My life

Who’s the real Charlotte Snyman?

Well, I hope that in the following questions, you will be able to figure out a bit more about me on a personal level. If you have a question which I have not answered (within reason), please email me the question or subscribe and you’ll get to learn more about me.

Do you have any pets?

Yes, I have one dog, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier named “Manu.” We’ve always had a staffie as our family pet. They are truly such a loyal dog and are great with children. If I had my way, I’d have a bunch of dogs but I think my husband would not approve.

What is your favorite hobby?

I have so many! I am inspired by so many things and almost anything in a creative bent gets my attention. I love painting, cooking, going to art galleries, fine dining, reading and the list goes on. I really cannot nail it down to one thing...Sorry!

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Being with my family is the best thing for me. Our life is rapidly changing as our kids get older. We have two sons who live in America permanently. At the moment, we have two of our children at home but that will soon change as one is getting married very soon. Then we will have our daughter. My spare time is spent with her, taking her to the Mall or to a friend’s house. I obviously spend time with my husband which is very important too.

What are some of your favorite vacation spots?

There are so many but I really enjoy the Garden Route along the Western Cape or Kruger National Park. I enjoy nature and I can sit or walk around and just enjoy the creativity of our God. If we are in the States, I love going to Colorado or Montana or Disney World in Orlando. If we are in Europe, I love Paris, Barcelona, Venice and Rome, Naples...I just love Europe.

What is your favorite restaurant?

This is a simple answer and the easiest to answer: La Colombe in Constantia Nek (Cape Town). It is enjoying food as art. I loved every single part of this restaurant, the vibe, the food, the presentation, the smells, the everything!

What is your favorite quote?

This is my heart’s cry every day. My hope is in Him and I trust Him implicitly for He is my God, my Hope, my Peace, my Deliverer. He is everything to me.

Musical journey & update

I sang in the shower (as most people do) and occasionally at the piano with a music book. I always thought my voice was “average” so I surprised when I discovered through others that I could sing. I even won a competition at the PTL club.

I sang in two different vocal groups in Bible College and began having voice lessons while I was in college and continued with lessons after college. God has an interesting way of rearranging plans that a person may come up with. His timing is absolutely perfect. I have always been involved with music from a young age. I began playing the piano when I was five years old. I picked up the flute in the 5th grade and the bassoon in 12th grade.

Fast forward many years, I am a vocal student once again and my coach is Gerrida Dickason. She is a gift, a treasure and an absolutely amazing lady. She is a gifted singer and songwriter. She is classically trained and she loves the Lord. She is not only my coach but an amazing friend. Her hugs are so warm and inviting and her insight is en pointe!

 In December of 2019, I was planning on editing my 1st draft to get ready for another round of editing (it’s par for the course). Every time I began to write, I felt that I shouldn’t. The “spark” to write wasn’t there. I also was given a contact by Gerrida and I spoke to another friend who is in the music industry and she dropped some information in a casual conversation.

His suggestion resonated in my heart and I knew he was absolutely correct. Since then, I have been writing music and my husband has been helping with lyrics. The majority of the songs are written but there are a few which are lingering in my mind but not yet materialized into an actual song yet. The penny dropped and I realized that the book was to go “on hold” for now. We spoke to our mentor and he suggested that I rather pursue the musical side for now; even suggesting that I do a few CD’s before the book is launched.
I will be recording with Stone Bear and Mayor Music Records. I will be in the capable hands of one of the gifted producers of the Stone Bear and Mayor team. We have met with Helmut to discuss the process and the whole process is exciting. Studio work is one of my favorite things to do!. There will be a collaboration on one of the songs.

The recording will take place this year so please hang on and bear with me as I go through the long process but it will be worth it, I promise!

Thank you for journeying with me!

Another Update...

In December of 2020, I recorded my first album with StoneBear and Mayor Records. My producer was Stephan Cloete who is a mastermind at what he does. He completely envisioned what I was hearing and made it come alive! It was incredible! I sang a duet with Rouchelle Liedemann, a well-known Christian artist in South Africa and it was truly an honor to sing “Wie is Soos U?” with her. The single was released on February 15, 2021. Listen to it here!

We recorded the album at Uys Visser Studio in Franschhoek. It set up the perfect atmosphere for what needed to be done. Thank you Stephan for being the genius producer!

The launch of the album will be in the coming weeks and I am excited to release a second single with the album through StoneBear and Mayor Records. They are an amazing Record company and Helmut Meijer and Lukas de Beer are fabulous to work with.
Get ready, things are moving quickly and thank you for joining me on this new but exciting journey!
Date: 16th Feb 2021

Tapestry album launch

What an incredible launch! We held the event over a weekend (Saturday & Sunday) at Monneaux’s Restaurant in Franschhoek. We kept to capacity restrictions and such a beautiful venue for the album launch.

On Saturday, we had a small band consisting of my producer, Stephan Cloete, Lukas de Beer (partner of StoneBear and Mayor Records and a fantastic bass player) and the incredible pianist extraordinaire, Matthys Maree. Soundcheck was complete in record time thanks to Hanno with Haudio Sound.

I can’t explain the absolute joy in sharing the music, my heart and even my voice with friends and family. The phenomenal musicians delivered and Rouchelle Liedemann joined me for our duet, “Wie is Soos U?” The entire time was wonderful! One of our friends flew from Pretoria to join us for the launch! I was absolutely shocked that he would do that for me.

The album was well received. The 2 songs had gone out as singles prior to the album launch and were played on several radio stations in the Western Cape. It was bizarre to hear my song play on CCFM, Radio Cape Pulpit, impact radio103fm, PEFM, DisaFM and Radio Overberg...The response is humbling.

Sunday was an initiate more low-key environment. It was an added day for those who wanted to join but couldn’t make the Saturday. Once again, the response was amazing and I am truly grateful, thankful, humbled by every single person who came to the launch, purchased a CD, just gave their love and support!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Now I am looking forward to the next album and beginning to write songs. I need to look over all of the songs we have already written to see what will fit for the next album. This is still the beginning of the journey. I am enjoying this journey and will wait on the Lord and His perfect timing!
Date: 20th May 2021

About my family

We have been a globetrotting family over the years. We lived in Cape Town for the first 7 years of our marriage, moved to Dallas, Texas, settled in Montgomery, Alabama for 2-1/2 years then we moved back to South Africa in 2001.

I’ve been married for 30 years to the most handsome man whom I met at Christ for the Nations, Institute in Dallas, Texas. He is truly my biggest supporter and keeps me grounded. His words of encouragement have been the push to start my writing journey, and he always makes a mean cappuccino!
We have raised our four children, he’s been the lead of our family and a true model of a father to them. We are nearing the “empty nest” part of our lives with our sons moving out, discovering their purpose and destiny but we still have our daughter at home who keeps us on our toes! I absolutely love every season of life.
We are a close knit family and enjoy spending time together. It is even more special if our two sons who live in America come for a visit. The boys have great fun together and it’s beautiful to see how their relationship has grown over the years. I treasure every single moment we have with our kids, whether it is individually or when they are all together.

My mom was the biggest influence in my life. She gave selflessly to anyone in need and those she loved. She taught me how to listen, be a friend, a support, love those who were unseen, be the tool to help others, how to be a mother and a friend. She became my best friend, always cheering me on, encouraging me to pursue God and the purposes He created me to do on this earth.

Writing Journey

In TAPESTRY, Charlotte Snyman shares her “stranger-than-fiction” life story with witty honesty and passion. She is not your average pastor’s wife but is well-loved by her church family at Lighthouse Christian Centre, in Cape Town, South Africa.

She masterfully tells vivid tales of times past, reaching all the way back to her grandparents in America, her miraculous adoption in Taiwan, growing up as an American girl on US Air Force bases all over the country, and finally settling down in Africa.

This jaw-dropping autobiography is an epic love story, an inspirational testimony, a medical drama, a musical symphony and a hilarious comedy, all woven into one big colorful tapestry, designed by God Himself.
I grew up knowing I was adopted but never wished to find my birth family. I knew my birth mother passed away when I was three months old so the desire to find them just wasn’t there. Fast forward many years, I was married, had my own family and my mother became ill suddenly. Within 5 weeks, she passed. This was the catalyst God used for us to fly back to Taiwan (for a conference) and God used that to connect me with my birth family. It truly was a miracle.
This whole experience is what spurred me on to write my story. It has been a labor of love. Many events happened along the writing journey of my book which could have caused me to just “give up” but I refused to give in.

I see this as another expression of who God is through writing. I just know that for me, the obedience to write was part of my journey. I do plan to write again but I’ll follow the lead of my heart and God and see where this next chapter leads me.

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