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Childhood traumas act as inspiration for Phoebe, 15

July 25, 2013

YellowBrix

DESPITE her tender age, 15-year-old singer-songwriter Phoebe Reynolds is not your average Cornish schoolgirl.

The Truro High School student, who lives in Mitchell, started playing guitar at the age of 7 and has now received the backing of some of the biggest names in the music industry. She has worked with Jud Mahoney and John McLaughlin (who have both worked with Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Calvin Harris and Justin Timberlake) on her new double A-side release.

Citing Eva Cassidy and Taylor Swift among her biggest influences, Phoebe aims for a fresh new twist on the acousticfolk-pop genre that has become increasingly popular recently.

Fresh from McLaughlin's studio, Phoebe is ready to release her new single A Little Rain First/Elizabeth.

She said: I have a really good guitar teacher at school, Mr Graham, who inspired me to write songs.

I wanted to write about something truthful that meant a lot to me.

Despite her age, Phoebe has learnt to find inspiration in even the darkest of situations. After her father left the family when she was 13, Phoebe found herself in the depths of depression.

For months on end it seemed to those around her that she was lost to them but thanks to her passion for music and her feisty personality, Phoebe began to channel her feelings into composing, and this has led her to where she is today.

He mum Jo said: She would spend hours in tears - music took her up and out of her depression - it was her liferaft.

As well as A Little Rain First, about her then crush on someone who's now her boyfriend, the single's other AA side is Elizabeth.

Elizabeth is written about a close friend of hers; the song tells the story of a little girl who loses her mother to cancer at the tender age of 5. Phoebe's entry into the music industry happened by chance. Her mother added: My partner was talking to Pete Bassett of Quite Great management about something else entirely and mentioned to Pete about Phoebe; when he heard her play acoustic guitar he was immediately interested in working with her. She then recorded the two songs with Jud and John in Scotland.

Despite mentions in the music press and winning Truro High School's talent show, Phoebe hasn't told her friends or teachers about her music deal: I suppose I should let them know now, she added.

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