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    Alexey Sunly

    If you sing, please, share your experience with us! Maybe even a song or two? ;-P


    Hi Alexey,

    This post caught my eye because yes, I am a singer! I have a complicated relationship with my singing as I’m sure most performers do. I’m torn between this insatiable desire to sing, the pure joy and emotions that a single song and music can produce and the way it makes me face up to my inner critic and an ongoing struggle with my confidence (or lack of!)

    A shy child, I remember always wanting to sing, but never in public. When I was about 10 I had my first solo at a school concert, I have no doubt that after that performance I received many compliments yet I dont recall any, my only memory of this experience was my friend at the time telling me I needed to be louder. I didnt perform again until I was at senior school, I always knew I had a ‘good’ voice and could pitch well, yet, popular music didnt suit me and to sing classically wasnt ‘cool’. At the age of 14, after my nan (who always loved my voice) died I finally asked my parents for lessons. Between the ages of 14-18 i sang in a few school concerts yet felt so uncomfortable and although I desperately wanted to be on the stage, I found the experience itself terrifying and dreaded every appearance!

    This continued throughout my teans and early 20s, avoiding performances whenever possible, until I performed at a conference and was spotted by a tutor from one of the UK’s conservatoires! Long story short, apparently I was better than just ‘good’; this man believed I had what it takes to make ‘it’ and gave me the confidence to apply myself and follow that burning desire and to let myself believe. I worked hard, I was rejected, I re-applied and finally, I’m now studying in a conservatoire under the tuition of a soprano who has toured the world as an opera singer….it’s terrifying!

    It is an ongoing battle for me to believe that I am good enough to succeed, and for that I am grateful. Singing and my desire to succeed and teach mean I am constantly looking into myself and challenging my self-esteem. i’ve had to ask myself if I want to stay in my home town and remain a big fish in a small pond, or really go for it and be a small fish in a big pond! I haven’t decided yet! But I have learnt that if I apply myself and see myself the way others do then the door is open to choose the big pond!

    The possibility of travelling the world singing terrifies me, yet I have that fire in my belly that flares up everytime I sing and gives me butterflies of hope! I just need to believe that I can achieve it, after all, the only person who will make it happen is me….and I really just want to sing!! πŸ™‚

    Alexey Sunly

    Thank you for sharing your experience, Stephanie! That was a very interesting story πŸ™‚


    I’ve been singing since I was a childβ€”singing is a language that brings me happiness. I sing around the house, sing when our family plays instruments, sing in theatre musicals, and, of course, along with a variety of recorded artists.

    Singing makes my spirit happy.


    Thank you for sharing your experience, Stephanie!


    Let’s just say I like to pretend I can sing!… πŸ˜‰


    I use to sing. In competitions, or gigs. I also had a band. But ever since my boyfriend left me, it is like he took my voice with him and I cannot sing anymore. He was the one who taught me everything about music, about singing and playing instruments. He was my inspiration. Without him, I feel like nothing. :/

    Alexey Sunly

    Sounds like pretty heavy stuff to carry around with yourself! For how long have you been avoiding the opportunities to sing again?


    I’m blessed to have a lot of music in my life because my wife is a singing teacher, in fact, she specializes in working with people to overcome their fear of singing. If you are curious you can check out her latest project at – http://igg.me/at/FearOfSinging

    • This reply was modified 10 years, 4 months ago by Forrest.
    Alexey Sunly

    Sounds awesome, Forrest! Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

    Temple Greene

    everyone can sing. and dance.

    • This reply was modified 10 years, 3 months ago by Temple Greene.
    Alexey Sunly

    True, true, as long as you are free from the preconceived notions of what those actions constitute πŸ™‚ But not everyone does sing and dance, don’t they, even if they are willing to experiment! That takes courage πŸ˜‰


    Well I’m 17, play the guitar and piano (for the most part) and like to sing along.
    I’ve done formal singing up to Grade 5, but nowadays it’s mostly just me singing around the house πŸ˜‰
    I performed loads of solos in my primary school and recently did a duet with my friend in front of the school (best feeling ever)! πŸ™‚


    I try, hehe. I’m currently involved in a music project with a good friend of mine and I’m on vocals. I’m always trying to expand my range more and I’m having a lot of fun doing it. πŸ™‚

    Alexey Sunly

    Nice! You can share it online and provide us the link when you are done πŸ™‚

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