When professional singer and song-writer CinderZ sustained a brain injury in 2019, she feared that her performance career had come to a premature end.
But despite still coming to terms with the effects of her injury, she’s managed to relearn some old tracks and has even produced a cover of You’re The Voice as a tribute to NHS staff during the coronavirus outbreak.
In this Q&A feature, CinderZ, also known as Cindy Hollingsworth, talks about the affect her injury had on her performance abilities and the role music played throughout her recovery.
Bournemouth Pride-Bourne Free twice, Portsmouth Pride and Benidorm Pride five times. I have also supported an act on series eight of the X-Factor, 2 Shoes and 80's pop icon Hazell Dean.
I have been suffering with memory loss, sensitivity to bright and flashing lights and loud noises. This has meant that I can’t perform on stage anymore because of the lighting, speakers and audience.
My confidence also took a massive knock. I am trying to learn new material, but it takes me a lot longer to process things now.
Music takes me to a safe place. It has over time helped me to remember certain memories and events.
It is slowly helping me to retrain my brain.
My partner and I are moving to Tenerife next year where I hope to start performing again. It helps to have a goal in mind, and I’m determined to reach it.
I made a recording of it a few years ago and I was listening to it, deciding on what tracks I wanted to get back to singing. Suddenly the lyrics really jumped out at me – COVID-19 is the barrel of a gun, we are all staring down that barrel; family, doctors, nurses. All keyworkers are someone’s daughters and sons.
We have the power to be powerful, and it’s a thank you to all our NHS staff and keyworkers.
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