Welcome To Steep Smithy Music

Steep Smithy Music draws this unusual name from its location on a steep hill named Smithy Lane at the foot of which a blacksmith’s forge once traded. The company was formed in 2013 by songwriter / producer Mike Croft.

An in-house demo studio and a network of musician friends and contacts in the industry enables Steep Smithy to engage in the business of creating songs and offer support and career development to the exceptional young artists on their roster.

2016 was an exciting and productive year for Steep Smithy. 2017 promises to be even more so. We are now working in partnership with Gas Music Records, a very new, creative and already successful company based in Manchester’s Media City.

Steep Smithy artist Ashleigh Wood is presently working with Gas Music on an exciting new project… Love Will Tear Us Apart. Gas Music creative director Gary Hilton said “this song is a true Manchester anthem that not many have dared to recreate. Ashleigh’s crystal voice placed in a stripped down production has taken the song to another sad but very real place“.

Bring Me Sunshine 2015

When Ashleigh Wood revealed to her writing / production team that Bring Me Sunshine was one of her favourite songs, little did she know the remarkable events that were to follow.

Within days producer Kevin Malpass came up with a stunning, original approach to the well known song. Ashleigh added a hauntingly wistful vocal to the opening section which, with the help of a jolly ukulele link, moves into a bright and breezy second half.

Ashleigh truly makes the song her own. There were such positive reactions to the wistful section that this was extended to become the ‘Candlelight Mix’ of Bring Me Sunshine. A CD containing this and a second version, the ‘Band Mix’, in which Ashleigh is supported by the wonderful Morecambe Band, was released during August.

It was decided to film a video based on the band mix of Bring Me Sunshine. With the help of Mr Paul ‘Frithy’ Frith and the skills of Gorgeous Media Film Productions the now legendary Eric Morecambe statue is brought magically to life to have fun with Ashleigh in several of Morecambe’s beauty spots.

Released on July 6th the video was greeted with great enthusiasm receiving over 3000 hits on its first day. The local and regional interest in Ashleigh’s version of Bring Me Sunshine continued throughout the summer. The radio plays and press interviews and live performances that Ashleigh undertook raised her profile in the region considerably. Ash is now known as the ‘Bring Me Sunshine girl’ in the pubs and clubs of the North West.

“Bring me Sunshine, in your smile,
Bring me Laughter, all the while,
In this world where we live, there should be more happiness,
So much joy you can give, to each brand new bright tomorrow…”