Guildford-based songwriter Jo Mackinnon is a classically trained cellist and pianist. Jo writes songs in a variety of genres with lyrics reflecting her observations and experiences of love, social and political culture and modern life.
It has also been her privilege to work with some highly respected professional musicians including Mike Sturgis, Stefan Redtenbacher, Jon Bishop and vocalist Kirsten Joy (featured on BBC’s The Voice UK). Her musical influences are diverse. She grew up listening to the Top 40 chart hits of the 1980s but also loves the emotive melodies of classical composers such as Elgar, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov and Beethoven. Jo is inspired by great musical innovators including George Gershwin, John Lennon, Pink Floyd, Stevie Wonder, Kate Bush and Imogen Heap.
Earlier in life she earned the role of lead cellist in the Somerset County Youth Orchestra and also recorded a number of vocal and strings sessions at Crescent Studios working with producer David Lord.
Jo has a background in business sales and marketing and is also a qualified teacher who uses her professional experience to help music students, working for the last 8 years at The Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford as a Music Business Lecturer and career development mentor.