I grew up traipsing through the rails of vintage clothing in my Mum's wardrobe, trying to squeeze myself into the tiny 1940's dresses. I loved listening to swing music and jazz and admired everything about the vintage period.
I'd sing in the car at the top of my lungs and my mum would tell me to 'sing quieter'! It wasn't until my uncle heard me sing that he suggested I have singing lessons. I began to take my grades in singing and was fortunate to win the Arun young vocalist of the year at the age of 12. After a couple of years my tutor John was unable to carry on with my lessons and I began training with international bass concert singer, Martin Elliott. His great experience in vocal technique and performance are skills that i use to this day!
I moved to Southdowns College to study classical singing and an A level in music. Although 'classical' was not my favourite genre of music, the course taught me a variety of techniques in performance and gave me the knowledge in vocal breathing technique that will help me in my career forever. It was a wonderful two years of study, but classical singing just left me cold. I knew I had to find my own style, I had to sing the music that would really fed my soul.
At 20 I began promoting myself as an Adele Tribute Act - I loved her warm vocal sound and presence on stage. Before long I was getting booked in Casinos, Hotels and Corporate Events. It really was the perfect opening to gain experience of singing in larger venues, to develop my performance style and confidence. I was getting to do what I love, although there was still something missing. I knew that I loved to sing and I knew that Jazz and Swing music really made feel alive.
My sister had decided to put on her own vintage fair (Mum's love for vintage had rubbed off on us both). She asked me to sing at the event and i eagerly went away and planned a set list. my performance was greatly received and i was approached to sing for a 1940's book signing at Goodwood. Before i knew it work was coming in regularly, so much so that i was able to leave my job and become a full time singer, something that i never dreamed would happen!
Since 2011 i have not looked back and I have been lucky enough to sing at renowned festivals and venues all over the world including Ronnie Scott’s, Glastonbury Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe, The Tower of London, The Montreux Jazz Festival, Goodwood Revival, The Derry Jazz Festival, The HMS Nelson Wardroom, Fairfield Hall, Portsmouth Guildhall, Winchester Guildhall, Southsea Bandstand, The Cannes Yachting Festival, The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and The Miami Boat Show.
Jazz and swing music and vintage fashion has always been a passion of mine and this is visible in every performance that I give!
It's actually now just a lifestyle!