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By Cherisse Moe
IT TOOK MORE THAN A DECADE, but Neisha Guy's dreams are finally
Guy, 31, is one of two finalists in the Digicel Rising Stars competition, and
has high hopes of winning the coveted crown. The Sans Souci native is not
new to the television show though; she auditioned three times before, but
each time failed to advance to the finals. This year, history seemed to be re-
peating itself as Guy was eliminated after the first week. However, two
weeks later she was voted back into the competition as the judges' Wild
Card, and she's been pulling out all the stops ever since.
Guy, who started singing in her church's choir and later at her school's choir
at Success Laventille Composite, has managed to pull off riveting perform-
ances every week, and word on the street is that she is the favourite to win.
Her most memorable stint on stage came two weeks ago when she deliv-
ered an outstanding and heartfelt performance of her original composition,
Never Alone. That performance left the audience speechless, and soca star,
Nadia Batson --- a judge on the show --- in tears.
"I wrote that song minutes before I had to submit it for the show...the words
just started flowing. It's about God moving in my life in spite of my struggles.
It's my life's story," Guy shares in a recent interview.
For making it to the final two, the soulful vocalist is guaranteed $150,000.
But for Guy, it's not just about the money. It's about fulfilling a dream and
regaining confidence in her talent. The road to success, she says, has been
long and onerous, and paved with heartbreak and distress. Over the last
three years, Guy has suffered the loss of her child, a failed relationship, and
endured serious health and financial issues.
"I was pregnant in 2011 and hospitalised at Port-of-Spain General Hospital
for a few months because of high blood pressure and other complications.
When they got my pressure down, I begged the doctors not to send me
home yet. I was seven months pregnant and couldn't care for myself prop-
erly, but they did anyway," she says, teary-eyed.
"One week after being sent home, I lost the baby. It was a boy. He was stuck
inside of me for almost four days because they refused to cut me, saying I
would have died. I was forced to deliver him like normal... I never saw my
baby after that. I never got to bury my child. No one told me anything."
Following the death of her son, Guy slumped into depression for several
"I couldn't walk properly for a long time, so I couldn't work," she reveals. "I
didn't even have money for food, but through it all God placed people in my
path to help me."
Buoyed by her faith and support from family and friends, Guy dug deep and
began taking back control of her life. She rediscovered her love for music,
and would sing at weddings and other engagements, sometimes for free.
"I've been singing for 12 years, and I told myself it's better to put myself out
there than to sit at home and sulk. That's when I started to regain a sense
of purpose," she asserts.
Since being on Digicel Rising Stars, Guy has also gained confidence and a
growing fan base. She has been congratulated by calypsonian Singing San-
dra, and hailed as an inspiration to many, especially full-figured women.
"For a long time, I didn't have confidence because of my weight. I have thy-
roid problems, but people don't know that and would treat me anyhow be-
cause I don't look a certain way.
"Now people stop me in the streets and tell me I've been a blessing."
Guy notes that being in the competition has ignited another passion: fash-
ion. She has sewn every ensemble she has worn on the show, and praises
continue to pour in from fans for her chic designs. In the near future, Guy
plans on launching her own clothing line, which will cater specifically to plus-
sized women. But for now, she's waiting with bated breath to learn whether
she will cop the Digicel Rising Stars title and the $250,000 cash prize at the
competition's final round on Sunday. Whatever the outcome, the aspiring
entrepreneur says she's thankful for what she terms, a life-changing expe-
"Everything that's happened was meant to build me for this. All the physical,
mental and emotional pain was preparing me for now. I am here and I am
ready," she says.
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Everything that's happened
was meant to build me for
this. All the physical, mental
and emotional pain was
preparing me for now. I am
here and I am ready,"
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