DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Mallory McGrath will perform in her hometown of Port Perry later this month as part of Theatre on the Ridge’s ‘Speakeasy Sundays.’
The performance will be on Sunday, July 21st at 7:30 p.m. at Port Perry’s Town Hall 1873.
Ms. McGrath talked about how she worked with Theatre on the Ridge’s Carey Nicholson to be a part of the Speakeasy series.
“I’ve known her for quite some time, and she knew I had my debut album released, and she probably thought it would be really cool for me to perform in this series,” she explained.
Ms. McGrath released her debut album, titled ‘Naturally’ in March. She said people can expect “a lot of songs from the album, and a bunch of others” at the event.
In 2013, Ms. McGrath suffered a vocal hemorrhage. For five years, Ms. McGrath didn’t sing. But, in 2018, she recorded an album.
“It really helped me to get to know the new voice and the new sound I have,” she said, adding the experience was “eye opening.”
She explained the meaning behind the album’s name ‘Naturally.’
“I wanted to be true to the sounds I have,” she explained.
When she suffered the hemorrhage, Ms. McGrath said while she healed physically, she felt she hadn’t “been taken care of emotionally or mentally.”
“We patch up our singers, but we don’t provide them with the mental support they need,” she said.
To provide a service she felt was lacking, and to help reduce the stigma, she started a new initiative titled ‘reDiscover Your Voice.’ The initiative is an encouraging and supportive community to help singers in a variety of ways.
“reDiscover Your Voice has created a community, a movement of support, encouragement and unification for singers,” read the reDiscover Your Voice website. “When we talk about vocal care, we mean not just the health and well-being of your body and vocal cords, but also the health and well-being of your mind, emotions and spirit. Every little thing that affects you during a day affects the way you breathe, talk and sing.”
For more information on reDiscover Your Voice, go to www.rediscoveryourvoice.com, or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rediscoveryourvoice/.
Tickets to the Speakeasy Sunday event are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors, and $15 for children 12 years of age and under. To buy tickets, go online to http://www.townhall1873.ca./