I'm really fortunate to have known what I wanted to do with my life from a very young age. I started playing music and writing songs as a young kid, and by the time I was in high school I had already understood that I wanted to run a business around my creative passion. I started my record label, Living Dream Music, when I was only 16 years old and I have built my business DIY-style from the ground up to what it is today. Since my love for music was so strong and I was already performing regularly, many people in my circle thought I would major in music when I went to college. I took some music classes and gained a lot of experience outside of school with playing live, however, I knew that I wanted to concentrate on communications and business courses to get the best education I could in running my own business. This path helped mold me into the business-minded woman that I am, while still retaining my musical drive, which has kept me motivated as an independent business professional doing what I love.
I recently released my seventh full-length album, Follow Your Heart, which I was fortunate to record with my dream musicians, including the Magik*Magik Orchestra, and I consistently tour the country, with regular trips to Music City, Nashville. I've been named a Music Connection Magazine Top 100 Live Unsigned Artist, awarded Songwriter of the Year from Songsalive!, and recently featured in a full-page GUITAR PLAYER magazine article. Also, this past year I have become a voting member of The Recording Academy (GRAMMYs). With the release of my new album, I was named a 'Successful Business Woman' by the National Association of Women On The Rise and interviewed by Sylvia Browder on her blog for women entrepreneurs. I've also taken up blogging and have written many guest blogs in the field of the music industry for indie artists, women in business, etc., and on love and relationships, including how to manage a career with a relationship and how women can have it all.
Throughout my career, I have learned through experience that being a successful woman is definitely something to be proud of. I'm honored to be a member of the National Association of Professional Women because it's a great community of businesswomen who clearly support and empower each other. I'm interested in networking with other business owners and professional women who may be involved in the music industry, public relations, and other areas of expertise that relate to my business, in the San Francisco chapter (where I am based) as well as the other chapters throughout the country. When I'm not writing/playing music, blogging and running my business, some of my hobbies include reading, spending time with my husband, and learning about nutrition and healthy cooking.