Feel so Strong
Introduction To PJ Powers
PJ Powers is a true South African music legend, well known for her many chart topping hits including ‘Feel So Strong’, Jabulani, and World in Union from the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
PJ admits to having her fair share of high and lows during her illustrious career, but the last few years have seen her reflect on life from a very different perspective.
During her keynote speech entitled – ‘Feel So Strong’ she authentically shares experiences that have taught her invaluable lessons. With unreserved honesty, she talks about the trials and tribulations of her journey to fame, her fall from grace due to alcohol addiction and her long, yet successful road to recovery.
During this insightful and uplifting one hour keynote speech, PJ talks about the challenge of being a young girl who knew she was different, but who also knew that one day she would famous. She openly shares some of the conversations she had with Nelson Mandela and the teachings she learned from him. More importantly, she shares her beliefs around how we, the people of South Africa, can create the rainbow nation that we all once dreamed it could be. PJ believes that the only way we are going to steer South Africa out of the turbulent waters it currently finds itself in, is to change the conversation we currently have around it. We need to focus on what we are doing well and what we are getting right. We need to focus on how we can build each other up and stop breaking each other down. In the words of Nelson Mandela, “We need to shine bright so others can also shine”
Whether it’s in the form of writing music or speaking on stage, PJ Powers is a masterful storyteller who captivates her audience with profound insight and inspires them to think differently about themselves, their community and the part they play in the future success of this country.
There are very few people who have the ability and the talent to successfully combine all the facets of delivering a great presentation; being to educate, entertain and inspire an audience, but PJ Powers is one of them. Her carefully crafted keynote speech sees relevant content being weaved in between some of her greatest hits. Audiences not only come away with a new-found respect for this true South African legend, but also with a changed perspective about how each and everyone one of us have an important role to play in the success of the beautiful country we call home – South Africa.
PJ Powers has shared the stage with Eric Clapton, Joan Armatrading, Hugh Masekela, Divine Divas, Lord Richard Attenborough, Richard E. Grant, Sibongile Khumalo, Janet Suzman and many other big names.
P.J. has performed for Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom, King Juan Carlos of Spain and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
In 1994 she sang at the inauguration of President Nelson Mandela and in 1995 performed ‘World in Union’ at Rugby World Cup. She collaborated with Vicky Sampson, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and M’du Masilela for the music video flighted at the United Nations Assembly in Washington, D.C. and Greece. P.J. also wrote an 85th birthday song for Mandela, which she sang for him and his guests, including Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey at his party in 2003. In 2009, Powers’ recording of “World In Union” was featured in the Academy Award-nominated film, Invictus.