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Talented musician will perform in Dartford during UK tour

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 July 2014 | UPDATED: 12:32 10 July 2014

Sunjay's album will be released in the coming months. Picture: Charlie Barker.

Sunjay's album will be released in the coming months. Picture: Charlie Barker.

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Sunjay Brayne was just four years old when he started to play the guitar, taught by his father who is a keen amateur guitarist.

His musical talents have gone from strength to strength and now at the age of 20 he is preparing to release his studio album and carry out a tour to support it.

“I just loved Buddy Holly and my dad brought me a guitar and started teaching me chords and it just went from there.

“He was my first teacher,” Sunjay explained.

Sunjay will be performing at more than 100 gigs across the country, and will be coming to Dartford and playing at Dartford Folk Club, Essex Road, Dartford, on July 15.

Speaking about the tour, he said: “[I’m] nervous, excited, a mixture of emotions.

“I did a live album. This is the first studio album. We started about six months ago. I was up until three in the morning last night mixing it but we have done it now.

“I am very happy with it.

“When you’re working on things you always expect something to go wrong but its all come together.

“It’s been a lot of learning for me. I didn’t really have much of an idea how it all worked. In the studio there’s a lot more active thinking about what you’re doing.

“It’s just different and a lot of learning how to use microphones in different ways.

“It’s been a lot of fun and I’ve worked with some really great people as well.”

Sunjay, who was born in Derby and raised in the West Midlands, has supported musicians such as Martin Simpson, Passenger, Phil Beer and Terry Reid, and was a BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Nominee, Winner of the Wath Festival Young Performers Award and a New Roots Competition Finalist in 2012.

Speaking about how his performances have been received over the years, he said: “I think it goes down well.

“I don’t necessarily think everything has to be exactly perfect, as long as it’s performed and it’s entertaining, because nobody wants to go out and see an artist that’s miserable on stage.”

Sunjay is a gifted blues and folk guitarist, but credits a variety of musical influences who have helped him create his own personal sound.

“When I was growing up I just used to listen to anything. I liked classical music right through to Judas Priest. It’s a combination of everything that I listen to.”

Sunjay’s album is due to be released in September, and he is determined that it will only be released in hard copy rather than digitally.

“I’ve decided to take a bit of a stand. We’ll see how far it gets me!” he said.

To find out more about Sunjay or how to purchase a copy of the album please visit sunjaybrayne.com or alternatively visit facebook.com/SunjayBrayneMusic.

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