Tanya Walker stopped by for a chat!

Colby: Hello, Tanya! What Do You Enjoy Most About Being A Singer?

Tanya: Singing my own songs has a different kind of of enjoyment to it than singing the songs of others. I love both.

Singing my own songs is for me an outlet for expressing complex emotions. A form of therapy. I love the connection that singing my own songs to others brings. I love the feeling being at one with your music and your audience. Its fulfilling.

From a young age, singing has for me been something completely natural to do, losing myself in whichever song I was singing. Now as a community choir leader (and singer songwriter) I love building the confidence of others to find & express their natural voices.

Colby: Which Track Of Yours Means The Most To You?

Tanya: A song called ‘Better’ which I wrote when I was 23. I wrote it as ode to someone I had fallen in love with but who didn’t feel the same way. The writing of it helped me process the deep heartbreak I was feeling which in turn had negatively impacted my mental health. The writing of it helped me move through it and come out the other side.

Colby: The First-Ever Gig You Played, Can You Remember It? How Was It?

Tanya: Once of my first gigs was at a party in Monmouth at the house of Hugh McDowell – ELO Cellist. It was with my folk/alternate band ‘Greenhouse Kelly’ It was so exciting to be at such a prolific musician’s house and as I was 17 everything felt new and fresh and vibrant and still to be discovered. A great memory that makes me smile.

Colby: What Do You Think Is The Key To Success As A Singer?

Tanya: Always open the body and warm up the voice before gigs and release any unconscious tension in the body, mind and voice that will get in the way of a fully self expressed and in the moment performance. It will also help you to get out of your own way and connect with your audience more.

 Colby: If You Wasn’t A Singer, What Job Would You Be Doing?

Tanya: As well as being a singer songwriter, I am also a community choir leader of 5 choirs in Wales and also support young people aged 8  -25 into music for Rhonnda Cynon Taf Councils Arts Service ‘SONIG Youth Music Industry. I’m quite satisfied as all of my roles are different but if I wasn’t doing any of that…maybe a presenter, talk show host or a yoga teacher!

George Millington