Penny Broadhurst is a singer and songwriter, based in Leeds in West Yorkshire, UK. Penny is known for writing sharp lyrics, showcasing her unique voice and world view. She believes in hooks, harmonies and all-out pop music, and hates it when all the songs sound the same. Her Allons-y! EP was released in September 2007. You can buy it from her website, in the shop. Penny has played Wireless, Latitude, Truck, Moor Music, Solfest, Ladyfest and Glastonbury festivals and been played on BBC Radio 1, Xfm, BBC 6 Music, Radio Magnetic etc as well as local and internet radio stations. She was shortlisted by the BBC World Service for their Next Big Things of 2007. Penny is currently working on an album at the Soundmill studio in Leeds with Hightone Productions, working title A Little More Sonic, and she is looking for publishing/label/licensing opportunities - plus a good manager. Gigs are nice too - though not if you run ticklists or ask how many she'll pull as that's a quick way to annoy and you'll get a lecture about DIY promotion. Before getting into music, Penny started out in the less than fashionable world of spoken word, She quickly ditched the poetry and spoken word circuit for gigs supporting bands and comedians, figuring that the best plan was to play events she was going to enjoy with people she liked. People like Patrick Wolf, Das Wanderlust, Damo Suzuki, Robin Ince, Jo Neary and Frank Turner. In 2005 Penny released an album of spoken word with music (Blue Bank). which got some radio play and press attention. She went on to perform at a variety of festivals, and put a book out of lyrics and poems (That Way Out) in 2006. One of her poems was recorded for broadcast by Radio 4 in 2007. Realising she could write choruses after all, Penny started writing pop songs and recording them in Leeds in Autumn 2006. If you are looking for the text of her poems or her lyrics online, you will only find the odd poem she has allowed other sites to publish. Her book, That Way Out, contains many of her poems and lyrics and is available to buy for a low price from her website, Amazon (click Used & New) and all good bookshops. Alternatively, you can listen to her spoken word CD, Blue Bank, online at Last.fm (where you can check out free MP3s), buy it from her website or Amazon (click Used & New), or download it from iTunes. If you want to know more, please read the FAQ on her website.
You can hear samples of both her music and spoken word on Last.fm.
All poems are copyright of the originating author. Permission must be obtained before using or performing others' poems.
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