Meet the Team
Meet the SONIG & Youth Arts Team!
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Tanya currently works on Wednesdays and Thursdays and has been the co-ordinator of SONIG Youth music Industry for the past 21 years.She continues to be inspired in her role supporting the development of young people’s confidence and resilience through Music & the Creative Industries. With over 38 years of experience in music, alongside her work in SONIG, Tanya has many others roles within music which help to enhance her delivery as SONIG Co-ordinator. As a choir leader, she currently leads four choirs in Wales and is also a practising artist, singer-songwriter, composer and vocal & performance coach. Tanya has worked with well known artists as far afield as China on behalf of the PRS in the creation of new material, has showcased her own Arts Council of Wales album / performance ‘Breaking the Fearwall’ on the main stage at Hay Festival supporting Tim Minchin, and has performed her music at venues all over Wales.
Jessie joined the team in 2015 with a passion for developing Youth Arts projects due to her extensive involvement as a participant herself.By being involved in community music projects Jessie learnt valuable music industry and recording skills, gained transferable life skills and identified her own aspirations to pursue a career in the creative industries.
Jessie says ‘I love that the arts developed my confidence and self-esteem, it can empower people to realise their aspirations as well as being a mindful practise and a great outlet for ones emotions. I enjoy creating similar opportunities that I had for young people. The Rhondda is full of talent and we are responsible for engaging and promoting young people to achieve their dreams!’.Outside of this role Jessie is a singer/ song-writer, recording artist, music tutor and runs a successful business – a performing arts school for adults with learning difficulties. As a child Jessie entered ‘Stars in their Eyes Kids’ and also had 3 original songs accepted in the semi-finals of the ‘Junior Eurovision Competition’. In 2016 Jessie entered ‘The X-Factor’ and got to the final 30 people out of 250 thousand competitors. She succeeded in getting to the final 100 artists while competing in ‘The Voice’. After achieving a Bachelor of Honours Degree in Popular Music her performing arts school won the RCT Council Community Awards in 2012. Jessie continues to facilitate as a music tutor in the community and regularly performs in various venues in South Wales.