How did this new album and overall concept for it come about, and what are your ultimate goals with it?
I’m very proud of this album. I co-wrote two songs on it, (My first two song writing efforts), co-arranged many of the standards we chose, and was very involved with shaping every element of the album. It’s a mood piece--Passionate, optimistic, sexy, clever and dreamy. This album encapsulates where I am in my life right now. The place I have grown to as an artist that is becoming more and more comfortable expressing her authentic voice. I am in a stage of constant discovery that I hope never ends… It’s full of surprises, great joy, sometimes frustration and pain, but ultimately great freedom and passion and satisfaction. This is truly Where I Wanna be.
What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of recording a new album?
I actually love the recording process beginning to end. From creating and honing the arrangements, to choosing the instrumentation and personnel, to actually seeing all the elements of our “Mind-Heart Child” come together on the recording days. It is exhilarating to see what each artist brings to our arrangements and how they all work together. And to sing these creations. However, I think the most challenging aspect is deciding which tracks to use on the final product. Usually there are so many great takes with just a little bit different expression or energy to them. It’s hard to choose between them!
How would you describe what inspires you to do what you do?
I do what I do because it is second nature to me. I sing and I create because I must. I soothe and heal myself daily by using my voice. And I share my song with others for the same reason – to soothe, heal, inspire and connect with others. I think the inspiration, for me, is the interconnection that comes from reaching another person with the emotion I am communicating in my song or with the sound of my voice. I love that moment when I can see during a live performance when someone is touched by what I am singing… or that I have provoked a memory of something that stirs them. We all desire to be seen, to be heard, I believe, because most of us on a very core level desire to be touched and in connection. I’m inspired by my need to connect, to share, to express.
What elements do you look for in a song that makes it especially satisfying for you to perform?
I like a song that creates emotional pictures…. There always needs to be something for me to grab hold of emotionally—whether it is expressing deep despair, great joy, or undying passion… or a sexy invitation. (heehee). A song is a communication to me. So, I look for songs that can be a vehicle for me to communicate an emotion or an idea that resonates with me… or that I find interesting to share. I also like the music to be harmonically lush… and melodically pleasing. And I like for the arrangements to be fresh and engaging.
What in your life outside of your music drives you in a creative sense?
Almost everything drives me creatively. I am blessed to live my life from the vantage point of an artist, where every experience is seen and felt through that “lens”… so I am driven by my frustrations, by the things that make me laugh--- very much so by what makes me laugh---, by my loves, by the experiences of my friends, family… all of it.
What are you most proud of at this point in your life and career?
My sense of humor and my Fortitude—the ability to remain focused and not give up even in the midst of great obstacles… and my commitment to the discovery of my authentic voice. The more comfortable I am in my skin, the truer my expression becomes. My artistry is an extension of that. I am a better artist everyday because of that commitment to expressing what is in my heart. (That is where My moniker, MyHeartsong, comes from). And this new album—THIS IS WHERE I WANNA BE— is an embodiment of that.
How would you finish this sentence? “I don’t like to go a day without ______”
“I don’t like to go a day without a song”
What’s your favorite non-music activity?
I love a great foot massage! Sounds silly, but it’s so nurturing and sensual at the same time. I get one every week. I love to travel—see new places, adventure around. I love going to see live theater—frequent trips to Broadway are a must …and I LOVE DOING ANYTHING that make me feel like a QUEEN. I call it my Queen Time! SO, massages, luxury dinners, spa dates, long baths, shopping, traveling in style are all included in my Queen Time…. I love hanging with friends, walking on the beach, going to the movies, museums… Other than my Queen Complex, I’m pretty normal!
When the times arise for you give back for the success and abundance you enjoy, what kinds of opportunities do you look for?
I work with a charity called Giving Music. We travel around bringing live music to convalescent homes in the greater Los Angeles Area. We do this year round… but very heavily during all of the Holiday Seasons. It is so important to bring music to serve and nurture our elderly. It is amazing to see the light in their eyes when you begin performing an old familiar standard that reminds them of a special time in their lives. We go to some of these locations repeatedly… and we often see how certain patients improve and come out of their shells more and more each time we return. In fact, many of them get so excited they join the band on stage for a song or two. It’s great.