I began my musical career as a dancer. He began dancing professionally during his early teens, and performed on a number of stages across the UK, teaching and conducting workshops. The original aim was to open my own dance school until a car accident in my early 20s hurt my lower spine, which killed that particular dream.
Gospel choirs were how I began my journey as a singer. I will never forget my very first choir practice at 19. I could hardly hit the notes required of me. I was embarrassed and wondered what exactly I was thinking to consider singing as feasible vocation. Nevertheless, somewhere along the way, after many practice hours at home (my poor neighbour!) I became a somewhat proficient singer. Though, I didn’t begin solo singing till I returned to full time education in at 26, to study music. It has now been almost 20 years since that first choir practice, and I have somehow managed to earn myself an undergraduate degree in Music and a Masters degree in Music Performance. I am also a professional singer, who teaches vocals and travels to loads of places singing for my supper.
Basically, that car accident which at the time was quite a heartache for me, and took me more than a little bit of time to get over, ended up propelling me onto this ‘new’ path of mine.
My writing began as a way to write a diary, without actually writing a diary. I found poetry to be a good way of capturing emotions, without stating what caused said emotions. About 20 years later, I still find it cathartic, I can just be a tad less lazy about it. 🙂