A peculiar profile hers is. Gwenaël is 19 years old. She plays several instruments: piano, guitar, ukulele, to name a few... She sings too. And she sings very well. Not impressed yet? No. Okay. But Gwenaël has a profile that set her apart from the rest.
At the tender age of 2, she was diagnosed with mitochondrial myopathy! A term to describe a disease that depletes your body of energy in record time. And it time takes much longer to reach a full charge. In conclusion: it is literally impossible for Gwenaël to exceed 3 hours of activity per day.
On the other hand, music is timeless. Music goes beyond the notion of time, "it holds still in time" according to Gwenaël. She first expressed an interest for musical comedies when she was younger, she took the leap a few years later, and after that dabbled in a bit of everything. In her life, music sets the tempo.
Music is everything to her, far more than a life style, it’s a philosophy. Christmas of 2014, a guitar in hand, a synthesizer in the other, this is where it began… "I strung the first cord, and from the first note, I found my SWITCH". For 4 years now, Gwenaël has been making tremendous efforts, progressing and honing her skills. So much so that she’s recognized wherever she goes.
To cultivate her singularity, she joins various music groups, from classical to pop-rock to choir.
Gwenaël's résumé is truly remarkable. "The moment I switched, when I realized that music was going to be my escape, and that I was going to get better, everything changed for me," she tells us. It is extremely powerful to see her determination. Since 2014, "I feel like a different version of me".
A particular profile indeed. Music carries Gwenaël. This is her source of energy. A passion beyond the quantifiable: “I do not know what I would do if music were to be taken away from me... really!” she says. This passion lead her to the stage, every artist’s ultimate goal. Her passion makes sense when you know that Gwenaël moves around in a wheelchair. But on stage, she stands. The wheelchair close by. On stage, she is charismatic. The disease, also close by. On stage, she is in her universe. Restrictions are momentarily forgotten.
“The stage is my favorite place. It is difficult for me to describe what I feel. It's a culmination” continues Gwenaël. It is under that limelight that allowed her to renew her social ties and regain her desire to travel. It is these same lights that offer Gwenaël the opportunity to escape for a few moments, through her musical notes, taking her audience along with her.
Lesson of courage or sheer will? Certainly a bit of both. "The disease should never become an excuse. Why should this deprive me of doing what I love the most? She insists. One thing is certain, Gwenaël takes life by the spoonful!
Gwenaël is very involved in the Telethon cause, she regularly performs in Brittany but also in Paris.
Strong and sure of her convictions, she wishes, at all costs, to continue her projects in music! Graduation, enter a conservatory and even teach ... "I have a path in my head. I have it all figured out. I do not know yet where and when I will fulfill my desires, but it will be done, "she explains.
Is there a magic formula for switching? "No, she tells us. I do not have any particular advice. I just think we need to see things through. Why hold back if something is important to us...? "
Gwenael, a perculiar profile, perfectly incarnates the force of inspiration. Johnny Halliday once said, “I'm often alone in life, but on stage, the public’s my drug ....” I identify with this quote, she concludes. Without taboo, without borders, music is the passion which best enrobes Gwenaël in her uniqueness.”