TOWARDS 2019....next stop SIXTY
I am currently working on my second album and a book- a " memoir of sorts" which will be brought out as a package in early June 2019- the year of my 60th birthday.
Singing had been a lifelong passion. I had always had a quiet belief that I could sing but for a variety of reasons, I kept it hidden and didn't feel able to do anything about it until I finally agreed to take singing lessons performing at my 50th birthday party and gigging locally for a couple of years.
I had a 21 year career in the Fitness Industry culminating in being Head of HR for a leading health club chain until 2004. I then pursued a career in Interior Design and ran a micro boutique B&B from home.
In 2011 I was diagnosed with M.E. Aged 52. Life as I knew it came to a halt. I stopped working and singing. But I did continue with vocal coaching lessons when I could and after a while and as part of a collection of things I was encouraged to do to assist with recovery was to keep a journal.
Some of that journalling gradually turned into song lyrics, I started to come up with musical “doodles” in my head, I set about learning as much as I could and developing those song ideas, and in early 2014 I met up with, Janette Mason, who agreed to become the arranger and producer of my Debut Album.
This Girl, This Woman, was released on September 10th 2016 with a multimedia Launch at Creek Creative in Faversham, Kent
This included an exhibition of lyrics, images and stories; a 'talking heads' video installation; a live performance by Kent based international jazz and soul singer Sarah Jane Morris; an 'in conversation' about the making of the album with Rosie Millard OBE (broadcast journalist, former BBC Arts Correspondent, Chair Hull UK City of Culture 2017, Chair Children in Need), and a celebration - a '60s twist' was certainly evident throughout!
To support the cost of the Launch we ran a successful Crowdfunding Campaign and won an Arts Council, England grant.
2017 saw me start to perform a little again after my 6 year enforced 'break'. At Pride, Canterbury plus three 'Soirees' with a combination of the exhibition, video installation, 'In Conversation' and live performance of some of the songs from TGTW including in October, as part of the Canterbury Festival Umbrella 2017.
(Click on the You Tube link to see clips and/ or go to the Gallery page.)
The Adventure continues....
Watch my new showreel here - simply hit play.
To see the full 10 minute Showreel just click on the You Tube links throughout the website which will take you to my Channel or go to my Contacts and/or Gallery page.