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Bristol, United Kingdom | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | SELF

Bristol, United Kingdom | SELF
Established on Jan, 2016
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There's an enormous sense of personality to everything Sian Cross.
It's there in her songwriting, and it's there in her delivery - that feeling that Sian Cross can only ever be herself.
New cut 'Tell Anybody' opens with fragile piano, that plaintive voice purring over lyrics of a deeply personal value.
But then crunching Amen breaks are unfurled, pushing 'Tell Anybody' into territory that lingers on the border of drum 'n' bass.
Clash is able to premiere the video, and it's an incredible animated venture. Sian Cross explains: "The video for 'Tell Anybody' is by a very good friend of mine Andy Biddle. He cleverly explores the burden of carrying around a secret. The idea that you are trying to deny who you are and pushing away a part of you but running from it only consumes you. You can only be set free when you accept it and don't hide it anymore. The message of the video is whatever your secret may be, just be proud of all you are. Once you can accept yourself and love yourself so will others." - Clash Magazine - ROBIN MURRAY


"Cross Genres - Sian Cross on her exciting new single Tell Anybody"

Print press - KBPS Magazine


"Sian Cross"

Singer/songwriter Sian Cross has evolved from being a backing vocalist for Stevie Wonder, Jessie J, Daniel Beddingfield and Mica Paris to becoming an artist in her own right. She’s recorded at Abbey Road Studios, sung in the Royal Albert Hall and embarked on tours with Hue & Cry and the legendary Paul Carrack. With new single ‘Tell Anybody’ out now, we found out more about Sian.

Lyrics are so important to me and within my music I try to address subjects that are often avoided and talk about things that people try to hide.

First up Sian, tell us bit about yourself - what were you doing before your solo career began?
I think really, it’s all been about the path to now. My solo career didn’t exactly begin, it has just always has been… I’ve loved music and singing from a young age. I used to dance, act, the whole works but really its always been singing that makes my heart beat. I have gone through many different genres of music to find what is true to me. At times I felt frustrated that things were not moving fast enough but now I can see that it was all part of the process to get to where I am now in my music and in myself.

What was the first style or genre of music you really got into? Was their a particular song or artist who inspired you?
Gospel music was a big part of my childhood. I was in a gospel choir at school and have always loved the likes of Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin. Although I am not religious as such, there is something so raw and moving about that style of music. It evokes an emotion and has a sense of unity and love that is unavoidable.

How did this project come about? Did you expect to be following the musical path you are now?
I wrote a song call ‘Four Weeks’ about losing my dad to cancer. That song took on a life of it’s own and has had an effect on people that I could never have dreamed of. I have had many people talk to me after gigs and contact me online to tell me that the song helped them get through their own loss. It was moving and overwhelming to me that I had managed to touch these people through my song, it gave me the idea to use my next project as an opportunity for them to tell their stories. Music has always been my therapy and I wanted to allow others to experience that, so I set out to find as many stories as I could. It has been such a journey and so inspirational for me. I could never have expected it to go like this but I am glad that it has.

If you had to describe your sound as a personality, how what would it be?
This is a brilliant question and one I have never been asked before… Let me see, I would have to say, honest, intense, loyal and caring although maybe slightly unhinged!

What would you say makes Sian Cross unique?
Unique? Well I believe as humans we are all unique but musically I try to say things that I haven’t heard before. Lyrics are so important to me and within my music I try to address subjects that are often avoided and talk about things that people try to hide. Does that make me unique? Maybe not, but I guest it makes me true to me and perhaps that can be classed as a little unique.

How do you create your music? Is there any kind of routine that helps?
Every song is different. With this project in particular they all started with the story, although that doesn’t necessarily mean that the lyrics came first… Often Rhys Williams (who I co-write with) and I will just jam for ages on an idea, recording everything that we do. Then we listen back through, picking our favourite bits and creating the song from there. Some come together quicker than others and some need constant reworking until we get it to a place we are happy with.

What was the most significant moment of 2015 for you and why?
Finishing the tracks. It has been the culmination of years of work and finishing them was both exhilarating and petrifying! Now I have to actually let them go out into the world on their own… my babies!

What have you been listening to this year? Can you give us a top three records of 2016 so far?
Yes absolutely!
Ry X – ‘Dawn’
Christine and The Queens – ‘Chaleur Humaine’
Aurora – ‘All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend’

If you had to pick one act to see live this year, who would it be?
Hands down Christine and The Queens. I saw them at Glastonbury and they blew me away! But I would love to go and see them again. She is so talented and the whole show is totally mesmerizing.

If you could collaborate with any living artist, who would it be?
I would love love love to collaborate with James Blake. He is the reason I moved more towards electronic music. Months of listening to Overgrown on repeat. His voice is just delicious… in fact no need to collaborate I would be happy just to sit and listen to him sing to me all day!

How is 2016 shaping up for you? Where can we see you play?
It’s actually shaping up pretty well. I have my single coming out at the end of July… eek! I am just shooting the video this week for single number two and we are going on tour with Sons Of Pitches in November so you can catch us there. Dates are on my website siancross.co.uk.

If you could pick any venue or festival to play, where would it be and which slot would you most enjoy?
Well if we are dreaming big, and I do like to, it would have to be Glastonbury, Pyramid stage. That place has magical powers. I’ve had so many wonderful experiences there - too many to write down, but basically in 2013 it managed to bring me back from being so close to quitting music that to play there would mean the world to me! - Zap Bang Magazine - Mike Barnard


"Sian Cross releases new single ahead of UK tour with Sons of Pitches"

In an era where Disclosure and Rudimental bring the heart of drum and bass back to life, Sian Cross arrives with her own take on it. Having shared the stage with Jessie J and Stevie Wonder, this West-country born, London-based singer-songwriter is an exceptional vocalist, known for her emotional and pitch-perfect performances.

Sian’s upcoming new single Tell Anybody is a sonic partnership between the hard hitting production and her haunting vocal. Compared to the likes of Oh Wonder and Anne-Marie, Sian has full control over her voice which shines through the stripped back verses perfectly.

https://soundcloud.com/sian-cross-music/tell-anybody-radio-version

Forming a sonic synergy with the personal style of her song writing, it’s the evocative lyrics, based on true stories that create an additional connection to the listener. Inspired by a man's struggle with his sexuality, Tell Anybody is a powerful offering with Sian’s unconstrained passion spilling into her words. The explosive and catchy chorus comfortably rides on the rhythm’s flow, as well as effectively captures both pain and triumph of the journey through her poignant vocal performance.

In her words, Sian explains: "Lyrical content is very important to me both in writing and listening to music. In Tell Anybody I have tried to capture the truth behind the story whilst still leaving room for personal interpretation. My hope is for each listener to come away feeling strength in whatever their current struggle, igniting a desire to be true to themselves without fear of judgment or prejudice."

Tell Anybody is an honest song being led by the intonations of hope, and it will be available everywhere 29th July.

Tour Supporting Sons Of Pitches
11th Nov - Basingstoke Anvil, Basingstoke
12th Nov - Falmouth Pavilion, Falmouth
14th Nov - St Albans Arena, St Albans
21st Nov - Cadogan Hall, London

More to be announced. - Purple Revolver - Khyle Deen


"Sian Cross - Tell Anybody"

SIAN CROSS @siancrossmusic is one of Britain’s most exciting singing and songwriting talents.

With a voice that has been conmpared to Aretha Franklin and Eva Cassidy, her personal style of her song writing includes evocative lyrics that are often based on true stories.

SIAN CROSS - powerful and passionate ...
SIAN CROSS – powerful and passionate …
Her new single Tell Anybody is inspired by a man’s struggle with his sexuality and is a typically powerful offering, with Sian’s unconstrained passion spilling into words.

We had a listen:

This pale song starts with a clever ice-cream-man tinkle.

The whisper soft voice comes in wavelets that wafer across the nervous beats. Just when you become mesmerized by the whippy beauty things become darker. This is powerful and passionate.

For fans of Rudimental or Disclosure.

Passionate drum and bass to soothe the troubled mind …

https://www.facebook.com/siancrossmusic

SIAN CROSS is supporting Supporting Sons Of Pitches this November:

11th Nov – Basingstoke Anvil, Basingstoke
12th Nov – Falmouth Pavilion, Falmouth
14th Nov – St Albans Arena, St Albans
21st Nov – Cadogan Hall, London - Raw Ramp - Neil Mach


"Stream Sian Cross’ DnB-Fused Single ‘Tell Anybody’"

London-based Sian Cross is an artist who has truly overcome a number of life’s obstacles, proving that a strong ray of light will always pierce through. Armed with a voice that shines like the Summer sun, she has recorded epic tracks such as ‘Break The Chain’ and ‘Stare At Me’. Returning with a new song called ‘Tell Anybody’, Sian Cross excercises her confident delivery of multiple styles with this pop meets drum & bass fusion. The cut is featured on her forthcoming EP CONSCIOUS. You can stream it down below. - Color Rising


"The Hype Magazine (Premieres) Sian Cross – Tell Anybody"

In an era where Disclosure and Rudimental bring the heart of drum and bass back to life, Sian Cross arrives with her own take on it. Having shared the stage with Jessie J and Stevie Wonder, this West-country born, London-based singer-songwriter is an exceptional vocalist, known for her emotional and pitch-perfect performances.

Sian’s upcoming new single Tell Anybody is a sonic partnership between the hard hitting production and her haunting vocal. Compared to the likes of Oh Wonder and Anne-Marie, Sian has full control over her voice which shines through the stripped back verses perfectly.

Forming a sonic synergy with the personal style of her song writing, it’s the evocative lyrics, based on true stories that create an additional connection to the listener. Inspired by a man’s struggle with his sexuality, Tell Anybody is a powerful offering with Sian’s unconstrained passion spilling into her words. The explosive and catchy chorus comfortably rides on the rhythm’s flow, as well as effectively captures both pain and triumph of the journey through her poignant vocal performance.

In her words, Sian explains: “Lyrical content is very important to me both in writing and listening to music. In Tell Anybody I have tried to capture the truth behind the story whilst still leaving room for personal interpretation. My hope is for each listener to come away feeling strength in whatever their current struggle, igniting a desire to be true to themselves without fear of judgment or prejudice.”

Tell Anybody is an honest song being led by the intonations of hope, and it will be available everywhere 29th July.

Tour Supporting Sons Of Pitches
11th Nov – Basingstoke Anvil, Basingstoke
12th Nov – Falmouth Pavilion, Falmouth
14th Nov – St Albans Arena, St Albans
21st Nov – Cadogan Hall, London - Hype Magazine - Just Jay


"Sian Cross releases emotive new single, ‘Stare At Me’, to honour National Anti-Bullying week"

Sian Cross stunned listeners with ‘Tell Anybody‘ where reviewers praised her honest songwriting and exquisite vocals.

Her latest single, ‘Stare At Me’, is no different in that sense. It is an honest, slow, emotive number. Sian chose now to release the single in order to honour National Anti-Bullying week. Being a something that’s very close to her, fifty percent of the proceeds from the track going towards the cause.

The lyrics offer the sense of dealing with emotional issues. ‘Stare At Me’ is based on having conscious knowledge and acceptance of one’s own individually – being separate from our environment and other individuals. The phenomenal power and presence of Sian’s vocals shine through in its undiluted form whilst the piano is the skeleton that reveals itself to be all the song requires until its grand finale.

‘Stare At Me’ is out now. - Music Crowns


"Midweek Muse"

Background - Sian Cross stunned listeners with her recent single Tell Anybody. Praised by critics and fans alike, helped by a stunning stop-motion video from Wes Anderson collaborator Andy Biddle. Reviewers praised her honest songwriting and exquisite vocals.

Sian’s latest single, Stare At Me, will be released on the week of National Anti-bullying week whilst 50% of money that is raised by the sale of this track will go towards an anti-bullying charity – something Sian feels strongly about.

Stare At Me, is based on having conscious knowledge and acceptance of ones own individually - being separate from our environment and other individuals. Not only do the emotive Jesse Ware style vocals surpass expectations, but also the lyrics are what pull us in, leaving us instantly needing more. Website here.

Live Dates:
11th - Basingstoke Anvil - Basingstoke (supporting Sons Of Pitches)
12th - Falmouth Pavilion - Falmouth (supporting Son Of Pitches)
14th - St Albans Arena - St Albans (supporting Sons Of Pitches)
21st - Cadogan Hall - London (supporting Sons Of Pitches)
23rd - The Rowbarge - Guildford (supporting Mishka Shubaly)
25th - Gullivers - Manchester (supporting Mishka Shubaly)
26th - Slaughtered Lamb - London (supporting Mishka Shubaly)
27th - Robin 2 - Wolverhampton (supporting China Crisis)

'Stare At Me' is our third song feature for Sian Cross (well I did say "I definitely want to hear more" last time around). I remain massively impressed and not just with her superb vocals. If anything each song seems to grow in quality from content, arrangement through to production. If you can see her live at the above dates, I say go for it! - Beehive Candy


"Interview: Sian Cross"

From her stunning vocals to honest and relatable song writing, everything about Sian Cross points to stardom. Having experienced performing on stage with some of the worlds best known artists, including Stevie Wonder (yep, you heard it right), Sian has decided to pursue a solo career. One Stop Record Shop had a chat with the singer-songwriter to find out what really makes her tick…

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Hey Sian, thanks so much for taking the time to chat with One Stop Record Shop. Could you introduce yourself and your music to people who you may be new to?
Hi there… My name is Sian Cross I am a London based, boat dweller and I’m addicted to music. I love all types of music but the music I write myself is electronic, spacious pop with haunting melodies and lots of delicious harmonies (another addiction of mine!).

Your latest single ‘Tell Anybody’ is really interesting lyrically, could you explain the inspirations behind it.
Of course! All my songs are based on true stories of people I have met with and talked to about their journey. This particular track is about a man’s struggle with his sexuality. It takes you through his journey of acceptance. From hiding his homosexuality, not just from his friends and family but also from himself at times, to now being completely open and true to whom he is and feeling loved and accepted by himself and all his loved ones.

Since you grew up in the West Country, how do you think this has impacted the artist that you are today?
I grew up in Weston Super Mare, which is not exactly the land of big dreams but it has surprisingly given birth to some exceptional musicians that I am lucky enough to call my friends. Growing up I was part of a Gospel choir at school which definitely gave me my love for interesting harmonies and honest emotive lyrics. But also my parents had a very eclectic musical taste so I grew up listening to Stevie Wonder, Pink Floyd, Rod Stewart, Michael Bolton (I Love him!), Mike and The Mechanics, Wings. The list goes on.

What do you hope to achieve through your career?
Music has a power beyond all of our understandings: from helping someone through a hard time, to bringing together an entire movement. If I can help even one person though my music, give one person the strength when they need it the most then I am happy. I would love, love, love to travel with my music. Playing in different countries across the world would be my dream!

‘Tell Anybody’ has made lots of people (including us!) very excited for more releases, what can we expect from the upcoming material?
Firstly, I am really glad it’s made you excited – that makes me one very happy lady!!! You can expect more interesting beats, contradicted by soft vocals with lots of intricate harmonies. More true stories of triumph though the darkest times with honest lyrics and haunting melodies.

Finally, if you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be?
James Blake would be my ultimate. He has the voice of an angel and his music is so powerful, lyrically very minimal but still he says so much. Collaborating with him would be unbelievable - One Stop Record Shop - DJ HORSEPOWER - MUSIC


"WE CHAT TO SIAN CROSS ABOUT HER NEW, HAUNTING VIDEO ‘ON AND ON’ | EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE"

Following the welcoming comments about her recent single ‘Tell Anybody,’ Sian Cross continues on the same sonic journey with a new, haunting video for ‘On and On.’

The uncomfortable, but fascinating video left us with plenty of questions for Sian.

Sian, we love the new video for ‘On and On’ but as you can expect from making such bold visuals we have a few questions.

Firstly, was the white water that your seen floating in hot or cold?

“Ha Ha! Great Question! It Was Absolutely Freezing! My Manager Actually Set A Stopwatch At Twenty Minutes So That Every Twenty Minutes I Could Get Out And Go And Take A Warm Shower. I Did Three Lots Of The Twenty-Minute Intervals, And I Was Cold To The Core By The End! The Shot Towards The End Of The Video Of My Dreadlocks Shaking Is Actually Just Me Shivering! The Things We Do, Hey!?”

The video felt like the audience had a chance peer into a raw, animalistic relationship – what’s the message you’re conveying?

“Absolutely That! I Wanted To Portray The Power Struggle Between The Genders And How We Use Our Sexuality To Manipulate Each Other. A Fight For Survival If You Will.”

Where did this idea come from?

“The Song Itself Is Actually Based On The Story Of A Female Stripper. Her Story Is A Very Empowering One As She Is Now Running Her Own Company And Doing So Well For Herself. When I Talked With Her About Her Days As A Stripper The Thing That Struck Me The Most Was The Dominance Battle Between Her And Her Customers. It Often Changed Several Times During Their Entire Interaction.

That Got Me Thinking How Regularly This Actually Happens In All Male-Female Interactions, Be It At Work, In Public Of Even In A Relationship. So I Wanted To Portray This In The Video. I Decided To Use More Androgynous Figures, Hence The Animalistic Quality To The Video And The Male And Female Similarities In Costume. In The Video The Female Wins The Battle And Kills Off The Male. This Was A Tough Decision As I Wanted To Be Sure That The Video Wasn’t Bias In Anyway But I Also Wanted It To Be In Keeping With The Original Story And Maintain That Element Of Female Empowerment.”

For some of our readers this might be the first time they have heard of you, how would you describe your music and why should they care about Sian Cross?

“My Music In Basic Terms Is Electronic Pop But I Try To Avoid Categorising Music As A Rule… It Has A Real Atmospheric Quality To It Combined With Interesting Beats, Honest Lyrics And Haunting Melodies. The String Quartet Also Gives It An Orchestral Feel Which Really Adds Depth To The Whole Project. Each Song Is Born From A True Story Of A Real Person That I Personally Have Sat Down With And Talked Through Their Experience. The EP Tackles Many Issues Such As Autism, Drug Abuse; The Whole EP Is A Bit Of An Emotional Roller Coaster!”

So, there have it. What are you waiting for? Check out the video for ‘On and On’ below. - Hit The Floor Magazine


"Listen to the New Sian Cross Single ‘On And On’"

Sian Cross is an artist who is able to connect with the audience by not only her incredible vocals, but her honesty and personal experiences. With an amazing ability for songwriting, her latest song ‘On And On’ depicts the character of a stripper who tries to outwardly remain strong, yet inside is suffering. The haunting production makes for the perfect backdrop of the steamy song, with Sian delivery yet another release packed with power.Have a listen. - Colorising


"Track Premiere: Sian Cross 'On And On'"

Sian Cross stunned listeners with her last single ‘Tell Anybody’. Praised by critics and fans alike, it was made Track Of The Day on Clash , helped by a stunning stop-motion video from Wes Anderson collaborator Andy Biddle. Reviewers praised her honest songwriting and exquisite vocals. ‘On and On’ is the next step for Cross. During the song, her character fights for survival on the strip club stage, outwardly dominant but inwardly vulnerable. Her hypnotic vocals switch effortlessly from whisper to yell, against a sonically adventurous backdrop of startling synths and stuttering rhythms. It’s like Banks’ vocals married with FKA Twigs productions. Every listen reveals new layers. Hit play to discover every single one. - Kaltblut - Nicola Phillips


"Single Play"

Sian Cross is no newcomer to the music business. She’s paid her dues singing backup for a number of artists like Stevie Wonder, Jessie J, and Daniel Beddingfield, toured with Paul Carrack, and done stints recording for BBC radio. With “On and On” Cross is able to layer a whispered voice into an electronic soundscape that overflows with longing and desire. If you pay attention to the lyrics, you’ll see that the character Cross is portraying is that of an exotic dancer struggling to survive on a strip club stage. Heavy stuff, but Cross manages to express a number of emotions in the course of a song that’s both haunting and filled with a kind of rage. - Popdose - Ted Asregadoo


"‘Conscious’ – Singer Songwriter Sian Cross Guest Writes For EP"

London-based singer songwriter Sian Cross is originally from the West Country, and has a mind-blowing voice. Having paid her dues in the music industry, providing backing vocals for the likes of Stevie Wonder, Jessie J, and Daniel Beddingfield, among others, nowadays she’s forging her own path as a solo artist, and has recorded at Abbey Road Studios, sung in the Royal Albert Hall, appeared on national TV and recorded sessions for BBC Radio.

Apart from her music, Sian has a blog, where she writes about her life, and keeps her fans and followers up to date. Sian is our guest contributor today.

Conscious.

What does it mean to you? Some of the many definitions I have found are:

Aware of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc.
Fully aware of or sensitive to something.
Having the mental faculties fully active.
Known to oneself; felt.
Aware of what one is doing.
Aware of oneself: self-conscious.
Deliberate; intentional.
‘Conscious’, very simply put means awake, which is technically the time we spend not sleeping right? But if we look at the definitions they are so much deeper than that:

“Aware of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings.”
How many of us can honestly say that we are fully aware? I am sure if we think about it we can all pin point that part of our day that we just hit the auto-pilot button and go through the motions! ‘Conscious’, to me means happiness. Finding my fullest state of consciousness and continuing to explore it on a daily basis is what keeps me smiling. Being fully aware and in the moment of whatever I am doing whether it be the washing my clothes or singing on stage in front of thousands of people is the only way I can feel true happiness every day. I wholeheartedly believe that as human beings we are capable of so much. We have the capacity to experience real trauma and come out stronger. Whilst it is not a straight line from trauma to stronger, it is a journey and I for one am grateful for every moment of it so far and every moment to come.

I decided to explore this concept for the EP. I wanted to find other people that had been through something and come out the other side with a renewed sense of life. Now I am not saying that you must experience trauma to be able to be conscious in your life but as Steve Jobs said the simple task of,

“Remembering you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.”
I live my life by the cliché, ‘live each day as if it’s your last’ and I am constantly being told that I need to be realistic and that it is not possible. Going back to that same Steve Jobs speech he tells us that:

“each day I looks in the mirror and asks myself, ‘if today were the last day of my life would I be happy to do what I am about to do?’ And if the answer is no for too many days in a row then I know I need to change something.”
It’s really that simple; living each day as if it’s your last doesn’t mean throwing yourself out of a plane everyday it just means be honest with yourself. Be true to who you are. When I embarked on this journey with my EP I didn’t know what I might uncover. My goal was to write something real and share this musical outlet I have with others. Little did I know that I was about to embark on one of the most inspirational journeys I’ve had…The overwhelming lesson I learnt is best explained by Jim Carrey:

“Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world. Risk being seen in all of your glory.”
These people sat down in front of me and bared their soul, some of their darkest moments and biggest fears spoke out loud often to a perfect stranger. They were able to own their past and speak proudly of it without shame or fear of judgment and that is something I admire greatly!



‘Stare At Me’, is track 2 on my EP and it speaks about accepting your physical appearance in its most honest form. The lyrics are drawn from my experience of body image, in particular coming to terms with having several scars on my chest; one the entire length of my sternum, left there from having a tumour removed at the age of 20. However, the song itself was inspired by Katie Piper’s story and her subsequent documentary, ‘My Beautiful Friends’. I feel this song really capture the essence of what this EP is all about. You can read more about the story behind ‘Stare At Me’ here but let me just say, it was a huge part of my journey and who I am today and I am now truly proud of my scars and grateful for them for they gave me my life! When I was choosing a title for the EP ‘Conscious’ jumped out at me like a jack in the box! There was never anything else that would hold the weight of these stories other than that word, for each and every person I spoke to is wholeheartedly awake both inside and out! They know first hand how lucky they are to be alive and they are grateful every day for the opportunity to live. Gratitude for me is the only road that leads to happiness. - Essentially Pop


"REVIEW: SIAN CROSS – ‘CONSCIOUS’ EP"

Having already shared the stage with Jessie J, Daniel Bedingfield and the icon that is Stevie Wonder, Sian Cross is no stranger to the music industry, and she’s well and truly on the way to leaving her own mark on it.

Her EP Conscious showcases her talents superbly and there’s a passion and honesty to her lyrics that have been missing from a lot of releases in recent years. With a vocal delivery that is so full of emotion it sent shivers up this reviewers’ arms at least once, the 5 track collection serves as a great introduction to those who have yet to discover how good this young woman is.

The EP opens with “Tell Anybody”, an anthem perfect for anyone struggling through life or fighting a battle that seems never-ending. It’s a testament to individuality and a call to all those who listen to it to be themselves, to stand up for what they believe in and to live their life their way.

“Stare At Me” was inspired by a Katie Piper documentary Cross watched shortly after undergoing surgery to remove a teratoma, which left her with several scars. While she recovered and while feeling insecure, the documentary encouraged Cross to reveal her true self to those around her; scars and all, and this song is a reminder to everyone, herself included, about the strength that comes with being yourself and accepting who you are 100%.

In a world where so many people are judged and judge others on their appearance, Cross should be commended for creating a song to inspire, encourage and motivate all those who listen to it to think twice about what they say and do, but more importantly, to remind them that we’re all human and that no-one, even if they believe that they are, is perfect – and that’s something we all have in common.

Next is “The World As I”, a melodic little number that would work well as a future single. It’s slower and softer than the previous two tracks, which some listeners might be put off by, but it’s certainly worthy of several listens.

“On and On” meanwhile is another empowering track, inspired by an encounter with a stripper Cross had one day. Strippers and other individuals often get a bad reputation for what they do, without others taking into consideration a persons’ back-story or reasons for doing the job in question. “On And On” serves as yet another reminder that those who do what they want to and what they believe in are some of the strongest people around, and no-one has the right to judge them for it.

Adding a touch of poignancy to the collection, “Four Weeks” is a sentimental track which pays tribute to Cross’ father who died several years ago. The emotion with which Cross delivers the lyrics is enough to bring those who hear it (certainly myself anyway) to tears as she puts into words and to music how difficult for her the loss was to deal with. She wanted to write and share the song as a way of helping others through similar situations and, as she explains, that’s exactly what the track has done:

“Since releasing the song, I have received a number of messages from people expressing the comfort and strength that Four Weeks had given them. One person even told me that they hadn’t been able to grieve for their mum but this song allowed them to release the pain they had been hiding.”

Very few artists in recent years have addressed such a personal issue so publicly as Cross does on this track, the exception perhaps being “Wake Me Up When September Ends” by Green Day, written about the passing of front-man Billie Joe Armstrong’s father, and I for one want to stand up and applaud her for doing so. As someone who lost a loved one a few years back, this song has given me a new perspective and serves as a musical reminder that I’m not alone in struggling with the loss I’ve endured. Sometimes we all need a little reminder that we’re all living life on this Earth together, and as much as we might feel it sometimes, we’re never truly alone in what we’re feeling.

As of this moment, this collection is easily my EP of the year and it will take something truly, truly special to top it. Conscious is available now on iTunes.

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"PREMIERE: Sian Cross returns with new Single"

As time goes by these days, many pop songs seems to get louder and louder – Songstress Sian Cross newest single “Gave Away” isn’t an exception to that trend. With loud and explosive bass effects in the background blends with the Cross ethereal vocals in such a magnificent way that will get you plugged in and replaying the track over and over.

About the song, Sian comments:

Gave Away is about purpose, tells the true story of one women’s struggle for self worth. She was on a downward spiral of self-destruction until the birth of her first child saved her from herself. Being a mother gave her purpose, in her words “she wanted to be a mother that her son could look up to and be proud of.” The unconditional love she has for her child gave her a reason to love herself.

Musically I wanted the track to display the contrast between the world of sex, drugs and drink and the total transformation of becoming a mother. The hard beat, dirty bass and sultry vocal make up the bulk of the track, cut off by a sparse ethereal middle eight with layers of vocal harmonies that crescendo into an explosion of the two representing the not so smooth but ultimate transition between the worlds. In Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs ‘Love and Belonging’ is the third tier and is one of the most vital human needs:

“The emotional reaction at its peak experience has a special flavor of wonder, of awe, of reverence, of humility and surrender before the experience as before something great.” -Abraham Maslow



With heart-stopping tales and spine-tingling vocals, the West Country born and bred singer/songwriter Sian Cross returns with more haunting melodies and dirty beats. She’s already won nods of approval with airplay from BBC Radio 6Music’s Tom Robinson, BBC Radio London’s Gary Crowley as well as embarking on a hectic festival and touring schedule, supporting artists including Mercury Prize nominated Barry Adamson, Lisbee Stainton, Paul Carrack and BBC’s The Naked Choir winners Sons of Pitches.

Now, the songstress is back with new single ‘Gave Away’ from her highly anticipated second EP, ‘Catalyst’. It’s a heady, intense listen, featuring grinding synth beats, a sultry sway, and commanding yet genuine vocals. With carefully crafted power, punch and poignancy, reminiscent of Alice Merton and CAT and the dirty drops of Elohim, it’s the perfect balance of intimacy and inner strength.

Sian Cross is renowned for singing about the things that matter. This EP is no different. It tells a set of compelling true stories, each one based on first-hand accounts from the songs’ subjects. From an expectant mother escaping addiction (as told in ‘Gave Away’ itself), to a widower dealing with Alzheimer’s, each song allows a different voice to be heard. It’s authentic and it’s captivating – everything you’d expect from a towering talent like Sian Cross.

UK Tour Dates

July

15th – Isle of Wight Pride

28th – Standon Calling BBC Introducing Stage

29th – West Lothian Pride



August

12th – Wigan Pride

17th – Hawley Arms, London

19th – The Cellar (Finsborough Arms), London

21st – The Bedford, London

w/e 26th – TVW stock Festival, Wales


September

2nd – Herts Pride


November

12th – Next Level Festival, North Wales - Vents Magazine


Discography

EP
Conscious - 2017

Singles
Tell Anybody - 2016
On And On - 2016
Stare At Me - 2016

Photos

Bio

SIAN CROSS is a singer/songwriter from the West Country with a mind-blowing voice. Her debut release, TELL ANYBODY, was received with critical acclaim and made TRACK OF THE DAY by CLASH MAGAZINE who also premiered the music video. TELL ANYBODY has been championed by a number of regional stations including BBC RADIO LONDON, BBC RADIO CAMBRIDGE, BBC RADIO BRISTOL, BBC 3 COUNTIES, BBC SOLENT and BBC RADIO ESSEX to name a few.

The buzz continued to grow following Sian’s double A Side release of ON AND ON | STARE AT ME with increased regional radio support and saw Sian make an appearance on BBC 3 COUNTIES breakfast show for CHILDREN IN NEED as well as achieving national plays and support from BBC 6 MUSIC’S TOM ROBINSON and BBC RADIO 2's PAUL SEXTON.

STARE AT ME was also play-listed by TOPSHOP | TOPMAN for the month of November and could be heard in all Irish and UK stores.

During what was a very exciting 2016, Sian headlined the ALTERNATIVE ESCAPE at THE GREAT ESCPAE FESTIVAL and toured the UK joining the BBC NAKED CHOIR winners; SONS OF PITCHES, MISHKA SHUBALY, PAUL CARRACK and 80s pop legends CHINA CRISIS on their EUROPEAN TOUR.

Earlier this year Sian was back in session for the BBC, performing a special live show, which was broadcast over Easter weekend. She’s already had a hectic touring schedule, supporting MERCURY PRIZE nominated BARRY ADAMSON on his European tour as well as dates with LISBEE STAINTON and EMMA STEVENS alongside a slot high up the bill at CHILL AT THE MILL Festival in Cornwall. Now gearing up towards the release of her new EP CATALYST, there is no sign of slowing down with two single releases in the pipe-line, a slot on the BBC INTRODUCING STAGE at STANDON CALLING and an appearance at HERTS PRIDE amongst others.

CLASH*****

“There’s an enormous sense of personality to everything Sian Cross”

RAW RAMP*****

“Just when you become mesmerized by the whippy beauty things become darker. This is powerful and passionate.” 

Color Rising*****

“Cross represents an artistic brilliance. Sian Cross is needed in music.”