With love from Portland, OR

What was supposed to be a quick escape from Los Angeles to the wonderfully cold & rainy Portland, OR has become much more than that.  I've reconnected with old friends, made new ones, met people from all over the world that transplanted here in search of a simpler, quieter life and I've had the opportunity to play a super special live show w/ talented musician Gyasi Ross. Don't even get me started on the amazing soul bands that performed in this city to celebrate Prince.  Can you believe it's now been one year since his passing? I can't.  

I've already begun to write a love song about this city and I'm more clear than ever that music is my thing.  It's THE thing.  I'm ready to get back into the studio and start recording my new body of work for you.  Stay tuned for updates and check out upcoming shows in Los Angeles & all over the US.  

Here are some photos from my recent Hotel Cafe show..


"In My Bones" Album Release Show

The show was a success!  Thank you to everyone that was there to support and to those that sent their love from afar.  It truly meant alot to stand up on that stage and share my whole heart with you. 

Photos by:  Ben Steinberger

community in music

This past week at Room 5, I had the opportunity to play a beautiful show with a few of my most incredibly talented musician friends and the feeling that has taken over me is one of gratitude and amazement.  Something I am feeling very clear on is how blessed I am to have such an amazing community of people around me that have never ceased to support me as an artist.   With that being said, this is just the beginning...  I'll be posting new show dates to my calendar soon so be sure to join my mailing list to stay in-the-know! 

a reminder in vulnerability..

"Vulnerability is the only authentic state.  Being vulnerable means being open, for wounding, but also for pleasure.  Being open to the wounds of life means also being open to the bounty and the beauty.  Don't mask or deny your vulnerability:  it is your greatest asset.  Be vulnerable: quake and shake in your boots with it.  The new goodness that is coming to you, in the form of people, situations and things can only come to you when you are vulnerable, i.e. open."  

maya angelou and a reminder for us all

A friend recently shared with me a quote by Maya Angelou.  It struck me to my core and has me contemplating tattooing it on my body somewhere as a reminder to always be honest with self and to trust intuition.  Yes, perhaps I will hold off on the tattoo part until I'm absolutely certain :-) but in the meantime, I feel it's imperative to share this quote with you:

"Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it."

This quote hit me like a ton of bricks when I heard it.  In a soft, gentle way.  I've spent nearly two years making the album that I'm about to release and a lifetime before that writing music - some of that music made its way onto this album.  In the process of taking my dreams and making them reality, recording an album, choosing the right people for the project, choosing to do it with integrity and apologizing when on occasion things did go wrong, I realized that it's not about the money, notoriety or my peers seeing me as a success.  I'm already a success.  I like myself and the journey I am on to continually be better, I like what I do and how I spend my time and I am in love with the process of how I/we did it.  

I will release the album soon and it could be a smashing success or absolutely nothing could come of it.  Either way, I am happy to say I know what it feels like to feel fulfilled.  I'm not going to be one of those people on their deathbeds that has to look back on their life and know they had a passion and some talent but have to wonder if they could have "made it" because they never threw themselves into the uncertainty and wholeheartedly tried their best.  I tried and I worked harder at this project than anything I've done to-date...and as far as I'm concerned, that's the biggest win.

With that being said, bring on the money, bring on the notoriety and bring on the responsibility of being someone who pursued their dreams and succeeded so that I can stand as a reminder for all that we can do this. I encourage you to dive in to the uncertainty of it all and do what moves you.

Anything is possible.