WHO AM I?
I’m a Motown girl!
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, music runs through my veins. My love for all things music is rooted in that Motown sound. My music education began on the floor of my mother’s bedroom, where I would sit and listen to old records of the greats – The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, and those tempting Temptations!
When it was time to make those studies a bit more formal than snacks and a record player, I headed to the National Treasure, Morgan State University. There I received both my Bachelor’s and Master’s in Music with a concentration in Classical Voice. During my matriculation, I performed worldwide in places such as Prague (Czech Republic), China, and Italy. I also was blessed enough to perform in such venues as Carnegie Hall and The Kennedy Center, and to be a part of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s performance tour of Bernstein Mass (Grammy-nominated for Best Classical Album). I knew early on I wanted to make music my career, but it wasn’t until I stumbled upon musical theatre that my heart exploded with passion. After joining the university’s spring musical Ragtime, I found the musical home where I belonged.
From classical choral to theatre, my career continued to flourish in Washington DC. I performed extensively in productions such as Les Misérables and The Color Purple, which earned me a Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Musical for my starring role as Celie. Then I hit the road and joined the The Color Purple National Tour, under the guidance of original Broadway director Gary Griffin.
Further highlighting my versatility and adaptability as a performer, I spent several seasons lighting up the stages internationally aboard cruise ships with Disney Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line - playing roles as diverse as Paulette in Legally Blonde and spending several years being the female vocalist for the world-renowned ballroom dance sensation, Burn the Floor.
In response to the quietness of the pandemic’s dark theaters, I continue to perform. I love to explore numerous musical genres and avenues, whether that be musical theatre and rock and roll, or commercial and entertainment bands. So nowadays, I produce and perform a full virtual series from my living room called Living Room Session. The series originated years ago as a live solo cabaret and has been featured on Norwegian Cruise Line and locally in New York. It has been an amazing transformation sending it from my home into the homes of others.
So what’s next?
Well, take a look around and stayed tuned…