Lots of people can sing, and many can sing well. And like any good performer, I have the voice, classical training, and years of study and real-world experience in musical theatre, opera, gospel, rock, blues, and more……..gotta learn the rules before you can break 'em!
But I think the best have to give more: heart, soul, and guts. That's what I aim to do every time I take the stage. Like the women I most admire- Etta James, Koko Taylor, Janis Joplin, and Aretha Franklin- I'm gonna give you everything I have, whether it's on stage or in the studio.
I was born in Columbus, Ohio. Sang a boy's part in "Oliver” when I was six. Got dragged to church by Grandma & Mom to sing: "It's a sin to hide that voice!" Classical voice lessons start at age 9. Lots of musical theatre and performing arts schools from 4th grade on. High school drama and debate. Won a karaoke contest with "Me and Bobby McGee."
I was a Vocal Performance major in college. Moved to Florida about 10 years ago and played gigs and more gigs, looking for musicians who shared my love of blues, soul rock and- most importantly- all-out, full-throttle performing.