Music was a part of my DNA from a very young age . I began teaching myself piano at the age of 4 . I was fascinated watching musicians in church and on TV and knew this was my calling . Growing up in church gave me a good musical foundation is so many ways. My family was quite musical . Everyone sings and /or plays something . My Dad was a pastor so I was in church a lot ! I picked up guitar and bass as a teenager which opened another world of possibilities . Although my childhood was steeped in all kinds of gospel music, as I got older I discovered Rock ‘n’ Roll and R&B which I would listen to every chance I got . I had to sneak but it was worth it ! I was painfully shy as a child and did not like being the center of attention or being out in front. I preferred being the backup person and being in more of a supportive musical role as an accompanist. I have come a long way baby ! In the 80s I toured for two years with a contemporary Christian band, “CrossRoads” We recorded a self titled LP on vinyl! In the 90’s I won a song writers competition at a festival which garnered me free recording time, radio AirPlay and I also acquired a Seagull guitar signed by all the artists at the festival.
I have been compared to just about every powerful female vocalist that one could imagine but the reality is I sound like myself! When I debuted in the SWFL music scene in late 2011 as a solo artist a new friend and colleague described me on social media as having “the voice of an angel raised on Janis” in summary , music is my life ! I am grateful for all the music and the wonderful connections in my life , especially my band mates ! It’s a passion that will never die and a fire that cannot be extinguished . I always find myself in the Relentless pursuit of better ! Let’s Rock !!
I have always been fascinated or possibly even obsessed with the sounds of an electric guitar. One day while listening to one of my fathers’ Moody Blues albums as a young child, I decided I was going to learn to play one day.
Around the age of 15, I got my first guitar and immediately began teaching myself by playing along to my cassette tapes. I also took every opportunity I could to jam with other players and pick their brains.
I played in several bands in Massachusetts where I grew up mostly jamming/partying in basements with the occasional gig.
After moving to Florida in late 2009, I quickly noticed the thriving music scene with many opportunities for many different bands. After a 6 year hiatus from playing, I decided it was time to buy some gear and find a band. Within 2 weeks, I had found a band and have been a full time musician for the last 6 years.
I grew up in Philly in a very musical family, my sister played professional violin and the other sister played cello and everyone but me played piano. I begged and begged for a drum set when I was a teen but got sticks and a pad instead (not very inspiring) so I begged for and received guitar lessons. I played for years in a few bands but got busy with life and work and kinda took a break from playing but in the back of my mind I knew it was what I wanted to do.
So...once I started earning my own money I thought, well I always wanted to play drums, and I bought my own Tama rock-star set, only to discover I wasn’t very good! So I took a few lessons where they taught me to read drum music and I found my passion!!! I then realized my drums themselves didn’t sound good so I wasn’t very good. I needed a new set but didn’t know what brands were good. Luckily I settled on a Drum Workshop Electric Blue 6 piece maple set! Possibly the best decision of my life!
After that I decided to move to Florida and play full-time. It’s been an incredible journey with so many cool bands, great musicians, cool venues, and awesome people/fans! I’ve had the time of my life down here thru the years and love all y’all! I even started playing guitar again after 20 years off! It’s never too late! Rock on!