I guess you could call me an unplanned Songwriter. My hometown is Cheektowaga, New York and I now reside in the Rochester area. I come from a very musical family. My six sisters and I always sang in the church Folk Group and rang in the Handbell choir. I also always gravitated toward the school musicals.
I wasn’t a Songwriter, however, until the untimely passing of my young nephew Austin in 2001. He lost his battle with cancer at the tender age of 21 months old. About a year after his passing, I was walking past his photo on the wall. I stopped when my eyes met his and I said, “I can almost feel your touch when you look at me”.
At that moment, these lyrics and melody popped into my head. I was compelled to start writing the song I would title, “When You Look at Me”. I’ve never stopped writing since!
Our entire family was physically broken and emotionally shattered. I started to think that maybe the music could help us all smile again.
I found a bit of closure and peace when Austin’s song was the winner in a Best Original Song competition in 2011. I am inspired to write by anything that affects me deeply; whether happy, sad, humorous, inspirational, or even at times, angry.
I love a great beat and a catchy hook. I recorded my first album of original music “When You Look at Me” in 2005.
Portions of proceeds from my first album were given to Essential Care for Children, a program of Hospice Buffalo.
I’m thrilled to share that in 2017 I joined Echota Records USA indie record label out of Georgia! My second album “On the Rails” was just released in Spring of 2017 with eleven more originals.
It was quite an honor to be a two-time winner for Best Female Artist in the Clays Country Music Awards in 2015 and 2013.
I also received the Drug-Free Hero Award in 2013 for my original song “Everyday Hero” by the Foundation for a Drug-Free World.
I wrote the song for all youth who choose to live a drug-free life. I was very grateful to be nominated for Female Artist of the Year in the 2016 Josie Music Awards, and again in 2017, for three of my songs, in the Song of the Year category. I’m also very happy to share that Deby Kelley, Country Artist, has recorded my song Through the Rain for her new album two- name titled “Hello Hallelujah/Through the Rain” in 2017.
You can find my music on internet radio stations, YouTube, Facebook, Reverbnation, and more. My goal has always been simple, yet profound. I look to make a positive difference in people’s lives, through the music, in Austin’s memory.Keep smiling and enjoy the music!
As an advocate against bullying, one of the things I’m most proud of is the creation of the hands-on children’s musical “Can’t Bully Me Now”. I was inspired to write it because of the violent bullying my nephew endured and the horrible teasing I endured, as a child. At about an hour long, this musical is perfect for a school assembly. Youth can perform the musical in their own schools to help stop bullying.
Visit the interactive website at www.cantbullymenow.com
“Be on the lookout for a brand new music video coming soon for the song Blue Jeans.”