Deborah Bonham Discusses Family Members and Her New Album, 'Duchess'
Yeah. That's where I got really the inspiration to do stuff for 'The Old Hyde' album, which hasn't really been released. I think that we're going to do that next.
You wrote a song called 'The Old Hyde' for that last album. Wasn't that where you grew up, your family's Old Hyde estate?
Yes, and it's a song that I wrote about people I've loved and lost. I'm trying to be hopeful about the future and that we hopefully see our loved ones again. I believe that. It's a very poignant song. I'd already lost John and I then I found my dad dead, which was pretty horrific, and then I lost my second brother Michael. So there was a lot of trauma in my life, which ['Duchess'] has seen me coming out of. It's seen me coming from a position of strength. You just have to get through your trauma. There's not much choice.
You have a powerful bluesy-rock voice. Has it been a problem for you that people might hear your last name and that's why they are interested in speaking to you and seeing you live, but then they discover you can sing?
No. People have said to me before, "Why didn't you change your name?" Why should I? I'm extremely proud of my brother and I'm one of the biggest Led Zeppelin fans. I love their music. It was a massive influence on me. I just thought it was down to me to make sure I could live up to that name. And I think that's what I've done my best to do, by paying my dues, really, playing up and down the country, honing my live show, getting myself to a point where I'm quite happy in my own skin, to say, "Yeah, John is my brother, and, yeah, I'm absolutely so proud of what he achieved." If I could achieve a smidgen of that, I'd be absolutely over the moon, and, at the same