I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since I had surgery on my vocal cords! It’s been a tough year in other areas but even now, one year on, I’m thankful every day and in awe of how beautifully my voice works!
I had a polyp removed from one of my vocal cords by an amazing human being and voice consultant, Mr Declan Costello. I cannot express my gratitude enough to this man who literally saved my life. As a singer, there is nothing, and I mean NOTHING worse than not being able to sing.
This time last year I was banished to silence and communicating only via a pad and pen or a whiteboard. I had to endure 6 whole weeks of complete voice rest - no sounds at all! Colin was completely cock-a-hoop of course lol. He was so thrilled that I couldn’t answer back and used it to it’s full advantage.
When I first started using my voice again the pitch of my speech was much higher than normal and it stayed like that for a few months, but then it started to settle down to it’s ‘normal’ pitch, which is a bit lower. As for singing, I discovered that there was nothing that I couldn’t sing - no note that couldn’t be reached. It was exhilarating and exciting! I even recorded a classical piece by Mendelssohn which I hadn’t sung since school! I recorded all three vocal parts of ‘Lift Thine Eyes’ from Elijah. (You can listen here)
It made me realise what an integral part of my body and soul my voice is, and I understand now, that if I can’t sing then why am I here? It’s who I am and what I do and I want to share it with you. We all have gifts and the best thing is to share them with others and that’s what I intend to do!
Moving forward, we are now working on three new tracks towards the album. We’re planning on releasing it this year some time.
Watch this space…….