Since I was a child I have been fascinated with the energy and excitement of music. My mother, a big-band jazz singer in the '50s, inspired me to reach for my dreams and never let go. I feel blessed to have been able to make my way in the music business, and work with some of the finest musicians, writers and producers imaginable. I have also been humbled by the affection and encouragement heaped on me by appreciative audiences over the years.
My early years on stage were spent as a back-up singer, touring with seminal acts such as the Allman Brothers, J.J. Cale and Conway Twitty. Fun and formative years that lit the fire for a solo career that still burns brightly today.
I moved to Nashville in 1979, to be closer to the community here and develop my songwriting ability. After writing for major publishing companies and landing an artist deal with Polygram Records, I worked as a background singer for the likes of Waylon Jennings, Charlie Daniels and Ben Folds I moved on to my own more jazz-oriented shows and started seriously honing my songwriting skills, and taking ownership of my publishing.
I've had my share of ups and downs .... but I've also had the privilege of collaborating with jazz legends like Kirk Whalum and Isaac Hayes,and have written songs for Crystal Gayle and Garth Brooks, including the #1 single "Two Piña Coladas". Over the years I have enjoyed the professional brilliance and dazzling friendship of great co-writers, including beloved Sandy Mason, Shawn Camp and Pam Wolfe. My music has been featured in film, TV and the New York stage.
I am grateful that the Universe continues to support my need to express myself and my feelings and continues to open new doors for me. Thanks be to God.
I have had the pleasure of working with some of the industry's most promising newcomers through my position as creative mentor at the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI).
It all begins with a song, and I encourage everybody who wants to improve their writing chops to become members of NSAI.
Life is a song worth singing