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I wrote my first, and last, song when I was four years old. It was called, "Because No." I pretty much loved that song. It reflected the true matters of my heart at four. Even though my song writing never really got off the ground, it became clear early on that I had music in me.
Growing up I had 3 records: Judy Garland Live at Carnegie Hall, Barbara Streisand's Color Me Barbara, and Dean Martin Christmas. I memorized every word of every song.
I've sung in countless choirs and vocal jazz ensembles in college and at the University level and was fortunate enough to earn a spot in the first vocal jazz ensemble at Central Washington University under the direction of John Moawad. That was a great experience and learned a lot under his direction. I was featured in Somewhere Over the Rainbow at Yakima Valley Communtiy College and in Some Of These Days at Central. We toured high schools and colleges in the Pacific Northwest for 2 years.
I have been asked back to the Ellensburg Rodeo for more than 14 years to sing the National Anthem to a crowd of 10,000 and have honored local Veterans for 32 years on Memorial Days in Roslyn as part of their tribute to fallen Vets. I introduced A Living Tribute to Patsy Cline ten years ago at the Kittitas County Fair and have toured much of Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington with the show since that time.
How did I end up with a gig as as Patsy Cline Tribute Artist? I don't even know. It just kind of fell into my lap. But I was ready for it, and I embraced it.
I read somewhere that "there are 3 things in life that once gone you can never get back: time, words, and opportunity." Singing Patsy Cline has been one of those opportunities for me. The fact that I get to do it in a wig and vintage clothing is a bonus.
My show highlights numerous hits from Cline's life... from her arrival in New York in 1957 with Walkin' After Midnight to her all time biggest from Nashville in 1961, Willie Nelson's Crazy, and all of those much loved songs in-between. See you at the Fair!