Where I’m Coming From
Growing up in Newport, Rhode Island, I studied ballet, jazz, tap dance, and classical piano and went to every amazing Newport Jazz & Folk festival every summer, but my first 2 consuming loves were dance and groove music. I loved to sing but I HAD to dance. Coming to music through movement, I was the dancer in the family. But as great as that passion was, I secretly wanted to sing, dare I say, just like Ella. And then there were Memphis & Motown artists, Sam & Dave, Isaac Hayes, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Jimi, Billie, Bessie, The Stones, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Aretha, Rita Coolidge, Chaka, Marvin, Etta, Laura Nyro, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Steve Winwood, Luther, all singing, shouting, pleading in the simplest, sexiest, most elegant way and fueling my young fire. So the groove has been my king, lyric & melody my queen, and I continue to be their humble servant.