#TheTribeExclusive Featuring Ann Singer
Boasting one of the best voices in Namibia at the moment, Ann Singer features in this episode of #TheTribeExclusive. She talks falling in love with music, overcoming life’s challenges and breaking into the music scene.
A woman of many skills and talents, Ann has studied Radiography – a fun fact few people know about.
“I love helping people but it takes a person with a very strong heart to be able to deal with sick people,” she says about her experience working in the health sector.
She has been singing since she was a child and listened to a lot of radio and loved the music of pop icons like the Backstreet Boys and Britney Spears while growing up, drawing inspiration from them and getting fully immersed in the dream of becoming a singer – which was unfortunately not well received by her parents.
“When I was in high school, I was forced to join the choir but I was like I’m not a choir person and it wasn’t my cup of tea, I don’t want to sing in the choir, but in Grade 10 I had this friend who introduced me to Berthold, and then I secretly started falling in love with it,” she reminisces.
It was Berthold who gave her voice training and he was so tough on her that she would even cry at times. But as tough as he was, he taught young Ann a lot about voice control and in no time, she was secretly performing with him at music shows – without her parents’ knowledge.
She later started doing her own shows and would also do performances at Song Night and around that time met Mushe and recorded some songs with him. Eventually, she met music distributor and record label owner Djokic Dragan who signed her up and as she says, “the rest is history.”
A multi-award winning musician, Ann has come a long way since her years as an aspiring musician. But despite being a big star today, she remains passionate about her biggest role in life, motherhood.
She has taken her biggest life lessons, like failing Grade 12, falling pregnant that same year and dropping out of university and college as the motivation for working hard today. “I disappointed my parents so much, I told myself that this is not life, I need to pick myself up, I need to make something of my life, I need to make my parents proud. I think that’s why I’m doing all of these things because I’m also still trying to find myself,” she says.
Check out Ann’s music on Youtube or follow her on Facebook page Ann A Singer, on Instagram @ann_1singer and on Twitter @ann1singer.
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