Vanessa loves to sing. Her parents tell her of infant days in Texas when she would hum tunes long before she learned to talk. She's been a Southern California girl since she was 12, and she never lost the passion for singing, or the pipes. A classically trained actress, a secondary education teacher, and even a car salesperson for a brief stint, Vanessa has always returned to her first love and greatest gift: Singing.
And now this singer/songwriter's eclectic style and spirited performances have been drawing crowds to Southern California venues since her debut release of original songs entitled "Give Me a Stage" was independently released in April of 2001. Her sophomore album, "Wanderlust", has garnered big praise and big sales since it's release in August 2004, and demonstrates the promise of a talented independent artist who puts all her heart, mind, and soul into her music. She is currently in the studio working on her third offering.
The sound is earthy, real, and soulful - much like the artist herself. Vanessa creates folk-tinged pop with soaring vocals, and is most often praised for the depth of her lyrics and the strength of her voice. She borrows from many styles to create a sound that is uniquely her own - always open to experimentation, yet always honest. It's difficult to pinpoint exactly "who she sounds like", and she considers this to be one of her greatest assets. Vanessa's lyrics cover a wide range of emotions, but her most recent tracks explore loneliness, loss in love, and the persistent, God-given hope that carries us through.