Music". CD Universe. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "For Folk's Sake Christmas 2011 (2011)". For Folk's Sake. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  16. ^ Lewis Corner (25 October 2012). "One Direction new single contains my favorite lyrics, says Ed Sheeran". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  17. ^ "2013 Party Jams MP3 Music". CD Universe. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  18. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20151222151945/http://www.westminster.ac.uk/news-and-events/news/media/2014/fiona-bevan-wins-bmi-award-for-co-writing-one-direction-song. Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  19. ^ "5 Seconds of Summer – Voodoo Doll (One Mic, One Take)". YouTube. 2014-06-23. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  20. ^ "Ben Haenow Announces Headline "One Night Tour' Dates For 2016 – SuprTickets". SuprTickets. 
  21. ^ "Laura Welsh drafts Fiona Bevan for new song "Sex & Violence" – Hamada Mania Music Blog". Hamada Mania Music Blog. 
  22. ^ "Laura Welsh Cracks Herself Open on 'Sex & Violence'". Spin. 
  23. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/records/n3jh6m
  24. ^ Billie Marten / Ribbon / Official Video. 24 June 2014 – via YouTube. 
  25. ^ "BBC Music – BBC Music Sound Of, 2016 – The Longlist". Bbc.co.uk. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2016-02-23. 
  26. ^ John Fordham (28 May 2013). "Gwyneth Herbert – review: Wilton's Music Hall, London". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  27. ^ "New release- Last Wane Days". Squib. 17 March 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  28. ^ Tim Rutherford-Johnson (5 April 2012). "Pocket reviews for April". Neil Luck, Fiona Bevan, ARCO – Last Wane Days. The Rambler. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  29. ^ "The sisters of song: Fiona Bevan and Kal Lavelle". dailyecho.co.uk. 
  30. ^ "More than one direction for Fiona Bevan". The Irish Times. 17 April 2014. 
  31. ^ "Fiona Bevan's Slo Mo Tiger Glo featured in the new HSBC advert". Navigator Records. 
  32. ^ "Hamada". https://hamadamania.com. Retrieved 2016-07-04.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  33. ^ "Ultimate Music". http://www.josepvinaixa.com. Retrieved 2016-07-04.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  34. ^ "Ultimate Music". http://www.josepvinaixa.com. Retrieved 2016-07-04.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  35. ^ "PopCrush". http://popcrush.com. Retrieved 2016-07-04.  External link in |publisher= (help)

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