Cerys Eless who is currently studying a BTEC in Popular Music at Ysgol Aberconwy, has been selected to perform live at Focus Wales, an international showcase festival focusing on emerging talent, in May this year. Not only that, she’s also recently recorded two of her new songs which have made it to radio and she’s secured herself a space at the prestigious BIMM Institute in Manchester!
Cerys has always had an interest in music from a young age, from writing songs at 11 years old to performing live at 15 and now she’s achieving national radio coverage, there really is no limit for Cerys and where this may take her next. In September 2019, she’ll start a song-writing diploma at BIMM and with her focus and dedication this will springboard her career within the music industry.
Cerys wants to make a career out of what she loves doing the most. Her music is described as a blend of indie pop and soul, with a dash of blues too and she draws upon her musical influences to inspire her to create new songs. Cerys said, “The best time to create a new song is when my emotions are going into overdrive. The feeling from a raw emotion is best directed towards song writing, you have to do it in the moment and not lose the chance, because sometimes this is when you create your best pieces.” When she’s not writing her own songs, she loves listening to Adele, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande and Lewis Capaldi.
Cerys not only juggles life as a teenager and student, with school holidays spent in local recording studios, she’s also appeared as a guest on Calon FM (Wrexham) where she performed two of her new songs, one from her current EP and chatted to host Pete Rogers about her forthcoming appearance at Focus Wales. It’s not just Calon FM who have noticed her talent too as Adam Walton has played three of her original tracks, including one of her new songs ‘Emotionally Unattached’ to his listeners on his BBC Introducing show Saturday night.
We caught up with Cerys to find out what she’s most looking forward to in the future. Here’s what she had to say…
“As I’m preparing for Focus Wales I’m starting to feel a mixture of nerves and excitement but I guess that’s normal. I’m looking forward to taking to the stage and performing my songs, to what will be the largest audience in my music career so far.
The feeling I get when I perform on stage is incredible and I want to experience this feeling every day, performing to different audiences so they can hear what I’m all about and what I have to offer.
I’m lucky to have my family and friends around me who provide me with support and I can’t thank my dad enough, as he is the one who drives me around to all my lessons, gigs and auditions.
I’m so excited about starting at BIMM in September, as this is my opportunity to focus on doing what I love and taking my music career to the next level!”
Andrew Umpleby, Ysgol Aberconwy Sixth Form Popular Music teacher stated, “We’re all incredibly proud of Cerys’ achievements so far. She has a natural talent for writing and performing and with a little bit of nurturing she’ll go far. It’s an exciting time for Cerys and her family and we can’t wait to see what’s next for her.”