Biography

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything

― Plato

Described as having ‘smooth and sultry vocals’, I am an established artist in the north east of England. I have a wide repertoire including jazz standards; folk ballads; music hall; pop/rock classics; and even musical theatre numbers in there for good measure. I have countless alto/soprano choir parts rattling around my head as well as the South African national anthem and The Click Song due to my time living in South Africa.

My influences are many, but predominantly and unashamedly, the great ladies of Jazz; Ella Fitzgerald; Nina Simone, and Billy Holiday, but as a self-confessed rock chick with no chance of recovery, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pink Floyd and Rush also need to take a place up on the pedestal of influence too.

I front the prog rock/funky/jazz band Life On Laputa as vocalist,  songwriter and lyricist; and  appear with Matt Spence as a jazz-based duo (Matt on guitar and me on vocals). I am also one half of an acoustic duo playing guitar and singing, again with Matt Spence. I appear with the folk ensemble Ottadini and like to collaborate with other artists at every opportunity.

I began my musical career aged 9 and entered my first singing competition aged 10 (I came third). After singing and playing in numerous groups and bands, I now lead choirs and smaller singing ensembles, and sing within a traditional Northumbrian music folk ensemble. I have also performed within both musical theatre and pop genres.

Originally trained as a classical singer, I changed my singing style when I realised my love for jazz was greater than my love of arias! After returning to my beloved northern roots in 2006 I began to take singing a step further and I’ve been performing in the northeast music scene ever since.

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I play Northumbrian Smallpipes, tin whistle and ukulele, although generally not at the same time. I also write and record my own material, and even occasionally play it in public when people least expect it…

Undoubtedly, my favourite singing location was Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris when my school choir sang the Easter Mass, on Easter Sunday. I clearly remember singing top soprano in Handel’s Messiah during that concert. Sadly I’m not sure I could reach those high notes ever again…

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