A native Texan, I make my home in the San Francisco Bay Area. Singing, recording, performing and songwriting consumes my world. I am a voting member of The Recording Academy, San Francisco Chapter, aka ‘The Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’. Volunteerism on the Membership and Special Events Committees give me an opportunity to contribute my industry and business experience to further assist in supporting the art of music making. I was twice nominated for a seat on the Board of Governors 2005-2007 (singer) and 2007-2009 (songwriter). Original work is registered with ASCAP.
Jazz and big band music was introduced to me as a result of a flea market binge with my mother where I acquired my first collectible 78-RPM record. It was a Columbia Records label of the Les Brown Orchestra featuring Doris Day on vocal singing Sentimental Journey. I played that record on my 33 1/3 turntable over and over burning out more needles than my allowance could afford. Growing up listening to Soul, R&B and Blues clearly paved the way for what is now referred to as Neo-Soul.
I relocated from Dallas, Texas to Atlanta, Georgia in the mid-80’s and began my music career in jazz vocal after witnessing one of few final performances of the late great Sarah Vaughan. Her performance at Atlanta’s Piedmont Park wet my appetite and sealed the deal. This was a pivotal moment that ignited my quest to deliver jazz vocal performance. Living in the heart of Midtown Atlanta offered a short walk or cab ride to all things art ushering me through a golden maze of jazz clubs, musicians and creative types of every stripe. I struck up working relationships with very talented musicians, arrangers and composers. I frequented open-mic clubs and sang my way around town. Ultimately, I had to take a break to get a real job with real pay until the recession of the 80’s leveled off.