Singer-songwriter Craig Eddie released his brand new single, Friend For My Soul, this month.
Craig released his first single on Spotify back in 2017. Now, just under two years later, he has released an EP and is currently busy promoting his latest song. Whilst writing his own songs, Craig also covers songs by artists such as Lewis Capaldi and Post Malone on his YouTube Channel.
ENRG Music’s Codie Bullen caught up with Craig to talk music and find out about his latest release.
So Craig, when did you first get into music?
I’ve been singing almost my whole life, a rough guess would be around the age of 7 or 8. I picked up my first guitar at the age of 14 and then around a month later once I started to get the hang of both singing and playing simultaneously, I began to write my own original material.
Who are your biggest musical influencers?
Oh, I have a lot! These include John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Oasis, Michael Jackson, Lewis Capaldi and Paolo Nutini.
Stevie Wonder was a big part of my life from a young age as my dad brought me up on his albums and from listening to him I gained my love for soul music, which to this day has a huge impact on my writing style. The emotion he delivers through his vocals mesmerises me, he sounds the exact same live as he does in the studio, which is a very rare occurrence. His song writing is next level.
How long did it take you to write and produce your new song?
Friend for My Soul took roughly a day to write, although I spent about one month adapting the lyrics until I was 100% satisfied with the outcome. The inspiration behind Friend for My Soul comes from the act of falling in love with someone at first sight, to finding that as time goes on you fall deeper in love every day. The love ballad finishes with a marriage proposal. The whole story behind the song is both me and my partner finding a mutual comfort in our last breath, as we know our souls will never fail to find a way back to each other.
Once the lyrics were complete, I was in the studio for 12 hours with my producer, making sure we paid close attention to every intricate detail, hence why it took so long.
Do you have any advice for those looking to follow a similar path?
My advice would be to not focus too much on the numbers and figures (Money, Social Media etc). Do it for the same reason you started it, because it’s something you’re passionate about. Possessing this mindset has helped me dramatically, as any form of success I now achieve comes as a bonus from doing what I love. Obviously in the process still maintaining a high work rate, as with hard work comes even better rewards.
When it comes down to song writing I would say aim to write as much and as frequently as possible. When I first started out my songs sounded dreadful, but after working hard and being determined the song writing process was embedded into my brain, allowing the creative process to flow more naturally.
What are your plans going into 2019 now this single has been released?
My plans from now on are to continue writing as much as possible and uploading to YouTube more frequently to achieve and maintain public interest. I also have another EP in the pipeline for 2019, along with a few music videos for my current releases.
By Codie Bullen