The power of music is my inspiration. The simple truth is, I love to sing. Anyone who knows me would say, I'm a passionate advocate for keeping music alive, no matter what. Anyone who knows me would also say I am a passionate advocate for keeping music alive in your life, no matter what.
I've been singing since before I could walk. Though I've had the opportunity to sing and play with a multitude of talented musicians, it has been an honor and a privilege to work with my dear friend, Scott Dercks, an extraordinary guitarist and remarkable musician. We performed together as a jazz duo from 2004 to 2008 in all of the hottest Minneapolis jazz venues, and countless private events. Thank you, Scott, for your mentorship.
I now live in Chattanooga, TN, and enjoy singing jazz locally with David James, a talented guitarist and singer from the South. With a Chet Atkins and Les Paul
sound and a voice like Elvis, David has been crooning and tuning for 50 years.
Humble, and Southern as the day is long, you'll not find a more genuine, more loving, kind, and vivacious an individual as David. Through his vast musical experience and creativity, you're certain to share in a truly memorable moment, with an unforgettable man.
I started singing before I could walk. Everyone thought it was "cute" but said I was too young. So I kept singingand will sing until I can't anymore.
Your sound and approach to music:
Evocative of another time and place, where passion was abundant in the beautiful jazz music of the early 1900s, I sing from my heart.
With deep respect and admiration for the unequalled Ella Fitzerald, and equally stunningly powerful, contemporary Eva Cassidy, my ears are always openlistening, inextricably drawn to the swing and story of jazz standards.
Your teaching approach:
Everyone has music in them. Your speaking voice is a part of your singing voice, even if you don't know it. If you're willing to try, and practice, we all can sing! It's natural, personal: good posture, a few techniques, (and practice), you cansing. Often your biggest obstacle, is you. Get out of your way, and anything is possible!
Your dream band:
I absolutely enjoy a small ensemble, whether a duo, trio, quartet, sextet, the intimacy of the sound experience of a minimal group allows the music to shine. That's what it's all about, to me.
We all bring our unique talents, experiences, perspective, passionand share it all in our mutual musical expression.
I've enjoyed singing with a big band, Sweet Georgia Sound; I'll never forget it, and always say, "It was like being a female Michael Buble
Improvisation is at the heart of jazz. Knowledge of chords, scales, repertoire, jazz changes, and a myriad of other things culminate in an authentic musical expressionJazz. I find jazz to be a universal language. Everybody loves. Everybody laughs. Everybody hurts. Everybody can relate to jazz, whether or not they think they like it.
Your favorite recording in your discography and why?