Thursday, 11 December 2014

Day 11: Vintage Voices...

Hello lovelies!

I don't normally talk about work much on my blog, but for Day 11 of Coco's advent, I thought I'd tell you a little bit about my singing, so here goes...

For my proper big girl job, I am a self-employed Vocal Coach (that's just a posh way of saying singing teacher!).  I left university 8 years ago, and pretty much set up my teaching business straight away.  I'm so lucky to be able to say that I absolutely love my job; it's challenging, but super fun!  I've had some great experiences and met some great people along the way! I love watching people grow as performers, from the very little ones, to the older people I have taught.  Everyone has room for improvement, even the best and I think for singers, training is hugely important.  Alongside my teaching, I have always gigged here and there as well, just to keep my own singing in check (plus I love performing!).  I've never really hankered after fame, but I absolutely love to sing.  However, as my teaching business grew, I had less time to gig myself and I really missed it.  So, after talking to my friend, student and fellow performer Sean, we decided to put a little double act together, and Vintage Voices was born!

Our first gig was in October, and we decided to have it somewhere that really suited our style of music, so we chose lovely June's Serendipity Tea and Trinkets in Sunderland (you can read about Serendipity on my blog here).  Serendipity is the cutest little tea room, and perfect for a Vintage vibe!  We rehearsed together loads for our first gig; we had to get used to singing together as well as finding out what worked and what didn't!  Sean's style is very much big band jazz and swing, so he covers a lot of Michael Buble, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra etc, whereas mine is more modern vintage and soul, so I do a lot of Paloma Faith (my idol!), Etta James, Amy Winehouse and Duffy amongst others.  For our duets, we like to take solos and turn them into duets, singing songs from the artists I've already mentioned and stuff from musicals, the swing era and some television classics, such as stuff from Glee and Smash!  I loved our first gig so much (even though I was so ill with flu I don't know how I even managed to sing!!) and it passed by pretty much without a hitch! Everyone seemed to have such a fun night, and the tea room was such a cosy little setting for it.  My favourite part was when Mama L got up to dance; she definitely enjoyed it!

A few photos from the gig taken by my lovely friend Ali!

It was so much fun to be performing again! My favourite part was definitely dressing up in the vintage attire, because I don't really get the chance to wear stuff like that in my everyday life!  And it's lovely to be gigging with Sean as he's great; it's so much more fun than gigging alone!!

Our next gig is tomorrow (eek!) and will be Christmas themed.  I'm so excited to perform some of my favourite Christmas songs, and can't wait to see everyone having a good time (I hope!) especially as some of my favourite people in the world are coming along to this one!  Hopefully it'll be a 'Christmas Cracker'.

Tickets are still available for our 'Christmas Cracker' gig on Friday December 12th at Serendipity in Sunderland, for anyone that may be interested.  Tickets are priced at £10 and include a glass of prosecco and nibbles.  The evening starts at 7pm.  For more info please check out the Vintage Voices Facebook page here or contact Serendipity on 0191 510 0054.



  1. So excited to see you guys sing again tomorrow! It's Christmas jumper day at work tomorrow too so I shall be in very appropriate Chrismas attire ;) X

    1. Oooh yay nice and festive :) looking forward to seeing you :) xx

  2. This is so exciting!! Congrats on getting back into gigging, it sounds like something you truly love xx

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