AMIRIA GRENELL: Three Feathers
By Tim Gruar
Grenell grew up on a Canterbury horse-breeding farm run by her parents – Deirdre and country singing legend John Grenell, organisers of the Whitecliffs Family Music Festivals. With three older (subsequently feted) muso brothers it was only natural she wanted to join them, and at age 10 she began strumming away. Her early performances were at folk festivals where she sang originals about animals and saving the planet. ‘Three Feathers’ is the distillation of all that, and begins with Honey, about loving someone despite their glaring differences – no doubt to be heard at future weddings and anniversaries. I’m Your Lady has an absolute feeling of satisfaction, and a warm glow of sing-along bliss to it. She might not have the husky maiden voice of Mel Parsons or the sweet singsong lilt of Jess Chambers, but Grenell’s got an unmistakeable presence that comes through in her writing and delivery.