I grew up singing in church, in choirs, in school musicals, in bands and listening to Ella Fitzgerald. I went to university in Manchester and, on a whim, decided to audition for the university jazz orchestra. To my delight, I was asked to be their resident singer. I met other musicians and began to sing at open mic nights and jam sessions, in cramped basement jazz clubs. My professional career began by singing in bars and restaurants and, by the time I left university, I was a busy function singer, primarily singing jazz, pop, Motown and soul at private events throughout the UK.
I moved to the bright lights of London to pursue my dream of becoming a session singer but, unfortunately, it was at this time that I began to lose my voice more and more frequently. My voice would become husky and hoarse after shows, and I found that I couldn't sing the notes that I used to. An ENT doctor diagnosed vocal nodules and my world came crashing down around me. Without any vocal training, I had thrown myself into a busy schedule of very loud and very long gigs. Night after night, I had sung over a noisy band without any monitoring; an embarrassing admission but, being young and inexperienced, I hadn't known any better. I had to stop singing altogether and there followed a long and emotionally painful recovery, with lots of voice rest and speech therapy.
I didn't know it then, but this was a huge blessing in disguise. Not only did I learn about the fragility of our anatomy and the importance of vocal care and good technique, but I embarked on vocal training and was instantly hooked. The techniques I learned and knowledge I gained meant that, not only did I make a full recovery, but that my voice is much stronger and more agile now than before, and I am a far happier and more competent singer than I was previously.
I quickly fell in love with vocal education, and wanted to understand as much as I could about the mechanics and science of singing. The more I learned, the more fascinated I became, and so I decided to train as a singing teacher. I completed BAST stage one in 2013, and went back to complete my training in 2015.
I remain a constant student and do all I can to stay informed and up-to-date with all the latest research, science and pedagogy, reading widely and attending seminars. I firmly believe my struggles have made me a better singer and a better teacher as they have forced me to learn, to discover new ways and to explore new techniques. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and helping other singers to understand their instrument, both physically and emotionally, and to develop strong, healthy voices.