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Simply wed! Musician couple tie the knot

Pair who have since worked with superstar acts, first met while studying at an Islington college

24 September, 2021 — By Helen Chapman

Steve Mckenzie and Kersha Bailey, who met while studying at City and Islington College, were married in Muswell Hill earlier this month

TWO former music students have found perfect harmony by getting married 17 years after they first met at an Islington college.

Steve Mckenzie and Kersha Bailey recently tied the knot at Muswell Hill Baptist Church surrounded by family and friends after first meeting at City and Islington College (CANDI).

Mr Mckenzie, 35, is a session musician with a background in youth work who founded London Urban Arts Academy last year, while Ms Bailey, 33, is a professional singer-songwriter and musician.

Between them they have toured, performed and collaborated with artists including Emili Sandé, Sam Smith, Ms Dynamite, Bashy, Naughty Boy, Toddla T and Wretch 32.

The couple studied at CANDI from 2004 to 2006 where Mr Mckenzie, upon seeing his future wife in the first few weeks she started college, told friends: “One day she’s going to be my wife.”

He said: “When we left college we didn’t see each other for a while, but then I called Kersha and asked her to join the band.

“When she came to the first rehearsal of Shynenville she was wearing a headwrap and was looking really good, and I was like, wooooo!”

Ms Bailey had recently broken up with her then-boyfriend and Mr Mckenzie was already in a relationship, which came to an end before their romance began.

Ms Bailey said: “Our first dates were in the studio and at rehearsals. I began to feel more and more connected to this guy and that there was something there, but there was also some shyness and we didn’t immediately share how we felt about each other.

Mr Mckenzie proposes to Ms Bailey at the college where they first met

“Being in the band, singing and doing what I love, rekindled the feelings I had for Steve. I thought he was kinda cute. So, we thought, let’s do this, take it slow and see where it goes.”

Mr Mckenzie said: “Her voice really impacted me. She had something very special. I felt her voice had a healing quality. It took me to a place of reflection, which gave me warmth and comfort. I felt like I had a duty to help bring out her talent.”

The couple studied at the college’s Centre for Business, Arts and Technology in Camden Road where Mr Mckenzie got down on one knee and proposed in May.

“I was so happy and elated and full of joy. Then I got emotional and felt I wanted to cry, as I began to think this was actually happening,” said Ms Bailey,

“I never thought he would propose at the college where we first met. It was so thoughtful, and having my family and friends there made it so special.”

The newlyweds celebrated their marriage on September 18 with a reception at Core Clapton in Hackney and will be spending their honeymoon in Jamaica in December.


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