Feels Like Healing
My guest this week is English singer/songwriter Sam Brookes. Sam is a Bristol-based alt folk artist who has featured and collaborated with artists as diverse as Lucy Rose and Basement Jaxx. His 2011 eponymous debut saw him named as Sunday Times ‘Breaking Act’ and his independently released follow up Kairos was picked as one of the best albums of 2014 by The Independent. Considerable streaming success and support slots for the likes of Willy Mason, Scott Matthews and Joan Armatrading have also earned Sam a dedicated following.
Black Feathers, which was released in 2020, is Sam's first album in six years and is described as “a meditation on grief”.
We talk about how Sam began writing the songs for Black Feathers as a response to several significant (and traumatic) life events which all occurred within a short space of time, the end of a long-term relationship, the death of his Dad and also the loss of a friend to suicide.
You can find more information about Sam at: https://www.sambrookes.com/
or follow Sam on Instagram / @sambrookes
Music featured in this episode:
'18 and Sleeping' by Sam Brookes (Listen here: https://bit.ly/3vNyf3k)
Feels Like Healing is a show where I talk to creative people about how grief has shaped their art.
These conversations are here to show how those who have suffered loss have found comfort and solace through the act of being creative and how creativity can help us all better understand our grief and reach a place of healing.
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Produced / Edited by Al Lewis
Theme music by Al Lewis