yvonne meek - singer/songwriter
we all say it ... singers, you know ... we've been singing since we were children ... but it's so true!
i can remember being as young as 3 or 4, so intrigued by music, it was rather easy to learn the melody and memorize the lyric ... everyone said i was a 'natural'. my first performance was in Kindergarten at a Christmas program singing "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer" ... i remember being very frightened. in grammar school i sang in the children's church choir and later in high school i sang in a few dramas and finally for two high school graduation ceremonies, for the seniors in my junior year and my own ... that was truly an honor to do both.
after high school i began singing in a few local dance bands ... covering everything ... that was the 80s so i was busy and versatile ... lots of great memories and some i'm not so proud of but it does make me who i am today. did the night club scene for a while too but got sidetracked pretty early in my career by "love"
in 1986, i got 'saved' ... lots of people were still doing that, not long after my salvation i began singing in my church praise choir, in the praise band, and forming my own groups with several friends. we did weddings and contemporary christian praise and worship music. i was happily single and really loving my involvement in "ministry"
these days i live in western Colorado. i play keys and sing with The David Starr Band. i also perform solo and duo gigs locally. i'm putting together a jazz combo as well.
though i don't do the 'church thing' anymore i find music to not only be fun but a spiritual experience for me as well. i truly believe that each of us is created for specific purposes and as a child i believe mine was for music and singing ... but i've also made a lot of choices that have deterred and even undermined my conviction. these days it's not about keeping everybody happy and doing what everyone thinks or wants me to do ... i'm trying to re-discover me and who i am as a musician, a singer, a woman and a writer ... i'm trying to begin again to live my truth, my reality. some days i simply feel to 'old' to try to pursue my dreams of being a performer or songwriter, but most of the time, i really don't know what else to do with the tsunami within ...
so i will SING ... i will WRITE ... i will TELL MY STORY ... i will RECORD ... and someday you'll know the real me!