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Jenny Morris: 'I Have No Idea Whether I Will Sing Again'

12 October 2015 | 12:21 pm | Staff Writer

Veteran singer opens up on rare condition

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Ahead of her appearance on ABC's Australian Story tonight, iconic singer Jenny Morris has announced that she may never be able to sing again after being diagnosed with a rare medical condition. 

The 59-year-old performer has revealed she has spasmodic dysphonia, a voice disorder which causes involuntary spasms in the larynx. 

Speaking on the TV show Morris says, "I sound like a 50-year-old crone who's been smoking three packs a day for 30 years, and not in a sexy way."

"I have no idea whether I will sing again. At this point, I can't see that I would want to charge people to hear me sing."

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Morris noticed her voice began to sound "croaky" around ten years ago and she sought medical attention. 

"I think having issues with my voice is not a reason to shy away from the world," she says.

"It's just a glitch and it's not a good enough reason not to do what you're passionate about."

Being forced to step away from the stage, Morris has stayed active in the music community as chair on the board of APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association).

Morris co-found The Arts Of Music program which brings artists all around the country together to raise money for music therapy program Nordoff-Robbins — it has raised over $1 million since being established ten years ago.

Award-winning artist Ben Quilty praised Morris' efforts and called her a "real hero".
"It's hard not to think that Jenny was even unconsciously aware that the charity she supports is giving them the ability to communicate," Quilty said.
"I can't see how Jenny hasn't seen that very obvious link between what she's losing, and what she is giving to these people."

Morris' episode will air tonight on ABC from 8pm.