Toby Jepson is to release Sticks And Stones – My Life In Words, a comprehensive lyric songbook that will span his entire career. The book will contain 52 songs with lyrics, new explanations, stories and memories.
“This book has been a long time coming,” Toby says, “as, for me, the heart of any band or musical project are the songs. This might sound like an obvious statement, but I believe the lyrics form the core elements and are often overlooked. I have always believed that words are everything with songwriting. Certainly, from my perspective, I have strived throughout my career to be as authentic and as honest as I possibly can with the subject matters.”
The songs cover Jepson’s career from the early days as a young songwriter in Scarborough, through Little Angels and up to the latest Wayward Sons album, Even Up The Score.
The book includes photographs from Toby’s collection, including live, studio and candid behind-the-scenes shots. Photographers Neil Lupin and Kerrang legend Tony Mottram have also contributed.
There is also a discography which details every song that Toby has ever released, including the contributors. Also included is a 12-song CD of unreleased material, a mixture of demos, unfinished master tape recordings, and rare acoustic takes.
“I hope this book can be a deep dive for fans, or even the casual observer, into my world as a songwriter,” Toby says. “It’s quite private but oddly usually reveals much about the writer through the song’s lyrics. I am no different and come from a long line of traditional writers where you literally chart your life’s evolution through the songs you write.”
Released on 23 September 2022, Sticks And Stones – My Life In Words is a limited edition offer and available to pre-order now until Friday the 2nd of September via tobyjepsonofficial.com