DENI Smith is back. With a new band by her side, her love of music has rekindled and she has no intentions of letting that spark fizzle out.

After taking time to catch her breath at the end of last year, she marked the start of 2019 by headlining King Tut’s in Glasgow.

And now she’ll be playing the same iconic venue once again for a special BBC Music Introducing show.

Remarking on her January headliner, she told the Press that there was a touch of apprehension beforehand; understandable given her new band members had less than 24 hours to perfect her songs.

“It was an insane night,” she said. “I can’t explain the night other than it being magic.

“It was so great to have the band with me. We really gelled at the last minute, after being a little nervous going in. The energy on the stage and in the crowd was amazing.

“For the first time, I felt the crowd was really there to see me and listen to my music. It was just a magic night and I can’t thank everyone enough for their support.”

Glowing reviews poured in from those in attendance and the Dunfermline Press Live Music Award winner of 2017 is eager to keep that momentum alive as the band hone in on their new sound.

She said: “I totally thought when I took that break from music I’d be completely forgotten about, so it is incredibly humbling that people are still interested in hearing what I have to say.

“I’m getting to that stage where I don’t want to ever stop as there seems to be real momentum right now, and I want to keep building on that.

“I’ve got to give a lot of credit to the band (Timmy Allan, Chris Dickie and George Francis).

“They’ve made a massive impact on the sound. It’s still in the early stages right now and it can only get better.”

Plans are in place to record over the summer with a view of building a bank of songs to release next year.

Before that though, they’re preparing for the BBC Introducing gig on Thursday, March 28.

Brownbear, Billy Mitchell and Luke La Volpe are all on the card for the night.

Tickets are expected to sell-out, but a handful still remain for £8 online here.