INTERVIEW WITH CHERTON CARUANA

Cherton Caruana tries to find a balance between her passion for music and commitment to the real estate profession. Her musical inclinations became apparent when she was a child, and she took part in various school productions, local talent competition, and television programmes.

Her career in music was a bit of a rollercoaster. “When I moved to London about 8 years ago, so many big life events, such as the start of my profession in real estate, indirectly led me to take some time off from music to focus on my personal life,” she remembers. “However, after a surprise performance of the classic Etta James song At Last – dedicated to my husband during our wedding about two year ago – I was inspired to take up singing and performing again. Many of my friends and colleagues were completely unaware that I sing, so it was a surprise for them, too,” stated Cherton.

Over the last year, she found a renewed energy for music and became a resident singer on the ever-popular TV panel show Xarabank. She was also one of the finalists during this year’s Malta Eurovision Song Contest with the song Fighting to Survive . The song writing team, Boris Cezek and Dean Muscat, felt they had a perfect song for her, and they managed to make it to the finals – a dream come true for Cherton. Her singing career doesn’t stop here, as she has some opportunities lined up for her this year.

Eve: How do you feel about the number of singers in Malta? Should more kids be encouraged to take up singing?

Cherton Caruana: I think there is a good number of singers in Malta, with lots of potential. When it comes to the younger generation, I definitely feel they should take up singing, because this helps one to be more confident with oneself. It is important that one starts as young as possible in order to develop and grow in their singing technique. I also believe that they should never stop maturing in singing, as they might regret it as I have, because in singing it is important to keep working on continuously. Having said that, it’s never too late to keep one’s passion and start singing again, as in my case.

Eve: If you were to meet a singer of your choice, who would it be and what would you talk about?

CC: If I were to meet one singer, it would have to be Beyonce. It’s because of her many features, such as her stage presence, vocal technique, style and most of all – passion. When it comes to conversation I guess it would be about the points mentioned above.

Photo credit: Cherton Caruana’s Facebook collection / The Entertainers/ Carl Farrugia

Eve: Do you feel you have enough space and opportunities to spread your artistic wings in Malta?

CC: As I said earlier, there are many singers with great potential, but unfortunately, they do not reach the recognition they truly deserve. At the moment the biggest platform us singers have in Malta must be the Malta Eurovision Song Contest, which I was honoured to be part of. This has given me good exposure and a stepping stone in my singing comeback career.

Eve: Is fashion an important part of your life?

CC: I must say that I consider fashion as a big part of my everyday life. I feel that singing/ performing and fashion go hand in hand. I believe that one cannot perform in front of a crowd not feeling comfortable and confident in the way they look, that is why fashion is always important to me.

Eve: When you’re not singing, what do you do that gives you equal pleasure?

CC: I am the type of person that when I put my mind to something, I do my utmost to achieve it. When I achieve it, that will then give me pleasure and satisfaction. I apply this on both singing and my work in real estate. In fact, last year must be a perfect example of all this, when I achieved a globally recognised award in my work whilst also making it to the finals of the Malta Eurovision song contest on my first ever attempt.