How old were you when you started playing music?
I was about 4 or 5 when I joined my first Musical Theater Company. The first show I ever did was Aladdin. I was one of the “no-name” chorus extras. My parents have this amazing story that they love to tell about that show.
On closing night, during the final curtain call, Jasmine went to give her final bow and this tiny little chorus girl ran out from the side of the stage and grabbed Jasmine’s hand and bowed with her, casually, as if she was just hitting her mark- as rehearsed- the 500-person crowd erupted into uncontrollable laughter…that little girl was me.
This story pretty much sums up my personality, or at least, my comfort level with the spotlight/stage from a very young age.
How old you are now/what you're currently doing besides music?
I am 29 years old. I currently bust my %$# waiting tables at one of Seattle’s top Brunch/Lunch spots, Portage Bay Cafe. It’s a very labor intensive job but I love it and I am so grateful for my amazing coworkers and well-earned paychecks.
I also am a Hospice Volunteer and get the pleasure of helping people transition in the final stages of their life. It’s very humbling and gratifying work and it’s what keeps me grounded and sane. It is so easy to take life for granted. I want to make sure I never forget how lucky I am to wake up every morning and breathe. So, I purposely put myself around those who don’t have many breathes left. Also, I just freakin’ love old people.
Who are the top 3 artists that inspire you?
Frank Sinatra – one of the best storytellers, singers and performers of all time.
Lauryn Hill – showed me what true, raw, passion and soul looks/sounds like.
Alanis Morissette- taught me about honesty, vulnerability and how to write a killer song.
What drives your music? What type of genre would you consider yourself?
“I make music because it gives me the freedom to honestly express all of the many opposing parts of myself while also allowing me to remain authentically me. I in turn hope my songs give all those who listen the freedom to live out all of the many parts of themselves and, eventually, shed the societal constructs of who they think they “should be” to become who they actually are.” xx- A
I think the best way to describe my music would be alternative edgy pop mixed with old-time soul. Basically, if Etta James and Lorde had a baby… that would be my music.
An inspirational event or instance that made you realize being an artist was what you want to do for the rest of your life
I lived in Los Angeles as a working actor for 5.5 years. The whole time I was there I felt very out of place. I felt boxed in, suffocated. I didn’t feel like I had the space or freedom to be myself and I became deeply depressed. In hopes of “curing” my depression I signed myself up for a 14-day silent meditation retreat in the mountains of Yosemite. The experiences stripped me back to my raw, unedited, unapologetic-self. After the 14 days, I couldn’t lie to myself anymore and that meant I couldn’t pretend to be someone I wasn’t or do things that didn’t feed my soul.
After the retreat, I suddenly felt the fire return to my chest. I became obsessed with writing lyrics and began collaborating with local artists and producers as well as writing and recording my own songs. Two weeks after I left the retreat I moved out of LA and found myself in Seattle, one of the oldest music capitols in the world. I continued to write my own songs and ended up being presented with an amazing opportunity to perform one of my original songs, Guts & Fantasy, at Upstream Music Fest just a week after I had recorded it in studio. On stage at Upstream I felt completely calm, at peace, at home and I knew in that moment there was nothing else I wanted to do. Being on stage is the one place where I feel I can be unapologetically me and that feeling is worth every single second of the work it takes to get there.
Another moment that sealed the deal for me was the first time I played the single to my best friend Ashley in NYC she said, “I love this! I feel like I can finally hear you!” It was in that moment that I realized why I had been so unhappy acting in LA. My life for so many years was all about delivering other people’s words and hoping that they like them and, now, finally, possibly for the first time in my life, I get to deliver my words and not give a %&$# if anyone likes them but me.
Who have you collaborated with?
I have collaborated with both local Seattle and Bay Area artists such as Qreepz, Mr. Hi-Def (100K), Huntington Filson (Independent Producer/ and member of band Neu Yeuth), and MitchytheKid.
My dream collaborators would be Lady Gaga, Lorde, Frank Ocean, Alanis Morisette, Ed Sheeran, Adele, Rihanna, Leon Bridges, Anderson Paak, Drake, Bon Iver, Maggie Rodgers, Pharrell, Lady Wray, Sylvan Esso, Tank and the Bangas and Beyonce because… duh;)