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It all began on a humid October afternoon deep in the bayous of Louisiana. Amidst the blues, zydeco, and jazz of the legendary South, a new sound began to emerge. Growing up the daughter of a preacher was without a doubt challenging. Having a family that was musically accomplished on both sides created a collision course between destiny and desire. A course that I willingly and passionately embrace. I recall being terrified to sing publicly as a child but would lock myself in my room for hours on end singing with all my heart at the top of my lungs. My mother would get so frustrated that I wouldn’t give that talent back and share it with the world. I remember my first musical influences…you know, the ones I would sing their songs over and over again until I knew every last note, rest, and breath. I’ll never forget wailing to Whitney Houston, dancing with Michael Jackson, trying to hit Sandi Patty’s high notes, and shocked by Madonna’s brazen openness. And even earlier years of rocking to the cool sounds of the Beach Boys while filling my soul with the richness of Andre Crouch. As a teenager I was a radio junkie. Top 40 was my love. I couldn’t hear enough Billy Ocean, Paula Abdul, Poison, Boy George, Wham, or Duran Duran. I listened to everything from Van Halen and Ratt to Randy Travis and Debbie Gibson. Then it happened….someone got me on stage. With a bit of trickery and masqueraded as a Christmas play for the children, I was Mary in the church play of the greatest story ever told. Then I found out that Mary had a solo. That started a leak in the dam that never stopped. That leak slowly became larger and larger until the dam finally broke. Before I knew it I was on the Praise and Worship team at church performing three times a week and singing solos on a regular basis. I performed for conventions, revivals, and was the guest soloist for the annual statewide Dr. Martin Luther King festival in Monroe, La in 2004.
Product Dimensions : 14.2 x 12.5 x 0.99 cm; 72.57 Grams
Manufacturer : CD Baby
Label : CD Baby
ASIN : B003VSMP1A
Number of discs : 1