Influences & Inspiration
When I first learned to play guitar my original influence was Carly Simon. I also loved folk singers like James Taylor, Jim Croce and Simon & Garfunkle. And of course I love Elvis & the Beatles. Over the years as I explored other musical styles such as Motown, country, blues, gospel and R&B. I have been influenced by Patsy Cline, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt. I also have been a lead singer in a big band, where I learned to love the music of Ella Fitzgerald and other great jazz and big band singers. I also study voice (opera & musical theater) and I love Pavarotti (of course!), Kathleen Battle and Anna Netrebko. Recently I have been enjoying Adelle and other popular contemporary artists. As you can tell I really love a variety of musical styles. I just love listening to great singers! And I love to play piano and have many influences there as well.