I am a Canadian woman, a singer-songwriter. I am a graduate of Berklee College of Music where I studied Jazz Composition and Performance. I studied under some exceptional teachers* and met many extraordinary musicians who became dear friends and collaborators. For quite a long time, I thought I was going to be a contemporary jazz singer. While I love jazz and spent many years of my life studying and performing it, I began my musical life listening to the music of great songwriters** and writing songs of my own. I love artful lyrics and melodies. I have returned to that now. It is where my heart lies, but also where my strengths lie.
I have two recordings available to you.
The first is called The Boston EP. It was recorded in February of 2014, a little over a month after I graduated from Berklee, in a lovely old studio in a snowy forest near Acton, Massachusetts. The songs were all written during my time at school, and as a result you will hear quite a heavy jazz influence. This was my first attempt at recording a body of work. I didn’t really know what I was doing. I like many parts of this album, and there are many things I would do differently now. It serves as a time stamp. I think “It Hurts” is pretty strong.
The second recording is called Quiet Songs. It was recorded in my friend’s home in Boston during the historic blizzards in February of 2015. I was craving a more live sound full of imperfections after my first studio-perfect, mistake-free EP. Quiet Songs was recorded live. It features my friend Alec Watson singing beautifully and playing piano thoughtfully, as well as my friend Ethan T. Parcell playing drums in a way no one else does. It was made quickly and cheaply. I like it!
Since the release of Quiet Songs in March of 2015, I have toured, I have travelled to Europe for artist residencies, I have made some paintings, I have taught music, and I have begun the painstaking process of writing a new album. You will hear these new songs soon. I am taking my time. I am trying to create something very good. It is hard work! But I am excited. Expect a new album by June of 2018.
*Alison Wedding, Diane Richardson, David Devoe, Peter Eldridge, Becca Stevens, Gretchen Parlato, Jetro da Silva, more…
**Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Justin Nozuka, Feist, Leonard Cohen, The Beatles, The Eagles, Elton John, more…