MY STORY / BIO:
It's been quite a journey and roller coaster ride to get to this
point! so I thought it would be nice to share my story with you in my
own words...here goes!
My parents migrated from Sri Lanka to London in the 70's. They lived in the basement of a building where the landlord was the piano player for The Swingle Singers, who would rehearse for hours and hours upstairs singing beautiful
acapella / vocal harmony music. When my older sister was born they came
down to see her. My parents eventually migrated to Melbourne, where I
My mum told me that when she was pregnant with me she listened to
The Sandpipers, Los Indios Tabajaras & The Swingle Swingers. This
might explain my love for complex vocal harmony & 'musical' music
that I still have a love for to this day. My Mother has always and still does have a love
for music, singing & dancing.
When my dad was younger he played the sitar, and apparently when I was young I used to
try and play it and would call it an 'olin-guitar' (violin - guitar?).
When I was three I started singing, before I could speak properly. I grew up watching my sister singing and dancing. My mum also told me
when I was little my favourite song was 'Kokomo' by the Beach Boys.
Growing up my mum would always encourage my sister & I to sing
and dance. I guess I have come from quite a musical family.
Through out my high school years, I mainly studied the art subjects. Within these subjects music was one of my favourites. I joined the school
band , choir, learned the clarinet, tenor & alto saxophones. Inspired by the r n b, soul & hip hop of the 90's, a few
friends and I started various soul & urban r n b vocal groups & would perform for concerts & gigs.
I wrote my first lyrics when I was about 14 & started writing my
own songs when I was about 16. I used to tape them on a cassette
player. If I wanted some background vocals I would play the first
recording & sing along in harmony and tape it on a second cassette
player. Perhaps an extremely crude version of a four track? But at least
I could get some ideas down...
A year later armed with a some guitar & piano skills as well as a computer to record on, I started recording my first album. It was called 'The Weaving Of Dreams'. Despite some positive
feedback from industry professionals I never did release it. In
hindsight I'm glad I never did, although It featured some songs that I really liked, I was never happy with the album in it's entirety. I'm
currently reworking & rewriting some of the best tracks from it for
my new album 'Pieces Of Stars'.
The final years of high school would see me going through the start of some pretty rough times. I've struggled with major depression, anxiety, sleep disorder &
depersonalisation for the last 14 years. It has been a rough ride & I still continue to struggle with these problems but endeavor to keep going, be happy & improve myself to achieve my goals.
In 2005-2007 I finally decided to study music (vocals as an instrument) & business, deciding that these two areas are where I really want to succeed. I also decided to study music as a way to overcome my severe anxiety when it came to performing on stage. I would get so nervous that I wouldn't be able to perform properly and I would feel so sick before and after a performance, for hours or even days. Studying music with other musicians has been one of the hardest things I have done, but also one of the best & most important things I have ever experienced. It taught me to listen to & appreciate other musicians, to take constructive criticism, to learn from & respect people with more experience and different musical points of view, & also that I have a unique voice & musical point of view myself. I've met some incredible people along the way as well as some life long friends. Ironically studying music theory completely put a halt to my natural song writing process & I stopped writing for a few years. In these years I focused on my other long time loves, jazz vocals & the genres of jazz, nostalgia & jazz standards. Opening up completely to the jazz & nostalgia genres has been an amazing experience & something I will continue to cherish & do for many years to come.
I have gone through so many ups & downs with how I feel about my own music. At some points I completely fall into ruts & lose inspiration to pursue music, but somehow there is always this persisting feeling driving me on, to want to contribute musically to the world. I have received a lot of support and encouragement from my family, friends & other musicians. Some people have been completely discouraging too. I once asked a close very talented musician friend about this, I told her, 'Some people love my voice and my music, but some people hate it too'. She said 'Well, I reckon that's when you know you have some thing really good'. Years later I finally have enough quiet confidence, experience and training to believe in this, believe in myself, my voice and my music. I'm really excited to be at the point in my life where I want to start putting out the music I have been working on for so long. I really hope you enjoy my music and sharing this musical journey with me! This is the start of an exciting path for me & I sincerely thank you for your support. More original songs and cover songs to come, so I'd like to invite you to join my facebook page for updates and news!
People I would like to thank for all their support, love & kind words of encouragement along the way in my musical journey so far:
Shanthie Demel, Simon Dunks, Christoph Gatzka, Bruce Knobloch, Dee Hithgoda, Lee Sissing, Lucy Hocking, Peter Dodrowski, Will Connor, Chrissi Deralas, Justin Dempsey, Kain Borlase, Nicole Daniel, Maryanne Smart, Ladee Lisa, Bill Bamford, Andrew Ross, Benny Wong, Skaidra Stals, Susan Weir, Andros Shaw, Creenagh Dalton, Aaron Mcmurray, Anita Stevens, Br Anthony Cummins, Paul Camelleri, Daniel Scullin, Jacob Lai, Dale Faudry, Bonnie Valentine, Emma Burt, Ivo Polak, Jake Talbot, Jason Mcmurray, Anabelle Mulcahy, Kieran Fahey, Mika, Maurice Katting, Nenad Dragicevic, Nicky Moyle, Philip Boon, Phoenix Zhou, Ranmali Demel, Gyan Demel, Nirmala Demel, Ruth Demel, Sarath Demel, Mahinda Hithgoda, Tim Oshea, Warren Rice, Sarah Jane Wentzki, Kate Ceberano, Zita, Renata Bush, Carmen Hendricks, Alex & Nilusha, Daria Cheyne, Jan, Bernard & Freddie, Harry, Doni Wickramasuriya, Gamini Wickramasuriya, Deepthi Wickramasuriya, Tyson Wakley, David Heard (PBSfm), Serena Fuentes & Phil Noack.
And a very special thanks to the amazing professionals that have guided and helped me along the way, I thank you with all my heart:
Dr. Viviene McIroy, Dr John Cheetham, Vicki Zola, Helen Norman, Dr. Elizabeth Nuttal, Beatriz Pon, Dr. Douglas gee, Dr. Ross Martin, Dr. Thai Lim, Dr. Gerard Kennedy & Stephanie Chee-Noguera.