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Sunday 20 April 2014

Oniyama: Great things in pipeline

Josephine Oniyama is now working on her music full time

Singer-songwriter Josephine Oniyama has told how it was a "good feeling" when she was finally able to quit her job to pursue a music career.

The 30-year-old from Manchester started writing songs when she was in her teens and released her debut album, Portrait, last October - and gave up her day job last year.

She said: "I was able to quit my job last year. It was a good feeling, but I quite liked my job.

"The temptation now is to sit at a computer and spend all day online, but I try to be more disciplined than that."

The singer revealed she has been doing more writing now she has more time.

"A bit, not loads," she said. "The reason I quit was because I had too many commitments touring and doing promotion, so what would be work time has been taken up with that. I've written some really good songs. There are some great things in the pipeline."

Josephine admitted it has taken a while for her to get to this point in her career.

"It's been a while, and when you're younger you have lots of big dreams," she said. "You think anything is possible, and it's less so as you get older. I'd had some great feedback at that point and just thought and hoped things would carry on going as they were.

"I've never thought of doing anything else, though. I've always worked and played music in my spare time, so I didn't think of packing it in. There's no reason to pack in a hobby, something you do at the weekends and in the evening. I've always worked alongside music."

:: Josephine begins a UK tour on April 9. For more information, visit www.josephineoniyama.com.

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