Tell us more about your music for those new to your music.
I’m an emotive, keyboard driven, singer/songwriter with influences of blues, soul, country, gospel and pop. I strive to encourage and empower the listener to believe he or she can overcome any obstacle.
Tell us about Faint Of Heart, what was the writing process like?
“Faint of Heart,” is an honest song about the vulnerable journey I have been on as both an entrepreneur and independent artist over the last decade. It’s my favorite song I’ve ever written. Writing it both broke my heart and gave me hope.
You work closely with Whole Planet Foundation, how did that come about?
I am working with Whole Planet Foundation during the month of March as part of their “Power Her Potential” campaign. I believe in their mission to invest in a future free from poverty, by granting micro-credit to entrepreneurs in 71 countries around the world, 87% of those being women. I decided to donate 50% of the proceeds of “Faint of Heart” to the foundation during the month of March, and was honored to be their Artist Ambassador at an event called Southwest Invasion during the well known music festival SXSW.
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You are also set to release a brand new album ‘Revival’, can you give us a teaser of what to expect?
This album is my heart and soul. It’s my favorite album I’ve ever recorded, and draws from bluesy influences like Bonnie Raitt and Tedeschi Trucks. I recorded the album at House of Blues in Nashville, Tennessee, with six-time grammy award winner Paul Salveson in the production chair, and some of my very best friends playing on the album. It’s the album my heart has been longing to make since I first started to sing.
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Available from May 4th.
You have a UK tour coming up, what can we expect from the shows?
I am THRILLED to be returning to the UK for a six date full band album release tour. I have been dreaming about performing at Bush Hall for years, and on May 1st that dream will become a reality. The band I’ve put together is incredible, and the audience will get a chance to hear the music as it was meant to be performed.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
I live in Nashville with my husband of 7 years, Michael, and our adorable rescue pup Jackson. When I’m not on tour the three of us spend time outdoors being active. I also love films, so I try to keep up with the latest releases.
[pWhere would your dream venue to play in your hometown?
I grew up in Minnesota, so one theater I’d really like to perform in would be Varsity Theater. I actually held my wedding reception there. It’s a cool room with a great vibe and allows the show to remain intimate.
Where is your dream festival to perform?
That’s a great question. I’d love to perform on the Cayamo Cruise or Rock Boat. The idea of a bunch of incredible artists all performing on a cruise boat for a week sounds pretty amazing to me.
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Celebrate the small things.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not just about the industry also just as an artist/band?
Be honest, be authentic. Create the music your heart longs to create and there will be a place for it in the world.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.” -unknown
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
My 61 Nord Keyboard, a spare sustain pedal, water, CDs and a pre-show prayer.
When You come off Tour
1/ Where is the first place you go? Home. I love being at home with my family on our couch near the fireplace.
2/Who is the first person you see? My husband and my dog. xo They usually pick me up at the airport together.
3/What is the first thing you eat. Usually something healthy, as it’s difficult to eat well on the road. Avocados are my favorite.