November 17, 2019
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BBC Success for EMERGING Songwriter Crispin Letts.

The gripping new BBC1 detective series “STRIKE” Starring Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger hit screens nationally over the August Bank Holiday Weekend with a series of three episodes entitled “The Cuckoo’s Calling”  and is a tense and gripping drama based on the novel by writer Robert Galbraith – a pseudonym of celebrated author JK Rowling of Harry Potter fame.

actor Tom Burke plays Co Strike (photo credit Facebook / BBC)

But the tense and gripping drama is not confined to the screenplay as songwriter Crispin Letts relates to us in recounting the events which led to the eleventh hour collaboration between himself and Primetime Emmy and Bafta Award Winner and series composer Adrian Johnston to write and record the programe theme song “I Walk Beside You ” sung by Beth Rowley only days before the recording deadline ..

A songwriter since the age of 16, Crispin, who plays guitar and piano, has been enjoying a successful career as an actor and drama teacher. He told us he’d never actually taken steps to exploit his music in any way until a friend told him .. “one thing’s for sure , if you don’t do something about it, you will NEVER make money from your songs!”


So how did the opportunity arise? ….   “It was all a very last minute thing”  Crispin told us, ” There were already two sets of lyrics and melody they were playing around with and everyone was agreeing that neither were strong.

With only three days to go before the recording deadline, my wife, who is the executive producer asked me if I could step in and have a go. I said I would try and already knowing the scripts, the characters and the tone of the programme was immensely helpful. Both melody and lyrics came quickly, its wonderful and a bit mysterious when that happens isn’t it ? Everyone seemed to like it,  and two days later there I was in the recording studio hearing the wonderful Beth Rowley sing my tune and words. Amazing !”

 Crispin collaborated with Adrian Johnston, the Primetime Emmy and Bafta Award Winner and series composer and they are already discussing possibilities of working on future collaborations.
Meanwhile , Crispin has joined PRS and is already receiving royalties ! So what next ?
TSA Andalucian Retreat

Songwriting Academy Andalucian

Well, Right now he’s heading for a Songwriting Retreat in Spain for a week of songwriting and collaboration with members and music industry professionals from The Songwriting Academy !   

Crispin joined the TSA as a Platinum Member earlier this year “The Music Business is a business I don’t know very well,” he said, “so I joined the TSA to meet and learn from successful people in the industry and to meet and write with fellow songwriters.”  

A great move forward in his songwriting career and an indisputable success for his first commercial songwriting venture.

Join US in sending CONGRATULATIONS to  CRISPIN and wishing him continuing Success !


CHECK : The Songwriting Academy HERE


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