“I passionately love music, creativity and the arts in general. I know how powerful music is, and the capacity it has to reach people’s hearts in ways that few other things can. I have personally witnessed how music can lift people out of depression, release hope into hopeless situations, bring peace and calm to complicated or tragic life situations, and bring healing both emotionally and physically to people.
I believe in the power of music, and I want to play my part in using the musical gifts that God has given me to see hope and breakthrough, peace and healing, freedom and joy released into the lives of my listeners. I love singing and playing piano; harmonies; writing, arranging and recording songs; training and mentoring church musicians and worship teams.”
THE EARLY YEARS
Louise has always had a passion for music. She was 5 years old when she sang her first solo: “When a child is born” at her pre-school nativity play. At the age of 6, she began piano lessons with Jenny Bonsignore (and later, Moira Kearney) and she completed her Grade 5 piano exam through Trinity College of Music London.
In 1990, she wrote her first song, and in 1992 she won the Virginia Music Award for top music student. After that, she attended Northlands Girls High and was actively involved in the choir (which she led in 1997), and various musicals, and she sang and played piano at a number of functions.
After school, Louise did 6 months of voice training with Suzi Stengel and her focus began to shift from piano predominantly, to singing as well.
Louise completed her BA Music Degree (Summa Cum Laude) at U.K.Z.N. in 2008. During her three year undergraduate degree, she achieved a total of 16 Certificates of Merit; 6 Dean’s Commendations; 3 U.K.Z.N. Scholarships, as well as the Samro Undergraduate bursary.
She was invited to become a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society and won the Golden Key scholarship award for the Howard College Campus of U.K.Z.N. in 2007 as a result of her academic achievement. In 2008 she performed with the KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra at U.K.Z.N. She went on to achieve her BA Music Honours Degree (Summa Cum Laude) in 2009.
Louise has sung and played piano for various events, CD’s, radio adverts (East Coast Radio), TV (music video for SABC 3), concerts, productions, and stadium events over the years.
Louise led worship at Glenridge Church for 16 years prior to relocating to the United Kingdom where she is now the Worship Pastor at KingsGate Church. For over 20 years, she has led worship or been involved in worship at various churches and Christian conferences around the world with some of her most recent ones being: Scarlet Ladies Conference in Dubai (with Starla Webster, Anna & Elle Smith, Jake Isaac, Alex & Henry Seeley); David’s Tent in West Sussex; Dwell Conference in London for the last 9 years (which has hosted guests like Heidi Baker, Jeff Jansen, Julian Adams, Paul Tothill, Ryan Matthews, Allan Boehm); Caroline Leaf and Dany Johnson in London; John Mark Comer in Durban; Renaissance Conference in Durban (with Eric Johnson and Julian & Katia Adams).
EVENTS AND RECORDINGS
Louise was part of Hilton Grieg’s band who opened for 2 Grammy & multi-Dove award winning artists on tour in South Africa: Michael W. Smith, & Casting Crowns. They also opened for Planetshakers, and for an event with Nick Vujicic. She was the music director alongside Brad Klynsmith for the LIV Banquet at the ICC 2010 with the Watoto Children’s choir, hosted by Tich Smith (founder of LIV Village), John Smit (former SA Rugby Captain) & Shaun Pollock (former SA Cricket Captain).
MUSICIANS LOUISE HAS PLAYED, SUNG, RECORDED, SHARED A STAGE WITH, OR OPENED FOR THROUGHOUT HER MUSIC CAREER:
Jake Isaac; Elle Smith; Noel Tredinnick; Neil Costello; Mark Edwards; Lawrence LJ Johnson; Michael W Smith; Casting Crowns; Julian Wiggins; Henry Seeley; Sean Feucht; Allan & Kelsie Boehm; Henry Marsden; Jules Burt; Riana Nel; Planetshakers; Civil Twilight; Daena Jay; Hilton Grieg; Victor Masondo; LIV Village Choir; Gangs of Ballet (Brad Klynsmith, Josh Klynsmith, Jonno Rich); Fini & Isi DeGersigny; Pamela Myburgh (The Arrows/Shotgun Fakes); Ali Berry; Cat Davis; Alan Frow; Jon Daniel; Tara Rautenbach; Theodore Danso; Daniel Webster; Warren Eltringham; Steve Swanson; Stuart Dooley; Ryan Matthews; Chloe Clark; Frances Currie; Malaika; Nosihe Zulu; Summersalt; Joe Niemand; Heinz & Mandy Schrader; Matthys Maree; Mageshen Naidoo; Watoto Children’s Choir; etc.
Louise’s music style has been likened to: Michael W Smith, Cindy Morgan (piano playing); Kari Jobe, Kathryn Scott, Laura Story, Nichole Nordeman (vocals & songwriting).