Cassie is a busy woman and her days are occupied with balancing three jobs in the music industry. She’s a music teacher in the mornings, she teaches private piano lessons in the afternoon and does singing gigs in the evenings and on weekends. It is safe to say that 22-year-old Cassie is living and breathing her passion.
Cassie’s solo singing career started at the age of 12 when her music teacher at the time sparked her passion for performing. She went on to take part in as many musical activities as she could, including piano lessons, joining the school choir and taking part in musicals.
The songbird also took music as a subject to matric before furthering her musical studies at UKZN. She graduated with a BA Hons Degree in Music last year.
Cassie, together with her vintage microphone and vintage suitcase (both of which match her ‘vintage pop’ singing style) has been doing solo performances in and around Umhlanga for over a year now.
“I sing anything that is old or sounds old but was popular. My singing style borders on both jazz and pop, with a very clean sound to my vocals. I love bringing music and fun into people’s lives.”
Cassie’s most recent career highlight was winning the title of Best Overall Vocalist at the national finals of Talent Africa in Johannesburg this April. Talent Africa is a talent competition that aims to give talented artists the best opportunity to be exposed to all that the entertainment world can offer on both a national and international level.
She was awarded best overall vocalist with 10 gold medals and has been selected to represent South Africa in New York this July for Talent America.
Cassie is currently working on fundraising to help get to America by doing raffles, concerts and vocal workshops for young singers.
“I am looking at this competition as a way to broaden my horizons more than anything else. There will be talent scouts at the competition, so who knows where that may lead. Mostly though, I’m just looking to expand my world view and learn how to be a better performer – and what better place to do it than in New York City? I want to come back to South Africa and use what I’ve learnt to make my performances even better!”
Attributing her love of music to her father’s side of the family, Cassie recalls begging her grandmother to play on her piano when she was growing up.
“My dad used to play old rock music on the HIFI system whenever he had the opportunity. My dad plays guitar and also used to sing in the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir. I can’t remember a time when music and performing weren’t part of my life. My family have always encouraged my love of music, even down to my gran giving me one of her pianos when they downsized and moved house.”
When asked who her musical influences are Cassie says any music from the 1940s to the 1960s inspire her, particularly musicals.
“I have watched and re-watched all of the classics and have a collection of DVD’s above my bed. There is something about older musicals that just sticks in your heart. I tend to cover artists like Amy Winehouse, Meghan Trainor, Duffy and Christina Aguilera because their music shares some of the qualities of these eras gone by.”
Cassie is currently working on an original project, which combines the oldies and some current and contemporary sounds. So far she says she has written tons of lyrics but has only finished one or two songs, which she hopes to perform in the near future.
“My biggest hope is not to be rich and famous . . . I just want people to see that it is possible to make a success out of following your dreams and chasing your passion.”
Get in touch:
To help Cassie with her fundraising email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Text: Monique De Villiers-Delport | Photographs: Wiaan Jordaan
Get It Magazine (Ballito/Umhlanga) October 2017