Jazz Singer FIONA ROSS Releases ‘7 Songs in 7 Days’ Album
For the most part, our weekly to-do lists usually consist of a list of different tasks… including laundry. For prolific, multi-award-winning British singer-songwriter Fiona Ross, she always features something music-related, including a recent week all about creating new music. Now, she gives us her beautiful results with her brand new EP, 7 songs in 7 days — available now.
Productivity is no problem for this multi-award-winning music maker. To erase the remnants of writing and recording his last major production and Global Music Award-winning full-length release, Red Flags and High Heels, Ross took on this new project as an ambitious palate cleanser.
“7 songs in 7 days, that’s exactly it!” explains Ross. “Every time I work on an album, I feel like I’m getting bigger and bigger with the instrumentation, and having just finished my album Red Flags and High Heels, I already have my head full of big sections. brass and string orchestras…
“So, I wanted to take a bit of a break before I started, and set myself the task of writing seven songs in seven days – all acoustic, simple, direct and without fantasy.”
Hearing a song in its rawest, most stripped-down form is perhaps the most vital and honest listening experience one can have. On 7 Songs in 7 Days, Fiona Ross lays it all down and leads the way on piano and vocals, accompanied only by guitarist Gibbi Bettini, who also designed the new EP, and trumpeter Dave Boa.
“I kind of wanted to go back to my songwriting roots, just me and my piano,” she says. “So I sat down on a Monday and wrote a track every day for a week and the result is this album. A week in my head of songwriting.
Of course, getting started can be the hardest part of a new project. So Ross allowed the music to flow first before the lyrics to the songs started coming in – while also allowing the second track “#TuesdayThoughts” to be instrumental only.
“At first I had some musical ideas but I didn’t know what I wanted to say, but on Wednesday I seemed to find lyrics and thoughts.”
Ross’ song #wednesdaywisdom puts her right in the middle of some deep midweek thinking and reflection. “‘The Choices You Made #wednesdaywisdom’ is just a simple song about reflection and responsibility,” she explains. “I think we all look back sometimes and wonder why we did things, but at the end of the day, those are our choices and we always have to be accountable – for good choices and bad choices.”
Jump to the end of Ross’ writing week and things get groovy for the weekend. “’Best version of me #fridayfeeling’: I have to admit I love the groove on this and have already planned everything for a full band release. It started as a piano track, but in the end also sounded better on guitar!
His Saturday and Sunday songs on the new EP provide the perfect individual vibes for the two very different days.
“‘When You Walked into the Room #saturdaynight’ is pretty much that moment when someone in the room captures your attention, everyone’s attention, and takes over the room, but it turns out that it was all pretense – arrogance,” says Ross. “You know that ‘Don’t you know who I am?’ thing. It happens all the time. There is no need.”
“’Take time to breathe #Sundaymorning’. It’s really about that. Take time, a moment to breathe. We all know we should find excuses as to why we can’t make time, but this is important. The irony is that I, taking the time to breathe, was writing a song about it!
“Some of these songs will appear on my next full album, so some people might find it interesting to see how some of my songs develop,” said the International Songwriter of the Year recently named by the International Association of Authors. -composers-performers.
Ross innovatively includes social media hashtags in the titles of all seven songs on the new EP as a nod to being a regular Twitter user. “I tweet quite a bit and always start the day with a good morning tweet with an appropriate hashtag,” she explains. “So I mapped each song to a Twitter hashtag. Those are the ones I use all the time just for fun, because this album is really about how I felt back then, every day.
A multi-faceted artist and multi-skilled professional, Ross could also dedicate every day of the week and more to just one of her many creative and business endeavors. She is a music journalist who founded the groundbreaking, award-winning organization Women in Jazz Media, which develops and supports initiatives to mentor and promote women in jazz music around the world. Ross is also the former head of the British Academy of New Music, where she trained top hitmakers Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, Jess Glynne, and more.
With 7 Songs in 7 Days, Fiona Ross returns to her first love of sitting at the piano and letting her muse chart a musical journey.