I was born and raised in Starkville, Mississippi, a small university town, and grew up in a musical family. My mother, an outstanding pianist and accompanist, taught piano lessons for years and also alternated between the piano or organ chair in various churches across the region. My father grew up listening to a lot of Rhythm and Blues and somehow held onto a lot of the records he acquired through the years. Between my mother’s musical endeavors and my father’s interest in (and participation in) various forms of music, I was exposed to a variety of sounds and styles.
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