My name is Constance (Connie) Mapule Bhebhe. I was born in Zimbabwe to a South African father and a Zimbabwean mother. I lived in Zimbabwe until the age of 13 and that's when my family decided to move to Indianapolis, USA. After a few months my dad decided Canada was better suitable for us so we landed in Montreal, Quebec then later, Vancouver British Columbia. I grew up on the west coast where there weren't many girls that looked like me. Naturally I stood out and always felt "different". I still feel different. I am not a shy girl, I can talk to just about anyone. I feel my happiest when I am on stage, at the gym or working.
When I was 10 years old my mother and I grew mushrooms from our backyard greenhouse. Our mushrooms where purchased by the local grocery chain and every few weeks I received my share from the harvest. During grade school in Zimbabwe, my mom and I also split fare profit from people who would ride with us to town. It's ironic that the very normal "rideshare" concept of traveling in Zim is where Travis Kalanic drew inspiration to create UBER. From an early age I learned that if I could offer a service or product to people, I could have money to spend on things I want. My first business after moving to Canada was buying furniture from liquidators and selling it on Craigslist. My first week doing this made me over $1000 (USD) in profit so I was hooked and I've never looked back.
My life changed when I was 23. I woke up one Thursday morning severely hungover and failed to recognize myself in the mirror. I knew I was powerful enough to manifest some pretty cool things in my life (including my then dream apartment) but I was also watching myself giving into a lifestyle that wasn't bringing out the best in me. That morning I made a list of things I needed to do in order to get my life in order. That list turned into my first (and thus far, my only) published book; ModernPrincess - A Young Woman's Guide To Creating A Balanced Life. This book outlined a guide for organization, skin care (I was fighting acne), weight loss, budgeting, starting a business and self love/ developing confidence.
My first public singing experience was in high school where I performed "Un-break my heart" by Toni Braxton. Over the years I would write and go on to open for Chamillionaire and perform at a few night clubs. I continued to write and book studio sessions to record some 7 songs in Atlanta, Vancouver and Toronto. I've resurrected the passion with a stronger voice and more polished writing skills this year and am ready to release my music recorded in Cape Town and Johannesburg.