Sometimes you need to challenge yourself, and take yourself out of your comfort zone. Such a challenge for me is performing on stage. And I am happy to say I faced it in 2015 with the Edmonton Singing Christmas Tree.
In 2014 I was a "tree family" member, learning to sing choir (I've never done it before), and being taught by a master, Emmanuel (Mannie) Fonte. It was a great experience. So in 2015 I decided to take it to the next level and audition as an ensemble (stage) singer. The audition was at that point the highlight of my musical life. In a room full of talented singers, we were called up as foursomes to sing a snippet of two songs, and were evaluated by the team. I was thrilled to receive an email saying I was selected. Above is a photo of my trusty sidekick Triffany Baker on stage at the Jubilee Auditorium in front of thousands of people. Crazy. And the time of my life really.
A few of us were also featured in a few videos that were used to promote the show. Here is one of them.
So what is going to happen in 2016 for my singing career? Only time will tell, although I do know I will try out again this year to join the ensemble. And I may just put myself out there and do some open stage work with my guitar. Talk to you all soon.