After leaving all-female Tampa band Kore in 2010, Jax formed her own female band closer to home, so she could better implement her songwriting talents.
The all-female theme quickly took an unusual turn when Jimi Gee asked to audition. Jax and Jimi soon became a strong songwriting duo, their first collaboration, soaring to #1 on the Tampa Bay Music charts. Other collaborations include: Strange, When Joanie Was Fun, In a Crowded Room, When I Do, and CRAFT.
The band withstood a few lineup changes, starting with the departure of bombsell bass player Jenn, who was temporarily replaced by accomplished bassist, Barry Nicholson, then later, by Bri Hays, who ironically is also trangsgender. Then Jimi left suddenly and was replaced by Eric "Erock" Hines. After a few months, Jax pulled the plug, and along with Hines, started a band called Sweet Turbulence with Jill Docking (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Dan Stoppiello (bass).
Around the same time, Jax starting co-writing songs with singer/songwriter Bud Buckley. After a taste of working on only originals with such a driven writing partner, Jax was hooked. Sweet Turbulence dissolved a year later, but Jax continued to write songs with Buckley, as well as perform together under the name BudaRest. Their songs are being played on radio stations in Europe, Austrailia, and all around the USA.
As BudaRest (www.budbuckley.com/budarest), they host a web radio show at www.kdwradio.com and with the tech talents of former Kore colleague guitarist Susan Burkhart, BudaRest published a multimedia rock eBook, combining one of Jax's novels with original BudaRest songs. The title song "Too Much to Remember" soared to #1 at www.musictampabay.com.
Jax later adapted Too Much to Remember, as well as sequel Too Much to Forget to radio theater, currently airing on WKDW Radio 97.5 FM and www.kdwradio.com.
Taking a break from performing to write, direct, and produce, Jax has created two successful seasons of Too Much to Remember Radio Theater with the help of local talent, and some co-production by Buckley in S1, consisting of mainly Venice FL students. However, Season 3 of TMTR may just have to wait as Jax is currently working on a novel called When the Music Stops: https://writeon.amazon.com/m/story/Jax_Resto_When_the_Music_Stops/amzn1.ignite.story.29a17e9852d56110e0530100007fdaf0?ref_=ign_p_bk_st_14&redirected=true
Though about the circus and influenced by her own experiences at Ringling Brothers, it's strictly fiction. She hopes to produce WTMS as radio theater for WKDW, as well as another project called The Journey she published on Mamazina.com, based on her band experiences.