Singer, Songwriter, Innovator

When Verity tragically and unexpectedly lost her father in 1999, she found herself floundering in a sea of insecurity. “All that I took to be constant, now seemed so fragile and finite”, she says. In the midst of her despair, she was inspired by a Paulo Coelho book to set off on an 800km walk across Spain to Santiago de Compestello. This sacred pilgrimage proved to be deeply healing as Verity found a safe channel for her grief as well as a means to honour her dad’s wonderfully adventurous and pioneering spirit.

Verity also realised her ability to achieve the apparently impossible as a result of this gruelling endeavour. Today, she has overcome a debilitating shyness and fear of failure to blossom into a confident and compassionate singer and songwriter. She is a firm believer in the power of music to inspire social change and 10.6% of her album sales are pledged to two charities - one to help victims of woman abuse and the other to financially aid developing singers in South Africa through her Live Your Dreams Foundation.

By selling future ownership in an album she had not as yet recorded, her Lucky Packet Project attracted international attention for its innovation in overcoming a lack of funding for aspiring musicians. Verity credits Edward de Bono’s "Six Thinking Hats" for coming up with this novel concept. This strategic brainstorming technique helps one to break free of habitual thinking patterns and encourages a multi-perspective approach to problem solving.

Other tools that Verity employs to keep herself focused on future goals is compiling a “book of possibilities” as well as listening to “Relaxation for Manifestation”, a visualisation audio CD.

Finally, she draws much spiritual sustenance from her weekly meetings with a group called The Angels, a support network that helps women to make powerful and conscious choices.

“I don't think we need to get out there and change the whole world, but we can make significant changes in the lives of those around us.”

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