Loretta Heywood releases her debut studio album ‘The Boy Across the Road’ on Far Out Recordings as an exclusive digital release. The album is a collection of songs representing a fourteen year period of Loretta Heywood’s life with all its personal ups and downs, spiritual growth and perseverance to complete this particular life cycle over ten deeply personal tracks.
Beginning in 2000 Heywood began working on new beats and acoustic sounds that formed the start of this decade-long labour of love, starting the writing and recording process with members of Bugz in the Attic, Wai Wan and Victor Davies producing some of the finest West London sounds "I Can’t sleep" and "Keep Your Head to the Sky" amongst them. However it was producer Andy Mitchell and Will Worsley – Sade’s engineer – who mixed and brought together previous tracks written during a decade of Loretta life to form ‘The Boy Across the Road’. Andy embellished and re-recorded the original songs with Loretta adding his own vision and production skills to create a romantic, acoustic sound with a contemporary twist which includes elements of jazz, folk, soul and dance.
Having lived in Japan Loretta Heywood returned to the UK in the 1990s where she met Tim Simenon who had heard the tracks Heywood had recorded for Major Force – ‘Tribe of Love’ & ‘Touch Me Take Me’ – and wanted her to work on the next Bomb the Bass album for which ‘Winter In July’ was written and subsequently became a major hit across Europe.