Category Archives: Eat My Brunch

Serenade The Stars – talk debut single & forthcoming album

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I talked to singer/songwriter, Damian Carruthers, from Serenade The Stars.


Damian Carruthers (Guitar)

Matthew Harman (Vocals)

James Wrigley (Guitar, Bass, Ukele, Mandolin)

James Burton (Percussion)

David Pickup (Vocals)

INTERVIEW plus sample of COUNTING STARS (Feat David Pickup on vocals) & the debut single SHES THE ONE (Feat Matthew Harman on vocals)


The guys are currently working on their debut album which is due out in the Autumn of 2018.

Their debut album will primarily tell the life story of main songwriter Damian Carruthers – A musical Autobiography of sorts which aims to bring together Music, Art, Film and Storytelling all into one project. This will all arrive in one package featuring a book and a CD. T

December 1st 2017 sees the release of the bands debut single ‘Shes The One’ – the track will be available on all platforms globally and is available on pre order from ITUNES.

Twitter @serenadethestars

Deborah from Sawyerrs House educating youngsters and adults on money literacy


Great to have Deborah Sawyerrs from Sawyerrs House back on the show.

Her goal is to educated youngsters and adults on money literacy.  Deborah also helps women who are or have been victims of domestic violence where money has been a contributing factor build wealth with or without money.


My name is Deborah, the brains behind Sawyerrshouse. I teach scholars and students money literacy so that they become financially fit adults.

I teach simple, savvy, stylish and sexy how-to solutions to saving bigger, spending better and investing bravely.

I serve my savvy hungry community through vibrant blogging, eCoaching, live and digital talks and education.

Recruitment Specialist Penny Hollington on how to get that job! (Part One)


Did you know that your C.V. gets judged within 7 seconds? Want to get that job? More here.


Joined in the studio by Penny Hollington from Hollington Associates. Hollington Associates is an independent specialist recruiter within the office support market, working with clients and candidates throughout Essex.

Each month Penny will be at Phoenix FM to look at different ways you can get your C.V. to the top of the pile, how to impress during an interview, help for school leavers and people returning to work after a break.

Hollington Associates are based in Brentwood, resource support professionals at all levels.

They support both clients and candidates through the recruitment process, taking the time to really understand what both parties are looking for, to ensure they get the right person for the right role every time.

With Hollington Associates it’s personal, we meet every client and candidate we work with.

With Hollington Associates it’s about building long term relationships, based on delivering a service that is honest, open and professional.

We offer…

  • A full recruitment service, finding the ideal candidate for the vacancy
  • Support during the recruitment process, to create a job specification, screen CV’s, conduct interviews, or assist at offer and pre-employment stage
  • CV advice and interview coaching for school leavers, graduates and experienced support professionals

Brentwood Mayor talks Charity Fundraising Event, Town Twinning, Half Marathons & Tom Cruise!

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Great to be Joined in the studio by Brentwood Mayor, Will Russell, who came in to talk about the up and coming Mayors Charity Fundraising Event.

The Definitive Rat Pack, who have had rave reviews all over the world, have agreed to perform at The Mayors Charity Fundraising Event at The Brentwood Centre, Brentwood 12th November.

Tickets are flying at£20.00 each and it looks to be an incredible evening of music.

The Brentwood Centre, Essex on Sunday 12 November 2017
Doors Open at 6:00PM
Starts at 7:00PM
Ticket Price: £20.00*

Interview with The Mayor of Brentwood talking :- Town Twinning, Half Marathon, Mayors Charity Fundraiser, Billericay Street Pastors & Tom Cruise. 


The Rat Pack epitomised cool in the 1960s. Their impromptu sellout shows caused a stir and attracted the rich and famous, it was a must have ticket to see these guys joke around and sing some of the finest songs ever written.

The Definitive Rat Pack are best known as the original cast members of The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas who have now created their own and more personal show. They recently performed at Indigo at the O2, this is your chance to see them on your doorstep for less than half price – and with free parking!

Stephen Triffitt, George Daniel Long and Mark Adams have for more than 10 years faithfully re-created that era. There are other Rat Packs out there so if you want the best it must be DEFINITIVE and must be these artists. Accept no imitations!

The international press has said of them:

“Each performer is a master of his craft, but like the original Rat Pack, the real showbiz magic happens when all three work together. Brilliant!!  Paul Phear (London’s Magic 105.4FM)

“Stephen Triffitt ‘IS’ Frank Sinatra” – Arts Desk

“If he wasn’t Mark Adams he would be Dean Martin” – BBC

“George Daniel Long is an uncannily convincing Sammy Davis Jr.” – Daily Mail

Joined onstage by the three delectable Golddiggers and some of the finest musicians in the industry, they will perform many of the classic songs as well as many seasonal favourites. Take a trip back to a golden era and sit back and watch, undoubtedly, some of the worlds finest interpreters of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. add a touch of magic to your evening.

A message from The Mayor of Brentwood, Cllr Will Russell

The Mayors’ Community Trust Fund is a new charity I have founded with the help of members from the community.

I was inspired to start this charity after a young family struggled to make ends meet when their child was receiving treatment for ependymoma. Young Sky put on a brave fight but eventually succumbed to the effects of the disease and fell asleep never to wake.

The charity purpose is to promote community cohesion through public events. Offer grants to small charities for their own events, part fund local charitable projects and of course, Sky’s Clause makes it possible to fund individual cases of need.

So, the event I have managed to book is the original cast of The Rat Pack!

They will be flying in from a show in Barcelona the day before.

The Definitive Rat Pack will be supported by the “gold diggers” and a nine piece big band. This is a one off show and these guys regularly sell out in far away shores such as Las Vegas and Dubai.

I hope you are able to attend the event yourself as it promises to be a truly amazing night of music. In addition, raising much needed support for charitable causes around the Borough.

Will Russell, The Mayor of Brentwood

If you would like the Mayor to attend your event


The Book Club (October) with Sylvia Kent & Brian Hughes

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This months book club was particularly fascinating with our guest writer Brian Hughes, MBE. Brian is a consultant solicitor from Shenfield based solicitors, RAINER HUGHES and often appears on Scott Ross’s One Two Three Show.

Really looking forward to reading Brian’s book when it is released which is about his incredible life adventures.




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Pictured. Brian, Oli and Michelle


Sylvia contributes to national, regional magazines and on-line journals. Following her Freelance Writer of the Year award for Writing Magazine, she began work on FOLKLORE OF ESSEX which contributed to Channel s film COUNTY SECRETS. Sylvia’s book THE WOMAN WRITER, published by the History Press is sold @ the British Library. This history of the Society of Women Writers & Journalists dates from 1894 and includes pioneers who made their mark in journalism, literature & poetry. Sylvia celebrates the centenary of Joyce Grenfell, a former SWWJ president. A chapter is dedicated to Joyce who meanders throughout the book which was reviewed in The Times, other dailies & YouTube. Sylvia is Archivist. She work with several publishers including on-line specialists.Ebook titles are BRENTWOOD: HISTORIC TOWN & ST MARY MAGDALEN: BILLERICAY, both downloadable via Kindle. later books are kindlised. 2,000 articles are linked to Facebook,Twitter @sylviaakent & Suite 101. Film/audio clips now added.

Sylvia’s 10th book Barking & Dagenham From Old Photographs is selling well.

Sophie Griffiths 15 Year Old Singer/Songwriter from Essex Live

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Joined in the studio by singer/songwriter Sophie Griffiths who came in to talk about her debut single, A Thousand Times, released on 20th October.

Sophie talked about her music, her future plans and THE FACTOR ESSEX 2017, in which she is a finalist. She could be the future winner!


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Sophie with Oli Harvey



NIRIS talk to Phoenix FM

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INTERVIEW – NIRIS talk Song writing, Passion for music, Vinyl, Football and more! 


With their recent cover of The Last Of Us hitting 115K views on Facebook and 3.22M plays on Soundcloud, NIRIS who are Chris Hatwell (Flamenco Rhythmic Guitarist and Pianist) & Nick Engel (Latin & Blues Guitarist) from Essex, are certainly impressive.

Beautifully crafted instrumentals and they are so passionate about their music. There up and coming projects working along side vocalists and rappers will be one to watch.

These guys are good and you can catch them live all over Essex at selected venues, check the website for more details.

The boys will be back to Phoenix at the end of November to play live in session.

NIRIS music duo style ranges from: Spanish, Classical, Easy-Listening, Chilled out Instrumental, Film Music, Blues & Jazz.



Author Peter Jones – funny, witty, sad, dating, uplifting Interview

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(Peter Jones & Michelle Ward with “yuuuuful” glow provided by photo editing).

Long time no see Mr Jones! Great to have best-selling author, Peter Jones, back on the show. Besides writing loads of self help books, Peter is also a regular on the public speaking circuit bringing his humour, energy and engaging talks to audiences all over the country.  Peter has now moved back to his true love, fiction! So with this brand new book in his hand My Girlfriend’s Perfect Ex-Boyfriend we talked about his latest work (which is that book I just mentioned about a second ago).

INTERVIEW WITH PETER (including dating tips, stalking Facebook and the new book).


Adrian Turner, Mountaineer, Secret Agent, Fireman… Ade would dearly like to be any of these things, though he’d trade them all to win the heart of feisty Public Relations Executive, Paige.

Instead, he’s a disillusioned school teacher, on suspension, after an unfortunate incident with a heavy piece of computer equipment. And somebody’s foot.

And Paige? Despite being his girlfriend for the past eighteen months, she still seems to have one foot out of the door and hasn’t quite committed to leaving a toothbrush in the bathroom.

Of course, it doesn’t help that she’s working with her ex-boyfriend, Sebastian. A man who in almost every way imaginable is better, taller, wealthier, hairier, and infinitely more successful than Ade.

Is Paige still in love with Sebastian? Why then did she suggest they get away for a few days? Some place romantic…

But when Adrian finds himself in Slovenia – with Sebastian in the room down the hall as he realises there’ serious possibility that he’s in danger of losing his job, his mind, and the woman he loves…

All books available via Amazon

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Show 3 – Jenny Essex talks Misotherapy Micro Needling, Rosacea & Bum Lifts!


Joined in the studio by Jenny Essex who is a Responsible/Ethical Aesthetics/Beauty/Brand Journalist/Writer/Blogger and part of Netmums bloggers network. Making mums feel good about themselves without the guilt.

This month we talked about a variety of different aesthetics treatments misotherapy micro needling, treatments for rosacea, WOW facial and a soon to be had, Bum Lift!


Brain Tumour Charity – Interview with Singer/Songwriter Dee Hepburn & Fundraiser Claire Howell

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Always a pleasure to have Dee Hepburn (formerly Hunter) in the studio. Dee is a very talented singer/songwriter/pianist/producer from Essex. Her original material is beautifully crafted and today we got to hear two more of her tracks from an album (yet untitled) which is due out towards Christmas.

Joining Dee today was Claire Howell Community Fundraiser for The Brain Tumour Charity.

A very inspiring interview with two girls who bring joy to others through music and positivity.

Would you believe there is 500 million pounds spent on Cancer Research in the UK every year but less than 2% is spent on brain cancer. The Brain Tumour Charity is run on donations and they rely on fundraising.

If you would like to get involved look at their website or this year, order your Christmas cards via their website. Give a little to help a lot x