Shiehaam ‘Yummy’ Fisher has come a long way from crooning in the streets and parking lots of the Mother City, where the mother-of-three once battled a drug addiction and worked for small change as a car guard.
Now, she’s cleaned up her act and she’s on the road to stardom, and it’s all thanks to vocal gifts. After a video went viral of Yummy (32) singing in a parking lot in Parow, in the northern suburbs of Cape Town, popular musicians Robin Pieters and Craig Lucas went searching for her.
The duo invited her be part of their online Women’s Month concert, Ode to Women, which streamed on 1 August. “We didn't think that it would go this big, we just wanted to book her for the show and to show her that she can make a living out of this ... she burst into tears and didn't know who we were when we met her,” Robin says.
Yummy belted out a moving rendition of George Michael’s 80s classic, Careless Whisper, and quickly won the hearts of many viewers.
"I was on stage before I met my children's father, I was in a lot of singing competitions at school and it felt like that’s where I belong. So, for me to be standing between Craig and Robin I feel like I am at home," Yummy tells us.
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We honestly fell inlove with Yummy and the strength she carries so strongly! We were absolutely blown away by your performance, and THANK YOU for being a true example of realness and change. We are honored to be a part of your beautiful and powerful journey ♥? #Odetowomen
Yummy has had a hard life. She left her children’s father in 2012, after years of abuse. She lived on the streets, getting high on tik and Mandrax while her 73-year-old grandmother cared for her three children.
“I was fed up with the beatings. I knew I had to get away before he could kill me. The last time he beat me he told me that if he can’t get me, then nobody will.”
Yummy has been a drug addict since she was 15-years-old, and with two months’ sobriety under her belt, she believes it’s never too late to turn your life around. She’s returned to her grandparents home, but she’s been away for so long that her youngest child did not recognise her.
“I told myself that I am not going to go back to my old life. I am just looking forward now. I wanted to go home and help my granny because my grandfather just passed away. I am clean now, and I feel like it’s my time now and I don't need to go back to that life,” she says.
“I believe that it’s never too late for anybody. It’s only the first stage for me, but I feel as though I never did drugs. I don’t have an excuse for it… I was just using.”
“She wants to change and she’s making the changes,” Robin says.
“We fell in love with Yummy and the strength she carries so strongly! We were absolutely blown away by your performance and THANK YOU for being a true example of realness and change. We are honoured to be a part of your beautiful and powerful journey” Robin wrote on social media.
Her story has inspired others to help her and her family. A fan who heard Yummy’s story on social media sent her a phone; Pick n Pay has sent groceries to her family and another firm has offered to furnish her little home at the back of her granny’s house.
“All that matters now in my life is my three children and my granny. I want to make up for the lost time with them. Even though I know I cannot be the same mother or the same granddaughter that they once had, I am asking God to help me be a better mother for them and grandchild for my granny,” Yummy says.
She’s encouraging others who are battling with addiction to seek professional help, as she has, and to face their truth and change their lives.