With almost two decades of performing experience, I’m an accomplished vocalist and a passionate educator & teacher.
How did this all begin…
I was born and raised in England and music was always being played in the house. My grandfather was an incredible jazz pianist, my brother played the saxophone and I felt very blessed to be surrounded by so much music. It never really occurred to me not to sing, it always just felt so natural. From the age of 5 I was learning the piano but it quickly became apparent that singing was my real passion and has continued to this day.
People often ask me when is a good time to start singing lessons. I started at the age of 10 and I think it’s a really good age to start formal training. I was so passionate about it that practicing was never an issue…how to shut me up was a bigger problem!
I performed throughout my school and university years and really took any opportunity. While my peers were playing sport, I just wanted to sing. This ranged from choirs to musical theatre to entering singing competitions to solos in jazz and acoustic bands. One of the highlights for me was performing in a choir for BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.
However perhaps where my journey differs from other voice teachers, is I worked in the corporate world after leaving university. I worked in marketing and advertising in London for some large agencies. It was a work hard, play hard environment and as much as I was having a lot of fun, I was unfulfilled. I just wasn’t singing enough. I just never believed I could make a career from music, so felt trapped for a long time.
Fast forward a few years, I needed a break from London and decided to come out to Melbourne for a year for a change of scene. 10 years later I’m still here! But more importantly over those years I rediscovered my love of singing and decided to start formal training to become a vocal instructor. My training is continuous and I love the fact that I’m continually learning and growing as a teacher and a performer. I regularly fly back to London to see my family and revel in the music scene over there. I also attend conferences and workshops internationally.
In recent years my work has taken me in new directions as I work more and more with people on their speaking voice from corporates to teachers, everyone has a unique voice with huge untapped potential. But whether I’m helping someone find their singing or speaking voice, it’s such a fulfilling and ever changing job, no two days are ever the same.
To continually challenge myself I also took up learning the violin recently. It’s always been one of my favourite instruments alongside the piano. My progress has been slow (and painful) and I don’t think I’ll be performing anytime soon!
My love of singing was particularly inspired by Eva Cassidy who sadly died in 1996. She had an incredible voice and an innate musicality. Supported by an 8-piece band I perform in a musical tribute show to her which is such an honour and absolute joy for me. For more information about my upcoming shows please click here.