I sang, danced and acted my heart away, all the way from years eight to twelve. My stage debut was as a rollerblading monkey in the hit musical, ‘The Wiz’.
G’day friends and family, my name is Nicola Jan Heather Murdoch-Cooke – a mouthful I know – and I am the lead singer for Eclipse. Let me take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about my musical journey. I grew up in a small country town on the east coast named Wagga Wagga…so nice they named it twice!
Growing up in a small country town with two younger brothers left a lot of time for getting up to mischief. Unfortunately, my parents stopped the mischief (well most of it) by getting us involved in countless extracurricular activities. For me, that meant a lot of singing and dancing.
Seeing as I was singing before I was speaking, this made a lot of sense. During primary school I was part of the choir performing in yearly concerts and – wait for it – I also took recorder lessons…I know! I was also attending both jazz and ballet dance classes each week, I absolutely loved the combination of singing and dance. I’m pretty sure I drove my parents mad with all my prancing, noisemaking and weekly concerns held in our living room.
My high school had one of the best music programs in the Riverina and gave me many opportunities to extend my love of singing. I joined the school funk fusion band and played grooves for four years. I was also involved in three other bands performing at school functions, pubs, clubs and, of course, the yearly battle of the bands! Luckily for me, my high school also had a huge musical theatre program and held musical productions every year at our school’s very own theatre. I sang, danced and acted my heart away, all the way from years eight to twelve. My stage debut was as a rollerblading monkey in the hit musical, ‘The Wiz’.
Towards the end of high school, I decided to pursue music and auditioned for the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). After receiving my acceptance letter, I jumped on a plane and moved to Perth – the other side of the country. With one little suitcase and a heart full of dreams, I spent the next three years studying music and learning how to be an adult. Although it has been tough living so far away from home, this experience has been an absolute blast.
And now I am a part of this amazing project that is Eclipse, I can’t wait to see what groovy adventures we get up to. Until next time, peace!