According to my folks, I sang before I talked and danced before I walked...the songwriting came a little later ;-) I'm from a musical family-- Mom was a former Off Broadway opera singer and actress, Dad was a multi- instrumentalist and prodigy on the violin. But by the time I came around, my folks had grown tired of the big 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 access to radio or recorded music. Making music by candlelight after the dinner dishes were done was my family's idea of entertainment. And make music we did! From an early age, I can remember making up family songs, dancing, and singing with my mom and siblings while my dad strummed the guitar.
Like so many others, I have often felt like an outsider, but music has been my touchstone, a way to feel at home, somehow anchored in this world. I know that the Lord has given me this gift of music--to sing to myself, to offer back to Him, and to share with others for encouragement along their journey. For six years, my husband and I lead a local bluegrass band called Down River, playing at venues all around the Triangle. In 2012 I was honored to receive an Emerging Artist award for songwriting from the Durham Arts Council. Currently I sing on the praise and worship team at my church and continue to follow the lead of my maestro, the Lord Jesus Christ.
"Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls; All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me. The Lord will command His loving kindness in the daytime; And His song will be with me in the night, A prayer to the God of my life." (Psalm 42:7-8).