Gillian Attard

Date of Birth: 3 February 1983

Where do you live? Sliema

Status: Engaged

Star Sign: Aquarius

Main occupation: Vocal Director

GILLIAN ATTARD started singing at age four, when her mother discovered that she was talented and it all flourished from there. She has competed in L-Ghanja tal-Poplu with the song, Xi Darba Min Jaf, which remains one of her most well-known hits.

It was only a couple of years ago when Gillian decided to open an Academy for talented children and it has truly bore fruit with the likes of; Gaia Cauchi, Federica Falzon, Shauna Vassallo, Veronica Rotin, Christina Magrin, Maxine Pace and Rutger Scicluna Galea.

“Each music-related experience is different and has taught me a lot, but managing artists through our latest venture; Ironic PR and Artist Management is different yet invigorating. Marc Calleja Bayliss and Muxu are handling everything so well, and it’s good to see the artists getting the opportunities they deserve,” explained GILLIAN ATTARD in her introduction to this interview with RAMONA PORTELLI.

How did you first discover you had a talent for singing?

Frankly, I was always singing at home, but as soon as I turned four, my mother encouraged me to start taking lessons which eventually led to competitions and other showcases.

Can you describe your state of mind while singing?

Nowadays, singing is more relaxing as there are no strings attached, as was the case when I was taking part in competitions. Nevertheless, standing on a stage in front of a crowd will always bring about to some nerves, but they are controlled relatively quickly.

What is it that you cannot live without?

First and foremost, I cannot live without my son, as he is truly my pride and joy. Then, it would have to be my phone, without which I would be lost on a daily basis and of course music, the one thing that keeps my life together.

What’s your opinion about tattoos? Do you own one or more?

The perception with regards to tattoos has to change and in some ways it already has. I believe that the body is a temple for the individual to treat in the manner that he or she deems fit. I have quite a few, some of which are quite noticeable.

When was your most memorable late night partying?

Well, that was just a couple of weeks ago when I spent the night with my best friends, Sharon and Jackie.

What are your weaknesses?

I find it quite difficult to say no, hence I believe that it is my greatest weakness.