‘A little star with elegant, folk-pop songwriting and a plaintive, beautifully fragile voice’.
Living and working in the cultural, creative hotspot of Bristol has given Bex Baxter many layers and textures to draw from.
Bex is a vocal life coach, a professional vocalist and a recording artist playing piano, guitar and ukulele. She’s also learning drums due to being a loyal fan of ‘The Police’ drummer Stewart Copeland.
At Uni – while wearing only a Victorian night dress – she performed her final piece ‘Twilight’ from an old, abandoned railway bridge to an enchanted crowd of 100 people as the sun set, over three consecutive nights.
For all of this and more, Bex was awarded her honours degree in Art and Social Context from Bristol’s University of the West of England, specialising in Performance Art. Soon afterwards, she was leading art and poetry workshops for people experiencing homelessness and developed a magazine to help give them a voice.
Bex performed old classics by the likes of Vera Lynn and Cab Calloway for the elderly in residential care homes while teaching music and dance to people with learning difficulties at City of Bristol College.
It was during these embryonic years that Bex saw the impact of combining music and art with personal development. This grounded her commitment to transformational work.
“Singing is ‘riding emotion on the breath’, and it calls on your vulnerability to do so. I consider it a great honour to hold a safe space in which people find their true voice, a voice that’s usually been waiting in the shadows and is longing to be heard.”
“It feels so nice” – Recorded live at St Georges, Bristol
Professional & Pioneering
With all this experience in her back pocket Bex trained as a life coach and started running programmes for The Prince’s Trust. After 4 years she was given the autonomy to pioneer her first follow on programme, ‘Enabling each other’; a groundbreaking programme that brought corporate groups together with disadvantaged young people to help them work collaboratively in overcoming all kinds of barriers.
A born leader she then went on to help facilitate corporate leadership programmes for large corporations, various accountancy firms, the NHS, and the Police.
Bex also served as company director for Coexist who ran the world famous creative hub ‘Hamilton House’ in Stokes Croft, Bristol.
For 10 years she supported a thriving community of artists, musicians and social enterprises to grow and succeed.
During her time with Coexist, Bex created the first menstrual flexitime policy in the UK. This quickly gained world wide news coverage and saw her doing interviews with major broadsheets such as the New York Times and the Guardian and even made an appearance on BBC’s flagship Morning TV show ‘This morning’ with Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield.
Here’s Bex doing her talk at the highly respected TedX Bristol conference; ‘Ending a Workplace Taboo – TedX
It was this that opened the door for Bex to become a founding partner of cyclical-living.co.uk with the author and menstrual leader Lara Owen.
Bex on ‘This Morning’.
Her sensitive intuitive approach combined with a pioneering spirit has enabled Bex to bring about positive transformation for a diverse array of individuals and groups.
Her coaching work has improved the personal and professional lives of hundreds of people and at the heart of her work is a love and dedication to empowering people to find their true voice, using the arts as a catalyst for change.
Music & Creative Self-Expression
Born into a musical family, Bex found her love of singing early in life.
She began playing the piano at 8 years old, and by 14 trained with the Alicia Bardsley youth choir with whom she performed at the Royal Albert Hall for BBC’s Choir of the year. The rigorous training, and the exposure to performance at such an early age, developed Bex’s technical understanding of vocal harmony and the standard technical approach to performance-level singing.
But it wasn’t until Bex started to perform solo that she began to explore her own sound and vocal expression, tapping into something inside herself that touched audiences and adjudicators. Her ability to express her emotion through sound found her consistently winning regional dancing, singing and piano competitions.
Engaged as a singer-songwriter for several years, leading to a performance at the eminent Bristol music venue St George’s Hall, Bex provided backing vocals for soul band ‘Memzee and the Sweeteners ‘and recorded vocals on Dave Green’s forthcoming album ‘Unsteady On Your Feet’.
Singing in Paris with Fraser Anderson.
In recent years she has been performing and touring internationally with her partner, the revered Scottish folk artist Fraser Anderson.
Her vocals appear on both his most recent album ‘Sankalpa Vol 1, due to be released in spring 2021, recorded at the legendary Christchurch studios where Massive Attack recorded Mezzanine. She is also on his latest release ‘Under the cover of lightness‘ recorded at Peter Gabriel’s studio.
Bex has toured extensively with Fraser and his band, performing at notable venues including:
- Ronnie Scott’s (Jazz venue in London),
- The BBC Club,
- Zermatt Festival Switzerland
- Folk Music Ontario Conference in Ottawa Canada
- National showcase in Paris Trois Baudets
- Celtic Connections Festival
- Showcase – Folk Alliance conference, Kansas
Bex and Fraser also performed as support for Kula Shaker in Rome as part of the Villa Ada summer series and performed on SKY Vintage TV in 2018.
Celebrating the recording of Fraser Anderson’s album ‘Sankalpa’ @ Christ Church Studios, Bristol – (where Massive Attack recorded ‘Mezzanine’).