Many years ago I was playing for a party for mentally and physically challenged adults.   A girl with down syndrome came up and asked for a song for “her and her fiance”. After the song was over, this oddest of couples walked off the dance floor, hand in hand.  She looked over her shoulder and with the biggest loving eyes I had ever seen says to me

“I’m the luckiest girl in the WHOLE WORLD!”

That moment changed my life. Her words made me realize that we all have the ability to be the luckiest girl. It is all about perspective. My life has been filled with joy and love and music, and for that I am eternally grateful.

My musical roots have been very diverse and I have always had  unfaltering support from my family to pursue music.I was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska.   There was always music in my house, mostly due to my fathers great love of jazz. So when I started playing saxophone in school band at the age of nine he was thrilled. My mother got her wish when I started playing classical piano at twelve.  Throughout my high school and college years, music was an integral part of my life.   Jazz saxophone continued to stand out, but my passion for the rock flavor of the day was equally engaging.   From Charlie Parker to Led Zeppelin, I got quite an education.

It wasn’t until later that I thought much about singing.   After attending college at the univeristy of colorado boulder, me, the girl who valued being a musician above all else, who thought singing was for non-musicians,  moved to Hollywood to attend a vocal school, and found my instrument.   It was there that the world of R&B and soul music opened wide up for me.  Still today, rock and soul  have molded me as a singer and artist more than any other style.

Several years ago I began to play guitar, and have also dabbled with the bass, seeing still a new page of music unfold in my life.   From bars, to the studio, to the road, even releasing a solo record, it has been, and continues to be a wonderful journey.  I am  truly blessed.

Here are some of the amazingly talented artists I have had the pleasure of working with over the years…

Live Performances

Moody Blues,
American Idol,
Engelbert Humperdinck,
GLEE,
Queen Latifa,
Sergio Mendes,
Chayanne,
Cherie Currie
Martik,
Laura Pausini,
the Manhattans,
Wild Cherrie,
Barbara Mason,
Gene Chandler,
Heatwave,
Barbara Lewis
Foundation for Special People

TV/Radio/Movie

FOCUS (featured singer on soundtrack)
Sam Sam (cartoon) theme song
repeat performances –
The Replacements (disney)
Lifetime original move presentations
Carnival Cruislines,
Norweigen Cruiselines,
Wells Fargo,
Main Street Casino: Las Vegas,
Fantastic Sams,
Oil of Olay,
Dab Beer,
Californians Against the Tobacco Association,
Rick Dee’s station ID’s 102.7
prom spots for:
NBC,
EXTRA,
Sienfeld,
ER,
Jay Leno,
Conan O’brien,
Saturday Night Live,
NBC sports superbowl,
NBC must see TV

Recording

Kevyn Lettau,
Terry Meltcher,
Laura Pausini,
Neil Sedaca,
Days of our Lives CD,
Bruce Johnston (the beach boys)
Brian Setzer

Writer / song placement credits:

TV: Lifetime Original Movies
Biography channell – Bob Dylan
My Big Redneck Wedding
True Life – MTV
Next – MTV
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders – CMT
Kids By The Dozen – DHEA
Channel One Show
Radio:
coast to coast with george noory