Cassie Rae Text

Biography

Born in Port Elizabeth, but raised here in Durban, I consider myself a proud South African.

I have been singing and playing piano since I was 12 years old. I was blessed to have music all around me when I was growing up. My Dad played guitar and harmonica, and my Nana played piano. There has always been singing! I was exposed to all styles growing up - everything from rock to classical to pop to musical theatre and even to ragtime and blues music. I can definitely accredit some of my love of music to the richness of the exposure I had to these various styles. I decided to start piano lessons when I was 12, after my Nana gifted me a piano. I had grown quite fond of Classical music, and so I decided to do my exams through Trinity Guildhall. I currently have my Grade 8 in Classical Piano, and I aim to get my licentiate certificate in the not too distant future! I also started singing in shows at around the same time, and fell in love with being on stage. 

I took part in school musicals and choir, and I took music as a matric subject with no doubt in my mind that my future was in the music industry. I finished matric with 7 distinctions and went on to study my BA in Music and English. I studied Popular Voice, which gave me the opportunity to experiment with various styles of music during my studies. I then decided to get my BAHons in Music Research and graduated Cum Laude. While studying, I had been working by teaching private piano lessons to beginner students and singing at local venues in Durban. I auditioned in 2017 for a singing competition called Talent Africa, in which I received Best Overall Vocalist in my Age Category at both the regional and national events. This allowed me the opportunity to travel to New York and compete in Talent America, where I placed 2nd in my category. This competition also led me to my first full time teaching job at a school in Durban, which I can honestly say moulded me into who I am today and gave me the best possible start to teaching that I could have asked for! 

For about a year, I was involved in a local production called Showtime Events. I directed the cast for each show and we had a number of successful events before I decided to leave in order to focus on my teaching and independent career.

I then decided to go back to school and completed my Post Graduate Certificate of Education which I completed in 2021, winning the Top Graduate award, which made many hours of frustration while working and studying so worth it! I graduated just in time to be eligible for my dream job teaching Music, as well as some English, at the beautiful Roseway Waldorf School in Hillcrest, KZN. What a joy it is to be able to share my passion with the young musicians of the future every day. 

I am now based in Hillcrest, and I am singing at various restaurants and wedding venues. You might see me singing with our local orchestras, and even with the Durban Caledonian Pipe Band on occasion. 

Follow me on social media to keep up to date with all my upcoming gigs and events. 

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