Singer has many talents and plans

2015-10-13 06:00
Retreat singer and songwriter Lydia Lategan is preparing to launch her debut EP in Steenberg at the end of the month.

Retreat singer and songwriter Lydia Lategan is preparing to launch her debut EP in Steenberg at the end of the month.

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She’s a singer, a writer, an artist, an entrepreneur and a mother.

Retreat’s Lydia Lategan is a woman of many talents. She’ll be showcasing a few of them when she releases the first three tracks off her upcoming album with a concert at Upper Hall Church, in Sonata Street, Steenberg on Sunday 1 November.

While she plans to officially launch Master of the eagle, her debut, 12-track album, in February next year, she’ll be giving music fans a taste with a three-track EP titled He knew everything at the end of the month.

“They are three beautiful songs,” she says.

Personal songsLydia describes her music as “very inspiring”. A mixture of country and gospel, the upcoming album tells the story of her own personal journey of restoration through religion.

Lydia says the album, produced by Damian Roman, will be encouragement for people from all walks of life.

It was love that motivated Lydia to begin writing. She started with a story about a childhood love, the same love that inspired 70 poems in three days later in her life. One of these, “Down memory lane”, was published in a poetry anthology.

As with her poetry, Lydia’s songs come straight from the heart, telling stories that cover the full spectrum of human emotions; from lost love to hope and unexpected luck.

She is constantly writing, sometimes working on three songs at a time, but when she isn’t making music, Lydia is also a painter. Some of her work will be exhibited before her performance at the Upper Hall Church.

PlansThe busy mother of two – now adult – children also runs signwriting, catering and interior decorating businesses.

“If the one is quiet, I go on to the next one.”

She is also planning a gospel concert titled Old time religion in which she’ll bring various artists together to perform “songs you don’t hear anymore”.

Lydia is looking for reliable and professional gospel musicians with their own instruments for her future shows at CD launches and will be hosting auditions on Saturday 28 November. Interested musicians can send her a WhatsApp on 082 6242 871 or call 074 742 4131 for more information.

She will be joined on Sunday 1 November by guest artists Pastor John Rhode, Pastor JP Smith, Sister Mac on accordion and Pastor Andre Lindsey among others. V

Tickets for the show cost R100, including a CD and refreshments. Guests are asked to pre-book tickets for catering purposes. For bookings, more information or to book Lydia for a performance, contact her on 074 742 4131 or

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