Realising at an early age that if I picked up a guitar I got attention, especially from my dad whose guitar it was, it was inevitable that I’d get one of my own. So at the ripe old age of three, I got my first guitar, a half size acoustic.
At seven, I started lessons but soon noticed that not only did dad’s electric guitars have smaller necks, making them ideal for little hands, but they could also make a lot more noise. After more lessons and a lot more noise, aged eight, I became the youngest person in the country to pass a Rockschool grade. More lessons followed,and with them came the realisation that if you want people to listen, you need to sing!
So, aged 12, I started playing and singing at local jam sessions, and two years later, the head of A&R from a major label sat in our lounge and told me "great voice, but girls don't play guitar like that!" His advice, “change styles because boys would be intimidated”.
Singing and playing on national television and radio soon followed.
Then came a change of direction, I wanted to become an English teacher, so I went away from live performance and concentrated on my studies. Having got the qualifications to enrol to do an English degree, I changed my mind, and went back to the music. Now qualified at Rockschool Grade Eight, and with the qualifications to do an English degree rather than a music degree, I enrolled at the world renowned Leeds College of Music to do a Btec in Popular Music, where I became the first student in the college’s history to achieve a 100% pass mark, with 18 distinctions. Progressing onto the degree course, I became the holder of the College’s prize for outstanding musicianship for 2006/7, on the way to achieving a First Class Honours Degree in Popular Music in July 2009 and at the same time the award for guitar.