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How’s My Curtsy?

posted on: Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

There are some things that you should stamp in your memory…and I have a new stamp in my mine. Last night I had the great honor of performing at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England. My description of this hall will not do it justice, so I won’t even try. It’s amazingly beautiful. Just beautiful…and standing on the stage, I stood in the footprints of so many amazing performers (and athletes) who have graced that hall before me. Well, last night I had the honor of singing for the Royal Variety Performance in that beautiful space. It was the 100th jubilee performance and it was done with a very special guest in the audience: the Queen of England. I had a lesson on my curtsey and the way I was to address Her Royal Highness. I was a little nervous that I was going to mess up, but I’m still in the country, so I think I did okayJ. The night was filled with performances by some of the world’s best: Maestro Placido Domingo (Such a sweet man, and said the most kind and encouraging things to me – I may have a new crush with this one), my friend Andrea Bocelli, Rod Stewart (another sweet, warm man), Neil Diamond (him too!), Kylie Minogue (SWEET!), Robbie Williams, Alicia Keys, One Direction, Girls Aloud, Diversity (check them out), and many, many others. Needless to say, my most memorable meeting however, was The Queen herself. She was very kind and sweet. I will say that she just looks like one of those grandmas who will spoil you with her life, but if you get out of line, she’ll gladly get you back on trackJ! As I watched her as she walk towards me, I couldn’t help screaming in my head, “Heather, how did you get here?” How does a girl from Trinidad get to shake hands with the Queen of England. Easy answer: GOD! If you begged me to write this script for my life, I couldn’t think this big. I’m grateful. I’m honored. I’m humbled!

The Queen and I?

posted on: Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Dear Friends,
 I hope that you’re all well and enjoying the Fall. I can’t believe that time is racing by so quickly. It’s already been two months since I set my bags down in London, and I still find myself in shock when I drive around town. Every now and then I find myself asking ‘when did they build this palace in Chicago…’only to remember I’m in LONDON...and that’s the Queen’s house. She still hasn’t invited me in yet…hmmm! But, I’ll have a chance to ask why next week when I meet her….
Yep! I thought I’d tell you all first before I spill the beans to everyone else.
On November 19th, I’ve been asked to sing at The Royal Albert Hall for the Royal Variety Performance For the Queen’s 100th Jubilee Concert.  I get to share the stage with some pretty amazing performers including: Alicia Keys, my friend, Andrea Bocelli, Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, One Direction, Rod Stewart, Neil Diamond, Placido Domingo and a few more…. It’s quite an honor to be a part of the evening, and to sing for the Queen and her family. So, keep me in your prayers; after a week of being mommy, navigating life and singing through some vocally tough performances, I’m going to need them.  
I find myself amazed that God thinks that an ordinary girl  like me, dressed in His strength is capable of doing extraordinary things…like sing for Prime Ministers, and dignitaries, and Presidents, and YOU, and now…a Queen!
But I’ve sung for THE KING, so, singing for the Queen should be just fine…right?!
Still keep me in your prayers though….