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Look ma, no hands!

Pretending to be a superhero is one of my favourite favourite things to do! Without realising it (until recently), I’ve always had a fascination with danger and an addiction to pushing one’s limits as far as they will go. I…

As You Grow Up…

You will make mistakes. You will change your mind. You will lose yourself and find yourself and reinvent yourself again. The one person who you thought would never let you down, probably will. Remember that no one has it all…

Perpetual Motion

It’s been two wild months and almost 10,000km of fighting since my last confession. From Cape Town to George to Port Elizabeth to East London to Joburg to Grahamstown to Knysna to Cape Town to Durban to Cape Town to…

My Durbanness #3

Durban girls are not built for this winter thing, but it’s that time of year again… time for another Winter Tour of Epic Proportions to challenge my Durbanness. This week sees the start of a month of touring around the…

Music Is Not What I Do

I am a musician. It’s what I’ve always been. As a kid, I wanted to be a concert pianist, just like Liberace. Nat King Cole made me want to write music that made people believe in things like I believed…

Behind the Smoke and Mirrors

I played in my dream space again last month, the Fugard Theatre Studio (more about that here), and it was an epic and beautiful two nights. But once the applause had faded, reality hit me square in the heart, and…

The Week Of Dreams

Photographs by Jesse Kate Kramer Being treated like a Rockstar makes pretending to be a Rockstar a whole lot easier. Between hotel sponsorships, television appearances, grand pianos, sound and lighting crews, press interviews, camera crews, photographers, engraved name plaques on…

What I’ve Learned

I’ve learned that for all its excitement and adventure, life is scary as hell… I’ve learned that believing that you can be everything you want to be, and pursuing that passion, are two very different things… I’ve learned that for…

Once More With Feeling

Photograph by Jesse Kate Kramer RETURN TO THE FUGARD THEATRE 18 & 19 APRIL 2012 I celebrated last year’s release of ‘Fight A New Day’ in my dream space at The Fugard Theatre Studio, and am thrilled to have the…

In Studio with Jim Faulds

I did some session work on an album by singer-songwriter and generally awesome dude, Jim Faulds, who I met at one of my shows in Cape Town last year. He mentioned when I met him that he hoped to collaborate…

Carpe Diem

I’m a planner – a bit of a perfectionist, truth be told – particularly when it comes to plotting my career. I’m big on spreadsheets and lists and analysing every available option to ensure that everything goes as perfectly as…

Cross My Heart

I’m big on honesty, I always have been, and I’ve been thinking about the concept a lot lately, particularly how much honesty I communicate to a world in which I want to live authentically. How much honesty is too much…?…

Every Heart

After 4 weeks off stage, I found myself back in my favourite place again this week. On a stage, behind a piano, doing what I do that makes me me. I’ve missed it. In the grand scheme of things, four…

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