Hi..My real name is Pamela Keefe. I was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada. I am the 5th born of 6 children. I was a very shy and timid little girl but I loved to sing. When I was sad and lonely I would write my feelings in poetry form on paper and stuff them in a drawer. When I think of it now, that could have been a time when I might have been writing songs..lol
I've been singing as far back as I can remember. I've always drempt of being a singer and entertainer. I remember when I was asked by my kindergarten teacher what I wanted be when I grew up. I told her a nurse when in my heart I knew I wanted be a singer. I was just too afraid the other kids would laugh if I told her the truth. I sang all the time and no matter where I was, mostly, when I was alone or scared. Singing soothed me and helped me take my mind off of my fears.
As I grew up, I got into every music concert and choir, at school and at church, that I could possibly handle. My mother and father always listened to the old country music and Patsy Cline was my favorite. I was 3 when I heard the news of her untimely death in a plane crash. I was devastated. When I played with my friends I would pretend my barbies were singers and I'd put on music pageants for them. I know my piers thought I was a pretty strange child but to me I was in love with music and nothing else mattered.
I never did get to live my dream. My parents took me out of school, when I was 15, to work for them on numerous odd jobs that my father took on and couldn't do himself because he was crippled. I ended up leaving home at 16 due to abuse. I got pregnant at 17 and got married to an abusive man when I was 22 and had another baby. I was divorced 9 yrs later and spent the rest of my life raising my children alone.
I did start going to talent shows when my first child was still an infant but was too afraid to sing until the guy putting the talent show on heard me sing. He approached me and asked me my name so I told him. He in return said he was putting me on the list to sing. After a few drinks, I did just that and after I was finished I'll never forget how the audience reacted. I got a standing ovation. I never thought for a million years, even though it was my dream to sing, that I was that good. From that moment on I started going a couple of weekends a month. Although, I never won anything due to the fact that it was fixed. I loved the reaction I got. When my kids were a little older and I could trust them to be alone, I started singing karaoke on the weekends. I joined the "Sweet Adelines" and toured with them for a couple of years but realize that it wasn't the type of thing I wanted. I wanted to sing alone. After my children grew up and left home, I thought now it's my turn to do what I drempt of doing all my life. Then another relationship and then another relationship. Now I'm 50 and although I never lost the interest in getting into a band and doing what I loved but I just never knew where to start and nobody to guide me. So I sing karaoke and now that I found this sight, I'll be doing it frequently.