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BIO

I have worked professionally since I was 17 as a jazz - pop vocalist. My first gig was a concert at the Dock Street Theater in Charleston, SC, where I performed jazz (I was told it was the first time the theater hosted jazz) and then, as a headliner at the the Spoleto Jazz Festival with such artists as Clark Terry, Bucky Pizzarelli, Slam Stuart and Joe Williams. I attended college at the College of Charleston and Charleston Southern University where I obtained BA degrees in music and communications.

After graduating I moved to Atlanta, GA to pursue a career in the music business. I worked in a variety of club and concert settings in the Atlanta area and formed a booking agency that supplied a variety of artists and groups for corporate events and clubs in the Atlanta Area. I also had a vocal studio where I worked with up and coming vocalists. I was a featured artist at the Knoxville, TN Worlds Fair where I was booked for the entire six-month period at the “Candy Factory”. I then returned to Atlanta and completed my first album, "Me and You".

After the release of this album, I was signed by an agency out of Cleveland and spent the next two years on the road, traveling throughout the United States and Canada. During this time I was featured on NBC Monday Night Baseball performing the National Anthem and a variety of regional talk shows, and jazz clubs throughout the US. I also recorded my second album, "It Don't Mean A Thing".

After the tour, I returned to Charleston and wrote and performed a show for Piccolo Spoleto called "Up, Up and Away". I then went to work for Louis Osteen and Louis' Charleston Grill at the Omni Hotel / Charleston Place. I sang there for a decade, five nights a week and was responsible for hiring musicians. I was also an Artist in Residence for the South Carolina Arts Commission during this period. I conducted residencies throughout the state teaching the history of jazz and singer workshops. I also was a performing artist for the Commission and appeared with my jazz trio at a variety of concerts and public performances.

I recorded my third album with an artist grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission entitled "Forever and A Day". The album received critical acclaim in the jazz community and produced a variety of club concert bookings throughout the mid-west. I was booked as an opening act for Mel Torme and Concord recording artist, Karrin Allyson. I was awarded a scholarship through the University of Massachusetts to attend a workshop called Jazz In July where I was featured in concert with Shelia Jordan, Max Roach and Dr. Billy Taylor.

In 2000 I moved to Seattle, WA where I worked in a variety of concert and club settings. I recorded my fourth album called 'Girl On The Side' with the Eric Verlinde Trio. I opened a vocal studio in Seattle as well, and I also had a short-run CD Duplication company, which provided many of the artists in Seattle with cover art and duplications of their albums at prices they could afford.

One of the venues I worked on a regular basis was called Serifina. The owner was a breast cancer survivor and she wanted to find a way to help women with breast cancer who were underinsured or impoverished, pay their medical bills. We worked together and got Seattle artists to donate tracks from their albums and created a compilation CD, the cover art, and duplicated the CD. The album is called "Serifina" and all of the proceeds go to support these women during their ordeal. The album is still serving as a fund-raiser for this very important work.