I don't know exactly when it started, but ever since I can remember I was writing lyrics and melodies. My parents put me in organ lessons as a child and when high school started I decided the organ was 'uncool' and took my father's advice to play the guitar. I pretended to read the music for my teachers but I only played by ear- it seemed like a lot less effort at the time. I only wish I could read music now!! It wasn't until I was 17 and won a contest to sing to a sold-out stadium on Shania Twain's stage that I knew what I was meant to do was sing, entertain and follow my dreams as a musician. People always ask who my influences are, and I'd have to say Sheryl Crow, Holly McNarland, Alanis Morrisette, Emm Gryner, Tegan And Sara, Sara Harmer and The Stars. I still have a hard time with describing the 'genre' of my music. What is a 'genre' anyways these days? How can Eminem, Britney Spears and Sheryl Crow all be classified as pop? I hate the word 'genre' or 'type'. I would like people just to listen to the music and formulate their own opinions before stereotyping a 'genre' that you happen to be classified in!!! Anyways, back to the bio. After spending a lot of time and money on studio work, I started to realize my music was sounding like every other song on the radio - over-produced. This is why 'Livin' Here' was recorded at home. Kris Ruston and I recorded the entire album on a Roland VS880 and it sounds amazing. Kris is a musical genius, and can probably play any instrument handed to him in reverse. There is definitely an organic and natural sound on the album, something we don't hear that often anymore. The artwork and design was created by 'Eye Teasers' in Vancouver. Eye Teasers also work names such as Bif Naked. Livin' Here is my favorite recording project I've done thus far. In 1999, I recorded a three-song EP with Terra Grimard, a very talented jazz musician who now plays the jazz scene in Vancouver. Then in 2001 there was a four-song EP recorded at Small World Studio's in Kamloops. It wasn't until the summer of 2004 that I released my first album 'Livin' Here'. It's an album about change in environment, influences and growing up. It was about the growth in myself and the changes I went through when I left my hometown to work in Vancouver. The years 2004 and 2005 were spent touring and promoting throughout British Columbia and Alberta. I love playing live. It's probably the best therapy any doctor can prescribe. Loving what you do makes you a better, truer person. After about a year of writer's block, the urge to write has struck me again. It all began when it started to get cold this winter and words started to flow out of my mind and onto paper. Maybe I was wrong, writing is the best therapy a doctor can prescribe. I'll be recording a new album in the New Year and hope to release the CD by late spring or early summer 2006. I'm hoping to plan a large tour for this album, maybe across Canada this time. I thank all my fans in Kamloops and everywhere else for their dedication and support in coming out to all the shows and buying CD's. Without any of you, the ride could never have been this fun so far. Hope to see you all in the New Year.