I belong to the Music A&R group TAXI, where I pitch music for upcoming projects, and today when I was on the site uploading some new music, they had a new interview section for artists to fill out.
The questions were very good, so I thought I’d share the questions and my answers here.
What made you realize that music was your path?
Ever since I was young, I was drawn to it. I could sit for hours and listen to music, especially the heartfelt songs that told stories; singer songwriters and musical theater.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
I’m a storyteller and my music cuts across many genres. Melodic & lyric-intensive. Every song is a story or a poem told through music.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
Annie Lennox, Alanis Morissette, Joni Mitchell, Eckert Tolle, Elton John, Billy Joel, Leonard Bernstein, Tori Amos, Stevie Wonder, Jacques Brel, Ravel
What makes your music unique?
My musical influences, my approach to the piano, and my unique perspective as an artist. I began my musical career as an aspiring concert pianist, but then my performing career took a back seat to my marriage, and raising my family in the suburbs. (Although, during that time, I wrote songs with my husband for others, including hit songs for Kathy Sledge and Mickey Mouse).
When I turned 42, I jumped into the ring on my own as a singer/songwriter, telling the truth of my own experiences in my songs. People related. I’ve been singing, writing and touring ever since.
Has there been one particular moment in your musical career that you’re most proud of?
The release of my first solo CD in 2001: “Wolves at My Door.” I did it!
What’s next for you?
I’m just finishing up work on my fourth production CD, “Phoenix”. I have some touring coming up and a new one-woman show opening this summer at the Herberger Theater in Phoenix. I’m looking forward to getting back in the studio again before the end of the year, with even newer material.