Interview: Sally Haines

We caught up with Birmingham singer-songwriter Sally Haines to talk about her many career highlights, her musical influences and the Birmingham music scene ahead of her show at The Glee Club on Saturday 23rd May. Check out the full interview below:

Can you tell us about how you started writing and performing and what inspired you to begin a career in music?

My uncle was a musician, so it was part of my life from an early age. I remember him writing songs and I remember chipping in an idea. My family were great music lovers and I found it a great way to express myself. My first instrument was my voice but having a guitar and a keyboard helped my creative streak. Performing started at school with the choir and orchestra and I joined my first band in London when I was 21

You’re a vastly experienced artist who was worked with many musicians and performed across various genres. What have been the highlights of your musical career so far?

I’ve supported Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, done backing vocals on the Red Shoes album that included Fairport Convention and ELO members and have had my songs played on the BBC and local radio stations. However after years of just being the singer/front woman in bands, I think the moment that gives me the greatest satisfaction was going solo.

Can you tell us more about where you find inspiration for your music?

Life, death and love inspire my writing. It can be a personal experience or something I observe, or have heard – it has to strike a chord with me though.

Who are your biggest musical influences and why?

So many genres of music and artists have influenced me, too many to mention, however I love jazz, neo-soul, singer-songwriters, and strong female artists.

Are there any local acts you recommend we listen to?

In Birmingham there is so much talent, and everyone tends to help each other out. A few of the talented friends I have made on the scene and would recommend are Call me Unique, Kezia Soul, Sic-Nis – they have some great musicians that play with them too. Again there are too many too mention.

You’re a regular performer at Birmingham Pride Festival. Where can audiences catch you at this year’s festival and what have you got in store?

I’m at the Womens Arena (at The Fox) on Saturday 3.30pm. It’s always fun!

What can audiences expect from your set at The Glee Club on Saturday 23rd May?

An insight into me and some nice guitar grooves but hopefully songs that they can relate too or feel.

If you could collaborate with any musician, past or present, who would it be and why?

This is a difficult one but I guess someone that could teach me on my instrument and tell me some great rock’n’roll stories, maybe someone like Bessie Smith or Janis Joplin from the past, but modern day would be Erykah Badu.

And finally, what’s your favourite thing to do when in Birmingham?

GIG of course and see all my friends play too. Birmingham has a great musical pool of talent! I love it!

SALLY HAINES HEADLINES THE ACOUSTIC SESSIONS AT THE GLEE CLUB BIRMINGHAM ON SAT 23RD MAY, WITH SUPPORT FROM TARA, INTERIOR CASTLE & PATRICK BREWER. MORE INFO CAN BE FOUND HERE