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Looks Like She Made It!

by CJ Williamson


Have you always been a singer?
I started singing at the age of three. There was a lot of music in my house. My father had a Victrola that played 78s on one side and recorded on the other. I have a recording of me singing, “Zippity Do Dah.” I started playing the piano when I was four, and the trumpet between eight and 14. I started to study voice when I was 14, which is to say I went to one charlatan after another! Eventually, I went to Temple University as a voice major, studying Applied Voice in the Music Education department for two years. Then ten years later, I went to Carnegie Tech after I’d married my childhood sweetheart.

You were quite young when you married. Was it difficult to combine a nascent singing career with married life?
Sadly, yes. He married me as a singer but didn’t have a clue what that meant. It might have been different if he’d been able to retire early and live off my earnings—if I’d been as successful in those days as Beverly Sills! As it w...

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