HI, I am Charlotte.
I was born in Luton (the place with the airport) and now living in Rugby, Warwickshire.
When I was age 17, in 1999. my vocal chords were damaged either during or sometime after my heart surgery. When I woke up from my operation, after three weeks of being asleep, I asked if I could go to the toilet. Barely any voice came out, not even a whisper. I felt devastated.
I struggled to interact with people. It was hard to tell people I was in pain, it was annoying, I couldn’t tell the nurses one of my medications was causing a ‘funny taste’ in my mouth. I couldn’t talk to my friends who traveled from Luton to Great ormond street to see me.
Over the next few years, my voice slowly came back but it was airy and I struggled to talk to people in the supermarket, at Church, and when I went outHowever, when I moved to Rugby, many things changed. 3 people, in 3 different situations, gave me words that i was going to have my voice back so I could sing again.
Shortly after those words, I attended the BEC ladies weekend. It was a refreshing weekend away, meeting new people and fresh worship, lead by Beth Tysall of CLC Church, Rugby.
After getting to know Beth, I saw on facebook that she was a vocal coach. So, I started singing lessons following the words I had before the ladies weekend.
At first it was hard work, after many years of not singing, and no strength in my vocals, as well as a scar on my vocal chords, it took the first year to just build strength in my voice.
As time went on, and I built up strength, and confidence to sing again, I wrote a song called God is near and took it Beth. She advised me to record it as part of my vocal journey!
So, God is near was recorded and released in 2013. Since I wrote God is near, my voice has continued to get stronger and in 2015, I wrote So Thankful.
I still continue to write songs and have my lessons. I pray that this story and these songs encourage you on your journey with Jesus. God is near and So Thankful are available on i tunes and you tube.