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Jo Hicks update

Wednesday 11 July 2007

Jazz vocalist Jo Hicks has been having difficulties with her email address but can now be contacted via email again.

Jo’s email address is: gary-johicks@bigpond.com.

Here are samples of three tracks from All Of Me:

Here, again, is Jo’s story:

Born, raised and educated in Adelaide. Studied classical piano at the Elder Conservatorium with Clemens Leske Senior, and then moved to Sydney. Read stories and worked puppets on Channel 9 Adelaide before the Sydney adventure.

Studied drama at theatre school in North Sydney, before playing to theatres up and down the East Coast. Broke away entirely to become a Meter Maid on the Gold Coast... Different!

Enjoyed playing in Musicals from Gilbert and Sullivan to light opera for a few years.

In the meantime, married and had four children. It wasn’t until about seven years ago, after playing Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady that I actually was told that I could sing, so I decided to go to a singing teacher to find out for sure if this was so. I then learnt Jazz for a year and now study with Thomas Edmonds for classical singing.

In 2005, I decided to make a CD to sell at all my concerts. The CD took six months to complete and was launched in March 2006.

I appear at a festival in NSW each year, but since learning that I have CFS, my abilities have been reduced somewhat, but I refuse to let it wrap me up and isolate me. Although I do find it difficult to take a role in a production now, the concerts are a different thing again.

For me there is no stress. Just complete love and enjoyment of singing, and the wonder of the human voice, and how lucky I am so be able to sing a little. During the time of actually singing, there is no weariness or fear, just joy. Very uplifting.

I hope that this little bit of information can help somebody who feels that their life is over, and that all they can do is sit and be miserable. Sometimes, I admit, this happens to me too, but I know that it is only for a moment in time and that I will be back again shortly. Why this has happened to me now when at this middle part of my life, I have just discovered singing? But at least I can still sing at times, and can listen to my CD for reassurance, and I keep testing my voice each day to make sure it is still there!

The CD, at this time, is available from Video Network Goolwa ([08] 8555 2926), Surround Sound Victor Harbor ([08] 8552 6255), and all local radio stations.  However, I still have a supply here at home.  If people would like to ring me on  (08) 8555 0991, or 0419 144 124.  The cost is only $20 and how about Mother’s Day or Father’s Day or Birthdays?!

Email Jo

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