Snippets from a Songwriter

Want to hear a terrible story? Me neither. 

With the world in such turmoil since the pandemic hit, I honestly didn’t think that releasing Opry Star would be ideal. 

At first writing a song with a sad undertone was a challenge as I wanted to focus on the effects of PTSD has on soldiers. I scrapped those lyrics immediately as it felt too heavy and not something I wanted to release into the world. 

Being a great fan of Dolly Parton and her songs being rooted in strong storytelling, I opted to rather write in the country genre, focusing all my effort on telling this particular soldier’s story. 

The images that I had in my mind was of a young man full of expectation for the future that came home a broken man after his arm was ripped away by an explosion. I focused on his dreams, which would my much like my own, to one day be a successful artist. I could relate with the fact that it would be extremely hard to deal with the fact that my dreams could not come true. 

The story evolves as the soldier struggles though life searching for his purpose. There are conversations between him and his Creator of which he finally submits to God’s will and becomes a preacher. In essence he had more impact to touch peoples lives than he would have, had he become a country star. 

I hope you liked the back story of this song and please give a listen to Opry Star on Spotify 

Or your favorite streaming platform: 

Until next time, be a positive influence to others.

5 Tips I use to keep myself motivated 

Most days it’s really a struggle to remain in the creative zone. Life’s challenges get in the way and it’s easy to get demotivated. 

Today I’m going to give you 5 tips I use to keep me in the creative flow. 

  1. Always get enough sleep. (Tiredness never promotes your best work. 
  2. Use weekends to detox from social media overload. 
  3. Use scheduling tools available on the internet to help you manage your time better. 
  4. Eat chocolate to boost your mood, in moderation of course. (Chocolate is believed to contain high levels of antioxidants. Some studies have suggested chocolate could lower cholesterol levels and prevent memory decline.) 
  5. Laugh every day. 

This is not the most scientific tips and might not work for everyone. But It works for me and I’d love to know what tips you could give that I might be able to implement in my own life.

Need More Time now exclusively available on Bandcamp 

Hi everyone, 

Are you ready for this new release? Do you feel like you’re stuck in the rat race with heart pounding and trying to figure out how you will fit everything you need to do in 24 hours? 

Then you will definitely relate to the rushed lyrics of my new energetic country song, Need More Time. The twangy guitar riff will hook you immediately and then let the images flash through your mind as you listen to the song. 

Thank you so much for your support and being lovers of music. Without you, writing songs wouldn’t be the same. 

I’d love to know whether the song is relatable and how you cope in this fast-paced world. 

If you've love any of my tracks and know anyone else who may find them enjoyable too, do share it with them please! 


Chenél No.1 

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Introducing the next release - Need More Time 

Hi everyone, 

I’m so excited about this release, Need More Time, that will be exclusively available on Bandcamp the 1st of August 2021 and the official release on major streaming platforms will be Thursday, 2nd September 2021. 

I’m a songwriter 24/7. Whether I’m working, playing with kids, making dinner or talking to my mother. Through this song I looked through my songwriter eyes at how I’d describe my life as a wife, mother of three energetic girls and full-time employee with the dream of becoming a great songwriter. 

This song is all about being overwhelmed! As I know many others are too. 

The theme at the core of this song is to stop rushing. Start listening. Disconnect from social media, reconnect to yourself. Not to pack your schedule to overflow, leaving time to hear the whispers of peace around you and to actually enjoy life in all its fullness. 

Now more than ever, it's so important that we life with patience, faith, love and try to find the joy in our moments. Especially as parents. We need serenity to recharge our souls. 

I hope you have an amazing rest of your week! 


Chenél No.1 

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The one fear I had to overcome early on in my music 

I’m turning 40 next year and as I look back on my life, I regret not taking the leap of faith to pursue music earlier. 

Honestly venturing out to become a songwriter had never crossed my mind. Yes, I jotted down some lyrics and composed some songs with my guitar as a trusty partner. It was purely for my own enjoyment and creative release. 

It was during the summer of 2019 that I came across a local songwriting competition and though, I might as well take a shot at it. I didn’t win, but managed to reach 15th place. You’re probably thinking, that’s not great, but I at least reached the top 20. That’s something isn’t it? 

This experience was the one thing that super charged my motivation to start actively writing songs. October 2019 I released my first song called Just because of you. It’s a country song that is personal to me as I wrote it for my husband and about our relationship. 

Although it is not one of my most popular songs it will always remain special to me as it is the song that started me on this musical journey. 

In summary, the fear I had to overcome was to not let my current lack of capabilities stand in the way of me creating the songs I wanted to write. With practice and skill development everyone becomes better. But I had to start at the bottom and work my way up. 

My hope is to keep growing and creating songs that would capture my listeners hearts.


Moving forward 

Last week, it felt almost impossible to find the words to describe what was happening to our country. 

This week, the dust has begun to settle. Communities across KZN & Gauteng has given me a renewed sense of hope and purpose. The tenacity to keep going and continue building amidst the current struggles is incredibly inspiring. 

I recorded a song a while back, that I feel is time to start putting the release in motion. It is called Need More Tme. It’s written about a mother and wife that feels totally overwhelmed with responsibility and the need to give her best to everyone around her and in the process sacrificing a little part of herself. 

Like this song suggests, I believe many South Africans are feeling overwhelmed, distraught and tired after the turbulent week we had. But I’m hopeful and believe we will rise from this. 

Moving forward together.

Cry my beloved country 

It’s hard to see through the smoke of destruction that has left South Africa reeling from riots, damage to property and loss of life. I’m truly saddened that many businesses will not recover from this blatant attack and those that do, will forever resent the country’s leadership that failed in protecting them. Also, my heart will bleed for those who will suddenly become jobless after the civil unrest. 

It brought carnage, strife and a devastating impact that we’re soon going to have to face. 

What I’ve learnt during this time is that we all have a role to play. We cannot sit around bemoaning the situation, but rather to act in a positive way. Communities need to band together to protect, rebuild and be prepared in the future for instances where the law enforcement agencies cannot come to their aid. We need to stand united as a country that will not tolerate civil unrest, destruction or negative political agendas. 

Through it all I felt that music has been a source of stress relief. Some would refer to it as escapism and I’m fine with it. We all need a little something to lighten the situations that surrounds us. 

For the moment there is a sense of calm after the civil unrests and I pray for my beloved country, South Africa, to thrive again.

New Music Alert – Slaves of the Rhythm 

Stop what you are doing! 

Think back about the days where all you wanted to do was listen to music, absorb it into your system and swim in the enjoyment of sound. Are you in that moment again? 

I know I am. My new song SLAVES OF THE RHYTHM transports me back to my clubbing days (yes, I loved it, to my parents’ dismay) Sleep deprivation didn’t bother me then as long as I could move to the music. 

Please check out my new song SLAVES OF THE RHYTHM on your platform of choice and let me know what you think. 

You can listen to it on any of your favourite digital streaming platforms:

Coming Soon – Slaves of the Rhythm 

Yes, you read it right. A new single is to be released 29 June 2021 called SLAVES OF THE RHYTHM. 

This song is something different from me. I wanted to to merge a dance style of music with rock. When listening to this song, you’ll be wrapped up in electric guitar tones with a driving beat. I decided add a little surprise towards the end of the song to keep it interesting and can’t wait for you to hear it. 

The lyrical theme was inspired by the emotion’s music evoked when I was dancing in a club in my youth. Being transported into a realm of pure bliss where the sound and beat felt like it was pulsing through your body. Those are the moments I’ll treasure forever even though I’ve matured with age. Just thinking back on it makes me feel young again. 

Don’t miss this new release, it’s a really fun one! 

You can presave SLAVES OF THE RHYTHM here: 

Were you ever a slave of the rhythm?

To be or not to be? 

For the longest time I’ve been wondering whether I should start a blog or not. 

What would I say? Would this really be of any use to someone reading it? Am I interesting enough? Do I have the time? 

And the answer is simple… 1 year = 365 opportunities to fail or to succeed. I’m choosing to make use of every opportunity that comes my way. 

So, I’ve decided to take the leap of faith, be myself and let others into the odds and ends of my thoughts. 

This is the introduction to Snippets of a Songwriter and I’ll leave you with my motto in life. 

 “If you want to change the world, start with the person staring back at you in the mirror.” – Chenél No.1