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I've been singing since I could talk, writing songs since I was 6 and a few years ago I learned to play the guitar. I used to be in a duo, when I performed in several local charity events including the Together As One festival, which earned us a Telford Tommy award. At 15 I started performing solo and earned myself a Beatfreeks Summer Academies award. I haven't done anything except write songs in the last 4 years, but I'm still here and I'm getting back into the music scene!

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What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music is an outlet, a way to express my feelings. Writing songs helps me heal.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

I Will Surive by Stephanie Bentley. It's on the soundtrack of Holes, my favourite childhood movie and I would listen to it on repeat for days. It's very uplifting.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

It's nerve wracking, but rewarding, especially if I'm performing a song I wrote myself instead of a cover. Seeing people's reactions to my lyrics and compositions is really fun. I like the attention and getting feedback. Also just that it's another opportunity to sing. I don't have to think about anything but the song.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

It's mostly digital, which is sad because what I love about making music the most is meeting other musicians, getting to know each other's stories, writing style and getting to see their real reactions to my music in real time. Anyone can upload a video to social media these days and blow up, which is great, but a lot don't really get to know their fans/followers. I love the hard work that goes into making a performance perfect because you only have that one chance to get it right, unlike making videos/recording. I love celebrating with the band after a performance goes well and having someone to share the funny story with when it doesn't.