When it comes to music, I simply love it! Ever since I was a little girl, if I wasn't singing along, I was dancing to it. I always dreamed of being a rock star, but what kid hasn't? Anyway it was when my older sister, Marsha, started taking guitar lessons, that I really got the itch. I told my Mom that I wanted to take music lessons. All the while wanting to be a rock drummer, this would've been so cool! So, my Mom signed me up..... For the accordion! Well, needless to say I was disappointed. My lessons didn't really interest me too much; I mean where does an accordion fit into rock? Of course this was before Weird Al Yankovic was on the scene. But I didn't give up the desire to be in a band. I just concentrated more on the vocal aspect.
Several years later, after having two sons, I got back into the music scene after being asked to audition for a popular local band, "Grand Marshall." We played statewide playing Top 40 music that was current play list on the radio stations. We played a lot of local dance halls, high school proms and homecoming dances as well as many college functions. It was in this band that I first met Andy Rhodes.
I have also been in the band "Electric Barnyard" playing new country music. This actually had a couple of lives in them, meaning there were a couple of versions with different musicians. During the time we were together we had developed quite a following as well.
After being away from the music scene for a while, I was asked to join this band. Having played in bands with Andy before, I knew if he was getting a band together again he would get good musicians that would all mesh with good results.
"I have always loved performing live and being able to watch an audience enjoy and respond to the music. It is a great feeling to know that they like the music and you feel you do it well. It is a great way to share with others that common thread, the love of music."
Playing classic rock means your playing songs everyone can recognize and hopefully they say to themselves, "man, I always loved this song" or "I remember this one."
I have had wonderful opportunities working with a lot of the areas best musicians, and I have learned a lot about music and myself. I know that I have to always challenge myself vocally and stay true to who I am. I have been asked how long will I keep doing this, and I always say as long as I can and as long as people want to come see and hear the music.