Founder and MD of award-winning Hackney community choir Victoria Park Singers, singer-songwriter Magenta has worked with Gary Barlow and Disney and lives in Bow, East London. Having sung for over 10 years as a session musician, she’s set to take centre stage with the release of her debut single, Circles, out now and currently BBC Introducing Track of the week, for BBC Radio Leicester.
She started songwriting in her early teens and during her career has worked with jazz star Wynton Marsalis, Disney, trance DJs Genix and Solarstone – as well as sung lead vocals for leading major dance labels. Influenced by artists such as Joni Mitchell, Carol King and the Cardigans, growing up, Magenta was also a fan of boy band Take That. In 2017 she had the opportunity to work with lead singer Gary Barlow on his West End musical GIRLS. She led two mass choirs assembled to perform with Barlow at the Royal Variety Show and the Olivier Awards and also recorded a track with him that she later performed with the cast of GIRLS on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.
“It was amazing to meet and record in the studio with Gary,” says Magenta. “My inner 12-year-old was ridiculously excited!”
Before turning to songwriting, Magenta conducted choirs and appeared on The One Show in 2015 when she was named BBC ‘Unsung Hero’ for her work with community music, founding three thriving community choirs in Leicester and London. More recently she has been writing with songwriting veteran Michael Garvin (23 #1s including Jennifer Lopez’ Waiting for Tonight and George Benson’s Never Give Up on a Good Thing).
Circles takes Magenta on a journey to the beginnings of her musical folk-pop roots. The deeply personal lyrics reflect on how hard is can be to walk away from a relationship even when you know it’s over and are underpinned by a melodic acoustic track and Magenta’s moving, emotional vocal.
Magenta says: “Making this record has been a long time coming, and a real labour of love – but I’m very proud of the results. I don’t know what the future holds but I feel very positive and am very grateful to my friends and family for their support.”
Circles is now available to pre order here on itunes: