Tuesday 19 April 2016


Reader Slaney describes what it's like to be crazy about music... and how much hard work it takes to follow the dream!

Slaney says:
I am fourteen and I have been interested in singing since I was tiny - my mum says I was singing even before I could talk! I don't play any musical instruments currently, though I can play the odd tune on piano... I am thinking of taking up guitar though. I wouldn't do guitar lessons, as I already have a busy week with various commitments...  I'd just see where I can go with books and online tutorials and the help of friends. Currently, I have four music lessons each fortnight... one for practicing a piece, two for composing and one for listening/theory. There are singing lessons on top of that and I am part of two choirs, one in school and one outside. I have made so many friends through choir and absolutely love it... our teachers have so many ways to make it fun! We do concerts sometimes too, and I had a solo song in the ones we did at Christmas.

In the summer, we made a CD, which involved spending a weekend in the studios, recording all the songs we needed. It was great and brought us all so much closer together as friends. It was also hugely rewarding when we finally got to hear the result! I have recently found out that I am going to be able to record a mini solo album, which is SO exciting! I am happy to do all the extra work with my out of school choir, but keeping up with my school choir is hard work sometimes as we have two rehearsals a week on top of my other practices. It also means that my voice is often tired from doing so much singing!

I have a few role models... Julie Andrews from the film The Sound of Music is one. She is an incredible actress with a wonderful voice. It's such a shame she cannot sing anymore. I also love Bars and Melody (Charlie and Leo) because their music is great and I love how they've become so famous so young! They are only fifteen and seventeen and have literally done what I would love to do in life. They're also just great people. and do so much to keep their fans happy. I have seen them in concert and met them too, and they followed me in Instagram and replied to me once of Facebook! I know it sounds cheesy, but my dream is probably to become a famous pop singer. This has been my ambition since I was tiny, and let me tell you, it hasn't changed!

Cathy says:
I love Slaney's dedication and determination... she is putting in so much hard work that she definitely deserves to succeed! Do YOU love singing? Do YOU dream of a career in music? COMMENT BELOW to have your say!


  1. It's 'what I would love to do in life', not "what I would lobe to do in life". The keys are right next to each other, easy mistake to make.

    On another note, I wish I could sing!

  2. I take singing lessons! They are so much fun!

  3. I'd love to be as dedicated and taking up as many opportunities as Slaney - I'm very impressed! I have piano lessons every week, and even though I don't want to play it professionally anymore I love going; my lessons are the bright spot at the end of a week of school! What I really want to do for a living is songwriting. I've recently done February Album Writing Month, a songwriting challenge, and managed to write ten songs, six of which were actually some measure of "good". I'm currently trying to get one of them recorded by someone who can actually sing, unlike me, so that I can make something out of my songs and get them heard!

  4. i an just like u and in ur situation



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