has been in my blood for as long as I can remember. My earliest
recollection is of being two years old; my Dad had taught me
to sing 'Daisy Daisy' and both he and my Mum would get me to
sing it to people, saying things like "Ooh, she's really advanced
for her age, you know!" - a bit like a lot of parents do, I
suppose. I haven't really stopped singing since, getting most
of my training from various choirs such as primary school, church,
Oldham Girls' Choir etc. - every opportunity, really.
moved on from choral singing and in the mid '80's began solo
work, singing in venues up and down the country. This was valuable
experience for me and was where I learned a lot of my craft.
I realised I could use my singing and personality to perform
to an audience.
musical tastes changed direction quite abruptly one day when
I heard Ann Wilson from Heart. What a voice, and what fantastic
melodic music! Rock music! That was what I had been looking
for. It made me realise that singing solo was becoming less
appealing. I wanted to be a singer in a rock band and, after
meeting like-minded musicians, that is exactly what I became.
This is how I met Dave, who a few years later became my husband;
and Carl, who has been a good friend ever since. Our band, Matrix,
was born. We were a melodic rock band and, if I say so myself,
we were pretty darn good! I'm very proud of what we achieved.
was now the late 80's and my musical tastes widened. I discovered
Styx, who to this day are one of my all-time favourite bands.
I just love the theatricality of the music and the creative
use of melody with both the voices and instruments.