Interview: Chris Mossop - Sister Mary & Sister Josephine

Scottish singer-songwriter Chris Mossop takes us on a roadtrip through the southern states of America with his new single ‘Sister Mary and Sister Josephine’. It’s a track on which warm acoustic guitar chords are interwoven with yearning melodic slides, building up to a triumphant, anthemic chorus that calls out for the listener to sing along.  

Lost in the Manor’s Annie Rew Shaw had a chat with Chris to find out more about how the song came to life and what he’s planning next...

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Annie) Hi Chris! Can you introduce yourself to our readers?

Chris) Hello there, my name is Chris Mossop, I’m a singer/songwriter originally from Edinburgh but live partly in London and partly in Edinburgh; it’s all very here, there and everywhere.

Congratulations on your new single ‘Sister Mary and Sister Josephine’. What was the inspiration behind the song?

I’d had the riff for this song for about two years but just none of the lyrics I’d tried seemed to suit; all I knew was that I wanted it to be upbeat and fun. Then one day, it just happened. I tried the mindset of imagining myself being on the open road in the states and then ‘Sister Mary and Sister Josephine’ was born.

Where did you record it?

I recorded it at Mattison Studios in Harringay, North London with the very talented producer Julien Baraness.

The last time I saw you was at your EP launch show at The Finsbury. How are you finding the music scene in London compared to Scotland?

Well, it’s definitely bigger, that’s for sure. More venues to perform and even more people trying to make their way in this crazy world of music. However, I have been lucky enough to meet some amazing and talented musicians down here.

If you could perform at any venue in the world, where would it be and why?

Oooh, very good question. I think it would have to be The Royal Albert Hall because I still remember the first time I stepped in there and it just took my breath away.

What’s the best advice you’ve been given as a musician?

There has been so much of it – it’s difficult to pick something. I would say, pick out your strengths and play to them.

What’s next for you? Is there more music or any live shows on the way?

Lots of live music over the summer. I’ll be performing at The Finsbury for the Sunday Kinda Love event on Sunday 30 June from 7pm. I will also be featuring heavily in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year. I’ll be posting on social media  all the information on that soon.

And lastly, I have two more singles to release later this year, which I’m pretty excited about.