Concepta (a name which is reference to the Virgin Mary and the Immaculate Conception) was born in Cape Town and raised in Durban, South Africa.
Starting at the age of 5, she was part of worship teams at Church and featured as lead vocalist at numerous local venues. Studying music at school and receiving professional vocal lessons, Concepta always knew music was part of her purpose on earth. Her teens were spent performing throughout South Africa then later toured countries like Zimbabwe, Dubai, Bahrain and Egypt as the Headlining Act for several major hotel chains including the Hilton and Marriott.
Concepta arrived in the United States in 2001. The 11 plus years spent in New York City were filled with bitter sweet memories and life lessons. Through the many joys, trials and tribulations, not only did she become stronger but she also learned more about her path and purpose. Her passions, gifts and talents all came together as she grew stronger in Christ.
Like lots of young girls, Concepta dreamed of becoming a “Pop Star” but with numerous opportunities and experiences throughout her career, she didn’t feel comfortable with the industry’s direction for her sound or image. The industry’s definition of “success” didn’t quite line up with Concepta’s values and beliefs.
“I don’t believe I need to present a sexual image to be considered beautiful. Nor do I need to sing about sex or use profanity to have a ‘powerful’ song. I’m not perfect and I don’t judge others but I prefer being true to myself about who I am”, says Concepta.
Now with the East Coast (Maine) as her new home, Concepta continues her journey as a Wife, Mother and Life Coach. Through her music and sharing her personal story, she educates, empowers and inspires young girls to love, respect and embrace themselves as the beautiful, powerful people God created them to be.
“It all starts with knowing who you truly are. Your identity in Christ and not allowing anything or anyone to tell you differently” says Concepta.
The best thing about Concepta is her ability to hypnotize you with her raspy, breathy voice. Her vocal power has a unique edge and lilt that moves between Macy Gray and British R&B songstress Gabrielle, which makes it so much more interesting than many other female voices on the scene. The other good thing of course is that she isn’t singing silly-nonsense stuff, she’s singing about real things that happen in real everyday life.
We realize that it will be tough, though, for Concepta to break ground in the trendy U.S., where popularity is not always based on natural talent, honest work, and good songs. But she is already very much aware of this, and not afraid to rely on her own strengths and beliefs. As can easily be understood from the chorus lyric on her latest single, “I Am! I Can!” :
“I am beautiful, confident, original
And I know that I Can do all things in You
I Am powerful, just as you made, a conqueror
I can do all I know that I’m created for
Besides her undoubted faith, Concepta’s strengths are a distinctive voice and dedication to writing honest, uplifting songs. She’s dedicated to melody, lyrics that make sense and a crystal clear emotional pinnacle, centering on her spirituality, which evolves throughout her performances. Take a good look at the current tribe of “singing stars” and ask yourself if the same can be said of them.
The single, “I Am! I Can!” begins quietly, and then builds into an understated but powerful declaration of self-confidence, as Concepta fills your sound system with triumphant positivity on this latest release. Cementing this as a truly, uplifting and inspirational work.
We need to support artists like Concepta to ensure that good honest music will always be around. Buy this and make Concepta a star, on her own terms!
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