Singer-songwriter Jessica Sweetman pens Mother's Day winner

PUBLISHED: 14:52 17 February 2009 | UPDATED: 23:03 15 June 2010

Jessica Sweetman with her mum Sue

Jessica Sweetman with her mum Sue

A SEATON woman was inspired to write a song for her mother when her electricity cut out.

Jessica Sweetman

A SEATON woman was inspired to write a song for her mother when her electricity cut out.Singer-songwriter Jessica Sweetman, 20, produced The Mother's Song in time for Mothering Sunday after she ran out of money for her electric meter and was left in cold and darkness for several hours.Jessica, of Keveral Lane, who was living in a flat in Looe, Cornwall, at the time, said: "It was freezing cold and I had no money to go out, so I thought what am I going to do? "I opened the blinds onto the harbour front, picked up my guitar and wrote the song for my mother."My mum loved the song so much that she cried. "She was really chuffed with it. It was the first song I'd written for someone I know, but after her reaction, I will write songs for everyone."Her mother Sue said: "I cried when Jessica first sang the song to me. "I know I am biased, but I couldn't believe that she had written this song. "To think it's about me makes it the best mothers' day present ever."She added she would turn off the electricity in future to help Jessica write more songs.The Mother's Song is currently on YouTube, but Jessica is trying to get it on iTunes so that people can download it for their mothers.She said: "I've only got five weeks to go and I'm trying to get as many hits as possible. But this time it isn't just about promoting my music - it's about sharing, a present for other people to give their mums."The music business is proving a family affair for the Sweetmans - Sue acting as the inspiration and her father Mark, a fellow-musician, her agent and manager.Jessica started out at 16 as a Norah Jones tribute and performs at gigs across the country. She has since widened her act to include country and pop in the style of Katie Melua, Eva Cassidy and KT Tunstall, along with some of her own tunes.Although she knows the music industry is competitive, she hopes her talent and hard work will help her to be successful.She said: "Singing is something I have always wanted to do. "I do gigs on an evening and enjoy life on the road. "I get to go to new places, try new songs and meet new people all the time."I love it completely. It's quite a competitive business and it's hard to get your work known. "I want to go big time. I will be writing more and trying to get my songs recorded. "I haven't had a break yet but I'm determined to go for it."Jessica will next be performing at the Seven Stars Inn, Tamerton Foliot, on February 21, and at the Inn On The Shore, Downderry, on March 6 and 13. For more information on Jessica, visit www.jessicasweetman.com/


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