Birthdate - March 3, 1963
Birthplace - Newport, Arkansas
Curent Residence - Jonesboro, Arkansas
I began singing in public at the age of 15 in my hometown of Newport,
Arkansas. I always sang, my Dad said I started singing when I was two.
Dad listened to the Supremes, Jackie Wilson, and Aretha Franklin so
these were some of my earliest influences.
My Mom listened to Loretta Lynn, Lynne Anderson, and Donna Fargo. Later
my influences were Barbara Streisand, Donna Summer, and Linda Ronstadt.
I sang a lot during high school, in the choir, and in community events.
When I was sixteen I was a contestant in The Miss Jackson County Pagent
in Newport. This was probably my first big public solo. I got a
standing ovation and it felt wonderful. I knew that this was something
I wanted to do.
After high school I went on to Arkansas State University where I earned
a Bachelor's degree in Radio/TV. I was Cultural Enrichment Coordinator
for the Student Union Board. The most fun I had was putting on the big
extravaganza events. I did a Gospel Extravaganza, which brought in
several regional choirs to perform. I also worked the concerts at the
old field house at ASU. I got to work with The Barkays, The Pointer
Sisters, and TG Shepherd.
My voice is a husky alto and I enjoy singing those Jazzy Blues and
old school Rhythm and Blues songs. Lately I have been doing The Thrill
is Gone which is tradtitionally a male number but I found it works for
me and is particularly effective when I work it as a duet with Aaron
Love who is my singing partner in the TV Band. We were doing the song
before BB recorded it with Tracy Chapman.
I continuously develop repertoire. I like to include rhythm and blues in
my performances when I can. I also like to give a new twist to old