PROFESSIONAL & TEACHING EXPERIENCE
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I started my professional performance career very young, performing at professional music competitions on Piano Forte and Voice (Lyrical Soprano), competing at the National Eisteddfod, Urdd and many other prestigious music festivals and competitions. As a young lyrical Soprano, I had the honour of performing live on BBC Radio Wales for Children In Need with the wonderful Chris Needs hosting. I also had the honour of being a Specialist Vocalist at Wells Cathedral School on scholarship and sang weekly in the chamber choir at Wells Cathedral.
TV AND RADIO
I was scouted for The Voice UK in 2018 and went on to win a place on Tom Jones team. I had the invaluable experience of all that The Voice has to offer: being interviewed by the media, live on ITV Wales News, live on BBC Radio Wales with Eleri Sion and appearing regularly on primetime national TV.
With my band Du Bellows I was featured as a guest on BBC Radio London Gaby Roslin show, both being interviewed and playing my original music live over the whole 3-hour show. Du Bellows (my old band) and my solo project Jade Like The Stone have both been playlisted with several tracks on BBC Introducing supported by Adam Walton and BBC Radio Wales.
Privately tutoring, mentoring, and coaching beginners to professionals for 18 years, Voice and Music Theory along with Pianoforte.
I have seven years of teaching KS3, KS4, and, A-level. I bring my formal qualifications in performance and theory, alongside an active career, at the highest levels, in singing, piano playing, both ‘live’ as a lead singer and songwriter, and as a studio session singer and choir leader. With my extensive experience in secondary schools and private tuition, I have varied and constantly developing experience in teaching Music, Singing, Theory, and Piano.
I engage pupils using practical keyboard and voice work, augmented by software such as Garage Band and underpinned by a strong basis in theoretical knowledge, and discussion of how music careers work and the importance of music and its social functions. We work on Barbican Box - students compose their own songs and pieces, around a theme chosen by a visiting musician. Every year we have won a prestigious finale place, culminating in a performance of the students’ work on the Barbican Main Stage.
Singing and Piano Teacher, Private
I teach Voice, Piano, and Music Theory ages 8 - adult. They are one to one lessons. I draw upon experience as an Opera singer and as a professional session singer/musician. I use classical technique as a basis. I’m also familiar with the ABRSM syllabus, LCM, Rock School & Trinity. My approach encompasses how our body works and the way this affects how we sing, as well as Alexander Technique for posture and breathing.
My students have won places at prestigious music schools, such as Wells Cathedral and lead roles in Hollywood films such as ‘Last Christmas’, click to see my student Maddie as Young Kate.
SOLO ARTIST PROJECTS
With my strong background in the classical world, I felt ready to be more self-expressive and wrote original material for my post-prog rock band, Du Bellows - "Du Bellows are by far one of the most interesting and musically adept bands I have seen recently” - Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin.
Currently, I’m focused solo project, Jade Like The Stone - I write all songs, lyrics and co-produced debut album, book gigs, run social media with manager, Mark Ede from BiGiAm. Sometimes I work with a full band, I am vox, piano, autoharp, sometimes as a duo with Richard Leeds, sometimes solo. I’ve featured on The Master Link Sessions lead by Stefan Redtenbacher. My first solo release was play-listed on BBC Radio Wales and I’ve had singles from my current EP featured on Radio Stations, regionally and nationally.
"You have a superstar's voice. Your voice sounds like a logo - like Jennifer Hudson’s voice is a logo, like Beyonce’s voice is a logo, Kate Bush’s voice is a logo. You have that uniqueness to your voice !" - Will.i.am
I’m also a part of original and collaborative projects such as:
First Congress - lyrical, rock-pop band where I’m the lead vocalist.
Drowning Witches - John King producer/ multi-instrumentalist creates dark expressionist electronica, over which I contribute lyrics and top line,
The Soul Reality Collective - Spotify Editorial play-listed and featured on regional BBC Radio and National Radio.
I regularly feature with other bands and artists - Connor Selby (Winner of Britain’s Young Blues Artist 2019), The Daybrakers, The Second Sons, amongst many others.
CHOIR LEADER & PRO SESSION MEMBER
I lead Some Voices Waterloo Branch "..the coolest choir in London” - Time Out. I teach vocal technique, coach, and conduct 30 -100 adults (beginner to advanced) teaching unique and engaging arrangements of popular music. We perform with the BBC Symphony Orchestra live on Radio 2. As a soloist, I sang live on “Friday Night Is Music Night’, alongside 800 strong choir. I led The National Youth Theatre’s Summer Programme at Goldsmith’s, culminating in an ‘a cappella’ arrangement written for the 600 voices I’d mentored.
The ‘professional’ arm of the choir Some Voice Company Choir is often booked for prestigious events - by the BBC, ITV and West End for example Tina (for the release of Tina Turner's autobiography, we were joined by the main cast as a 'pop up' performance in the famous Covent Garden sq.) - The Brit Awards - MasterCard Adverts as well as selling out the Union Chapel with BYC Cinema's Rome & Juliet. I’m a member of London Contemporary Voices, a professional choir mixing classical lines with modern sounds. We have performed to capacity audiences at The Royal Festival Hall. The last event was Six Nations England vs Wales final.
Singer, Instrumentalist Songwriter
I contribute harmonies, charts, and arrangements for any genre, as well as writing lyrics, sight-singing, improvising melody, and harmonies. In addition to voice, I play piano and autoharp
I thrive on working with indie labels, bands, producers, and songwriters in legendary studios - RAK, Abbey Road, Eastcote with top producers Chris Kimsey (Rolling Stones, Peter Frampton) Jim Lowe (Stereophonics) David Eringa (Manic Street Preachers, First Congress).