It all started with a nun and a mum with a very good ear – or maybe it was the Filipino karaoke queen within as we all know us Filipinos love to sing! I was 5 years old with an extension cord as a microphone and a big voice.
Countless choir practises, church solos and school performances were huge highlights of my childhood in a small and beautiful seaside town called Eden. I had the opportunity of a lifetime when I was 12 years old to sing in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games opening ceremony. Along with hundreds of other talented kids and Nicky Webster, we sang ‘Under the Southern Skies’.
I have a gift that was given to me to share. From a young age I sang at church, school, the local nursing home and anywhere I could find to sing!
After singing at a friend’s wedding ceremony, I realised it was my responsibility to share my songs with others. My mission is to create and amplify raw, soulful, and timeless music.
I’ve ventured down an unfamiliar road that even in my wildest dreams didn’t seem possible. However, I am here to tell you that it all started with a little girl with a big voice, a huge dream, persistence and a catchy hook. I am proof that anything is possible if you just believe and love what you do!
The ‘Lady in Red’ was my first original song that came to me in a time of need and it gave me the strength to pursue a lifelong goal of singing for others.
I am currently travelling abroad singing my way into the hearts of everyone I meet – from the Philippines, England, Canada, and the United States. I can’t wait to return home to Australia in July to sing at your next event!
Lots of love and magic,
Virjilla Joyce x