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From marie-claire: I was born on the island of Dominica in the Caribbean and raised in The Bronx, NYC from the age of 4. At the age of 7 I was raped and thereafter was sexually molested, verbally abused and spiritually beaten down from the age of 8 to 16.
It was as if a war was being waged upon me on every level and I had no protection. However, God brought to me countless angels which included one in the form of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. In the herculean piece of this music is my story, it spoke directly to me and said Marie-Claire you can make it as I was faltering. With the help of two great therapists and a strong will to survive, I made it through. After years of not speaking from trauma, I discovered my voice, and singing became my saving grace and it has brought me so much joy, healing and peace.
I strongly believe in the telling and sharing of my story because it is healing still and it could help others going through the same thing. It has taken a tremendous amount of strength and forgiving to get to this point and at 48 years old I now feel finally ready to share the gift of my Contralto voice with the world, unapologetically, unashamedly and with love, so much love.