First to Last
Life interferes while you're busy making plans, which is why I'm just starting out after blankety-blank years of not being able to produce my music; but here I am and I'm not going anywhere but straight to the top. I'm so very happy to be finally recording and playing and singing my music, and I hope to be fitting into many genres, not just one or two. One goal I set for myself many years ago was to be versatile, and I think I've accomplished that. My first album here, First To Last, is a mixture of pop, latin jazz, world, disco, even folk, and a lot of jazz. I just decided to put many sounds into one album because that's the way I write, so even I don't pigeon hole myself (although I consider myself a pop song writer). And when I sing I like to incorporate many styles, especially the blues, because that's where it's at for me, even though my training was classical and operatic. I love many different singers like Laura Nyro, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Connie Francis, k.d. lang, Doris Day, Cher (more than one person says I sound like Cher), and locally, Sheila Landis and Thornetta Davis. My dream would be to sing with Barbra Streisand, k.d. lang, Connie Francis, or everyone's favorite, Cher. I would also like to sing in front of a full orchestra, because I tend to think of some of my song arrangements that way. I'm grateful to my co-producer, Rick Matle, for helping me find the right musicians and the right sounds for this album's contents, so I could have the 'full' sound I was going for.