I’ve always been a fan of songwriters who can take a step back from life, really look at it in detail, make sense of it, and then turn that perspective into something beautiful.
A modern, and fiestily independent example of such, is Romy Gensale (Jen-zar-leh) ...
Currently living the true creative dream on her houseboat, Romy grew up in the vibrant multi-cultural town of Lewisham.
She says she “fell in love with the acoustic guitar” age 5, when her Italian uncle from Bedford played ‘Hey Jude’ to her in a solitary moment in his front room.
She was spell bound! After many years of persistent nagging, she received her first guitar at the age of 9 and had Spanish classical lessons for a couple of years giving her an excellent foundation.
Story writing and poetry had always been a cathartic pastime for Romy, and she first put words to music when she started meeting other musicians at around age 19 ; Also around that time she found herself in an all female band called ‘Drunk on Cake’, playing bass guitar and has performed in duos of various genres over the years, playing in smoky old London venues, from The Marquee and Borderline to the faithful and rocking old Greyhound pub on Fulham Palace Road – a magnet for ambitious musicians.
She became a professional musician in 2015 as a result of realising it was time to take her music to a new level .. and her first highly acclaimed solo album “The Garden” is something we have just come across!
Romy’s strength as a Live performer is actually quite brilliantly captured on this album – what you hear is what you get with her voice ; Romy’s vocals are soulful, and gentle for the most part but occasionally she draws from somewhere deeper, and you feel a sharper edge – her voice is truly an instrument, for her storytelling.
Recorded and produced by the talented engineer/multi-instrumentalist Richard Young, who was also able to add classy guitar, bass, keyboard, piano, harmonica… you name it ... with musical additions from Fabian Bonner on double bass, Myke Clifford on sax, Jo Ash on piano and Jay Greenfield on rock guitar.
Lend her your ears over at https://romygensale.bandcamp.com/album/the-garden