sk any professional in pretty much any profession – study, theory and practice, practice, practice will only get you so far…
It’s actually getting on with the job at hand – jumping right into the deep end – that really matters.
Take young Mia Parsons, for example.
Despite the fact that the woman is clearly only under 30, this Kilcoole chanteuse has nonetheless spent the last 30 years bringing life and soul to a million and one songs at a million and one venues, parties and impromptu sessions.
So, when it came to gathering together a bunch of like-minded soul singers who hadn’t quite taken that long walk up the mic, and just teaching them the tricks and treats that she’d learnt over the past three decades, Ms Parsons quickly discovered that being Mama Mia to a roomful of happy divas fit her like a velvet glove.
That initial gathering was in February 2016, at The Horse & Hound, with the very first showcase gig happening in May. From there, the Jazz Vocal Workshop has just grown and grown, with five currently in progress, and another 10-week course due to start in April.
We caught up with young Parsons to talk soul, sisters, self-discovery, shyness, shining and how you should always, always think twice about tackling Summertime…
You can find out more about The Jazz Vocal Workshop on their Facebook page here, or you can contact Mia directly on 0851140140 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Info on Thursday night’s showcase at The Whale is here.
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