A Milford Haven singer's dream of making an album has become a fundraising reality.
Sue Howells, 55, has loved belting out tunes since she was a little girl. She spent years singing in choirs, and used to tread the boards with The Master Players in productions at the Torch Theatre.
Latterly, singing took a back seat in Sue’s life but in spring last year, her father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and Vascular Dementia. His condition has motivated Sue to sing again.
She booked herself in at the Torch Theatre’s recording studio, and produced a 13 track CD. All profits from sales of the album will go to the Alzheimer’s Society and be spent by the Pembrokeshire branch.
“I couldn’t leave it any longer,” Sue told the Mercury. “I want Dad to enjoy the album for as long as it’s possible for him to do so.”
The album’s title track, Unforgettable, is a tribute to her parents, Billy and Mary Barrett of Neyland. The song is a favourite of the couple, who celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary in 2015.
The CD features other classic tunes, plus To make you feel my love by the artist Adele.
Sue had a brush with fame as a teenager when she was called up to audition for the talent show Opportunity Knocks, but didn’t attend.
Two years ago, following surgery to insert a titanium rod in her neck, Sue was told her voice box could be permanently damaged. One listen to the CD proves her pipes are working perfectly.
“Going to the recording studio is one of the best things I have ever done,” said Sue. “Initially the CD was just for family and friends, and as a tribute to dad, but it’s really taken off. People I’ve met in the latter part of my life don’t know I sing, and they’ve been really surprised. I’ve never had a singing lesson, but I would love a master class with Katherine Jenkins!”
So far, 72 copies have sold and three dozen more have been ordered. Sue would be happy to do live performances, and asks anyone interested in booking her to give her a call. She would donate any fees paid to charity.
The CD can be purchased from Latitude / Meridiem and Crow’s Nest on Milford Marina, or from Sue on 07896 608051.