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BERMUDIAN WOMAN SET TO AUDITION FOR UK'S BIGGEST SINGING COMPETITION (VIDEO) Featured

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BERMUDIAN WOMAN SET TO AUDITION FOR UK'S BIGGEST SINGING COMPETITION (VIDEO)

“My mom was one of the directors of the church's children choir. One particular day she introduced a song and asked for a volunteer to sing the solo. To everyone's shock, I raised my hand. My mom was pleased, but still asked someone to be the ‘just in case’ singer in case I did not open my mouth.

"I sang in our practices and the children were in disbelief. This girl who does not talk is singing!”

This is the moment in Shelita Ingham’s childhood when she and others realised that she was a singer. A significant feat for a child who barely talked to others outside of her parents and her sisters.

Ms Ingham, who, earlier this week, shared with Today In Bermuda her experience of living with autism, has not looked back since and today she will be auditioning for a spot on The Voice UK in Manchester.

She continues to share her childhood story.

“The ultimate shock came on the day of the performance. The backup singer was queued and ready to go. The song began to play and I stood in front of the mic. I don't remember feeling any emotion whatsoever, but I do remember having an attitude of proving myself.

“I had a voice! I recall my godmother screaming out and then immediately contain herself. It humoured me. The time came for my solo and I sang. The entire church was in a state of shock. The silence was very loud. When I finished,my godmother stood up and couldn't stop clapping and screeching. The applause confirmed that this was something I wanted to keep doing.

“In that moment, I did not feel like the weird little girl, I didn't feel intimidated by stares, and I didn't notice the awkward movements of my hands. I had a voice, and although it was scripted, I knew what to say. This would be the beginning of a new Shelita. After that performance, my mom encouraged all of her daughters to sing and we began to sing together as a group. ‘The Ingham Sisters’ were asked to sing often in the Seventh Day Adventist churches that we were affiliated with.”

Shelita says she subsequently began performing more solos at church and would often be asked when was she going to produce a studio album.

“I got the opportunity to sing as part of an awesome girl group in Bermuda called ‘The Secret’, which consisted of Sia Spence, Jonae Smith, Twaneé Butterfield, Cindy Smith and myself.

“I would also get to open up for Mary J. Blidge, Robin Thicke, and Tessene Chin as well as opportunities singing background for a few Jazz Festivals. I began recording music, but this was a new experience and took me a while to improve my writing and recording skills. I was still very reserved and found it hard to openly express myself through songs the way I wanted them to be reflected in my recordings. I spent most of my studio time doing backgrounds for various local Bermudian artists and found myself on many songs on the local radio.”

In 2015, Shelita entered the popular Bermuda Idol contest. She did not win and worked with voice coach Marcelle Clamens, which she says enabled her to see her true vocal ability.

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“I have not looked back since. I have continued to write and most recently decided to finally pursue an album. Alongside my fiancé Dwight Jones (of Kingdom Reggae), I decided it was time. This is something that I've been encouraged to do for years and never committed to going through with it.

“The album is called ‘Ready For This’ and I set the release date for May this year. Due to finances, I have missed my deadline, but still pushing to complete it as soon as possible.

“I also released a Christian reggae song recently that is being played by several radio stations in the UK and am receiving nothing but positive feedback.”

She recalls how she ended up auditioning for the The Voice UK.

“I submitted a video audition. Basically, I did it just to say I did it. After submitting it, I basically brushed it off and told myself that nothing will come out of it. This is a huge competition in the UK and I expected to get overlooked.

“I received an email on May 17, stating that I was invited to audition further. I had to prepare three songs; one Acapella, one slow song and an upbeat song to tracks. This next stage is a big deal because if you make it, you are basically on to the live show for the blind auditions singing before judges who are celebrities.”

Shelita says is  hoping to move on to the next phase of the competition, but knows what she is potentially up against.

“I am literally competing against the very best singers in the world. If you have seen The Voice you know I am telling no lie. I'm just trying to remain who I am and stay confident in my own ability. I do have something to share to the world, but at the end of the day God will determine my stage.”

To follow Shelita on her journey, follow her on twitter @litamariemusic and search the hashtag #litamarievoice

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6 comments

  • Sha Sha
    Sha Sha Saturday, 10 June 2017 23:51 Comment Link

    wow your voice is not only beautiful but it soothes my soul. I could listen all day

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  • Karen Simmons
    Karen Simmons Saturday, 03 June 2017 18:24 Comment Link

    Congratulations Shelita. Your voice is wonderful. I was blessed to hear it.

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  • Leslee Christopher
    Leslee Christopher Saturday, 03 June 2017 17:01 Comment Link

    Young Lady! Go and grasp your brass ring! You have a marvelous instrument, and the world is your oyster!!
    Wishing you all the best! Never stop walking in your passion!
    Sincerely,
    Leslee Christopher

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  • Janet Smith
    Janet Smith Saturday, 03 June 2017 15:54 Comment Link

    Congratulations! All the best. Remember with God all things are possible.

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  • Barbara
    Barbara Saturday, 03 June 2017 14:22 Comment Link

    Congrats Shelita, The Universe is conspiring to give you all you want...

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  • Karla Parfitt
    Karla Parfitt Saturday, 03 June 2017 07:39 Comment Link

    Wishing you all the best Shelita. Congrats!

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