An East Kilbride singer-songwriter is preparing to release her second album.

Becci Wallace is at the heart of Scotland’s songwriting community, with her first album Fragmentality having multiple national and local radio plays.

Her latest project Present Tense is due for release in November, signalling a return to music following the birth of her two children.

Becci admits that she wasn’t ready for the experience of having children. She said: “It’s hard to truly describe the isolation, detachment and general sadness you can go through.

“The problem with feeling sad when you should be overjoyed is that you then feel guilty, which just makes the whole thing so much worse.

“I had no time to work on music, see my friends, or be anywhere or anything except a mother with two tiny kids.”

Becci bought a loop pedal and opened up her creative side.

She said: “I felt like I had a platform and duty to write something that gave a truthful account of the trials of motherhood and partnerhood.

“Motherhood is beautiful, but it is also challenging, at times unrewarding and thankless.

“What you don’t realise at the time is that a realignment will happen. The beauty of being a mother is that you have no more time to waste.

“The things that are important become blindingly clear. All the other stuff becomes dead weight.”

Becci Wallace is at the heart of Scotland’s songwriting community

  The album, titled Present Tense, is written through the lens of someone who has learned just how important lived experience is.

The single Coloured In, featuring Bryan McFarland (the only male voice on the album) begins a nuanced exploration of the female voice and experience.

The daily rituals and precious moments that flow from nurturing a family find form in her exploaration of human frailties and hidden strengths.

An active campaigner on behalf of women in the music industry, Becci is also the creator of That’s What She Said - a podcast featuring panels and performances from women in music.

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She has performed on STV Glasgow, BBC Radio Scotland, and at Celtic Connections and continues to study and teach music and songwriting, lecturing at the University of the West of Scotland.

Present Tense is set for release on November 1 on all major platforms.