I started singing when I was very young. I loved to sing for others. I started singing with my older sister and making up songs for family member's birthdays and other special occasions. I even got to sing at my grandparent's church! From there my passion grew to sing more and be on stage.
When I was 5, I was diagnosed with Scoliosis and when I saw a specialist at age 7, I was put into a hard plastic brace (it went from under my arms to past my hips) that I had to wear 23 hours a day, 7 days a week. I struggled a lot with breathing, but music always gave me comfort. As I got older, I wanted to sing everywhere, and I took every chance I got to sing! Even after a couple years of having the brace off, it was hard to sing and to hit the notes I wanted to. I never thought much of it, I just thought that it was like that for everyone and it was normal. Finally, a doctor told us that I wasn't breathing or walking correctly and that it could be causing more problems with my body and my Scoliosis. I had to relearn to walk and breathe, and as you can imagine, it wasn't an easy thing to do. Things started getting better with help from many many doctors, friends and family. Singing became easier and I started voice lessons.
When I was 12, I got two severe concussions within 48 hours at a summer camp. When I got home, my mom took me to the Stollery Emergency and there we figured out exactly what was going on. It took me a long time (many months) to get over the worst of the symptoms and get back to a somewhat normal life. Even now after 3 years, I still deal with symptoms sometimes, but it has gotten so much better! I'm so thankful for singing!
In the summer of 2016, I competed for the first time, at Big Valley Jamboree's talent search and there I met Wes Inaba. He was starting a group called Pure Artists and asked me if I would like to be part of it. The past couple years have changed my life! I have started a YouTube channel, I have been recording, making and working on music videos, performing at different venues, and I have also had the privilege of performing for many events, non profit events and fundraisers, such as CIBC Run for the Cure, Girl Brain, Make Music Edmonton, Skirts A Fire, NextFest, Scoliosis Alberta, and more. I have also made so many new friends and connections! Now, I get many opportunities to sing and I love all of them... and I will always welcome more!
I have grown and changed so much from that scared little 7 year old in the doctor's office all those years ago. I'm so excited to see what happens in the next year and years after that!
Come and follow my journey, to see with me what happens, and where we go!