What would’ve been a normal Tuesday summer night in 2018 became a test of “God’s redirection” when Taushey Sias and her four kids were displaced after a fire engulfed their home and all their belongings. But in some odd shape and form, this was exactly what she had prayed for — a new beginning.
“I was longing for something more, and I know there’s more for me to do, and so God allowed this,” Sias said. “Even though it felt like a vulnerable situation because it was all over the news, all displayed out on the front of the newspaper the next day, at the same time it was using me to let everybody know that some of your circumstances can be the best thing that can happen for you, and it changed.”
Finding herself in Waco to be near family after the fire, in just two short years, Sias was back in school and topping her class as a leader in the music program at McLennan Community College with a 3.7 GPA, debt-free and in the opening stages of beginning her own vocal coaching business —Taushey’s Vocal Lab.
“It basically helped me overcome poverty,” the 32-year-old said. “Me and my kids haven’t been in poverty anymore, haven’t been on welfare, nothing like that. And not only that, it’s what led me to Waco and ever since I’ve been in Waco, it has been nothing but prosperity.”
Originally dropping out of school when she was pregnant, then never having the opportunity to go back financially, MCC’s investment in Sias and her abilities opened a new perspective for her.
“I’m an overcomer of abuse, domestic violence. I remember when trying to pursue some of my dreams, there were a lot of people who doubted me but because they didn’t know me or because I didn’t have a household name, they didn’t want to take me seriously,” Sias said. “And it’s crazy that when I left the city where I was, God started to open up doors for me.”
Singing since she was 3 years old, Sias knew her path would be rooted in music. By the time she was 9, Sias recorded a commercial for Deep in the Heart of Texas and began touring with gospel singer David Mann. Even with a background in music her whole life, the singer never saw herself becoming the teacher instead.
“I started to see God put me in a different atmosphere, and I started to see the gift that I was given when I started my own business,” Sias said. “I started to embrace my imperfections and all the things that I went through, which brought the best out of me. I started to see myself in the favor of God, but it happened with me losing everything and here’s what I was able to gain everything. I gained a new mindset again and new DNA of who my work was in what I was.”
In April, she launched Taushey’s Vocal Lab with the help of Creative Waco’s Greenhouse, a six-month arts entrepreneurship incubator designed to help local artists start or expand their businesses by connecting them with educational, human, financial and other resources.
The Vocal Lab is a place she hopes will not only rebuild confidence in herself and others, but serve as a safety outlet to her clients.
“I told God that I’ll forever speak my truth, speak, and help others because it’s not about me. I realize what I go through is for other people, and then I’m willing to be open so I can save a life,” Sias said. “A lot of people are dying. A lot of people are going through things behind closed doors that they’re afraid, and they don’t know who they could talk to. They don’t know who they can trust, and I want to be their safety net, when they come and encounter me, they know that they’re going to get the truth, and nothing but the truth.”
She also found that her purpose has shifted from using music to heal her wounds to helping others use music as an avenue to heal themselves.
“Singing has really been my therapy, the way I get through things, the way I express myself, the way I share my story. It makes me free. When I don’t know what to do, singing is life to me,” Sias said. “My purpose is this vocal coaching business, not just singing, you know, but singing for healing. Singing can heal so many different things and heal in so many different ways. I’ve been seeing that this has been really helping, and especially showing the light in dark places in people.”
For more information on Taushey’s Vocal Lab, visit facebook.com/vocallabcoach.
For details on Creative Waco’s Greenhouse, visit creativewaco.org/greenhouse. Applications open August 1 for the program’s fall cohort, which runs from mid-September to the end of March.