Lisa Stansfield talks celebrating long-term romance on new album Deeper
As she returns with new album Deeper, we chatted to singer Lisa Stanfield about making the album and celebrating 30 years of marriage in her lyrics...
When did you start putting together the songs for Deeper?
"We’ve been writing this album for the last few years, we are always writing songs, ideas just keep popping into our heads!"
How did you want the album to move on from what you did on Seven?
"We never really consciously make decisions like that, to me this album is like the child of the first two albums. It shares the same genes but still has its own personality."
You made the album with Ian Devaney and Snowboy, what did they bring to the writing and recording process?
"Ian and I have always worked together and Snowboy has played with us since day one, he’s so talented and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of music, which is incredible."
How has your songwriting process changed over the years? Do songs come together more quickly now? Or does it take as long as it always did?
"We’ve always written in the same way, sometimes Ian comes up with a melody first and other times I come up with lyrics first, it varies but we’re always thinking about songs one way or other."
What kind of album is this lyrically? Do you think there’s a theme running through it?
"I’m pretty nosy so I really watch other people. They might be talking about what they’re having for dinner but I’ll read things into the situation and come up with a little story. It’s always about the mood of something. There’s one song, 'Deeper', which is my love song to my husband Ian because it’s a lot deeper now. We’ve been married for 30 years!"
When did you settle on Deeper for the title? Were any other titles in contention?
"We considered others but everyone loved the title Deeper and it’s a great song too!"
What are your plans to take the album out live?
"We’re touring the UK now and then straight onto Europe and further afield later in the year. I’m really loving performing and the audiences have been amazing."
You’ve got eight albums to choose from now, how will you go about choosing what you put in your live set?
"We always play a mixture of old and new songs, obviously, it’s exciting for us to play new songs but people don’t pay good money for me to be self-indulgent so we play lots of people’s favourites too."