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Atlanta Hurley

Atlanta Hurley

I have been singing for as long as I can remember! I’ve kept all of my report cards from way back in reception class that say I was only ever interested in school when it was time for music and I had the chance to sing in front of the whole class.

I have been a vocal coach for two years providing singing lessons to keen singers of all ages and abilities. As well as vocal coaching from my home in Eastbourne, I have been traveling into primary schools around the county to put on drama and singing clubs. They are going really well and help the children to be creative, communicate, have empathy, build confidence, cooperate, and develop their leadership qualities. But above all, it encourages them to have fun. Music and drama are great ways for people to develop emotion and problems solving skills. 

I have been singing for as long as I can remember. Everyone always remembers what they wanted to be when they were younger and I've always wanted to be a singer - I don't think I’ve ever wanted to be anything else. Throughout my childhood I was able to perform in some incredible places, but the best place I’ve had the chance to sing was in Chichester Cathedral.

Music and singing has always been a part of my life and it has been something that has come quite naturally to me. In fact, I didn’t have my first singing lesson until I joined, what was then, Sussex Downs College in 2013. Before then, everything that I knew or had learnt had been from ear.

Atlanta performing “People Get Ready” by The Impressions at Chichester Cathedral.

I’ve picked up various instruments from piano, guitar, and flute, but singing has been the one thing I've always had the most passion for. It’s a way to express my emotion and just makes me feel good.

Before I joined the college in 2013 I had been living in Ireland for ten years. I moved back to England just so I could carry on my studies and it was the best decision that I could have ever made.

I studied BTEC Music, Double Performing Arts, and Musical Theatre at the Lewes campus. I spent three years at the college and achieved Distinction* in all three subjects.

Atlanta performing at ESC MiniFest in Lewes in July 2019

Atlanta performing at ESC MiniFest in Lewes in July 2019

During my time at college I started to work at the Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts - and this was where I found my love for coaching.

I started off as a teaching assistant for the drama poppets class teaching and coaching toddlers aged 3-5. From that, I was asked to represent Pauline Quirke Academy in the primary school where I started as an assistant. I soon began to lead the class myself and discovered that coaching was the right path for me.

After finishing college I went to the University of Chichester to study a four year BMus (Hons) Vocal Performance degree and then into coaching and setting up my own business in 2017.

My singing teacher, Kelly Barnes, inspired me make the most of my talents and start a career that I’d love. Shes inspired and challenged me and I've learned invaluable techniques from her which I will carry on using with my students. 

With coaching, no day is the same. I love the fact I get to meet different types of people who have the same passion as me. Knowing that my job allows me to not only sing every day, but help others do that too is the best feeling in the world.

My aim for the future is to build my business further where I can spread my love and knowledge of music not only in school but other areas including care homes.

Website: www.atlantavocalcoach.com

Facebook: @AtlantaVocalCoachEastSussex

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