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 knew how to swing Baby It's Cold Outside at ten.
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 24 years on Memorial Days in Roslyn as part of their tribute to fallen Vets. I introduced A Living Tribute to Patsy Cline last fall at the Kittitas County Fair and this February filled the Clymer Art Museum in Ellensburg for Spirit of the West. I will be back at Ellensburg's Fair this fall and will also appear at the Grant County Fair in August.
How did I end up with a gig at 42 as Patsy Cline Tribute Artist? I don't even know. It just kind of fell into my lap. But the good news is that I was ready for it, and I'm embracing it. I've had all of the love and support from friends and family that I could hope for and I'm grateful.
I read somewhere that "there are 3 things in life that once gone you can never get back: time, words, and opportunity." This has been like one of those opportunities for me. The fact that I get to do it in a wig and vintage clothing is only 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.