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How did you get into music?

I come from a family of musicians and singers who appreciate various styles of music, but particularly soul, R&B, and gospel music. My parents would play Sade, Phoebe Snow, Grover Washington Jr., Lonnie Listen Smith, Kenny G along with other smooth jazz artists around the house when I was younger. I spent much of my middle and high school years in my room listening to the soft rock radio stations. Artists like Christopher Cross, Journey, Bread, and Ambrosia really captured my attention musically and would later inspire me when began composing my own songs. I started taking guitar lessons at age 19 and writing songs at 22. I began to realize that music could have a tremendous impact on people in ways that other forms of expression cannot. There is a connection that you feel when you hear a song that speaks directly to you personally or your life’s situation. I wanted to capture people’s ears and hearts with my songs the way the music I grew up on resonated with me. Songwriting allows me to express my emotions and thoughts on life and has become a way to connect with people on a deeper level.

What is the concept behind your album
“Bruises to Bouquet”?


Bruises to Bouquet is a concept album about finding love. I drew from my personal experiences and emotions to create a comprehensive concept. The album chronicles the experience of a woman who goes from an unhealthy, abusive relationship to recognizing her own flaws and finally finding her own self-worth, which ultimately frees her heart emotionally and spiritually to find love. Abuse in a relationship can be physical, verbal, or emotional and I felt it was important to address these topics on the album because I know firsthand that who we choose to love dramatically affects the quality of our lives. When we find self-worth, then we can begin the process of finding love.

What is your favorite line from a song you did not write?

"We are stardust, we are golden, and we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." ~ Joni Mitchell