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Young Greenwich Stories: Interview with Rea

Monday 4th December 2017

Rea (Reanna) has been a member of Young Greenwich through Avery Hill youth hub for 7 years and has used her time working on her passion for music. Dedicated to her talent, the neo-soul/indie pop singer performed at the Young Greenwich Day in October 2017.

Here’s what Rea had to say about her music journey with Young Greenwich and her experiences so far:

When did you start attending Young Greenwich?

I started when I was 8 years old, took a little bit of a gap and officially became a member from the age of 11. It has changed a lot over the years and there is always something to do.

What made you join the youth club?

Originally, I started to come because I was bored but, I kept coming back a lot more because of the singing part once I saw the opportunity to have a space for my music.

Where did your musical journey begin?

I began singing in my school choir when I was 6 and followed up with it at Young Greenwich when I was 12 years old. I was always singing in and outside the house, I used every opportunity to sing.

“It was such a good experience! The crowd was very friendly and it was definitely a confidence boost.”

 

What was your experience like, performing at Young Greenwich Day?

That was very interesting! I was nervous to begin with but at the end of it I was fine, it was a good experience. It was the first time I’ve performed in front of people who were there for a specific event in the area, they weren’t expecting for me to sing. The crowd was very friendly and it was definitely a confidence boost.

Were you always a confident singer?

Definitely not! If you had asked me a year ago to perform at Young Greenwich Day, I would not have done it. I used to be really shy and didn’t really find myself as a singer, but now, I feel like I am on the right path.

"I’ve learnt that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. I usually prepare for the absolute worst because everything would be better in reality, you will always have a backup plan."

So how did you build your confidence?

It’s a mixture of a few things really, I studied Music GCSE at school and it involved having to perform at a gig to pass the course and a lot of hard work contributed to that. After the first gig, you get used to it overtime and realise it’s not as bad as you thought it would be.

How has Young Greenwich supported you with your music development?

As well as the dedicated space, I had a lot support from my youth worker H (Hildreth Augier) who has given me a lot of gigs, time to record and helped me get everything the way I wanted it to be. He can be quite tough but that is very helpful in the long run because I learn the discipline that I will need.

What advice would you give someone who wants to work on their passion like you did?

I would say not to make any excuses. If it is something you are really passionate about, you will find the time to do what you want to do and put the effort in. If you don’t put the effort in, then you don’t go anywhere but when you do, the results are amazing.

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Keep up with Rea and her exclusive upcoming performances on Instagram.