Artist Spotlight: Drakeford
Drakeford is a husband and wife duo based in Tennessee. Their music is folksy at heart with hints of pop throughout, with the finger-picking style being as clear and crisp as the vocal articulation. Their ability to tell stories and paint pictures with their lyrics make them a perfect fit for Songfinch.
We sat down with Drakeford to chat about what they’re up to, what it’s like working with your spouse in a band and more.
Thank you for taking the time to chat with us. I always start off these convos with asking you to tell us a bit about you and what got you into music.
Well, I started writing poetry when I was about 7 under the guidance of my mother, who is an amazing poet! In middle school I started playing guitar and realized very quickly that songwriting was just poetry set to music, so I put my two passions together and became a songwriter.
So Drakeford is made up of you and your wife, that’s awesome. Explain why you decided to pair up with your wife and how it is working together professionally.
It is a blast! I met Lucy-Jayne about 8 years ago and pretty much instantly we started making music together. We were on the same traveling street performance team bouncing around Europe and the Near East, and our similar passions for art and communication not only lead us to falling in love, but also into doing music together full time! It’s not all rainbows and sunshine working together as a married couple, but I wouldn’t trade being able to do this for anything!
You guys have a nice following on Spotify with over 45,000 monthly listeners – congrats on that! How did you build your following and what do you want your fans to get from your music?
To be honest, it’s still blowing our minds that there are that many people in the world listening to our music! We’ve been touring pretty heavily for the last 3 years and building some cool friendships on the road, and I’d like to think that the honesty and heart that we try to infuse in all our music is connecting with people. Music has never really been about making money for us, we simply want to share thoughts and ideas that we think are beneficial to society.
Last month you put out your new single “We’ll Be Alright” – how has the response been around that song? Talk a bit about the meaning behind the song and how it came to be.
The response has been incredible! Constantly touring and sharing our music has been an amazing experience, but being on the road and away from home and community was starting to take a toll on us. “We’ll be Alright” is a hopeful, yet honest love song about the struggles we’ve been facing that says, “As long as we’ve got each other, we’ll be just fine”. The idea came to us on a long drive back home from a show, and we sat down together that afternoon and wrote the whole thing!
Five years from now, you have achieved what you want in your music career – what does that look like?
What a great question! What that looks like to me right now is having a couple songs cut by more well known artists that gives us some financial stability to: 1) Keep writing and recording the music we feel passionate about. 2) and to allow us to not be dependant on constantly traveling and playing a ton of shows to pay the bills. That and maybe get invited to tour with some artists that we really look up to!
Do you have any new projects in the works? What’s next for you?
We do! Between now and the end of the year we are releasing 3 more singles, including a new christmas original that I am SO excited about! Our next release is in a few weeks, so keep an eye out. We have plans to record another album for next year, but until then we’ll be releasing singles and youtube videos pretty consistently.
I feel you guys have a perfect balance of folk and pop within your music. How would you describe your sound/music in three words?
If you could collab with any songwriter, producer or artist, who would it be and why?
I’d have to say Jason Mraz, just because he’s had such massive influence on me as a writer and performer! Also Daniel Tashian, who produced Kacey Musgraves’ latest record because that is one of the best sounding pieces of music I’ve ever heard.
Who are your top 3 favorite musicians right now?
Anything else that you’d want to let the readers know?
We’re friendly people and we’d love to hear from you so feel free to reach our via social media or our website! All can be found by searching, “Drakeford Music”.