Cara Brindisi, a Worcester resident, was making changes to the music long before The Voice hit the stage.
Earlier this month, the 34-year-old singer passed a blind audition for a singing competition when Brindisi sang Taylor Swift's "All Too Well" in front of star coaches Camila Cabello, John Legend, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton.
His performance made an impression.
“I'm hearing something here that I haven't heard all season. I want this girl on my team,” Shelton said.
Brindisi wrote about this on her Facebook page on Monday before the release of The Voice.
“There will be a fight tonight. I can no longer say that I care. my song My wrestling partner. My speech Or… my clothes,” Brindisi wrote.
Passion for music therapy
Although Brindisi got off to a good start in competition, his passion for music therapy has always been close to him.
The artist has worked as a certified music therapist for those who care for the elderly. The 18-year-old was inspired to pursue his career after seeing the power of music in his grandfather, who had Alzheimer's.
"He was showing signs of forgetting things and not interacting with people anymore, but then I would sing a few songs and his whole demeanor would change and he would light up," Brindisi told MassLive.
When it came time to choose a major in college, Brindisi always knew she wanted to explore something in the wider world of music. After seeing the success of his grandfather in music, he says that it is enough to see that music can really help people.
"I looked at it and thought it could be really cool because it's really a combination of working with people and wanting to help them, learning music and being a musician."
Brindisi studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has a degree in music therapy, and the main instrument is the voice. Here his career in music therapy began.
The atmosphere is not just music. It is about achieving goals with the help of music and how these goals help not only the patient, but also his loved ones.
"There's a lot of science behind it, like neuroscience and psychology. It's something I've been very excited about over the years," he said, referring to the physical changes patients experience with music.
After graduation, Brindisi went to work at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester as part of a hospice program. He was there for nine years.
In her time, she has helped her patients achieve goals through music therapy, such as coping with pain and anxiety and helping their family.
At the same time, he and others were involved in legacy work, such as writing songs or creating musical projects that help people communicate. He has also worked through music with children and adults with developmental disabilities.
“It's not just about using music to make people happy. It's about achieving someone's clinical goals,” he said.
Unfortunately, the 2020 pandemic put an end to his professional and musical career. Like many others at that time, Brindisi was fired from his job and several concerts were canceled, but he managed to find a way to make life easier not only for himself, but also for others.
"I thought to myself, how do we still get music to people?" he asked.
Brindisi launched Singing Telegrams, a project in which religious hymns are sung on the porch of a house using a battery-powered speaker for those isolated outside.
Free door-to-door calls have caught the attention of the Worcester Senior Center. He was asked to conduct virtual music therapy sessions.
“I love doing what I do, but it's because I want other people to feel something. My goal has always been to calm down for a minute." "I will always look back on that time and be very grateful that people benefited from what I did."
But while music therapy is helpful, it's time for Brindisi to take her love of music to the next level.
After some setbacks in his personal and professional life due to the pandemic, he took a break from music therapy to pursue his dreams in The Voice. His work at the hospice may have really started his sudden career.
“I began to realize that if I hadn't chosen a different career of my dreams, I would probably regret it later in life. Working in elderly care made me look at things differently: “What will I think about in my last days? . ? She asked, "Is there anything I would like to do?" I would say that in this list there is a test for "Voice".
After years of encouraging the people of Brindisi to take part in the show, "if I don't just try one day, I will regret it very much."
The singer now says she is devoting 110% of her time and energy to building her music career, but hopefully her training in music therapy will help her tackle any challenge she faces.
“My experience as a music therapist continued in my theater life. As a music therapist you have to learn new songs every day, so my music repertoire has become very large and very wide. You go to a concert in a restaurant and you understand: "Okay, now I can work with the public because I have such a range and I understand people," she said. "It really ties in with what you do on stage."
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