It all started in the womb. I stirred, stumbled and somersaulted with excitement knowing that I would one day have the opportunity to sing and write music. Okay, that’s a bit of an overstatement, but it does feel as though I’ve always known I would do find a way to write and perform . . . and use it somehow to bring “good stuff” to the world.
I’m seventeen-years-old as of May 28. I live in Rochester Hills and I’ve recorded several songs, four of which are now on ITunes. My first ten-song album will debut in August, 2012. I play guitar, ukulele, some piano and banjo, and I’m learning the mandolin.
2012 came in with a bang for me. I had been dabbling with writing and recording songs, but when January hit, I took my five-song CD to the ‘street,” put my songs on ITunes, and things started to happen.
Right now, my goal is to gain as much performance and writing experience as i can. I do this through performing regularly at various venues in Michigan, including The Clansman Gaelic Pub in Lake Orion, Hepburn’s Crepe and Coffee and Caribou Coffee in Rochester Hills and two Max & Erma’s locations in Metro-Detroit. I’ve also been invited to perform at Stucchi’s Ice Cream in Ann Arbor during the Ann Arbor Art Fair, at Lily’s Seafood and Goldfish Tea in Royal Oak, and opened for Mandi Layne and the Lost Highway at Toby Keith’s Bar and Grill in April. To get the “big stage” experience, I performed at The “Lifted” Music Festival in Lansing, opened for Mandi Layne and the Lost Highway at Toby Keith’s Bar and Grill, and at a Teen Suicide Prevention fundraiser at the Emerald Theatre in Mount Clemens as one of six acts. I enjoy raising money for charities and recently performed at a Make-A-Wish fundraiser. I am also scheduled to perform at a Chrysler Corp. event during Woodward Dream Cruise in August, 2012. I often perform with Matt “Mattastic” Heim, a classmate at Rochester Adams High School, who plays both drums (cajon) and keyboard. I’ve recently added a guitarist, Johnny Posada, from St. Clair Shores, Mich.
A bit more about me . . . I auditioned for and was accepted to attend Interlochen Summer Camp for two summers (2010-2011), once for six weeks in the Vocal Soloist session and last summer in the Singer/Songwriter session. In 2010, I auditioned for and was chosen as a singer and dancer in the “Stars or Ballet and Broadway,” at the Detroit Music Hall, and was in the children’s chorus of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical, “Whistle Down the Wind,” at the Fisher Theatre in 2008.
I consider my successes to be that I have been able to continue to do well is school and balance a hectic performance schedule to work toward my end goal: to make a living writing and singing music that appeals to people. I hope to some day open a music and performance school in the Detroit area.