Joy in April

The past few weeks have been busy and fun!  I had a great time this past weekend doing a fill-in date with Tenore ( in Ft. Myers, FL. They are an amazing group, and we had a blast… limo ride and all! 

The week before several of us joined Alex Zsolt at Miller Piano in Franklin, TN.  Kirk Dearman, Jessica Mack, and Eric Bikales set the bar high that night.  I sang Pie Jesu which will be featured on my upcoming record. I also sang a version Joy To The World arranged by Kirk Dearman. Although it was an unexpected song for April, it was arranged in such a way that it made for a beautiful spring song selection.

Up until this afternoon, I was going to Washington DC this week for a Verizon conference.  It was sadly cancelled.  At that conference I was going to have the opportunity to try out some new genres of music.  Selections from the Grateful Dead, Eddie Vedder, and Lynyrd Skynyrd were on the set's always fun to try new things.  Oh well, maybe next time.

Tyler Michael Smith and I are continuing to work on the orchestrations for my next record, and I cannot wait to share them with everyone.  I am so excited about how things are coming along. 

Valentine’s Day Reflections

I heard a song last year called “Slow” written by Tyler Hayes Rueff.  There is a line in that song that reads,I’m feeling so thankful for every man who let you go. Now they're missing all the beautiful I see.”   When I heard that line for the first time, I stopped dead in my tracks.  That doesn’t happen very often to me when I hear new music.  Why did it hit me so hard?  Because in that moment, I realized how thankful I was for my Lisa.  Deeply thankful.  So why are music and love such close partners?  I have always said that music is a "can opener to the soul," and it can open doors in you that haven’t been opened in a long time.  You enter that deep place where love and hope reside, as well as, where dreams are formed.  Music is truly a key to a door.  Music, and poetry alike, is the language that our hearts speak.  Music is a wild and un-tame language that few learn to master but that all speak in some way.  It is universal, and I love the fact that when our words fail we are able to use someone else’s… through a song.  Music and love can be very separate, but when they come together in perfect harmony, there is nothing more powerful.


Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.  If you don’t have a special someone right now, make time with your friends, family, and children and tell them how much they mean to you.  


Here are 3 simple ways to show your love:


1.  Give an extra-long hug or hold hands.

Sometimes simple gestures, like a hug or holding hands, go a long way.


2.  Choose “your song,” if you haven’t already. If you have, listen to it again together.

Sometimes someone else’s words express what is in our hearts better than we can.


3.  Write a short note expressing your love.

Whether you are expressing your undying love or simply acknowledging how thankful you are, write it down.  Don’t keep your loving words to yourself, share them.


Fire and Ice drops today!

An exciting day - My first Children's book titled "The Very Scary Noise in the Trunk" about two British Mice (brothers) named Fire and Ice drops today! It has been such a fun process to write, work with the illustrator and the publisher -   -   I am so glad I get to be creative and share it with so many.  Hope you enjoy it!

A busy week

So this week has been all about recording vocals and a finishing up a children’s book series of mine called FIRE AND ICE “The Very Scary Noise in the Trunk”.    Chris Eaton was back in town so I had to squeeze in finishing up vocals as well as give my publisher the go-ahead to print the book.  Was such a fun week and I’m so excited to share both of the projects with everyone soon!  Those who read my blog will get to see this spoof video now:

Places to sing...

People often ask me where I sing and where some of my favorite places are to sing.  I have had the opportunity to sing on some really amazing stages, for thousands of people and for just a few people in someone’s home.  To be honest, one of my favorite places to sing are at weddings.  I love weddings and when I get to work with the bride and groom on the song selection it always ends with an amazing experience.  Weddings are filled with people who are excited and all emotions are running high… then I get to step up and pull the tears right out of them!  Love weddings.

The House That Music Built: A Night of Music and Storytelling

So this week I’m preparing to sing at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.  Sunday Oct 4th -  I’ll be singing a song called One Voice that was originally recorded by Barry Manilow and also The Lord’s Prayer arranged by Chris Eaton.  (I recorded this as well in England back in July) The Nashville Choir along with Keith and Kristyn Getty and so many more will be featured.  What an honor to be a part!


I’d like to welcome you to my first blog on my redesigned website!  A special thanks to my friend, Allan Wright, for helping build this site.  

I have recently started working on a new record with Chris Eaton - - and last month had the honor of recording vocals at his studio in England.  We will be tracking the strings this fall and I can’t wait to share more with you.  The creative process is so much fun for me and I’m glad you stopped by for a visit. Please come back soon for updates!