Isn’t It Time You Discovered UK Singer-Songwriter Emily Maguire?

UK Singer-songwriter Emily MaguireAcclaimed singer-songwriter Emily Maguire is performing at Artrix Arts Centre on Saturday 28th September 2013.

Best-known for her strong, thought-provoking lyrics and ‘supremely expressive vocals’ (Rock’n’Reel Magazine), Emily’s songs have been played regularly on Radio 2 and have won her fans across the globe.

Classically trained on cello, piano and flute, Emily taught herself the guitar and started writing songs when she found herself stuck at home with a chronic illness.  A few years later, back on her feet and fed up with grey skies and concrete, she decided to give up her flat in London for a shack made from recycled wood, tin and potato sacks on a farm out in the Australian bush.  There she set up her own record label Shaktu Records with partner Christian Dunham, and for four years lived an eco-friendly, self-sufficient lifestyle, financing her music by making and selling goats cheese on the farm.

Following the release of her critically acclaimed albums ‘Stranger Place’ and ‘Keep Walking’, Emily returned to the UK touring extensively with some of the world’s great singer-songwriters including Don McLean, Eric Bibb, Paul Brady and Roddy Frame.  The title track of ‘Keep Walking’ was playlisted on Radio 2 in the UK and on ABC Radio across Australia.  Emily’s third album ‘Believer’, a ‘masterpiece’ according to Maverick Magazine, won rave reviews in the music press with 2 songs playlisted on Radio 2.

After 7 months on the road in 2011 with the former lead singer of Dr Hook, Dennis Locorriere, Emily took time out from touring in 2012 to write and record her fourth studio album ‘Bird Inside A Cage’.  The album was produced by Nigel Butler (k.d. lang, Will Young, Robbie Williams) known to TV lovers as one of the producers on X Factor.  With its release funded entirely by Emily’s fans, ‘Bird Inside A Cage’ is a bold departure from her previous recordings while still retaining all the underlying trademarks of her emotive, lyric-rich songs.  The album was released in July 2013.

Emily will be performing at Artrix Arts Centre, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove on Saturday 28th September 2013.  Tickets are £10, available from the Box Office on 01527 577330 or online at


“A class act”

“Assured…intelligent…enjoyable…a true artist”


Contact: Christian Dunham at Shaktu Records
Phone: 07910 332393

High-res downloadable photos available from the press-pack at

All Canadian booking enquiries:
Christine Bode, Scully Love Promo
Phone: 613-531-9549 (office)
613-453-2419 (cell)

Start Over Again by Emily Maguire

Book Review
Title: Start Over Again
Author: Emily Maguire
Publisher: Emily Maguire
Released: 2010
Pages: 230
ISBN-10: 0956680100
ISBN-13: 978-0956680105
Stars: 4.5

Emily Maguire is a beautiful young woman, a gifted singer-songwriter, a skilled maker of goat’s cheese, a person of above average intelligence, and a deeply spiritual human being who knows what it feels like to go insane. Emily Maguire has bipolar disorder, but rather than allowing it to disable her, she has chosen to see it as enabling her to be who she really is, even though it means she has to start over again after every breakdown.

Start Over Again is the title of Emily’s first book: a combination brief autobiography/collection of lyrics, poetry, prose and journal entries that tell the story of her very challenging but extremely interesting and ultimately rewarding young life, from 1991 (age 16) to the present (age 35). In only five short years, Emily has morphed from living on disability in London and having no idea about what to do with her life, to a woman who lived in a tin & potato sack shack in the Sunshine Coast of Australia with her lover, to a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter who has played the Royal Albert Hall and whose songs have been featured on BBC Radio 2.

I am a fan of Emily Maguire’s thoughtful lyrics and sun-kissed, sea-breezed, soothing vocals and ever since I first heard her song “Keep Walking” in 2008, I couldn’t help but adore her. With three albums to her credit, including A Stranger Place, Keep Walking and Believer, and tours across the UK with such prestigious and well known artists as Don McLean, Glenn Tillbrook & Roddy Frame, Emily has evolved from a young woman afflicted with intense fibromyalgia (resulting from a car crash when she was still a teenager) and manic depression into an eloquent, exquisite and valiant artist who has chosen to allow the world to take a look inside her head and to be an advocate for those too afraid to share their voice.

“It’s like trying to make tea when your tripping
Or trying to run in a dream
I feel like the face in the painting The Scream”

Emily’s courage in publishing this work is colossal. Start Over Again is an honest, poignant, often painful, but amazingly hopeful and positive message to anyone who suffers from depression or a mood/personality disorder. It is okay to acknowledge your feelings – to own them – to learn how to manage them and to take responsibility for your own health & wellness without being labeled as someone who is somehow deficient, less than, or broken.

As someone who suffers from episodes of depression and who comes from a family with a history of clinical depression, fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s, and an inability to cope with significant stress, I have enormous empathy for Emily. I understand all too well what it feels like to wonder if you’re going mad and whether fighting to stay grounded and self-composed in this difficult but beautiful world is worth the significant effort. I choked back tears while reading Emily’s Foreward and found myself feeling deeply moved and reflective about my own journey.

Emily, who finds comfort in Buddhism, will give you hope when you read her story. She will reinforce the fact that being different from what society perceives as “normal” is something to be embraced rather than ashamed of. Emily’s willingness to open up about her drug use, mood management, and her stay in a mental hospital will undoubtedly encourage her readers to look at people they know who deal with similar issues in a whole new light. It’s so true that “suffering is something we love to watch from a distance.” But the truth is that none of us can make it through this life without help of some kind and a lot of love.

3 Jan 2010
I can buy
So many things
That I don’t need
But only feed
My desire
To be
Other than who I am
Sitting if I stand
Taller if I’m short
Wiser if I’ve bought
Too many things
That I don’t need
To satisfy this wrathful greed
The hungry ghost inside my head
Who picks my mind
Until I bled
Until I buy some other thing
To close the cut for just a blink
Of an eye then open just a chink
Enough to let the demon out
To dance and rant and scream and shout
Don’t think that you can shut the door
When all you want you want is more”

After reading Start Over Again you will hear Emily Maguire’s lyrics with different ears and her songs will become infinitely more meaningful. She hasn’t professed to have found the answer to her problems, but she’s absolutely willing to keep walking and persevere through her hours of darkness. She is a revelation.

Emily Maguire Starts Over Again

This morning I received this newsletter from English singer-songwriter Emily Maguire, whom I adore.

“Hi everyone,

As promised, I can now tell you about the writing project I’ve been working on these past few months.

I’ve written a book called ‘Start Over Again’. It’s based on the verses of that song (from my album ‘Believer’) and is a collection of poetry, prose, song-lyrics and some very personal diary entries. It tells the real story behind my songs…

You might have heard me talking about it yesterday morning on Radio 2. If you want to know more, click here. The book is available now to order from Amazon or direct from Shaktu Records.

Hope all’s well in your world.

With best wishes,


I have been so inspired by the fact that the very brave and beautiful Emily has just revealed to the world that she suffers from bipolar disorder and she has written this book, Start Over Again about her experiences, that I’ve been sharing it with my entire social network.

Everyone has dealt with depression at some point or another and I have several friends who have bipolar disorder – some who are willing to talk about it – and others who are not. While I am not bipolar, I am very emotional, have suffered with depression, lacked the self-confidence to manifest my dreams, and can’t deal with a lot of stress very well any more. When I’m stressed out, I can’t sleep and we all know how hard it is to function properly when we don’t sleep well.

I’m someone who is not afraid to talk about most things, but many people are and they need the kind of inspiration and encouragement that someone like Emily can provide.

One of the things I struggle with most is trying to not put out negative thoughts and words in public and thereby manifesting more negativity into my life (The Law of Attraction scares the hell out of me sometimes!). I’m not an optimist by nature and I have to work hard at seeing the light in a dark situation.

We should concentrate on taking care of ourselves first and then focus on what it is that we truly want to do. I know that my focus has been really scattered for a while now and I have to work extra hard at keeping it on track just to get the things accomplished that I need to do in a week. I can’t imagine how hard Emily’s struggle has been (or any of my friends who have bipolar disorder) and I can’t wait to read her book because I think it will be extremely inspirational.

These are the lyrics to Emily’s song Start Over Again from her latest album, Believer:

(Emily Maguire)

Caught in the muddy waters, falling down
If I could breathe then I would drown
I’m fifteen, I feel older than God
I got dreams and a hole in my heart

And he said
Go slow, be kind, be wise
Start over again

Out of the muddy waters, I come round
I said I’m off to London town
My love is strong, the years roll by
But now it’s gone in the blink of an eye

And he said
Go slow, you need time, be wise
Start over again

Thrown in the muddy waters, I come down
And you were waiting there on the ground
And then you put your hand in mine
You put your heart on the line

And you said
We’ll go slow, you need time, be mine
And start over again

So pour on the muddy waters, I won’t drown
I’ll be walking a hilltop town
And I will make the most of time
And someday to a child of mine

Well I’ll say
Go slow, be kind, be wise
Start over again, just start over again

If you haven’t already discovered this amazing and talented woman and her gorgeous pop/folk music, drop by her Facebook page to see her and listen for yourself.

Emily Maguire Is Caffe Nero’s Artist Of The Month!

English singer-songwriter Emily Maguire‘s new single I’d Rather Be from her latest album ‘Believer’ is now on the BBC Radio 2 Playlist!

Emily is teaming up with Caffe Nero (a large coffee chain in the UK) to do a special intimate show on every Thursday in January and February. The coffee shops will be kept open late as a special one-off and the shows will be between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm.

The dates and towns in England are:

Jan. 14th Cambridge – 11 Market St.
Jan. 21st Oxford – 14 High St.
Jan. 28th Bath – 21 High St.
Feb. 4th Manchester – 8a Oxford Rd.
Feb. 11th Birmingham – 42-47 Waterloo St.
Feb. 18th Gloucester – 7 Southgate St.
Feb. 25th Brighton – 39-40 Bond St.

Keep up with Emily on Facebook here or read more about her on my Clients page.

Need Help Creating a Facebook Fan Page?

Screen Shot of Singer-songwriter Emily Maguire's Facebook Fan Page

You don’t know how to create a fan page for yourself on Facebook? Don’t worry!! Scully Love Promo can help you, FOR FREE!!

In honour of my new website launch, I’d like to make a special, limited offer, until March 2010, to help authors and musicians out there to create their own Facebook fan page (very much like the one in the photo that I created for Emily Maguire) and to get you started with developing your fan/friend base on Facebook. If you have a new book or CD you’d like to promote, or you simply want to let people know that you’re a writer or a musician who would love some feedback and interaction, I can assist you with your very own fan page on Facebook.

All you have to do is email me at and let me know you’re interested. If you’re willing to send me the materials via email that I’ll need to get started, like: photos, videos, MP3 files, bio information, descriptions of your books or CDs, and more, I’ll be happy to help get you started and teach you how to maintain the fan page for yourself, as an administrator. I’ll give you all the tips I can possibly think of to make your fan page a success and one that will keep your fans coming back for more news from you on a regular basis. A willingness to interact with your fans is key!

Remember, “if you build it, they will come!”