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According to my folks, I've been singing since before I could talk, and dancing since before I could walk! The songwriting came a little later ;-) I'm from a musical family-- Mom is a former Off Broadway opera singer and actress, Dad was a multi- instrumentalist and prodigy on the violin.
By the time I came around though, my folks had given up the New York City life and turned to homesteading on a small farm in Southern Indiana. I was raised way off the grid, with no running water or electricity, and hence no radio or access to recorded music. Making music by candlelight after the dinner dishes were done was my family's idea of homemade entertainment. And make music we did!
From an early age, I remember making up family songs, pushing back the dinner table and dancing and singing while my dad strummed the guitar, shall we say, with gusto!
One of my primary loves is writing songs. Drawing from personal struggles and triumphs and those of the folks I encounter, I try to write tunes that speak directly to listeners' hearts. If a song doesn't touch me, I can't seem to sing it. But when I sing something that strikes a chord with a listener, I feel most alive.
I was honored to receive a 2011-2012 Emerging Artist Grant from the Durham Arts Council. With the grant, I'm currently working on a live recording project that features collaborations with other local musicians. Stay tuned here as this collaborative community music project unfolds!....