"Liesbeth Is A Rising Star"
1. Liesbeth you grew up in a small town in Belgium, but it seems you have big dreams of a singing career, tell us how you became a singer?
When I was seven years old, I saw the musical ‘Snow White'. I went with my parents and my sister. After seeing the musical, I lived in the fairytale for weeks. I dreamed of being the actress who played Snow White and I was singing and acting all the time. I dreamed to be on the big stages, but... I was a very realistic child. I knew it was hard to get there. And that you had to be very talented. So I became very sad and shy and I stopped singing. Just for my pets, which I can imagine, was very funny and cute. Until my 14'th birthday, I saw more musicals and became a huge fan of the Broadway musicals too (Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, Les Mis,...). So the dreaming never really stopped. I went to a music school and learned to play the flute. There were musicians in the family for a long time, so my mother send me to the school. I got older and discovered some other music. My father loves music, in particular, Blues and Jazz and some Rock. I did not like the hard and rough stuff, but I got the chance to listen to some different music than musicals. As a teenager I listened to Dolly Parton, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holliday, Elvis Presley, Patrica Kaas, Lara Fabian... Which was extraordinary for someone of my age. And when my parents discovered my passion for music and singers, they took me to concerts. They saw how I enjoyed to be in a theatre, looking at my idols. And so the dream grew bigger.
On my 14’th birthday, I got the chance to sing at school. I wanted to try it. I wanted to know what people thought of my voice. So I sang at school with a friend on a Valentines party. My first number for an audience was ‘Hero’ from Mariah Carey. My parents came to the party and heard me singing for the first time. They were so surprised. They were so amazed. My father was so proud of me. They suggested I should go and take some lessons. So from then on, I did. I got some confidence and took some classes at the school were I already played the flute.
But... The only class that was able to join at that moment, was some classical singing. I was very unhappy there and had to sing songs that were too high. My voice wasn’t able to do classical singing. And after two years, I stopped singing. The dream of being on a stage as a singer, never disappeared. So when I decided of trying to go to the conservatory, my parents were taken by surprise. I’ve been looking for a new singing teacher on the internet. And so I’d found one. I took some Jazz and Musical lessons and I felt progress.. I did my entrance examination. And on my 17’th, I got in. I was going to study Musical. And so the dream got real.