While growing up in Ohio, I started taking classical piano and theory lessons at age 5 and continued formal piano studies for 7 years. At that same time, I began singing with a church choir. Years later, I used my knowledge of piano and vocals to begin teaching myself guitar and later took private guitar lessons at the Mike Risko Music School in New York.
I received Bachelors and Masters degrees in what I consider another form of music: learning language and the various expressions of it. Starting in 2003, my experiences began in New York and then California, working with students in grades pre-K through college in Spanish and English-teaching, tutoring, and mentoring. During that time, I incorporated music and song into lessons while also working on lyrics, composition and performance of my songs.
In 2017, I received a certificate in Audio and Recording Production from Sonoma State University, which has allowed me to record and mix music and help with sound for live events.
The new songs released in 2020 represent layered sounds enveloped in stories of freedom and elemental connections that I’ve been wanting to explore for a while.