Daniel and Laura Curtis are two of the most talented and versatile songwriters currently working in the industry today. Hailing from beautiful Wales, they are two of the biggest supporters of maintaining the legacy of the Great American Songbook, and are probably best known for writing “A Miner’s Song” in support of the Welsh National Mining Memorial – which featured such amazing talents as John Owen Jones, Paul Potts, Michael Sheen and Jonathan Pryce among many others.
Now, they are lending their support to this year’s Children In Need campaign. They have written the beautiful “Why Am I Falling“, along with the phenomenal Ramin Karimloo, who also performs on the track. Daniel and Laura are also launching the Your Voice competition, which aims to find the West End talent of tomorrow.
I sat down with Daniel and Laura to chat about their biggest influences, what it’s like to work with Pudsey Bear, and what the future holds . . .
Tell us a little known fact about yourself – something we wouldn’t know by looking at you.
Did you always know you wanted to be a songwriter?
From a music perspective, who are your biggest influences? And who are your favourite artists to listen to?
If you could write a song for any Theatre performer, who would it be and why?
What a great question! Our next project is actually writing an album which will have ten songs on it being sung by ten different theatre performers. We cannot say anything yet but very hopeful we will get to work with some of these great artists. We would love to work with John Owen Jones again who has the most incredible voice. We would love to work with Michael Ball, Kerry Ellis, Alfie Boe, Jeremy Jordan to name just a few. We both really wanted to work with Ramin and are so pleased that we got to do that.
Children in Need is such an amazing charity and what they do to support young people in the UK is just brilliant and we really wanted to do something to support them. We decided to create the ‘Your Voice Musical Theatre Competition’ which will launch very soon. The judges for the competition are, Ryan Molloy, Caroline Sheen, Kerry Ellis, John Owen Jones, Alex Gaumond, Claire Sweeney, Ben Forster and Leanne Jones. The winner will win some West End workshops and some other great prizes. We wanted to write the competition song and wrote with Ramin Karimloo in mind. Ramin had heard ‘A Miner’s Song’ and when we approached him and sent across the song, he was just brilliant and came straight on board. Ramin co-wrote the lyrics with us and the single will be out at the start of September. He really is one of the most incredible performers and is a true perfectionist. A true example to anyone who wants to make it in performing arts.
Alfie Boe told us that every day you need to do something to further your career, whether it’s making a call or sending an e-mail. The great tenor Mario Lanza said that you should sing every song like it’s the last song that you will ever sing and with all the heart and emotion possible and that can also translate to song writing as well. Be individual and never copy anyone else because there is something incredibly special in all of us. If you really believe in yourself and you want to get somewhere then do all you can to get there take every performance opportunity and if none are coming up put on your own shows. Never have regrets over things that you should have done and don’t be afraid to dream.
For more details on the YOUR VOICE competition, including how to enter, check out http://www.yourvoicecompetition.com/home/4577758909 And for more information on Dan and Laura’s upcoming projects check out http://www.danandlauracurtis.com or on Twitter @DanLauraCurtis
Thank you so much to Dan and Laura for taking the time to answer my questions – it was an absolute honour to chat to such a talented pair of musicians! And don’t forget to support “Why Am I Falling” when it is released at the start of September!
Signing off for now,
Blue Eyed Girl Xxx