Work in progress – This album is an honest and vulnerable journey through being misunderstood, struggling with communicating and coming to terms with being autistic and learning to embrace who I am and what I have inside.
Music and song writing is my way of voicing what is on my heart, it is when I feel most effective in communication. My heart behind this album is to give a frank view of some of the struggles and challenges I have faced over the years and to show others that they are not on their own, but most importantly remind them that they are not made wrong, they are not a mistake. It's also to encourage others to look deeper than what is on the surface - to become people who look for the diamonds in the rough.
The album is called ‘Work in progress’, because that is my reality. We are all works in progress and I have gone from initially understanding and embracing being autistic, to learning how to overcome the challenges that I face rather than defeated by them and no longer be crippled by them but overcome them. My faith is a hugely important aspect of all of this, as I daily rely on God's goodness and strength, and have seen so many breakthroughs. Yet it is a continuing journey.
The songs cover situations, or responses that I have journeyed through and I truly hope will reach and touch many people.
Autism is a word that helps me understand how I work, why I process things in certain ways and helps me learn how to overcome many of these challenges. But it is not who I am, or the definition of me. This album, as well as a vulnerable journey, is a celebration of coming to a place of peace and joy in who I am, in feeling secure of my identity and in what I have to offer.
I am asking you to get behind me in this journey. Writing songs and recording albums for me is not foremost about trying to make a music career, it is about having a message to share, about having a voice, and reaching out to others. My heart is to use what I make from my music to feed into others - sowing seeds and watching them grow and giving people opportunities where others may well have passed them by.
I already work alongside several gifted songwriters, writers and musicians and I long to multiply this work, as well as seeing more understanding and acceptance of autism and differences - seeing people valued as human beings, no matter the differences. My heart is one to encourage and lift up others. I would truly love your support. I am self-funded, and rely on peoples' generosity.
Whatever you are able to give I am so grateful.