IT might sound like a cliché but Lindey Schouw’s love for singing and songwriting is what has kept her doing what she loves.
The Sherwood musician who has been singing since she was five, said she was most inspired by her father and godmother who used to play music at braais and other family gatherings.
Schouw said when she was 12 she started writing songs with the help of the keyboard. She received her first guitar when she was 14.
“I am self-taught on the instruments I play,” said Schouw, who plays acoustic, base, rhythm and electric guitar as well as keyboard and a blue grass mandolin.
“I came across the mandolin by chance. The salesperson didn’t even know what it was,” laughs Schouw.
She performs at various gigs throughout the city, including weddings as well as corporate functions and birthday parties.
Her first public appearance was when she fronted for the hard rock band, Iridium Crucible.
“I played with them for four years,” said Schouw.
“I like to sing my original stuff, but I also do covers.”
Schouw has written hundreds of songs and is working on an EP, a promotional CD with only six tracks .
She says as an independent it is very difficult to get your EP out into the market as it is costly and time-consuming.
She describes her songs as pop rock, with a mix of contemporary adult.
Schouw said although she studied in a different direction her love for her craft had seen her make some sacrifices over the years. She remembers working at Off Beat music under good friend and mentor, Alan Godwin.
“I learnt so much about music there.”
She added she was not averse to going back to Johannesburg or Cape Town to try and take her music career to the next level.