I love music. From all the simple joys it brings, to the complexities that come with its rhythms and melodies; music has the ability to get under your skin – to make you feel. I’ve always been fascinated by the mystic and magic of music, how it can uplift and transport you to another place, how when you share music with others you are inherently bound together by that experience. Long live the love of music.
I started playing the piano at the age of 6. My parents had hoped I would one day utilise my skills in church and potentially perform and entertain them, other family members and friends in little home or stage concerts. Immediately I fell in love with the idea of music, though, at the time I was made to play classical pieces that made no sense to my then 6-year-old self – after all, who was this guy Bach and why was he so important? (Later I would find out Bach was the Godfather of Western music and without him, we in the 21st century would have nothing.) Piano lessons were a chore and not being a particularly coordinated child, nor having any particular “natural” ability, I hated practise even more. At the age of 8 however, I started singing lessons under the guise I would continue my piano lessons and my grades, which I did, and boy am I thankful today for the persistence of my parents. (Sigh) And then there was the voice. The stories that came from songs, the great joy it was to sing; I was hooked and there was no going back (from there I actually started enjoying my practise!).
Finishing high school, I signed up for a Bachelors degree at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM), majoring in contemporary performance – vocals. I still remember the very moment I went from resenting my parents for making me play the piano for so many years, to jumping for joy at the fact that I understood theory, and that keyboard studies didn’t give me the heeby jeebies (all instrumentalists had to take keyboard studies as a subject regardless of your instrumental major). So I was a singer that knew stuff =p Thank you Mum and Dad =)
Whilst at AIM I was wonderfully blessed to have had some of Australia’s most influential-working musicians as mentors and teachers. These included Sean and Greg Coffin, Sean Wayland, Mark and Tracy Costa, David MacRae, and many many more, all of whom fed my thirst for music and in 2007, I graduated with a Bachelor of Music (Hons).
In the same year, I joined the jazz – gospel vocal ensemble, Jubilation, led by Joy Yates and David MacRae. As one of the featured gospel groups at the Carols in the Domain, we have supported some of Australia’s finest – Jessica Mauboy, Delta Goodrem, Jimmy Barnes, Samantha Jade, Leo Sayer, Doug Parkinson, Deni Hines, Paulini and Ricki-Lee Coulter, just to name a few. It never ceases to amaze me how music has the ability to overcome divisions and bind people together.
A mentor once asked me why I sang, and at that point, I had never really thought about it. I just did. It was like breathing. But the more I reflected, the more I realised how intrinsic my singing and more importantly music, was to my life and experiences. Music has always coloured my memories, making them sweeter, richer, more nostalgic and so much more memorable then just remembering the physicality of the experience.
I remember the first time I danced with a boy – it was horrible! In the age of boy germs, teachers in primary school made us learn the Heel and Toe Polka. Holding hands and dancing as partners seemed so unnatural and thoroughly awkward, but at the end of every dance session, the teachers would reward us with Nutbush City Limits by Tina Turner and that’s when we really danced.
I have had the privilege to share in many wonderful occasions and create memories at venues like Doltone House (Jones Bay Wharf), The Sebel (Pier One), Curzon Hall (Marsfield), The Swiss Grand (Bondi Beach), Jonah’s (Whale Beach), Pepper’s Coorabell Retreat (Byron Bay) and many more. Seeing the smiles on people’s faces and being able to colour their memories with beautiful soundscapes is just a joy.
My memories of daily life and special occasions wouldn’t be the same if they were set to a silent soundtrack. Music has always added a sense of depth and atmosphere to moments I hold dear. So whether you have a private event, work function, party, or wedding, I hope to be able to share this joy of music with you, colouring your memories and experiences with a soundtrack that compliments and celebrates your special moments. I would love to hear about your event and discuss how I can tailor a music soundscape to your needs.