Why am I so passionate about music?
From as far back as I can remember, music has played an integral role in shaping and inspiring the person and musician I am today. Songs I heard on the radio could transport me to places which all had a short story to tell. I was captivated by the feelings and emotions that I experienced hearing these songs & stories and would spend countless hours emulating every note, word, diction, inflection and rhythm in each song. One of the first songs I was moved by was “You Light Up My Life” by Debbie Boone. Little did I know that the “Light” was music and I would carry it inside me forever.
I started playing cello at age nine, and spent many willing hours learning how to make my cello sing and create a voice of her own. I quickly learned this love of music was in my blood. My Father was a singer and a trumpeter, and appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show as a member of the West Point Glee Club. It was there that he met his idol, Louis Armstrong, during the taping of that show. To this day, one of my Father’s sisters, Auntie Mert, still performs on stage playing mandolin at the young age of 95.
One night after moving to Colorado with my young family, I was singing karaoke for my Mother who has always loved to hear me sing.sing. A gentleman walked in to see and hear me performing a song and took a risk, and asked me if I wanted to be a part of his new & upcoming country band called BLACKSMITH. That was 20 years ago and here we are today with a lifelong medley of songs that I want to share with you.
So why am I so passionate about music? Once I started singing publicly, I could see the emotional effect my performance was having on the audience as it reflected the feelings I felt when I heard those same songs. Being able to accomplish this sharing of human emotions has become the ultimate goal and why I sing for you.