I was born in Manhattan, NY and spent my early years living near the UN. My dad, a professional jazz musician, and my mom, a secretary for CBS, raised me to love the city and to appreciate an eclectic blend of music. From an Emerson stereo with a record player, 8 track, and radio that I got for my 8th birthday, to a Gibson Nouveau that my mom helped me purchase in high school, to a Hardman baby grand destined for a land fill that ended up in my suburban living room... they all helped shape me or one could argue...save me. Me and music...it's been a lasting love affair.
I believe in taking chances, stretching to the limits of my comfort zone, and in being open to following my dreams - and I've had a few. One dream realized led to another and before I knew it, I was making an album with producer Johnny Black who has co-written and produced for international artists like Jessie J, Estelle, and Chris Daughtry. I've been a guest of music legend, Roseann Cash, at her brownstone in NY. She believed in my music and shared some industry contacts with me. (I may or may not have cried on her couch in that dream.) I earned a spot as a finalist in ASCAP's Jerry Ragavoy Writer's Workshop in NY and actually got chosen to attend the ASCAP Harold Adamson Writer's Workshop in Los Angeles. There I met and collaborated with Joaquin Howard, (John Legend,) who in turn introduced me to Mike Campbell, (A Great Big World/Christina Aguilera.) The result is some music I'm really proud of.
As the dreams continued to unfold, I opened a boutique music licensing firm, Sway Music Group, LLC. where I represented a roster of independent emerging artists looking to place their music in T.V., film, and advertising. I helped to foster their development, provided opportunities for collaboration, and in the process made some incredible music and friendships. I do think, however, that the most meaningful dream to date has been writing for and singing with my daughter on a track that will be debuting in an independent film in the near future. That kind of dream, you just can't beat.
It's been a beautiful life thus far and there are many dreams yet to unfold. I currently live with my husband and youngest son while my older son and daughter are off pursuing their own dreams in college. Their unwavering love and devotion make this all possible. They bring out my music within and inspire me every day.
Thanks for taking the time. Can't wait to share what's on the horizon.