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Musical medic Cora Manchester prepares to unveil her new EP, influenced by artists like Sam Fender, Florence & The Machine and Fleetwood Mac. Here, she tells us about her music and inspirations…

Who are you and where are you from?

I’m Cora Manchester, I’m an indie pop/rock singer-songwriter from Southport, a seaside town in the North West, now based in Newcastle. 

What is it you do?

I study medicine but in my spare time I’m working on my project of being an independent recording artist. I play piano, write music and sing my own material.

How long have you been doing it?

I’ve been playing piano since I was young and used to play classical, but I only started writing music in lockdown when I realised that I often dreamt up song ideas (I sound crazy I know) and instantly fell in love with songwriting. It took a couple of years of persuasion but then I started singing for the first time and performing my own songs last year when I had a year out to do a music masters at Salford. I then found my feet playing open mics and gigging around Liverpool and Manchester but as of August I’ve moved back up to finish my degree and continue the musical pursuit in Newcastle!

What inspires you?

I have always been really passionate about everything to do with music but I’m inspired by artists like Fleetwood Mac, Meat Loaf, Muse, Sam Fender and also females in indie such as Florence & The Machine and Wolf Alice. I love musicals and initially when I was songwriting I took inspiration from the likes of Phantom of the Opera and the Greatest Showman, and I feel like my music meets in the middle of indie pop/rock and musical theatre, similarly to some of the artists I mentioned above like Muse and Meat Loaf. 

Tell us about your music

My EP is a collection of songs that I wrote in lockdown – I have selected my best six songs from this time period even though I have loads more. At this time I was learning how to write songs and so the EP switches from self reflection to discussing my feelings around the political environment, and ranges from indie rock to musical theatre-style pop! The title track You Haven’t Seen The Last Of Me was a song I actually wrote when I was struggling to know whether I wanted to continue my medical degree now that I’d found this new creative outlet in songwriting, but about being determined to find a way to share my music despite the pressures of medicine. I can now proudly say that I have spent time developing my musical skills so I can do music independently alongside my degree, and you haven’t seen the last of me!

What have you got coming up in the future

I’m a songwriter above anything else and that’s my passion, so I’ve got loads more music in the works that I’m going to be releasing, so stay tuned! On top of that, now that I’ve got the majority of my work recorded I’m going to spend time building a live following to help promote my music, so I’m also hoping to do at least a gig a month now that I’m back up here!

Where can people find out more about you?

InstagramTikTok, Facebook and my website

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