How did this new album and overall concept for it come about, and what are your ultimate goals with it?
I had been working on this project for about 4 years. With this particular project, I wanted to tell a story about my life experiences through my music so there were a lot of songs that I wrote that didn’t make this project because I did not feel that they best represented the autobiographical musical content that best described those experiences. There is a rhyme and reason behind every tune on my project and every song is linked to the title, This Is My Life.
What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of recording a new album?
What I found most challenging is continuously writing and cutting songs that did not fit the vision for my project. Some songs were good but simply just got too old to my ear and I had grew out of them.
What in your life outside of your music drives you in a creative sense?
A myriad of things drive my creativity such as long drives, neighborhoods, family time, the ocean, etc. My creativity is driven through life experiences overall.
At what point in your life did you make the decision to become a professional musician and actually record your own albums?
I had always wanted to do my own solo project but when I was a preteen I dreamed of being a singer. As I got older, I realized that singing with my voice was not so much my thing but I translated my love of singing to an instrument that I love so much…the bass.
Is being one of the few prominent women performers mostly fulfilling, or do you find it to be a challenge?
I would have to say neither. Although I am well aware that there are many that equate gender with musical abilities I don’t pay attention to that. I work on being the best musician that I can be regardless of gender stereotypes or misconceptions.
What would be the most important piece of advice you’d impart to a young musician just starting out in the jazz/smooth jazz arena?
I would say this to ALL young musicians: BE AUTHENTIC!!! There is already a Brian Culbertson, Eric Darius, Gerald Albright, Marcus Miller, George Duke, George Benson, etc. It is important to have a road map when you are first starting out but instead of trying to be a clone of another artist focus on building yourself and being the best YOU that you can be.