My Story

I have grown up wanting to perform and would sing to anyone that would listen. As I got older, I realised that it was actually something I wanted to do as a career. If someone asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up, I would always lie because singing seemed so far-fetched.

But when I was 18, I realised that singing wasn't about being the next Aretha Franklin or Adele, it was about my passion to sing and instilling emotion in whoever was listening. Maybe then, a career in singing might not be so scary or unachievable, which has lead to my opening chapter.

Inspirations + Influencers

I have grown up with what seems like a constant melody. My Dad is the biggest music fan I know, so from what seems like birth I have been exposed to so many different styles and genres. I don't think I have ever seen an iPod on play so much. I am not sure it was ever paused!

This means I found the kind of music I loved, and the kind of music I definitely don't love! Dad's music collection is something to admire, he has such an amazing and eclectic mix, there isn't much I haven't heard. Artists like Etta James, Donny Hathaway, Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin really inspired me to explore all types of blues and Jazz. Alongside it being the kind of music I adore; it is also the kind of music that my voice suits. As I got older, I also found a passion for R&B Soul. People such as H.E.R, Summer Walker, Beyoncé, Amy Winehouse, Drake, Ne-Yo, Adele, Jazmine Sullivan, to mention a few. Creating my own music is about combining R&B Soul with Blues, to make a sound that I love and find exciting.

Life outside of music

"I was so lucky to be a part of this extraordinary community!"

There is a certain charity that I am extremely passionate about. The charity is Grove Cottage and you can find out about them by clicking here, please take a look and a read about this amazing charity.

I volunteered with Grove Cottage before I moved to London, and it was honestly the most wonderful year and a half. From in class activities to putting on shows, it was both magical and inspiring. Grove Cottage allows everyone to express themselves and feel safe in one environment.

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