...with cream, no sugar
Although it is fitting to categorize myself as a folk-singer-songwriter, I prefer to call myself a storyteller. Here's a bit of the backstory to own tale:
I grew up in Holland, Michigan in the 1980's, in a musical household. My dad wrote songs and my mom taught my sister and me to harmonize with each other (though there was always much discord over the use of the bathroom).
The young years flowed by creatively: musical theatre, a touring madrigals group, and thought-provoking Bible Study. While attending Calvin College, I honed the craft of story as an English major and improvisational theatre actor. It was there where I also taught myself to play guitar and started taking songwriting seriously.
After school, I began to wander, always in pursuit of The Story. I got fired from my first job out of college for turning the office fodder into scathing comics I'd email to my boyfriend from the company computer. I know. it was a learning experience.
The following are word associations with various places I've managed to survive:
Holland, MI = Marching bands, Big Red, The Fire
Grand Rapids, MI= Curried Eggs and Coffee, Beer
Lincoln, OR = Mountains, Conversations, Leonard Cohen
The Woods, WI = Mosquitoes, Canoes...yup
Philadelphia, PA = Cockroaches, Apple Computers, Pot
South Jersey = Traffic, McMansions, Red sauce
New York City = The Underground, Books, Rendezvous
Woodstock, NY = Witches, Wombs, Records
Brattleboro, VT = Weezer, Farms, Dick (no, not...)
Victoria, BC = Fog horns, Dog poop, Prayer
A career highlight came while living in Woodstock: I had the amazing opportunity to record with the inimitable Julie Last. I've recorded 3 additional studio albums, as well as countless self-produced singles. Another musical moment I treasure is the time I spent in Nashville with the Nashville Christian Songwriters collective. (I'll be back, Y'all!)
Since 2017, I've been on Vancouver Island where I work as a Music Director at a grassroots church, through which I write and sing my own spiritual songs. I enjoy hiking the incredible landscapes, working at Thee Quintessential general store, participating as a member of an intentional Christ-centered urban community, spending quality time in my home studio loft, laughing with my 9-yr-old son, and teasing my cat, Mario.
Indie Folk Artist in British Columbia