Iona is a professionally trained vocalist with a Masters in Performance and Media Health (Distinction) and a BMus (Hons) First Class Music Degree in Popular Music Performance from London’s renowned Vocaltech School of Music. Iona has recorded and performed as a solo artist, session singer, harpist and backing vocalist throughout London between 2003 – 2009, in San Francisco and Los Angeles during 2007, and across Scotland between 2010 – 2015. Iona has recorded, performed and worked with many professional musicians and music companies. Iona loves collaborating with new artists and is available for hire as a session singer, backing vocalist, harpist, songwriter, lyricist.
Iona’s unique sound has been described as gorgeous vocals floating over a folk tinged musical backdrop, with an intermingled sense of both tradition and the contemporary. While her music is cleverly catchy, it washes over the listener with a serenity that is rare in the modern pop world, and the stories contained within her songs come to life with foot stomping rhythms and vivid lyrical imagery.
Iona is a significant UK singer songwriter, drawing inspiration from her unique life experience and wonder of nature. Growing up in an Eco village in the Scottish highlands before embarking on a music career in London has given her a fresh perspective. With a voice that soothes the soul and lyrics that speak straight to the heart, Iona draws comparisons to artists like Jewel, Tori Amos and Sinead O,Connor.
Iona works as a songwriter, session singer, vocal arranger and backing vocalist. She is always looking for new artists and companies to work with and enjoys a new challenge! Iona most recently began working for an online music publisher that provides vocal samples for writers and producers online.
Iona recently returned to live in Findhorn (the spiritual eco-village she grew up in), where she is writing, recording and performing again, and is planning on releasing a new album in the summer/autumn of 2015/16. At the same time, Iona is available for weddings and business functions as a Celtic/Folk/Pop Singer and Harpist.