What got you started in music? How old were you and what was your first instrument you learned?
I grew up surrounded my music. I was the youngest of seven kids, and everyone either sang or played an instrument. I started singing with my family in a nursing home around age four. When my parents bought our house, it came with two things—a giant rock in the basement and bulky player piano. They signed me up for piano lessons when they heard me picking out songs by ear when I was seven.
Briefly explain how you feel you have grown as an artist over time. Both in music and in acting!
I spent a lot of years working in the corporate world, doing what some would call a “real job”, so I think the biggest growth has been getting my head to the place of believing that I can make a living acting and doing music. Part of that meant learning to be less self-critical.
Who were some of your influences in music growing? Who do you listen to now?
Because I had so many older siblings, I had a wide range of influences. I practically wore out the needle on our record player listening to the Beatles’ The Red Album. Carol King, Billy Joel, Queen, The Doors, Ella Fitzgerald, Van Morrison, Nina Simone were some other favorites. I still like a wide range of music. Lately I’ve been listening to the French singer Albin De La Simone. It’s been a long time since I’ve been out of the country. I think I’m due!
What drew you to the roles you have played in theater and film?
I’m definitely drawn to playing strong, intelligent, independent women. I love that we’re starting to see more women in positions of power in TV and film.
Hiking, playing poker, going to the movies. And I do the crossword puzzle mostly every day.
What was the writing process like behind your single “Be What You Are”?
The title and chorus was inspired by words spoken by a Casting Director in an acting class I took several years ago. The rest of the song sort of wrote itself once I sat down at the piano. I was pretty jazzed up about leaving my corporate job to act and do music.
What are your plans for the rest of 2017?
Firehead will be released in September, so my plans revolve around supporting the CD—performing live in and around LA. We’re also releasing the music video for Be What You Are. I’d love to put out a couple more videos before year end.