Paige Temperley Discusses #girlswritesongstoo
25-year-old Singer-Songwriter Paige Temperley from Newcastle is launching a campaign set to encourage more girls to write songs, called #girlswritesongstoo.
She aims to work with seven different girls from around the area of Newcastle to release a new video each day across her social media from June 18.
The idea of the video series is to encourage more girls who have a passion for music to share their songs and get people to support the movement through using the hashtag #girlswritesongstoo:
“I think that the biggest thing from song writing is that it doesn’t have to be a number one. It doesn’t have to be a job either. It can be something you do just for you. I’m by no means an expert but I feel like I am a happier and healthier person for having written songs.”
Paige also mentions that during the campaign she’ll be putting together tips and advice for those who would like to be involved, but have never done it before, to help them get started.
The inspiration behind the campaign came when PRS (an organisation which collects song writing royalties for around 125K members) revealed that only 2% of their members in the North East are female.
Shocked by this information, Paige aims to make sure that the initiative inspires more girls and women to write, sing and perform their music:
“Something I’ve noticed in gender is that you don’t see as many girls playing instruments. Girls are represented more in singing and the vocal side of things but not so much with the instrumentation.”
She hopes that through this campaign fellow musicians will feel as though they have another place to “put stuff”, as she states that she’s not the type of person who would normally vocalise her emotions and feelings, but she has found that she can do so through song writing.
In addition to performing solo, Paige is currently also part of the folk pop duo Tall Shaves and she has been singing since she was a young girl.
Despite already playing the guitar, ukulele, drums and bass guitar, she “wants to keep learning.”
The #girlswritesongstoo campaign will run from June 18 2018 and will be available to watch on her social media and YouTube channel.