Let’s Face the Music!

How I overcame my fear and started performing…

Like many young people, when I was in my 20s I had a difficult relationship with my parents. On one hand I felt I should follow their advice and on the other hand I wanted to defy them and do my own thing. I think as I’ve grown up more I realised that their support is very important to me but I do not need complete understanding from them or anyone else in order to pursue my passion for music. For a moment there I almost wrote my “dream” for music rather than my passion but thankfully, these days, I no longer see it as a dream but as a reality. I am a singer, performer and sometimes song writer and I am doing it rather than dreaming about it.

But my journey to DOING rather than DREAMING was often difficult. In 2005 I travelled to San Francisco, leaving behind some financial burdens and a lot of stress. There I began my Jazz music journey… I had been working on my singing all along and I had studied classical music at the Royal Irish Academy of Music but it was in San Francisco that I found my natural singing voice though speech-level singing classes. When I returned home a year later I decided to study for a BA in Jazz Performance and there I learned about composition, improvisation and how to work with a band.IMG_3050 (2)

But… I hit a wall after two years there. My commitment to completing the BA waned due to a lack of resources and a lack of faith in myself and I left. And I didn’t sing for 3 years… In fact I was lost, I didn’t have a focus in my life after that but I never forgot and in 2011 I went to London hoping to sing there. But I didn’t… I got stuck in a job I wasn’t happy in or suited to. I was very lonely over there and eventually I had to admit it wasn’t working.

My family stepped in just when I needed them and helped me get my head together… I moved back to my hometown and started from the beginning again. I went back to music studies for a year at The County Wexford School of Music which helped to boost my confidence and got me back to gigging again this summer. My next step is to record over this winter and keep moving step by step and keep facing the music…