April Lee Fields is an author, a soulful songstress and a spoken word artist who effortlessly brings the quietude of the written word to life by submerging her audience in the sacred and ancient art of storytelling.
With travel being a large part of April’s life, an assortment of her poetic pieces personify such personal pilgrimages, openly discussing the lessons that she has learned from her travels. In April’s writing, she uses her own real-life circumstances as an example in which others are able to reflect, relate to and measure themselves up against.
In 2017, April self-published her debut novel, ‘A Version of You.’
‘A Version of You’ is a spellbinding 550 page travel memoir that narrates one year of the author’s life on the road. Within its pages, a myriad of topics are shamelessly versed and delicately tackled; such as personal development, the kaleidoscopic depths of love and loss, as well as the powerful remembrance of magic & spirituality in a world where such things are often forgotten.
‘A Version of You’ is available in paperback, e-book & audiobook; narrated by the author.
In 2019, April self-published a book of poetry entitled, ‘Wild Flower.’
‘Wild Flower’ is a 250 page book of thought-provoking, tantalizing poetry that, whilst delving deep into the reflections of the self as well as the inner workings of humanity, also serves as the sister piece to her memoir, ‘A Version of You.’
In 2019, April composed a spoken word album entitled, ‘WanderLust.’
Comprised of a mixture of poetry & literature, the album is an eclectic mix of varied musical projects that April has embarked upon over the years and then selectively scattered throughout this unique body of work.
In 2020, during the midst of a global pandemic, April also independently produced a spoken word album entitled, ‘Steeped in Story & Song.’
The spoken word album is a musical demonstration of April & accompanying bandmate, Twiggman’s, selective pairing of cover songs, original musical compositions and poetry.
April has been the lead singer for several various genre-diverse bands across the world:
In Australia April provided lead vocals for Craigus McVegas and the Sistahood: A collection of three soulful women who, steeped in improve artistry, rap, chant and groove to the eclectic sounds of electronic funk.
In New Zealand April was the vocalist for Chai Sol: Two tea maiden offering a musical ceremony of ethereal trip hop, spoken word and Zen wave soul.
In America April joined band, Swamp Rats and together they created a fusion of blue grass inspired spoken word that took them on a 1400 miles tour across the United States.
Story & Song
Performing live readings from her works, April effortlessly brings the quietude of the written word to life by submerging her audience in the sacred and ancient art of storytelling. Her original poetic performances take her audience on an epic Spoken Word journey across continents; from small-town America to hippy communes deep in the Australian Outback, from the linoleum suburbs of her hometown in Cornwall, UK, to overgrown jungle temples deep in the heart of Asia.
Each performance is set against a gentle instrumental backdrop where her vivid descriptions of both the exotic and the mundane are effortlessly entwined with a soulful observation that will completely transport her listener into a world of pure literary and melodic magic.
Performing her craft at many of Australia’s leading festivals, such as Rainbow Serpent, Earth Frequency and Newkind, April has travelled across the world with her poetry and literature. She has performed in and won a number of Spoken Word competitions such as the New Zealand 2014 Regional Slam Championship, and played in a multitude of venues throughout New Zealand, Australia, Europe and America.
Live Gigs @ The Pearl, New Orleans:
With youth work also being of great importance to her, April has previously partnered with organisations such as Share Mentoring Program (UK), dedicating years of her life to working with young and troubled youth. April has also offered motivational talks at Universities across New Zealand, such as Kāpiti College & Wellington University and, through her uplifting journey towards her own literary craft, April draws from her own turbulent past and shares a powerful message of creativity and the importance of following one's dreams amidst any and all adversity.
April is currently working on publishing a collection of 10 short stories that have been extracted from her memoir, A Version of You. Each digestible booklet offers a mixed medium of classic literature and modern QR code supported audiobook files; narrated by the author. At the end of each booklet, a chapter related musical download is offered, correlating to the production of April’s upcoming third album.
April has not only created her very own niche style within the world of spoken word but also beautifully curates her own shows; hosting open mic slots and booking feature poetic performers, fire twirlers and burlesque performances to accompany her own act of Story & Song.
April produces her own music, writes, edits, formats, designs, self publishes, campaigns and markets her literature completely independently and, further adding to her world of beauty and spirituality, she also models; using these powerful images to support her cover work.
April Lee Fields is the epitome of a one woman army and, ultimately, a diverse force to be reckoned with.