300 songs later, with songs slips saved in an altoid box, I joined a band. A hip hop band called “Money n’ Lovin”. And that’s when it started…the confidence, boldness to sing and perform.
I’d never sang in front of a crowd of people. It didn’t matter. It was the sure fearlessness that made me reach deep within to just perform.
I was mentored by many musicians and singers in Portland. They took me under their wing and I was incredibly grateful.
It’s really quite amazing how you let life show its colors and what it can do for you if you have the right spirit.
I was open to the universe! Whatever it had for me. So, strange…just when you think you’re about to throw in the towel the universe speaks.
Fast forwarding 5 years into my career, I get the chance of a lifetime to sing backgrounds and be mentored by Prince. This completely changed me. Changed the way I looked at music, felt music and saw how much influence it had. I was thankful for his patience and his push for me to take chances. Those chances lead me to the opportunity to open for HEART at the Hollywood Bowl!
Hollywood Bowl is where it all unfolded for me and my guitar player Ryan Waters. We were losing our minds trying to figure out how in the heck did this happen!! I was overwhelmed, overjoyed and just stunned!! These are the Queens of Rock ’n’ Roll. These women are not afraid to get gritty and loud! I grew up listening to them and I was beyond honored to be doing this show.
Well, it didn’t just end there. I had to meet Nancy! She’s a badass period. And laid back at the same time. I was blown away by her spirit and the bands spirit! I had to meet her.
We finally met up and chatted for a bit. As I was about to leave she said, “Let’s keep in touch…let’s not be one of those people who say we’ll do lunch and then never meet up”. Since then I made sure to keep in touch. I started to send her some of my new music to get her opinion and we just kept in contact. I wanted to do a Rock ’n’ Roll record and the ideas started rolling.
We finally put our words into action!!
I met with other members of the band…Chris Joyner, Dan and Ben and it was pure magic when we sat down the first time and played. What I absolutely love most about this unit is that we have respect for each other as musicians. We all come from various backgrounds and thats what makes this unit unique.
We are actually doing this!!
I’m getting to write, record and sing with Nancy and this amazing band. And the chemistry is unreal! This is meant to be!
This is just the beginning….
Can you believe it? We are Roadcase Royale! Ha!