Meet The Team

Laura Westcott
Founder & CEO

Laura is a classically trained musician with first-hand experience of stage fright and anxiety. She suffered for years before experiencing the transformational benefits of mental health coaching. Laura is very passionate about the prevention of such issues happening to others, and is the reason she created Music for Mental Wealth.

Following her role as PR Manager and tech reviewer for The Times newspaper and Content Editor for News Corp in NYC, Laura founded Music for Mental Wealth to prevent mental health challenges in the music industry, after experiencing anxiety herself for many years and having panic attacks on stage.

Laura is also the founder of Soundcheque live events company raising awareness and funding for charitable causes through music. She spent one week voluntarily blind before founding Sound for Sight charity and most recently co-founded Phoenix Rising, a global network supporting female change-makers.

Laura is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a singer in the London Philharmonic Choir and has a BA Hons in music.

Stewart Lane

Stewart Lane
Head Coach & Facilitator

Stewart is a coach, consultant trainer and facilitator with a background in the music industry as a composer and performer. Stewart has a Diploma in Performance Coaching from Newcastle University and has nearly twenty years experience working with visionary entrepreneurs, creatives and leaders.

He was the Personal Development Training Manager for the Charity, Training For Life and Training Programmes Director for 3C Partners. He has designed and delivered bespoke training programmes for numerous organisations and businesses, including: the national Every Child Matters initiative (TDA), National College of School Leadership and The Talent Foundation in conjunction with the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office developing cognitive behavioural psychology based coaching methodologies for use in large organisations (BT and Customs & Excise), and numerous London Boroughs (Brent, Hackney, Southwark, Tower Hamlets).

He has also designed and run training courses for charities such as:- Crisis, The Transitional Spaces project, St Mungos and Business Action On Homelessness.

In 2017, Stewart was commissioned by the producers of the cognitive ability enhancement app, Brainwell, to design content and compose music for their sister app Mindwell (coming soon). Stewart produced over 250 guides and meditations (using his and Laura’s voices) to support users in improving their mental and physical well-being based on his experience as a life and performance coach.

Claire Horseman
Coach & Mentor

Claire has spent her entire career in the music industry starting out on reception of a small independent record company and working her way up through Sony Music before landing the Managing Director role at Coda Music Agency. Claire is featured in Music Week’s ‘Most Influential Women in Music’ and has worked with many superstar artists.

In 2017 and after 4 1/2 years at Coda, she decided to leave to pursue her passion of helping and supporting individuals and organisations within the entertainment industry and beyond. She believes she can equip future leaders through coaching and has a particular interest in working with middle management and executives that are ‘on-the-rise’.

She is also a qualified England Netball Coach and teaches in primary schools across Southeast London. Claire is an accredited Mental Health First Aider (MHFA England).

Rebecca Kane Burton
Ambassador

Rebecca Kane Burton is the CEO at LW Theatres where, since 2016, she has presided over the running of its seven West End theatres including The London Palladium, Theatre Royal Drury Lane and Her Majesty’s Theatre.

Rebecca is passionate about facilitating memorable experiences in beautiful and historical venues, and has had the privilege of looking after a number of illustrious buildings during her career; from Alexandra Palace to Kenwood House, Wellington Arch to The O2, and many others in between.

Rebecca began her career at English Heritage as Operational Planning Manager for London. Rebecca spent eight years at English Heritage, culminating in her appointment as Director of the London region.

In 2009 Rebecca became MD of the iconic North London venue Alexandra Palace, where she kick-started its business transformation.

Subsequently, Rebecca moved to The O2 where she was MD for almost five years, overseeing the world’s number one music venue. Just some of her highlights during this time included transforming the building’s visitor experience, opening the attraction ‘Up at The O2’ and hosting the 2012 Olympics.

Rebecca enjoys ongoing involvement in various aspects of music charity work, both in terms of taking an active role within specific charities, and through the many charity performances that take place each year within LW Theatres venues.

John Giddings

John Giddings
Ambassador

John Giddings is the managing director of Solo music agency and is an agent and promoter who has been responsible for tours by the likes of The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Genesis, Celine Dion, Iggy Pop and David Bowie. In 2002 he revived the Isle of Wight Festival and continues to run the festival today.

Artists John has worked with

Ace
Alesha Dixon
Alison Moyet
Barbra Streisand
Bette Midler
Beyoncé
Big Country
Blondie
Boomtown Rats
Boyzone
Celine Dion
Celtic Woman
The Charlatans
The Corrs
Daryl Hall
David Bowie
Dexys Midnight Runners
Duran Duran
Generation X
Gene Loves Jezebel
Genesis
The High Kings
Hot Chocolate
Howard Jones
Iggy Pop
Il Divo
James
James Walsh
Josh Groban
Julian Lennon
Justin Timberlake
Kid Creole and the Coconuts
Little Mix
Madonna
Meat Loaf
Melanie C
Mike and the Mechanics
N*E*R*D
Mike Oldfield
Paul Simon
Paul Young
Pharrell Williams
Phil Collins
Public Image Limited
Ramones
Rhianna
Rolling Stones
Ronan Keating
Sadie and the Hotheads
Shakira
Shane Filan
Shayne Ward
Sex Pistols
Smokie
Spandau Ballet
Spice Girls
Starsailor
Steve Hackett
Sting
Suzanne Vega
Suzi Quatro
Tears For Fears
The Adverts
The Lover Speaks
The Stranglers
Tim Burgess
Todd Rundgren
U2
Ultravox
Usher
X-Ray Spex
Westlife
Wet Wet Wet

KT Tunstall

KT Tunstall
Ambassador

Since scoring a worldwide smash with her debut album ‘Eye To The Telescope’ in 2004, which went on to sell over 5 million copies, KT Tunstall has remained at the forefront of UK singer- songwriter talent.

Over the next decade, three further critically acclaimed albums followed; ‘Drastic Fantastic’, ‘Tiger Suit’ and ‘Invisible Empire//Crescent Moon’ in 2007, 2010 and 2013 respectively, keeping the platinum sales rolling and cementing the Scottish singer-songwriter’s reputation as a major recording talent, as well as a mesmerising live artist.

Tunstall has toured the world many times over. She outsold every other female artist in the UK in 2005, won the 2006 Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist, won the Ivor Novello Best Song award for her huge, self-penned hit ‘Suddenly I See’, and a Q award for Track of the Year. She also landed a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and lent her tunes to a host of movies and TV shows (‘Suddenly I See’, used in the iconic opening scene of Meryl Streep flick ‘The Devil Wears Prada’).

2012 and the years that followed saw a seismic shift in outlook – the loss of her father, a divorce, and a relocation to Venice Beach, California.

After a period of healing, soul-searching, and a change of scenery, 2016 hailed the arrival of the first of a trilogy of albums, the critically acclaimed UK top 10 album – ‘KIN’. The trilogy evokes, separately and in sequence, spirit, body and mind. With ‘KIN’ being her phoenix-from- the-ashes ‘spirit’ album, 2018 marked the second offering of that trilogy, the ‘body’ album ‘WAX’ – released October 5th.

Speaking about her 6th studio album, Tunstall says of ‘WAX’ “I knew before I started writing that I wanted it to be an electric guitar record. It had to be visceral, about the physical, and the weight of that, and the obstacles of that. It’s a record about human-ness, which we so often just write off as ‘flaws’.”

The title a nod to the viscous pungency of one of the body’s natural substances. “Wax evokes colonies of bees, candlelight, the material that the first long-playing records were made of”, she explains, “but more than that, wax is produced inside your own head. You unconsciously create it, and then weirdly that same basic substance has been used for centuries to make the most lifelike replicas of human beings. It has a life glow to it. It sticks to you. We have these strange, ancient connections and relationships with wax. How odd is it that the body produces all these substances from all these holes!” laughs this stoutly down-to-earth singer, songwriter and guitarist.

Lead single “The River”, which was released August 23rd, opens with an arresting synth hook, before Tunstall’s powerful voice enters, emotionally taking centre stage. The track builds with strong rhythmic guitar textures, exploding into an anthemic chorus. Heavy guitar riffs are central to this track capturing the dirt, grit and physicality of the album. Tunstall explains, “it’s about wanting to escape the madness in the world, escaping bad relationships, and wanting to be washed clean – emancipation through nature”. The single was named one of Rolling Stone’s ‘Songs You Need To Know’. The music video, directed by Alexo Wandael, premiered on Clash Magazine and features KT performing a sensual routine with dancer Alex Thomas.

KT released ‘WAX’ in October 2018 via Virgin Records (UK) / Rostrum Records/ InGrooves (US / RoW). “WAX” entered the UK album chart at number 15 (Tunstall’s 6th Top 20 album in the UK), was featured on Spotify’s ‘New Music Friday’ playlist in a dozen countries worldwide and received critical acclaim from both national publications and specialist music outlets in both the UK and USA.

“Golden throated Scottish Warbler KT Tunstall, fearless troubadour and artist of the people, continues to blaze her own trail on this, her 6th album, WAX. Having toured with her recently and been privy to her voice and songs nightly, I can vouch for her honest humour and a musical quest that’s uniquely uplifting.”
-Chrissie Hynde

Second single, ‘Human Being’, was released in December 2018, accompanied by a selfdirected video by Tunstall which was premiered on NYLON and features an 8-year-old black belt nunchuck talent Eccaia Sampson. KT says of the video: “My vision for the video was to create a mirror between a young, crazy- talented, bold little girl, and link that burgeoning energy to a band of warrioress women”. The track was playlisted by BBC Radio 2.

The last few years have seen something of a creative rebirth for Tunstall. Upon relocating to the west coast of the USA, she was accepted as one of six annual fellows for the Sundance Film Institute’s Composers Lab (hosted by George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch in Northern California) and has since scored music for short and feature films.

She has also been awarded the Inspirational Artist gong at the Women In Music Awards and was chosen as the first ever female Grand Marshal (following the likes of Sir Sean Connery) to lead April 2018’s annual New York Tartan Week parade. In May 2018 she and Mike McCready, of legendary multi-million selling Pearl Jam, released a cover of Tom Petty’s huge hit single ‘I Won’t Back Down’ with proceeds going to Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy Foundation.

In 2018, KT performed sold-out intimate headline shows across the UK and US and toured worldwide supporting acclaimed artists including Simple Minds, The Pretenders, Barenaked Ladies and Gary Barlow.

2019 saw KT perform a headline tour across the UK and Europe with her all-female band, play at festivals all over the UK (including a headline set at Glastonbury and sets at Isle of Wight, HebCelt, Larmer Tree and Car Fest), toured across the US & Canada, supported Hall & Oates on their UK arena tour and played shows in Japan, China, the Netherlands, Mexico and Brazil.

Touring continued for KT in early 2020 with headline shows in the US, performing with Jools Holland across Europe, and playing New York’s legendary Madison Square Garden – supporting Hall and Oates.

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