I like making pretty things. Useful, too, if at all possible. I think music and art are varieties of medicine, ditto poetry etc., - art, even in the form of something like a beautiful lamp that creates beautiful light. Of course the most beautiful thing I’ve ever made is my daughter. Since I was about her age, though, I started making stuff, but she’s been writing songs since birth, and I’ve only been known to do so since I was about seven.
My upbringing was rural yet multicultural, surrounded by languages and Colorado high plains. The things I consider most consequential to my early education are my mom, with her brilliance, talent and encouragement, the tiny little school on 83, and the little pack of hounds that wandered neighboring ranches with me.
Crashing a vocal lesson my mom was giving a friend got me my first gig, when the manager for a punk freak show cooking a vegan meal in the kitchen overheard me. I was 8. I performed a showtune in a poofy blond wig on Halloween night to enthusiasm that instantly addicted me. I continued booking myself little shows here and there, worked with a producer/mentor on songwriting, became one of the divas of the theatre department at the prep school I skipped a grade to get into, and at 16 got myself to Los Angeles through the Resident Honors Program at the Univeristy of Southern California.
I took my time on my degree, a B. of Sc. in Music Industy, while recording a studio project with my mentor and getting involved with music in LA. All the many colloborations across the spectrum of genres make me proud still. By sheer luck Chris Ridenhour discovered me kinda, and that’s how I came to have music on television.
As of the writing of this, in January 2018, this is me a year after a five year hiatus from music. I compulsively write songs, teach myself guitar and piano, that was the main takeaway, but having started at 3 years old with voice lessons from my mom, it was good to find out what else I can do. Turns out I could get a producer credit or two in co-directing a designer lighting company for a minute. I can be a mom, too, most importantly. I can also paint, digitally and otherwise - I like acrylic and gunpowder.