( ( B I O ) ) Soul Jazz · A Timeless Sound with a Voice of Hope
I am a dreamer, romantic, old soul and goofball. At times it feels I was born in the wrong era, and others, I still feel like a gangly teenager. Music has always been a prominent thread through my upbringing and found me singing on a stage for the first time at the young age of 4. I took my turn on an outdoor stage in Hilton Head by open invitation from the band, and “You are My Sunshine” was my debut performance. The dream to be a famous singer was birthed.
As I grew older, I connected deeply to the storytelling and unhindered expression I found through music for things that were difficult to deliver with mere words. I’ve always been someone who feels and thinks deeply but struggles to share it with other people. At 14, I wrote my first song on the piano, though I’d spilled many thoughts and emotions on paper in poetry before then. A darker strand that marked my years was a need to be noticed, and I experienced a lot of heartbreak as I poured myself out to people who didn’t truly value me.
In the midst of the struggle, the fascinating sound of jazz came into my life with Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child.” It drew me in immediately and transported me like no other music had, and I soon found others – Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, etc. The pieces fell together, and I got into piano lessons with a good friend and brilliant pianist, Dorian Wallace, asking him to teach me what I needed to know to write and play jazz.
Having gone through heartaches and the cyclical battle with self-worth, I began to desire an opportunity to bring hope to a world overrun with darkness. All this culminated in the style I call, Soul Jazz · A timeless sound with a voice of hope. I’ve now had the opportunity to share my heart through this expression for nine years, performing in coffee shops, bars, music venues and any other place where doors are opened to me, in part, strengthened by the unfailing encouragement and support of my loving husband, Thomas.
In 2017, I had the immense pleasure of recording my debut album with Loren Johnson. Though he is an award-winning producer, to me, he’s family, and the process from start to finish was enchanting. One of the highlights for me was getting to be princess for a day at Castle Recording Studios. We recorded piano, drums and some trio work at the gorgeous studio and wrapped the dreamy day shooting a video for “Summer Don’t Leave Me.” I’m honored to fulfill every opportunity laid before me, and my desire as an artist is…
To CREATE music with excellence, passion and purpose
that allows me to CONNECT with a diverse audience and
to INSPIRE unfettered hope and freedom of authenticity in every listener.
( ( A U D I O ) ) Still I Wait · Released 5.19.2017
Still I Wait
Love is Letting Go
Daughters (Jazz it Up Cover)
( ( V I D E O ) ) Official Music Video · Summer Don’t Leave Me
WSMV Today in Nashville · Love is Letting Go
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( ( S H O W S ) )
Saturday, January 12 · Opry Mills Mall · 6:00p · Nashville, TN
Sunday, January 13 · Nashville Jazz on AcmeRadioLive.com · 6:00p · Nashville, TN
Friday, February 22 · The Banks at West Fork · Private Event · Murfreesboro, TN
Monday, March 18 · Puckett’s Grocery · 6:00p · Franklin, TN
Friday, March 29 · House Concert · 6:00p · Phoenix, AZ
Thursday, April 11 · Erskin Music Album Release Event · Nashville, TN
Saturday, April 13 · Opry Mills Mall · 2:00p · Nashville, TN
Saturday, April 27 · Opry Mills Mall · 2:00p · Nashville, TN