Despite all the disruptions that the coronavirus has brought, the ever-hardworking Elles Bailey has remained determined to release her new single, ‘Woman Like Me’, on time.
“Woman Like Me was written with my long-term touring guitarist Joe Wilkins and my good friend Tamara Stewart,” Elles explains, “The song is about being a confident, independent woman, and about being comfortable in your own skin. Yes — there is a man in the story — but this song is most certainly about the woman! I aspire to be this woman: to break away from the torments of my own mind and society’s idea of how a woman ‘should be’.”
“It was recorded with my touring band as part of the ‘Blacktop Companion’ sessions, when we had 20 mins to spare at the end of the session. Everything was done live and the only thing we added was to bring in Tania Hancheroff on background vocals to add some extra sparkle.”
Musicians invited to record on ‘Woman Like Me’ includes Elles herself; Joe Wilkins on guitar; Jonny Henderson on organ; Matthew Waer on bass; Matthew Jones on drums; plus, Tania Hancheroff on background vocals.
Like many live-touring artists, Elles has had to postpone her Spring Tour to Autumn. In the meantime, Elles hasn’t been idle during lockdown.
“I’m not going to lie,” Elles grimaces, “the first few days were pretty tough, especially as on my birthday I had to officially announce the postponement of my tour. However, I’m not one to sit on my laurels so have been doing live streams with a donation link. All the money raised is going to my band and tour family, who have lost all their work with my UK & European tour being postponed.“