Confession #8: If I listened to ever person that told me that I had a funny voice, I may never have the courage to stand up and sing in front of anyone. Growing up in a bilingual household, I was surrounded by different accents and tones. My mother is Mexican, father is Venezuelan, step-father is Israeli, step-mother is Japanese and all of which speak their respective languages. The melodies of their inflections surrounded me all the time. Then in my leisure, I began exploring the great voice of Ella Fitzgerald alongside the Latin legend Rocia Durcal which made for quite an unusual arrangement. These influences produced what you hear today in my voice. As I sing, I step into the freedom of playing with textures and tones, but I was at first very self-conscious of the sounds that flowed from my mouth. I was convinced that I sounded funny, especially when a few outspoken individuals told me I could never lead worship because my voice was to “unique.” I took the criticism roughly, but continued to play shows and houses as much as I could to learn and improve. Singing makes me come alive and I realized over the past years that I sound exactly as the Lord intended, and perhaps I could use this “funny” voice of mine to bring glory to His name. I still get a bit of a doubt before I step out onto a stage to sing, but I am convinced that I am made to sing this way for a purpose. Here’s a piece of advice for any others that have “distinguishing” qualities: embrace your quirks with confidence. stand tall. beleive in yourself.