My interest in music started from the young age of 8 or 9 while still in primary school in Greenwich, London, UK when I learned how to play brass instruments such as the trumpet and tenor horn and was exposed to classical music. During primary school I was provided with opportunities to perform with the school band, school choir and youth section of the London Philharmonic Orchestra through my music teacher. I then progressed to joining my church gospel choir at approximately age 11 singing lead and supporting vocals. By the age of 13/14 I had started writing songs and poems and was involved in secondary school musical events and continued to sing on my church choir.
At the age of 15, two other close friends and I formed a group called ‘Dynamite’ and performed at local music events including the Riverdale Centre Lewisham and the Albany Empire, Deptford, South East London singing lovers rock covers and original songs penned by me with input from the other group members. We also attended jam sessions at a studio in New Cross and attended vocal training sessions practicing to the likes of Roberta Flack, Betty Wright, Anita Baker and other similar artistes.
In 1992 I had my first son and entered motherhood and so the realities of survival as a young mother had to be priority, this meant that my musical career was put on hold as I re-entered education to better myself and obtain the required qualifications to enable me to be competent in the job-market. Over the following 20 years I continued to develop myself educationally and professionally and obtained Bachelor and Masters degrees in London, UK and Barbados, West Indies. During this time I developed careers in: Community, Youth Development as well as Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) arenas in London and the Caribbean region (I moved to Barbados in 1998 and had my second son in 2001). Again, music had to take the back burner, although I continued writing songs and poems when it was possible maintaining a passionate interest in the creative arena.
The completion of my education, seeing my son (singer/songwriter) and brother (singer/songwriter/producer/teacher) thrive musically coupled with life experiences and the encouragement of family and friends all provided me with the time, inspiration and confidence to seriously revisit and rekindle a relationship with my music and art, both song-writing and performing.
My début single ‘Looking for Diamonds’ was released on June 2, 2015 and has been promoted through live performances in the UK and Spain. My song-writing continues and plans are in place to record my next single release.