I Want To Be A Role Model Especially For Girls Of Any Colour Or Background

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Sandra Godley

I Want To Be A Role Model Especially For Girls Of Any Colour Or Background

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Sandra Godley is a UK media maven with the Christian industry. Recognised as a respected singer/songwriter, broadcaster and speaker the BBC Radio presenter has been in business for over 20 years. Her experience in the industry holds an incomparable amount of wisdom which we had to tap into
2BReal: How did you get your current job?

SG: I spent over 6 years working with a community radio station (Radio Plus) where I also held a position of Trustee. I’m incredibly proud that as a Board, we achieved a Queen’s Award for our volunteers’ programme. This gave me the grounding in radio that I needed and got me out and about meeting & talking to people. With both UCB and BBC I got a call from the Editor and Head of Radio inviting me to audition for a role. I had no idea they were watching me.

2BReal: Tell us a bit about yourself.  When did you know you wanted to be a singer and where did it all start? 
SG: I guess I have a very typical background. I grew up in the church from age 8 and quickly found myself joining choirs, youth bands etc. My transition from singing with a hairbrush to a real microphone happened quite quickly when I started being asked to sing solos at festivals, weddings, conferences as a teenager.
I spent over 15 years gigging in pubs, clubs etc whilst still singing in church, fronted 2 bands, recorded 3 albums, received numerous awards including a MOBO nomination.
My work in the community has included putting together theatre productions, shows, showcases and the fantastic Gospel-Ability choir who performed ahead of Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s wedding. 
2BReal: You are also known as a songwriter. What have been some of your most popular tracks, and what was the process you took to write your favourites?
SG: ‘Miracle’ is a popular track I wrote describing how I was feeling during my late Father’s illness. He was dying of cancer and I felt hopeless and I needed a miracle but even though he didn’t pull through, something inside me changed, the miracle was that my faith became stronger despite what had happened. Other popular songs include Beloved & Hide Me in Your Presence.
2BReal: Your music has taken you across the world and you have been involved in some historic music events. What has this ministry taught you most about life?
SG: I’ve learned a lot about people, behind every face is a story. Life throws so much at us that it’s easy to hide behind a mask. The onslaught of social media means we can wear several masks and find ourselves not being authentic. I’ve learned that people want to get to know the real me. So I tell stories of struggles and successes, heartbreak and hallelujah moments 
2BReal: Over the years with your career having you on the road, how have you balanced your personal family life. What were some of the challenges that you faced along the way?

SG: I waited a long till I went full time in music because I’m a Mum and my children have and will always come first. But this hasn’t meant I haven’t packed my kids up and taken them with me to gigs, concerts etc. There have also been times when I have felt guilty but my kids and husband have been such a support and are my greatest cheerleaders. However, I don’t sing much at home, that’s where they want me to be mum and homemaker.

2BReal: At what point did you realise that you wanted to go into broadcasting? 
SG: Around 3 years ago a lot of people started to encourage me to look into broadcasting more seriously as they thought I was good at it. I did a whole load of soul searching and realised I loved it, it was becoming an extension of my communication framework. 
2BReal: Your shows at UCB and BBC capture the essence of inspirational Black British Gospel. How has what you do impact your audience and yourself as an influencer? 
SG: I think people trust what I say. I spend a lot of time working on my strengths rather than my weaknesses. My mantra is that I communicate through word and song, that’s where I shine best and feel most relaxed. Feedback is essential in my industry so when people come up to you and say thank you for influencing them, you know you’re on the right path.

Today I mix in so many cultures and circles, learning how to bring something relevant to the table takes great skill, understanding, patience and flexibility. I’m not afraid to cross borders and mix, people are people. My goal in life is to inspire as many people as I can and I can see the impact of that through what people say. I receive many requests from artists for guidance, business advice, national and international speaking engagements, partnerships etc. No two days are the same.

2BReal: As a woman of colour within the broadcasting industry, how have you leveraged your experience and knowledge in obtaining primetime shows on both UCB and BBC?

SG: I’d like to think my achievements are down to my merits and skill as a Broadcaster. That said I’ve worked very hard to get to where I am. I want to be a role model especially for girls of any colour or background, to encourage them to achieve the very best.

2BReal: For some who may be wanting to break into the broadcasting industry, what would be your advice for them in starting out? 
SG: Get lots of practice by doing community or even hospital radio. They regularly look for volunteers. Become an expert in a field and present your knowledge to your local radio station so they can call on you when needed. Take the time to listen to radio programmes. Examine the style of the Presenters. Listen to local, national and global news as quite often shows set up panel discussions. Know your music genre well.
2BReal: As a woman of God, what is your favourite scripture that gives you comfort, confidence and composure?
SG: My favourite scripture is from Psalm 139 You have searched me and you know me…I love the fact I don’t have to hide. I can be the real me.
About The Author

Founding editor in chief of 2BRealMagazine, Natasha is a communications specialist. With over six years of experience in journalism and a passion for the people, her love for digital and creative communications has taken her across the public, private and not for profit companies and organisations.


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