"...beautiful, complex... makes each lesson feel like a promise..."
-Karla Peterson, San Diego Union Tribune
"...simultaneously heart-rending and incredibly empowering."
-Barbara Rutherford, National Call to Action
"...a consistent standout... steeped in tradition but not bound to it."
-George Varga, San Diego Union
"...indigo pool of thoughtfully conceived reflections..."
-John D'Agostino, Taylor Guitars/NCTimes
"This one knocks me out...
I'm raving and I know it."
-Mike Keneally, Guitar God/San Diego Reader
I have been a singing, song-writing, guitar playing performer and recording artist for a very long time. I've played in front of thousands, and also done my share of gigs in competition with a noisy drunk or espresso machine. Some of my music has been used in film and television, and I've won an award or two. Mostly I play because my soul insists that I do. Like the world in general, I find I need music today more than ever.
I got my first paying gig at 14, at a vegetarian restaurant on the Ohio State campus. $25 and some real fine banana bread.
I can still taste it.
I started writing songs in high school and playing music with a bunch of very talented friends. I was so lucky to come up where and when I did;-).
Majored in fine art and played in a bluegrass band in college, until I dropped out and moved to Alaska. There I lived simply and had all the time in the world to snatch songs out of the air, sitting by the fire or a mountain stream.
Went home for Christmas one year and landed in the Willie Phoenix Band, signed with A&M records. We toured, playing arenas and low down bars. Rock and roll glory and despair.
Finally I landed in San Diego, where I joined a magical band called Bordertown. Ask George Varga. We were a good time, and stayed together for over twenty years. Music, for me, has always been about collaboration, and that's what we did best. We're spread across the country now, but will still play together whenever we get the chance.
I have been married twice and raised four amazing children. Never stopped playing, but once I was a mother, my focus shifted. In 2000, I switched up my musical ambition to Making a Difference for Kids and shared my Journey to Wholeness Project with survivors of child abuse across the U.S. Was proud to play at the Surgeon General's Summit on Child Abuse Prevention in 2006.
Fell into a job teaching elementary school music for a few years after that, and though it was theoretically wonderful, I now know why there are crazy, angry music teachers. God bless them, and all teachers everywhere! You are superheroes!
Lately my life has completely exploded, yet I find I'm still alive, and the music as vital as ever. In fact, new songs are coming through, strong and true, and I feel an urgency to get out there and play them. So that's what I'm going to do. Yippee!