At the age of seventeen I formed the group “Young Shades of Black" which performed popular songs. While in California I performed in two stage productions; Lee’s Gospel and Blues are True. I was awarded best female vocalist 3 consecutive years in a row. I have had acting roles in Dream Girls and Bubbling Brown Sugar. I have had the privilege to perform as an opening act for a list of phenomenal entertainers such as ;R&B legends Rick James and Jeffrey Osborne, Neo-Soul Eric Benet, Jazz Artist Marion Meadows and Rick Braun, along with comedians Paul Mooney and Tommy Davidson. I also toured with blues artist Buddy Ace. I gave benefit concerts for the 2005 Tsunami Relief effort and Alternative for Battered Women in 2006.