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Coming out of the shadows
She has worked locally with some of the best in the music business and now Moricia Cagan is coming out of the shadows for all the world to see and hear.
Having shared many a stage with musical stalwarts like Pelham Goddard, Carlton “Zanda” Alexander, Louis Nurse, Black Stalin, Baron, Cro Cro, Devon Seales, Kenny Phillips and Leston Paul, Cagan will be star act on Monday when Production One stages another installment of Songbirds....live, at La Cantina Pizzeria, on Victoria Avenue, Port-of-Spain, at 8 pm.
Passionate, persistent, humble are some of the words used to describe Cagan. In her formative years her life was centred on track and field with her main focus on securing an athletic scholarship to become a systems analyst. A devastating leg injury forced her out of sport and she turned to music as a means of support. She has never regretted that decision. Cagan has a profound respect for music and spends most of her time perfecting her craft.
In 1997 she wrote and recorded her first single—Deliver Me—which earned her a spot in the National Gospel Song Festival of that year.
Cagan explains: “I come from a family of singers, so the natural talent was there, my twin and I would sing all the time. Even though my main focus was track and field in my teenage years, music was my personal escape from the world; it was never a career option.
“At the age of 19, when I got injured and saw my athletic scholarship dreams dashed, I turned to music as a means of therapy to keep myself from sinking into a deep depression. Writing helped me; music calmed me. That time was when I wrote my first song. It was during that time I joined a community choir and at my first performance with the choir I sang Whitney Houston’s I love the Lord, I received my first standing ovation, it was then I realised music and singing could be a career option.”
Cagan entered the Miss T&T Talent competition in 2003, and won the title, copping the Best Talent category. She went on to represent T&T in four major music pageants up the Caribbean, bringing home major titles in various categories.
In 2004, Cagan toured China and Malaysia performing at major five-star hotels and clubs.
“In my early 20’s, while still trying to find my voice in the music world, I got a call from a friend who was working in China at the time, asking me to consider coming out there for a year or so. His agent was looking for singers to work at major hotels.
It took me all of 20 minutes to make my decision; and I was on a plane three weeks later.”
On her return from China, Cagan joined the big dance band, Divine Echoes, as a vocalist; a position she held until its dissolution.
In 2009, Cagan took part in a six-week study tour of Cuba, where she worked with a host of vocal teachers, dance instructor Dylanise Garcia and one of Cuba’s top percussionists, Conguero Jesus Madiera. She is currently pursuing her associates degree in performing arts at Costaatt.
• Tickets for Songbirds...live are available at the venue; online at www.songbirdslive.com; or, by calling 620-6920.
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