A MUM-OF-TWO ditched her nine-to-five job to write children’s songs full-time.

Brighton parent Rachel Davies quit her 20-year advertising career to follow her lifelong passion for music.

But after founding children’s song company LaLa Tigers, things took a while to get off the ground.

“There was already a piano in the hall, so my investment was mainly time,” she said.

“I recorded my first album on a shoestring budget, borrowed a webcam, started a Facebook group and got friends to help with things like filming and paid for bit of editing.

“The songs and ideas came quick and fast and everything felt so right.”

When she first started, only three or four people would turn up to her shows.

Now at least 50 children and parents attend her drop-in music classes every day.

“When I told people my dream some of them thought I was crazy and I should be more realistic,” she said.

“But I knew that everything is trainable and with time and dedication I trusted I could learn anything.”

Ms Davies now runs the Raise a Tiger Programme, an online course that teaches parents, carers, and children about mental health.