Pursuing a vocal career is a journey and even though the upcoming singers of East Point Productions are at different stages, they all enjoyed their time in the limelight during the recent staging of the Pizza Recital. In addition to multiple sets by the students of the programme, patrons also enjoyed a complimentary slice of pizza from Jaime’s Pizza.
Principal of the vocal school Kellie Cadogan told Bajan Vibes that East Point Productions is a company she started because as a singer, she saw that there was a need for persons to learn to sing.
The established performer noted that through her study of music and whilst honing her tutoring skills she recognised the need to bridge the gap between the singer and non-singer.
The Pizza Recital provides the students who are a part of her programme with a platform to put practical use to the skills they are learning. Kellie acknowledged that there is the misconception that people who are considered to be good vocalists are born with it. She believes that while some may have natural ability, it still needs to be developed. Cadogan firmly believes that anyone can be taught to sing.
“Those people who are here tonight are those who have said this is something in my heart, I want to be here to express it and I am going to take the journey of learning how to sing and East Point Productions is here to provide that [training],” she said.
East Point’s clientele is diverse, and training caters to both children and adults. Patrons enjoyed an eclectic selection of music. Some of the evening’s performers were Issac Forte-Moore with Frank Sinatra’s Fly Me to the Moon, Charity Bowen with John Lennon’s Imagine and Nicole Harris with Bob Marley’s Is This Love. One of the youngest performers on Sunday evening was just nine years old. Through a synergy with the Barbados Public Workers Credit Union, some of their employees have come on board. The common thread that ties them all together is their passion for singing.
The next opportunity that those under her tutelage will get to showcase their progression is through the Walking in My Own Shoes Jazz and Vocal Showcase, which is set for June 14th at the Frank Collymore Hall.
Cadogan said: “The teacher part of me wanted to take all of the students you see here today and bring them on that journey with me, for them to get a first-class experience at Frank Collymore Hall.” Not only will her students experience how it feels to be part of a professional production, but attendees will also enjoy performances by Cadogan. (STT)