#ProjectYourLightStory « To create something, you’ve got to allow yourself to be vulnerable and get lost in the moment. I never really know how a song will end when I start writing, but I trust that something good will come. Trying to analyse it too soon will almost certainly kill the creative process.
This is one of the greatest life lessons that my journey in music has taught me. Just to be present. Allow yourself to feel everything, don’t let your fears dictate. We can spend so much of our lives rushing through the precious moments life brings, in our quest for the extraordinary – when it’s right here. Right before our eyes.
A great song draws you in to a moment, causes you to think and awakens your senses. That’s what I hope my music will do for each listener. In the moments that they hear my voice, I hope they will be inspired towards love and that my words will give life to their soul.
I am nearly 8 months pregnant and have a new EP called ‘The Gift’ coming out on my due date! – the 28th April 2015. After contemplating how to release my new material, I decided to release it at the heart of what will be one of the greatest moments in my life. I look forward to celebrating and sharing it with the world.
…Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present. »
- UK Singer/Songwriter Monique Thomas
Check out her official website: www.moniquemusic.com
#ProjectYourLight « I love music, I really do, especially ones that tell a good story. When I started writing my own songs it was only natural for me to try and tell a good story through my music.
I’ve however always wondered if music can really change lives and does it really matter? Is there something in the way the melodies and rhythm connects with people in a very tangible way.
A few weeks ago, Charlotte Gomes put up a link on her social media about a documentary called Alive Inside. It follows social worker Dan Cohen as he fights against a broken healthcare system to demonstrate music’s ability to combat memory loss and restore a deep sense of self. I watched the documentary that night and what a story! I was convinced that night that music is has the capacity to reawaken our souls.
A few days after, I got a call from Breathe Arts Health Research to come play at a hospital based in London as part of their lunchtime concerts. It’s open to nurses, doctors and patients to come and enjoy some music for an hour.
I got to see in real time how people’s eyes light up when the music starts to play. Some of these people are Alzheimer’s sufferers. One of the Doctors I spoke to afterwards said she just popped in for a quiet lunch and thanked me because she felt refreshed and ready to get back to her patients.
I left the chapel feeling honoured to have been able to bring 60 minutes of soul awakening to a handful of people. »
(Lánre – Singer/Songwriter from London www.lanreworld.com)
« I can remember finding some Beatles L.Ps in my parents’ cupboard when I was about 6. Since then I’ve never looked back. A career in music wasn’t a conscious choice, just something that seemed inevitable, as music is always on my mind.
After graduating from university I was faced with the problem of how to make a living. I decided to try busking, with my good friend Kristyna Myles. We made some great connections through busking and I’ve had a great few years working as a guitarist and songwriter.
I’ve recently finished recording an album of my own tunes, and am excited to release it soon. Hopefully one day a 6 year old kid will find my album in the back of the cupboard and start their musical journey. »
- Ben Williams (Singer/Songwriter - http://benpwilliams.com/)
« A few years ago, I became very ill with some scary and mysterious symptoms. After an emergency flight home from touring in Vietnam, some hospitals, blood tests, and crazy advice from well-meaning friends, The docs told me, “there’s nothing we can do.” I was informed that I may never sing the same again. Somehow through all of the confusion, a small part of my soul remained brave. It told me they were wrong – that I was born to sing. Since then, there have been many ups and downs, but I’M NOW SINGING AGAIN! And I’ve learned so much about healing and hope and bravery – all the things I’ve wanted to make music about for so long. »
Andrea Hamilton (Hopeful Pop – LA-based Singer/Songwriter)
« One day in October 2009, I met an amazing English singer songwriter Kristyna Myles who gave me the confidence to pursue a career in Music. She’s been a revelation for me. Since then I finished my exams in Uni, studied in a music school for 3 years and moved to Manchester UK to work in music. I’ve been living in Manchester for a year and a half now. I work on my own songs and I’m also a singer at privates parties, restaurants, I don’t have any regrets. »
Laura Esther (French Singer/Songwriter)
« One of my most memorable moments as a performer was during a solo set at The Way Station in Brooklyn. I couldn’t have hoped for a warmer audience; everyone was welcoming, attentive, and responsive to my songs. At the end of the show, I decided to play a song called « Grande », which I had written as an homage to my deceased grandfather. After talking to them more about the tune, and about how my grandpa was such an inspiring figure of my childhood, I mentioned that they could sing along during the refrain, but only if they wanted to, no pressure. After singing the first verse, everyone in the room started singing along. It’s not the first time that it happened, but this time, it was completely different. Something clicked, at that specific moment in time, and all of our hearts were unified, we were all singing without any inhibition. Our chant grew, and grew, and grew, to the point where people were all shouting, clinking glasses, singing harmonies, you name it…
That night, they gave me something that touched my inner self in a way that is beyond what I can comprehend as a rational human being. It was by far one of the most beautiful moment I’ve ever experienced as a professional performer. »
Morgan Manifacier French Singer/Songwriter http://www.morganmanifacier.com/