Throughout my career I played and recorded material that appealed to the audiences I performed for. As a singer you want to share the emotion and melody of great songs with others, and I still love to perform songs that are special to people and bring meaning to their lives.
At the same time I was writing songs that were about my own life – as an immigrant kid, a traveller and a lover. My 2015 album Mystical Island is a collection of some of those songs.
Mystical Island can be anywhere we want it to be, however I wrote the title track about Siquijor Island (as seen above), a tropical paradise with beauty, tranquility and a history of mystique based in the early practice of Voodoo. During the Spanish American War (1898) American forces were reluctant to land on the island and to this day Siquijor remains a place of the spirits.
The incredible true story of Marguerite de La Rocque de Roberval who in 1542 at the age of 19 was deliberately marooned by her uncle, the Lieutenant Governor of New France, on the windswept Île des Démons (spirits) is a tragic love story of epic pro- portions. Her determination to survive for nearly 3 years and live to tell the tale was only matched by the love and courage of her young man who perished not long before her rescue.
If you would like me to perform at your special event, perhaps a wedding or festival, please contact me here. I will be touring Australia in 2015/16 and would love to meet you and perform for you.