Shuna Lovelle’s collaborative track The Strangest Times with DJ Alex Tronic saw national press and Scotland On Sunday’s Artist of the Week as well as BBC Introducing airtime with Pheobe Inglis-Holmes and Shereen Cutkelvin. She has now dropped new release Rise Up, which The Fountain have caught up with her about. She spoke about the music as well as her hopes to play live soon.

TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Rise Up?

So far the reception has been really amazing – I’ve found that when people know the story behind the song and have also lost someone close to them in the last year there have been a lot of tears – I don’t think I’ve ever written a song where I’ve seen grown men getting a little teary eyed (they denied it at the time though but there was definitely tears).

TF: How would you sum up the track in one sentence?

A sentimental, lyrical ballad with a soft and gentle feel for the listener.

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?

I’ve a couple tracks getting ready to mix that have a more neo-soul and jazz influence to them and the plan is to hopefully release an EP by the end of the year. If gigging becomes viable again that’s something I can’t wait for!

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?

I love The Mash House as a venue – it’s such a nice space for feeling close to the audience and I’ve always had such good gigs there. I can’t wait to play a festival! I miss the festival vibe so much and meeting people who maybe wouldn’t have heard your music before.