Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio today, we’ve been listening to the latest single from we’ve been listening to Brighton (UK) artist Liam Wakefield. His latest single, You Made Me Something More, was released on January 27, 2023.

You Made Me Something More is a heartfelt and charming song, written as a birthday present to Liam’s son, Jaxon. Like so many, Liam took to music as a form of therapy. In Liam’s case, it was following a diagnosis of a rare condition that put an end to a lengthy military career. This left Liam feeling lost. With his physical health declining rapidly, his mental health soon followed. Music became a huge part of his recovery and he began performing extensively throughout 2019 and 2020 and then during lockdown, he put his music to one side to work on his health, whilst also working with a suicide prevention organisation. What a wonderful turnaround and a testament to Liam’s strength and commitment to his recovery.

You Made Me Something More is a gentle Country/Americana track with a simple strumming pattern. Liam’s vocals are close and personal with some nice reverbs on them. The lyrics and the performance are intimate and endearing and allude to his son being part of the reason for having more meaning in his life; “I began to stumble, it’s your laughter that picked me up.”

The more powerful vocal sections, where Liam really lets rip, show a skilful use of vocal belt, with a touch of gravel and some truly earnest passion shining through. This is a quality vocal performance, made all the more exciting and intimate by the heartfelt lyrics.

There are some lovely harmonies in the choruses and the distant strings fill spaces between the vocal lines. In places, there is a chorus of almost synth-like choir in the background.

Ideas from our ears

We noticed that the acoustic guitar is resonating slightly on the F note so a careful surgical EQ cut at 174Hz would solve this. The sibilance in the vocal track is quite far forward so a fairly large cut centred around 8-9kHz would help balance out the track. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.

Final thoughts

Liam Wakefield is a pioneering example of someone who is using music to regain mental health and clarity in life. You Made Me Something More is an endearing and heartfelt display of unconditional love for a child.