What is your name?
What is your genre of music?
Singer-songwriter, soft pop, adult contemporary
Give us a little bio about you.
I’ve been writing, recording and performing music for over 12 years now, and I’ve released six full length albums, and a holiday EP. I was born in Detroit, Michigan, and have lived in the area all my life. My music has been placed in many TV shows, films, and commercial spots, including a Hallmark Christmas movie, Dance Moms, Switched at Birth, a Fiat commercial, and many more. I played the piano as a kid, but I didn’t sing until I got up the nerve much later in life. I was also in school bands, and I played the clarinet, and even the saxophone for a little while. Music was always my thing. It just took me a while to build up the guts to nurture and expose who I really am.
What made you go into music?
It’s funny, I feel like being more involved in music was always my natural place, but when I was younger, I didn’t think it was a practical career choice. Keep in mind, I come from a conservative Midwestern family of accountants and engineers. I didn’t know anyone who actually made a living in music. What finally steered me to go into music full force was that things just kept happening with my songs that made me keep going, and then do more, and reach higher. Like, the second song I ever wrote was actually purchased by a Hollywood production company, and I got a good amount of money to sell the rights to it. Then, after submitting my work to some licensing libraries, I was getting placements on TV. Sure, I had plenty of rejections along the way, but whenever I considered throwing in the towel, something good happened. So, I felt like the Universe was leading me in this direction, and I knew in my soul it was right. I was born to do music.
Who are your influences?
Very early on, my first influences were the songs my parents listened to. My dad liked 50s and 60s RnB, and my mom liked the pop music of the time, which was all those great vintage 70s songs, including Carole King. I really connected with the feel and soul of the old RnB music, and also the melodies of songs on the radio. When I was a kid, I loved the Rolling Stones, Beatles, and blues-based rock like AD/DC. A little later, I mellowed out a bit and got into more female artists like Sarah McLachlan, Jewel, Norah Jones, all of whom really inspired me and planted the seed in my head that maybe there is actually a place for women in popular music. As great as Detroit rock and pop radio was when I was a kid, there were very few female artists, so when there got to be more women on the radio, that really affected me.
Are you signed?
No, I’m completely independent and unsigned.
You released your new single ‘Macho Heart of Gold’, tell us more about the single.
I love this song because it’s about my husband, Chris. I must admit that the lyrics came easily. I wasn’t telling a story. I was just telling the truth. Chris is a good soul who’s kind hearted and just an all-around great guy. He’s not one to sit around and talk at length about his feelings, though. He just gets things done and takes care of what needs to be taken care of… very “macho” in a way, I thought. No mushy stuff. I was happy to write this song because I know that a lot of guys are like that, and I thought that maybe a lot of people could relate. In a way, “Macho Heart of Gold” is very close to my heart because it’s a declaration of acceptance. It’s like, “Hey, I know you’re not gonna express your every emotion, but that’s OK, and I appreciate you for who you are.” It’s loving acceptance of a more quiet nature, instead of trying to get a more reserved guy to wear his heart on his sleeve.
What is the meaning behind the single?
The meaning is that everyone is different and beautiful in their own way, and we can love them exactly as they are. And sure, we all have a few issues, but deep down, everyone has goodness in them, whether it’s obvious or under some layers that life has piled on. Looking at a person’s virtues rather than their flaws always makes for a better, happier relationship.
What was the writing and recording process like?
Well, I had help. I had a cowriter on this song – Dan Scholes, who is a producer and songwriter in Liverpool, UK. We created this song as a remote collaboration, and Dan did the music first and had a verse melody idea, and then I wrote all of the lyrics and the chorus melody. I recorded my lead and backing vocals in my home studio and sent the tracks over to Dan, who then mixed the song into a beautifully produced track. It went quite smoothly and easily, and we’re both happy with the finished product.
Describe the track in two words.
Who did you work with on the single?
(see above – it was just me and Dan)
Will we see a Music video for single ‘Macho Heart of Gold’, what can we expect from the creative process?
I just completed and released a video for this song. It’s a lyric video, but has some interesting elements to watch, too. I went with the “macho” theme, and there’s footage of a motorcycle rider along with point-of-view footage taken while he’s riding. I thought it was cool. It’s possible there could be a non-lyric official video in the future, but I have no solid plans for that at the moment.
Will we see an EP or Album and if so, can you give us a teaser of what to expect?
You can always expect an album from me at some point in the future. That’s because I can’t stop. I love writing music, and it’s kind of like a shark that needs to keep moving in order to breathe. I have to keep creating music, or I think I might die. Or, life would be dreadful without it. An album could happen later in 2023, or possibly 2024. I’m just gonna go with the flow. I released an album called “As Is” in late 2021, and I usually release an album every 2 or 3 years. So, as sure as the sun will rise, I will be making more music. Stay tuned!
Do you have any live shows or a tour coming up and if so let us know where we can catch you at?
I took a break from performing with the pandemic, but I’m just starting to get out there again. I’ll be performing at The Chicken Wing Festival in Lansing, Michigan on Labor Day weekend. Also, even though I didn’t play live gigs during the pandemic, I did record some live performance videos during the pandemic, which you can check out on my YouTube site.
What else can we expect in 2022?
Sometimes I sort of fly by the seat of my pants, and 2022 is like that. I’d imagine I’ll do more live shows and spend the rest of the year writing and recording, too, and I expect to make plans for another single early next year. I might even do some holiday gigs as the year winds down, because I do love singing holiday songs.
Will we see any collaborations and if so, can you tell us more about them?
I expect to collaborate more with producer Dan Scholes, and I’d love to do more writing and recording with my Detroit musician friends, who are seriously amazing. No details to share just yet. I like to let the creative process unfold, and it’s exciting to get inspired along the way.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
In five years, I see myself with a diverse music catalogue I can be very proud of, and with solid following of people who enjoy my music, and who were ready for a refreshing change. You see, we indie artists are different. We’re more real. We don’t have a big label pushing us to do whatever makes the most money. We have license to follow our hearts, with no restrictions or pressures. I believe that because of this authenticity that I and many other indie artists have, more and more people will find my music and welcome my songs into their playlists and their lives.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” That’s a quote from Henry Ford. It’s so true. The only one who can limit me is me, and I need to remind myself of that sometimes. It’s all about your mindset. If you believe in yourself, the world will follow.
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
I can’t forget the lyrics to my songs, and being mindful to keep every vocal note on pitch as best is possible. I can’t forget to pack up every piece of gear after the gig (I’ve lost many stools, stands, and accessories by leaving them at gigs by accident). I can’t forget to interact with the crowd while I’m on stage, and finally, I can’t forget to look like I’m having a great time even if it’s 100 degrees or if there’s a bug on me (which is NOT cool, by the way).