A shy singer has taken an unusual route towards her first EP by performing in care homes.
Emily Vallente from Lancaster has suffered from crippling low confidence and turned to music to help conquer her low self-esteem.
So Emily, 24, became a singer for the elderly, performing regularly at care homes across the country.
Now she is set to release her first EP, which is based on her love of the great outdoors, and has set up a crowdfunding campaign to pay for the project.
Emily, who moved to London to pursue her dream of becoming a singer, said: “I struggle with self-confidence.
“ I think most people do especially in an industry where you are putting yourself out there to be judged, but singing in care homes everyday has really helped me to overcome this and has given me the confidence to finally create this EP.”
Into the Woods is a musical and visual project and will be Emily’s first professional release.
Part of her team includes renowned singer-songwriter and producer Darren Martyn, who has previously collaborated with top rapper Tinie Tempah and singer Shola Ama.
Emily says the woods have been her sanctuary – a place that she has always been able to go to find some peace, so she has chosen the woods as the setting for her songs.
“I want to create a musical and visual piece of art that is hauntingly beautiful, terrifying but gives sanctuary,” she said.
After four years of training, Emily graduated from top music school The Institute.
Her musical influences include Whitney Houston, Kylie Minogue, Halestorm, Lady Antebellum, Ella Fitzgerald and Gwyneth Herbert, all powerful female singers.
In order to bring this project to fruition, Emily is crowdfunding on Phundee.com to raise money for production costs.
The project encompasses a three track EP, photo shoot in the woods, a dramatic music video and distinctive hard copies of the EP with lyrical inserts.
Emily has also created a video blog on her personal Facebook to talk about the project.
People who support her campaign become a ‘woodland creature’ and earn rewards in return.
Demos of ‘Into the Woods’ are available within the Phundee campaign, which will run for another eight days.
As the Guardian went to press Emily had raised £563 towards a £3,780 target.
Her crowdfunding page is at https://www.phundee.com/reward/campaign/into-the-woods-ep