I started showing singing habit from when I was a toddler, leading my mother to dub me "born singer". She said I was always humming tunes as I did not yet have command of words of songs. When I started school, our Rev. Mother-General Getrude picked on my singing habit and geared me towards music education. I was a child chorister throughout primary and secondary schools during which I was dubbed "naturally talented" by my teachers. I benefited from the tutelage of different school music teachers as well as church choirmasters.
My fellow students at the university nick-named me "Voice" and always said I should have entered the university to study music instead. For me singing is innate. I would belt out tunes just like that. I could be in the hostel laundry, walking to the Library, Auditorium, Refectory - it just comes off me subconsciously. And I love that I sing.
In later years I joined my different local parish choirs when my day job allowed. Here I did duets with the choir tenor with me as the mezzo/soprano. Parishioners always asked me: "Are you in the music industry or something?" ; or: "with a voice like yours, you should be in the opera". A parish visiting Bishop once went out of his way and commended me and the choir tenor at the end of the Mass with the congregation still seated.
I'm also a good Pop dancer. For three consecutive years as an undergraduate, I won the Annual Dance Competitions organized by the Students' Union. This got me the name:"soul sister" by students.
I actually wrote my first song "You Are..." in my late teens after my then boyfriend was sent to fight in the war. My yearnings for him induced me to pen my feelings for us to sing and guitar-play on his return. But the song remained unpublished as it was overtaken by events.
I reverted to writing songs in early 2010 after I finished writing my yet unpublished autobiography. In December 2010, my debut Single - Christmas genre - was produced; but I deferred its publication as it was too late for Christmas release. By December 2011, I released my debut Album "Music Trail" - Amazon.com: marchi : Music
see also: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/holy-is-the-night-single/id445624361
My genres include: Singer/Songwriter, Christian/Gospel, Pop/Dance, R&B/Soul, Easy Listening.