I am a typical fan; in fact, I am cliché when it comes to fandom. I am very selective about which celebrities I fall in love with and which music I listen to – and there’s a small but, diverse group of both. South African celebs are also on that list …. Like ... Connell Cruise. Yes, I love him and his music, I have for years. For one, he’s easy on the eyes, and his music makes me dance, jive and cry. Having these feelings, I knew that if I ever met him I’d need to seriously keep my feelings in check. However, once I was signed to David Gresham Records last year, I found out he was too. I kinda freaked out. But nothing could prepare me for what management at DGR suggested I do – I should write a song with Connel to encourage my song writing skills. Of course I was happy to learn more about writing but was extremely nervous about writing a song with HIM.
A date and time was set, and I was asked to bring my keyboard. The morning arrived. I put on the outfit I’d chosen a couple days before. And I was off. Since I didn’t have my license at the time, my Mom drove – which was helpful because I was slightly shaky.
Once at the studio, I set everything up and waited. A little while later, the door opened and he walked in. It’s a weird moment when you get to not only meet one of your icons but to also work with them.
Song writing is not always just about writing something on paper, it's often very personal. So we needed to get to know each other to write about something real. So we went for a long walk and talked the entire time.
When we’d finishedour deep meaningful conversation (DMC), we sat down and started writing. I’d brought along my Song Book, which is practically a diary, and he asked to read some portions of it. Many songs were about break-up’s. So we wrote about exactly that - A break-up. Also how I felt while still in that relationship.
And that is how the start of Breathe’ 'was born. It’s a song that’s very close to my heart because it speaks about how I felt and how I needed to escape… and Breathe in a relationship that I’d been in.