What I Do: Billie Holiday . . . Ella Fitzgerald . . . Diana Krall. These are just a few of the great jazz singers who inspire me. Like them, I, too, sing jazz professionally. I'm the lead vocalist for a jazz trio that performs in clubs all over the country. I enjoy singing everything from ballads to scat. When we're not on the road performing, I still stay busy. I work with a renowned teacher to enhance my vocal skills. Our trio gets together to rehearse and learn new music. We also deal with the business side of performing meeting with agents to discuss bookings and consulting with accountants to track our finances.
Best & Hardest Parts of My Job: Music is my passion. I feel truly blessed to spend time doing what I love most singing that great American art form called jazz. I also enjoy meeting our fans when we're touring. Although I'm doing well now, it wasn't easy at first. Like many singers and musicians, I had to do other jobs to support myself as a singer. There's a lot of uncertainty in this business, and you have to work very hard to succeed. And a generous helping of luck certainly doesn't hurt!
How I Got Started: I come from a musical family and grew up listening to everything from opera to show tunes to jazz. I sang in choirs and took singing lessons, too. My favorite music was always jazz. When I went to college, I majored in vocal performance with a concentration in jazz. I decided to pursue a professional singing career and moved to a major city after graduation. After several years of performing in clubs around the city, my career really took off when I was hired as the lead vocalist of a jazz trio.