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music_junky7's real name is Clarissa Mitchell. Clarissa is 31 years old, is located in Tennessee / USA and has been a SingSnap member since May 17, 2016. She has a total of 76 public recordings that have been viewed 3,248 times and 233 achievement points.

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I am blind, and I have loved music all my life. When I was eight years old, I heard Celine Dion on the radio and knew I wanted to sing. The very next year, I entered a local talent show. The closest I ever came to winning was the last year, when I got second runner-up in my age group. After that was discontinued, I sang solos in my local church.

Unfortunately, the school in my little town never had any choirs, but in 2003, while attending the state's School for the Blind, which I ultimately hated, I sang in the chorus there. I wanted to take voice lessons with one of the teachers but I never got a chance to do that.

I started taking piano and voice lessons at a music school the summer I came back home. I was fifteen years old. I did that for two years until the music school shut down. For the next few years, my performing, both public and private, was off and on. It became more and more infrequent. In spring 2012, I tried to get voice lessons in my second semester of college. I auditioned, but nothing ever came of it. I flunked out of college my freshman year anyway and became very depressed; I stopped singing altogether. I did one performance in December 2013, for an online Christmas show, only because it was my first time singing on there. But other than that, I was pretty much silent. I would sit at the computer all day, using terrible posture. In 2014, I lost Internet access for three months, which forced me out of my little online bubble. I felt like I was going crazy. I dug out some old CD's of Celine Dion's music that I hadn't played in years, and I was inspired to sing again. However, I knew my voice was out of practice because I hadn't sung regularly in months, and it had been even longer since I'd done any vocal training. So, I went online looking for training I could use. I found some YouTube videos from a great vocal coach all the way in Australia. I loved the way she taught, her enthusiasm and love for the skill and for teaching it. Later, I got her program and have been working through it at my own pace. I can't go to any coach or teacher locally right now, but at least I have something to help me stay in good vocal shape. I just found this site and thought it would be cool. So here I am now.

I confess that I haven't been training or warming up regularly, as a good singer and vocal student ought to. I can't take lessons in person with a voice teacher right now, which I would love to be able to do again, but that's just how it is. Other than that, discipline has never really been a strong point for me. Even though singing is something I love to do, probably more than anything else, I still can't get myself into the habit of training my voice every day. I am going to start working out my voice a lot more and really, seriously, focus on it. I've learned that I can't force myself with specifics, so I will just say I'm going to do it. That is my resolution, and I just hope to goodness I WILL STICK TO IT! I am no professional singer, and I probably never will be, but I KNOW I can sing much better than I have been!