When did you first start singing?
I’m told that I’ve been singing every day since I’m 2 years old. I drove my family nuts at some point! I started nursery rhymes as of 2 years old, followed by Disney movie songs as of 3. Because I already played the piano I started experimenting and harmonizing as of 6 or 7. Then when I was 8, the “official” voice lessons began.
What did your family/friends/teachers do to encourage you?
My parents often played Glenn Miller, Big Band, Swing type songs along with Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin. My family always let me sing my little heart out. I’ve been performing in front of many audiences both big and small since I’m about 8 years old. At first I was stiff as a board, no smile and no eye contact, but over the years and help with coaching and teachers I’ve learned to loosen up and realize that I really love what I do and I shouldn’t be ashamed or intimidated by anyone in the audience. If they don’t like it then they can always leave; however, if they do enjoy it then we get to share our mutual joy in music. I’ve been a member of the JazzKidz band playing the alto and tenor saxophone and of course singing as well.
Where would you most like to perform?
La Scala and/or Broadway!
Where have you performed already?
Twice at the Montreal International Jazz Festival and once with Dr Oliver Jones, Los Angeles Jazz festival, Frank Sinatra’s house in Palm Springs, Queen Mary Steamship, Celebrity Cruise Ship – Solstice, PBS TV studio, Montreal Blues Festival, “Cap d’été” French TV series, Royal Victoria Hospital, Children’s Hospital, MSO new concert hall, Oscar Peterson Hall and now – Carnegie Hall!