I am an acoustic singer-songwriter from the midwest who has found that music has not only been exciting in and of itself, but is also a great way for me to connect with and express my own feelings and to convey to others a sense of value and hope for the future.
Even as a little girl I was musically inclined: singing in the car with family, at church, and in local talent contests. Through high school I was very involved in both band and choir, and in college I graduated with a music performance and composition degree from the College of St. Benedict. Since then I have been involved in church music, open mic nights, and have played in various community contexts. I started to do coffee shops and open mics when I lived in the cities from about 2008 to 2018. I was active in leading worship in a few churches and loved to get out to parks and play.
Writing has been a big part of my musical journey. Since 2008 I have probably averaged writing a song or so a week and typically finds some of the most spiritually connected moments of the week during my “music and writing” time.
My current main medium is my voice and my acoustic steel-string guitar. I have a folky almost country sound with occasional hints of jazz or r&b type rhythms. Instrumentally I use syncopation, driving rhythms, and a lot of arpeggiation depending on the feeling I am going for.
Lyrically I often use metaphors, parables, and rich sensory language. I have found that abstract ideas can become more tangible and powerful when you can connect them to real experiences, so I try to couch ideas in real life situations. The tone of the music and lyrics can range from sweet and mellow to passionate and gritty.
I released my first EP in 2016 called Dear Hero. Ben Johnson with Mighty Meerkat Productions recorded and mastered it and we actually did the recording in the party room of my prior apartment building. It was a lot of work, but a good first recording attempt. The CD is a storybook type compilation with some metaphorical language and more clear presentation of the topic at hand: love.
The main metaphor the CD revolves around is the idea of a woman communicating with her love, her hero (hence the title). This is a metaphor, and a powerful one, that refers to the relationship between Christ and the church.
As someone who grew up religious but didn't really connect with God till a later age or understand that He loved me everyday and wasn't just a big guy in the sky looking to punish me, I feel it important to help others to try to grasp and even to hunger to understand the "I would live and die for your benefit kind of love". I want people to be connected through Christ to the love of God and to run after it passionately. I hope that this CD and other music I share in the future can be a vehicle to help facilitate that.