How I went from frustrated employee to best-selling international singer, Speaker and award-winning voicecoach.
I wasn't born singing.
I grew up wanting to be a dancer. I always put on 'shows' for my school friends and family at home. Although there were singers in my family, I wasn't naturally drawn to singing. Dancing always came first.
To cut a very long story short, started singing lessons in 1999 when I was 23, a Christmas present from my first husband.
My first teacher, Debbie Reynolds, was a huge inspiration! She encouraged me to join a local amateur Musical Theatre group. I was able to experience well-structured rehearsals, chorus lines and a small taste of the life of a performing artist. No matter that, aged 16, I had failed my audition for BTEC Performing Arts!
My then-husband has since said that he doesn’t remember gifting me singing lessons but I have to give him his due; I’m not sure how the next twenty years would have panned out if he hadn’t!
Just over a year later, when my daughter was six months old, I realised that singing was all I wanted to do. Already working nights, it was a tough decision to leave my baby with her grandparents while I either worked at my job in one of London’s top casinos or travelled around the country to perform.
I moved back to my hometown of Fulham in West London, in 2001 - my daughter was just six months old. Without a band, my first gigs were offered by DJ Boots Hifi, a DJ from the same area.
Boots put on regular, well-attended events with no entry fee. I sang RnB hits to a backing track in those days. But my real love was rock, in particular, punk and metal.
I received a lot of interest at those gigs - some negative, but mostly very positive. I knew I had made the right decision. Knowing that I was a part of someone's good night out counteracted most feelings of guilt around not seeing my daughter regularly.
I spent most of those early years performing free gigs, learning my craft, taking singing courses and studying music theory.
In 2004, I started teaching at The Square, a popular venue Harlow, Essex, teaching teenagers from the local area singing and performance skills. It was around the same time that I found my next long-term one-to-one teacher, Mary.
Mary was a mezzo-soprano who had spent most of her career singing with the Welsh National Opera. I was working part-time, studying hard and progressing through my Musical Theatre and Pop Music graded exams.
Mary knew how committed I was and supported me beyond the duties of a traditional singing teacher. Although it hadn’t been given the name at that time, my repayment was to be to pay-it-forward when my time came. I think of Mary every time I give back to my community in whichever way I can.
I was building a reputation as a reliable, professional singer and was soon being offered so many gigs that I had to turn down quite a few!
Between gigs, I worked part-time and taught group courses and one-to-one lessons. I took a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance, Rockschool (now RSL Awards) Teaching Licentiate and Masters Level PGCE teaching qualification.
Fast forward a few years and I was on stage in Europe performing to audiences of thousands!
I have sold number one albums and performed in over thirty countries, sharing stages with people I looked up to as musicians growing up - many of whom I now count among my friends!
While teaching singers, professionals from other industries started contacting me to help them improve and project their speaking voices. Six years later, I have now helped dozens of professionals and entrepreneurs to use their voices to create more impact and maximise profits.
After researching and trialling the many different voice techniques, singing styles and teaching methods, I have created this four-part system that anyone can use to achieve their dreams, however grand or humble, regardless of age, skill or experience using their voices.
I am fortunate to have been able to help hundreds of singers take the next step. My mission is to help 100,000 creatives to reach their potential - and much more!
To your success!