Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I’m a multi-award-winning songwriter, tv music judge, songwriter for pop stars, UK songwriting contest judge, hailed “an inspiration” by Prince Harry and vocal teacher for top west end stars. I am also a Freelancer of the Year.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
From my work judging a Cappella competitions and show choir festivals I was headhunted to be on the expert judging panel for Sky One’s Sing: Ultimate A Cappella, working with an incredible team that included Cat Deeley, Midge Ure, Gregory Porter, Imelda May, Reggie Watts, The Vamps and many others.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
Make a list of what you need to get done and prioritise each item. Don’t take on too many projects simultaneously as you’re likely to get overwhelmed. Take time out from your work- when your passion is also your job it’s easy to plough all your time into it and burn out so it’s important to step away sometimes.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
Gaby Roslin has been an incredible support to me especially when I created Unlock Your Talent, an online international arts festival to raise money during lockdown for a mental health charity who saved my life 13 years ago. She has featured me on her BBC radio programme, shared all my social media posts, and even donated a prize for the festival!
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I do a lot of mentoring for young musicians to help them navigate the difficult world of the music industry. I also donate my time to a lot of charity work, with WellChild (for which Prince Harry called me “an inspiration”, children’s world, Anti-bullying charities, mental health charities, and many others.
I’m also the British representative for the World Choir Council, working with hundreds of choirs across the world to encourage unity and peace.
I do a lot of public speaking about mental health and empowerment and donate my speaker’s fee to a mental health charity.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
Faith, Family, fortitude. I feel that when I have all three of these in focus I can do anything. These are the elements that make up the backbone of my personality and drive me to succeed.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
Facebook: Rachel mason music