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Soul61: Part 2

It’s been about 3 weeks since I moved out, left Cheshire, and started living in the lovely concrete jungle known as Watford. I can’t believe it’s almost been a whole month since I moved here and started Soul61, it’s still pretty surreal to me that it wasn’t even 4 months ago that I applied to be on the course.

I’ve been so so busy the past couple of weeks, teaching has officially started, we’ve even had one teaching session with Andy Croft in which we went right through the Bible and did a timeline overview of all the big events. Although, we ran out of time towards the end, so the New Testament is summed up by “Jesus Christ does his thing.” We’ve had prayer/ministry teaching with Karen Layzell which has been so useful to me, and we’ve also had communication teaching with Ali Martin, and the idea of doing a talk in front of people is pretty scary so I’m taking all of her advice on board! Also, last week Mike did a teaching session on the different types of personalities, they’re called things like “the wizard” and “the superhero” so obviously that was an exciting afternoon.

On Saturday I went up to Litchfield Cathedral with Mike and a couple of other guys, as Mike was speaking at a day conference and we just went along to be part of his ministry team. It was such an amazing day and the cathedral was so beautiful! I also had a lot of great food which is always a bonus.

Litchfield Cathedral

 

I’ve gotten to know everyone on the course a lot better, and it’s safe to say I am way out of the “honeymoon” phase, but I’m still loving spending time with everyone.

House update: we got more bedbugs which was fabulous and meant we had to send ALL of out clothes and bedding etc. to the launderette and the house had to be fumigated again. I, of course, spilled tomato pasta sauce on the only outfit I had for the two days we were without clothes, so I used that as an excuse to buy a fluffy pink jumper with a rabbit on it because it was cute. But our oven got fixed and our heating is now working, so there’s a light at the end of the dark tunnel that is student life.

One last little thing, I’m leading worship at teaching on Tuesday (25th November) and I’ve had a pretty bad throat/cough for the past week or so, so if you’re a Christian (or even if you’re not) I would love a bit of prayer for healing, as I can’t really sing when my voice sounds this manly.

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The new chapter of my life: Soul61

As you may, or may not, know, I moved down to Watford on November 1st for a gap year course called Soul61, which is basically a Christian leadership course run by Soul Survivor Watford, and I’m on the worship stream.

The move was a little scary, my anxiety started playing up so for the first few days I couldn’t bring myself to eat anything, but I’ve settled in properly now and I’m really loving it here. My friend Deb’s told me that falling in love comes with a feeling of sadness because you don’t want the love to end, and we both agreed that doesn’t just apply to falling in love with a person. I’ve already started to feel sad that this course only lasts for 10 months, and maybe I’m feeling this sadness because I’m tired, or maybe Debs and I are right and I’m already falling in love with this place and this Church and the friends I’ve begun to make already.

It has been a busy week to say the least. I won’t bore you with the details of exactly what I did every moment of every day, but I’ll share some highlights (mainly so I can remember when I come back to look at this in the future).

Sunday was our first time going to the Church as Soul61s, all 3 services were great and it was lovely to feel so welcomed. Also this is the day that Megan and Beth found bedbugs in their room so that was a great experience.

Monday was a get-to-know-everyone day with Andy and the other Soul61 leaders. I obviously had a massive panic attack and completely forgot what to say, but basically now everyone knows about my little obsession with Taylor Swift. We also found out that our house fire alarm works, which was good to know. Also the hob blew up. There was literally fire.

Tuesday was teaching? I literally can’t remember, it seems like so long ago. But I think that’s the day we got advice on how to manage money. We then went to Mike P’s house for dinner, and of course, being the only vegetarian on the course, I probably made things difficult. He showed us a home video of when Andy was his intern and they we’re in Australia. I think it was an attempt to embarrass Andy, but I think this happens every year.

Wednesday was the retreat day so we went to one of the course leaders’ houses which was just outside of Watford and it was beautiful! The area reminded me so much of Cheshire, it was unreal. But this was my favourite day, partly because when we took a break for lunch I went on the trampoline and it was the best thing ever. I also played basketball and I’m thinking of doing it professionally, I was just so good. Then we had a sparkler party at one of the girls houses which was wonderful.

Ok so Thursday was yesterday and that was another teaching day. And then today we got wifi.

So it’s been a really good week, and I’m feeling so encouraged already and I can’t wait to see where God will lead me these next 10 months.

(Also for those who wanted to know, I’m in a house of 6 – me, Megan, Debs, Miriam, Beth, & Jordan – and I couldn’t have asked for better housemates)

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It’s Summer?

It’s been a while since my last blog post. But now here I am finally getting around to writing a new one.

I hope everyone’s having a lovely summer, and I’m wishing good luck to everyone getting exam results or if you’ve already got yours then I hope you’re very happy. Even if you got all U’s, at least you’ve done better than me! (Dropping out of school problems.)

I’ve had a lot of fun over the past few months with playing at the regular open mics, performing at a private wedding, and, I’ve even had time to go camping. Due to repetitive strain injury (RSI) in my wrist,  I haven’t been able to play guitar as much as I’d love,  so I’ve been writing songs a bit more sporadically than usual. Good news is my wrist is getting better and I’m going to find a way to prevent it from happening again.

I have many HUGE announcements coming very soon about some very exciting things, but one little piece of news that I’m excited about is that from November I’ll be living in Watford (North London) for about 10 months. This might not be very exciting for you, but I’m really excited to get to explore new places and meet new people.

There will be some more news VERY SOON  – something I think you will be really excited about. Hint: my debut EP ‘Shatterproof’ seems like it should be coming out soon right?

Also I made cake pops again so that’s exciting.

Sorry this update is rather brief. I’m enjoying spending a lot of time with my family at the moment. Not a lot’s going on that you’d be particularly interested in ;)

Hope you all enjoy the rest of your summer, and good luck with the new school year/ uni year/ college year/ work year/ gap year/ retirement.

 

Izzie :)

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Previously on Izzie Naylor…

Izzie Naylor says hi and performs for 1300 brownies

 

 

It’s been a busy month or so.

I’ve been to gigs aplenty, I’ve performed at gigs aplenty, I’ve just been super busy really.

About a month ago I was back in the studio recording more demos of new songs, that was pretty exciting. I also played at a few markets last month and sold a bunch of EPs, so thank you to everyone who’s bought those! I’ve also done the usual weekly open mic, including onc at The Whiskey Jar in Manchester – it was great to be back there, I absolutely love how everyone who goes loves music!

I played at Barnaby Festival (Cheshire) which was really exciting! I played at Tim Peaks Diner (21st June), which was a little cafe in a marquee set up just for Barnaby. I had such a great time and actually got a queue of people afterwards wanting me to sign EPs. There was a sweet little 10 year old girl who told me she wants to be just like me when she grows up, and that really made my day!

I played at Headlander Festival (22nd June) in the acoustic stage and that was really fun! There was so much noise going on around me that it was hard to hear myself sing, but I still manages to draw in a large crowd, and it was wonderful to have everyone sing with me. I also really liked the outfit I wore that day – just saying.

The next week I went to Amsterdam for 2 days (actually turned into 3 days when my flight home got cancelled but I’m not going to dwell on that) where I met some lovely people and sold a few EPs which was really nice and I can’t wait to visit other places outside of the UK!

I also played at the Snowgoose in Macclesfield as part of Barnaby Festival (28th June) and this was one of my favourite performances to date! Even though there were drunk men at the bar (as there usually is with these types of gigs) and I was struggling with a really bad cold after coming back from Amsterdam, I really really enjoyed myself. And it was the most wonderful thing to see someone singing along to my own songs from the EP! (Shout out to my amazing fan Eleanor for being the first to know all the words to all of my songs – that made me so happy!)

And now we have arrived safely in July, where being busy has not stopped! I went down to Oxfordshire on the 4th for Cornbury Festival. On the 5th I left the festival for a few hours to play my own gig at Cornbury Park for about 1,300 Brownies! (For those who don’t know what Brownies are, they’re pretty much young girl guides/ girl scouts, from about 7-10 years old) I was not prepared for what would happen when I was about to go on stage. The whole marquee erupted with sound as all of the Brownies started screaming for me. Like what even? It was insane and I loved every minute of it. I seriously can’t believe how loud it was, I’m still not sure it was real yet! They all sung so loudly to the cover songs I played for them (including We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together and She Looks So Perfect) and when I was playing one of my own songs they all listened so well and clapped along and held up their hands in heart shapes and I’ve honestly never felt so welcome.

 

Thank you so so much to everyone who has been to my gigs and bought my EP and sung with me and danced and just had a good time, you keep me happy.

But also HUGE thanks to everyone on Twitter/ Facebook/ YouTube etc. for being so supportive of me and for just always being there y’know.. The internet is a funny place and I love it because I have all of these amazing people who follow me and like what I’m doing. I see all the lovely messages and the tweets saying you like my YouTube videos. I even see all of the YouTube comments and they really do make me very happy! So don’t stop being you and I won’t stop being me.

Okay soppiness over ew what was that? Check back here for another blog in a month or so yay and don’t forget to sign up to my mailing list as there’ll be little things to be won quite soon!

 

Love Izzie :)

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BUSY IZZIE

Hello internet friends,

 

I’ve been busy Izzie yet again.

15th May, I played at an open mic at the Kings Arms in Wilmslow, Cheshire, that went down pretty well. 16th May, I performed at Caffe Nero in Macclesfield, Cheshire. This is going to be a monthly gig now, so I’ll start posting when I’ll be playing there under the ‘live’ bit of my website. 17th May, I performed on the Silk FM stage at the Alderley May Fair. It was really sunny which was nice! 18th May, I played a set at the Artisan Market in Wilmslow, Cheshire, which went really well. 25th May, I played at the Treacle Market in Macclesfield, Cheshire.. It started off great and loads of people crowded ’round to watch.. Then it started raining really heavily, but overall I enjoyed it. 26th May, I performed on stage at MayFest in Handforth. I had a really great time and I met some lovely people! 27th May, I played at an open mic at Whiskey Jar in Manchester. It was my first time playing there and everyone was so welcoming, a real music loving crowd. They even asked me to play an extra song! 29th May(today) I’m playing an open mic at 9:30 at Waxy O’Connors in Manchester. I’m really excited because this will be my first time playing there and I’m looking forward to playing to new people.

So I’ve kept myself busy since I last wrote a blog post. Between gigs/ open mics I’ve been writing more songs and I can’t wait for you all to hear them! I’ve also sold quite a few copies of my debut EP ‘Shatterproof’ at recent gigs and I’m really looking forward to finally getting it online so everyone can buy one! But don’t forget, if you want a hard copy of it before if online make sure you come to one of my future gigs/ open mics where I’ll be selling them. (Check the ‘Live’ tab of the website or my twitter: @izzienaylor for info on when my next gigs are.)

If you remember from my last blog post, I went down to London at the start of the month to do some videos with PopShackTV. I recorded a cover of ‘Birthday’ by Katy Perry which is now on their YouTube channel, you can click here to view it. Thank you, thank you  so, so much for all the views it’s had and your comments. I also performed a live an acoustic version of my debut single ‘Shatterproof’ (from my debut EP ‘ Shatterproof’) and that will be on their YouTube too very soon! So keep please a look out for that and keep coming back!

PS: Don’t forget to sign up to my mailing list to be in with the chance of winning a copy of my EP!

Izzie x

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London, Live Sessions, Gigs, New Songs, etc.

Hey guys, long time no blog update.

I’ve been really busy recently, so I’ve got a lot to tell you all about what I’ve been up to.

A couple of weeks ago I was back at Edge Recording Studio, Cheshire, demoing some new songs. I’ve been doing a lot of writing and we’re gradually getting my new songs down in there ideas form. I’m really excited to see how these songs will turn out later on.

I’ve had plenty of gigs, including open mics around Cheshire and Manchester, and also a gig at DeBees Music Bar in Winsford Cheshire. I absolutely love performing so this is a fantastic way to keep busy. Let me know of any good open mics in your area and I’ll try and make it there so you can come and support me!

I’ve also had a couple of live video sessions this past week. I had a live session with Silk FM. I can’t wait for you all to see those videos! And, I also went down to London last week, to record two videos for PopShack, which I’m really excited for you to see!

Speaking of London, whilst I was down there I met up with the musical director of Caffe Nero to talk about my set on their acoustic stage at Cornbury Festival, Oxfordshire. July 6th. I’m really looking forward to playing Cornbury Festival. Any of you going?   I’ll also be playing at Headlander Festival, Cheshire. June 22nd, and I’ll be doing a couple of performances during Barnaby Festival in Macclesfield  (check back soon for more details on my LIVE page).

PLEASE SIGN UP TO MY MAILING LIST  - A CHANCE TO WIN A SIGNED COPY OF MY DEBUT EP

So as you can see, a lot has been happening and there’s such a lot still to happen. If you want to get exciting info before other people please sign up to my mailing list (under the contact part of my website) and you will also be in with a chance of winning a hard copy of my debut EP way before it’s been released online!

Lastly, I just want to say thank you, thank you to everyone who has supported me on this exciting musical journey I’m on. You all keep me smiling and it’s so nice to know that people like what I’m doing!

 

Love Izzie x

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What I’ve Been Up To… (music video, gigs, new songs etc.)

It’s been a while since I’ve written a new blog post but I promise that’s not because I’ve had nothing to talk about!

A couple of weeks ago we shot the video for my very first music video, for my debut single ‘Shatterproof’ off my debut EP (also called ‘Shatterproof’) It was a long day but it was such an exciting experience. I wont give too much away about the video, but I’m really excited for everyone to see it! NOT TOO LONG TO WAIT UNTIL ‘SHATTERPROOF’ NOW!

On the same day as the video shoot, I played at the open mic at The Yard, Alderley Edge, Cheshire. The atmosphere there was great and it was great playing for a room of fellow music lovers. I only played two songs but the reaction was great! I also played at an open mic on the 1st of April at The Lion Moulton, Cheshire. I had a really great evening, and I can’t wait to play at more open mics!

On the subject of gigs, if you’re around Macclesfield Cheshire this Friday night 11th April, then do come along to the Snowgoose where I’ll be playing an acoustic set. I haven’t played there since August so I’m really excited to be back! BRING FRIENDS!

Also, I’ve been pretty busy writing songs lately and I’ll be back at Edge Recording Studio, Cheshire, very soon to record some new demos. Busy Izzie is busy!

Don’t forget to sign up to my mailing list for more info on when ‘Shatterproof’ will be released!

 

Izzie x

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I had a great night supporting Sam Lyon at her EP Launch show

So last Friday I opened for the wonderful Sam Lyon at her EP launch gig in Moulton, Cheshire. I had such a great time, I loved playing my own set and playing a duet with Sam that we wrote last year. I also sold quite a few of my EPs before the official launch of ‘Shatterproof’ so if you don’t yet have a copy, keep looking back at my website/ Twitter/ Facebook for more info on the release and launch gig!DSC_3765 Izzy Naylor DSC_3801 DSC_3770

Here are some photos from the gig taken by Liz Hemmings.

Duet Izzie Naylor and Sam Lyon March 14th 2014 izzy Live acoustic Show Sam Lyons EP Launch Friday 14th March 2014

 

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