I have been passionate about music for as long as I can remember. When I was 8 years old, I attended my first musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. That night, I came home and played the melodies that I remembered by ear on the piano. Ever since then, my parents have kept me involved in piano lessons, voice lessons, and music classes to encourage what they thought would just be a hobby. They were wrong.
For me, music is a means of communication that is different and often more powerful than spoken language. While society might dictate what is acceptable to say—what emotions we are allowed to express via language—it cannot dictate what we can play. Every time I am uncomfortable saying something aloud or sharing how I feel, I just play or sing or compose. In this way, any and every emotion is given a unique, beautiful form that may be accepted by society, where before it may not have been. That is why I have committed to being a musician: so that I can express myself in the best possible way.
My work as a singer is intended to reveal the beauty and subtlety of great jazz composers like Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Richard Rodgers—among countless others—and to contribute to the world of musical theater as have so many before me. My work as a composer and songwriter is intended only to convey genuine emotion in the most splendorous, powerful way I know.
As a singer, actor, director, songwriter, pianist, composer, French horn player, conductor, teacher, and musician, my single aspiration is to spread my love and zeal for music to anyone and everyone who will listen.