Passion never gets old

Mayumi Morales with Stephanie Coleman on piano. Picture: Andrew Ritchie           d436138
Mayumi Morales with Stephanie Coleman on piano. Picture: Andrew Ritchie         d436138

Beeliar resident Mayumi Morales has impressed residents and staff at aged care home Mercy Place Mont Clare in Claremont since she began her training there last year.

But it is her talent as a singer that has set her apart and entertained residents for months.

�One day Mayumi just started singing to a group of residents sitting in the lounge room,� Mercy Health State manager Anita Ghose said.

�It stopped us all in our tracks, wondering where this amazing voice was coming from.�

Ms Morales� singing history dates back to her time in the Philippines.

She majored in classical voice at the University of the Philippines and even travelled to Hollywood as a 13-year-old to represent her country in the world championships of performing arts.

Last month the assistant nurse auditioned to study classical voice performing at the WA Academy of Performing Arts and is waiting to find out if she will go through to the live rounds of television show The X Factor.

But while she waits, Ms Morales says she will continue to sing to her biggest fans, accompanied by pianist and resident Stephanie Coleman.

�Since I�ve lived in Perth the residents where I work have encouraged me to follow my dreams,� she said.

�Singing is my passion and I love to share it. Residents tell me my music brings back happy memories for them.�