Posted: 27 February 2013

Singing at the Young Carers Festival was one of the most amazing experiences of my life

I began writing songs when I was 11. Writing songs gave me a way to say the things I couldn’t say in my everyday life. I found that I had so much to say and writing it down in a song helped me process those things.

I’ve always said that listening to my songs is a bit like reading my diary and I think that’s still the case. I wrote Shy to Be Human [the video of Abby's song is below] about a part of my life that I have both struggled with and have been blessed by. I hoped that it would inspire other people like me.

The song is about being a young carer and the emotions that come with this role, and I was so happy when the organisers of the national Young Carers festival asked to make my song the official song for the 2012 festival.

Performing at the festival was one of the most amazing experiences of my life and I really hope that my song has been able to inspire everyone who heard it.

Playing my song

I first got involved with The Children’s Society when I was given the opportunity to perform at the festival. Through this I was then asked to be an ambassador for the Young Carers in Focus project, which was launched at the festival last year.

I’m so passionate about seeing young carers break free of the burdens they carry and really go for their dreams. I am so proud to be involved in such a great project.

I have had so many people supporting me in following my dreams and am currently at university studying commercial music. I never thought I’d be where I am and I feel so grateful to be here.

Pursuing my singing dream

Without the help of people like those I’ve worked with at The Children’s Society I wouldn’t have felt able to leave home and pursue a dream of mine that I hope to make a future career.

Music is so much more than a hobby or a career choice. It means so much more to me than just getting up on a stage and singing songs I’ve written.

I want to make a difference in other people’s lives through my music. I want other people to experience the joy and the breath of fresh air music can bring.

My big dream is to break into the music industry as a solo artist, through this I hope to inspire people and to help change lives for the better. The Children’s Society has helped me get closer to this goal by supporting me in my music and allowing me to be a part of the amazing work they are doing with young carers across the country.

Learn more about Abby Irwin's music at her website.

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Is music an important part of your life? If so, why not use it to help give young people like Abby the support and encouragement they need to flourish.

While it's too early to hang the Christmas decorations it's not too soon to get a date in the diary to carol sing to support our work with vulnerable young people across the country. If you are part of a choir or youth group, it's a good idea to make your carolling plans soon.

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