The Soprano: Labelle

Early on, music was all I cared about–from listening to the Beatles, organizing shows on my parents’ back porch to later learning instruments and writing music. I was about thirteen years old when I realized I had an upper register and had a nice voice. I started taking voice lessons and loved it–the rest is history. But before I moved to the States, I had no idea what it meant to have a singing career and how I could achieve a singing career. When when I arrived at Boston University, I started getting some work.

My teacher Phyllis Curtin is still my mentor. I do not see her often enough, but to me, she was all I needed to see. She did not even had to teach me anything. She did just by being who she was.

What appealed to you about it/them? It was so direct and honest. It came from me. It is quite a unique instrument.

When did you discover early music, and what was the allure? I did not discover Early Music; I was asked to come and perform Early Music by certain conductors and musicians. I loved the aspect of research in performance.