Last year I was lucky enough to be invited by Brian Martin and Mugen Life to sing in the Global Harmony eWarakuf Concert in Osaka and it was one of the most fulfilling musical experiences I have ever had.
It was my first time in Japan, I could not speak the language and I had only briefly met the other singers a couple of days beforehand, but an instant bond developed between us all during rehearsal, which led to an even deeper connection by the end of the concert.
I had always understood that we were in a unique position, as singers, to be able to communicate with each others purely through the music, but I had never experienced this in such unfamiliar territory before and the impact was truly powerful.
There were so many moments where I laughed, cried, hugged and beamed with excitement, alongside people I felt Ifd known forever rather than those Ifd only just met, and the communal sense of joy that we all shared created such a beautiful and harmonious energy exchange between us as singers and our audience.
The underlying theme of the Waraku concert was World Fusion and it truly was in every sense of the word, combining a mix of cultures, musicians, languages and song styles. For me it felt like I was part of a very special global harmony family, joining together to celebrate in song, and I very much hope that we will have the opportunity to see this family grow in years to come so that more people around the world can experience and share these feelings of connectedness with each other through the universal language of music.