A SINGER who has just given birth to a son will use her appearance at this year’s Edinburgh Has Talent final to teach her children the importance of self-belief.
Elizabeth Currie, 27, said she was stunned to make it through to the event at the Festival Theatre after struggling for years to perform in front of others because of low self-esteem. But the determined mum of two from Tranent – whose son, Phoenix, was born in June – decided to enter after relatives, friends and neighbours bowled over by her voice pushed her to take the plunge.
She said: “I was encouraged by people who loved my voice to get up there – it was other people reacting to me that gave me the confidence.
“I just thought, life’s too short. It’s throwing myself in at the deep end but if I can do the Edinburgh Has Talent final, I can do anything.”
The Alzheimer Scotland support worker said performing in front of her eight-year-old daughter, Kiah, would be a key motivation during her rendition of Adele’s Someone Like You on Friday.
“I love singing but I’ve always been really shy and I was a bit reluctant to enter in the first place,” she said.
“I’ve not got a lot of confidence, especially with a big audience. I think my main inspiration is my daughter, who’s going to be there at the final.
“It will show her that you can’t let fear stop you from doing something.
“I didn’t want to get much older and look back and think that I should have taken the opportunities when I had them.”
Elizabeth said making it through to the final had come at the end of a period of dramatic change – with a new relationship, opportunities to provide vocals for original material written by her partner, Jordan Butler, and the arrival of her son all supporting her musical development.
She added: “The way I look at it, you should never let anything stop you. And that’s a good lesson to show to your children – that you can pretty much achieve anything that you want to.
“If you have a gift, you shouldn’t waste it.”
Jordan, 28, said Elizabeth’s success in getting through to the final had already provided a massive boost to her confidence.
He said: “Everybody is really happy and delighted – all in all, it’s going to be a brilliant experience for her.
“Already she’s having to approach her issues with confidence when she’s in front of lots of people and putting herself out there.”
For tickets to the final, visit www.edtheatres.com or phone the box office on 0131-529 6000.