I was born just outside of Chicago, Illinois and was raised in a musical paradise (my Mom and Dad are both musicians, writers and general creative gurus.) I’ve moved around a lot starting from when I was fifteen. There were pit stops in Michigan, Chicago, Austin and Boston in the US and Dorset, York and Bristol in the UK (where I’ve landed for now).
I started singing and writing in earnest at fifteen when my Mom and Dad put a band together that included me and my sixteen year old brother. I can read your mind through the screen, “The Partridge Family”, right? Not exactly… My Mom and Dad were into bluegrass and pop but my brother and I were into alternative and ska-punk. We all did some writing and it made for quite an eclectic mix of family-fuelled musical shenanigans. Not to mention the sparks that flew when my parents tried to rightfully reprimand my brother, but he’d retaliate by threatening to quit the band…
I moved to the south of England with my family when I was 16. It was here that I met my dude (at 16… I can hardly believe it myself…).
J Carmichael was the hunky guitar-playing-music-producing English crumpet I was looking for, and I’ve never looked back. We started writing and performing together immediately (which was awesome) but then I moved back to America (which didn’t seem so awesome to a dramatic eighteen year old). But it was for good reason, I went to study music at Berklee College of Music and Columbia College Chicago. I spent the next four years learning a lot and pining for crumpet. We flew back and forth quite a bit in the four years we were apart, writing and recording one song per trip. At the end of it all, we released an album of all our material – BlueStar Cafe.
As soon as the ink dried on my degree, I hopped on a plane, moved to York and got married to the man himself. We formed a band called Lowground, a laid-back electro-pop group and release 2 CD’s, “Lowground” and “Long Way From Home“.
In early 2009, J and I moved to Bristol. We fancied a bigger city that was closer to family, had a killer techie scene (for J’s web dev business, Siteclick) and was musically knee-weakening (for my endless caterwauling).
Exciting Career Stuff
In March 2006, “Get Up” from our debut album “BlueStar Cafe” was chosen to be a part of an international campaign for Life Fitness, the world leader in commercial and home fitness equipment. Life Fitness distributed 10,000 copies of “Get Up” along with other select tracks world-wide (including a rare “Get Up Remix”).
But the BEST part was that we were flown to Las Vegas to perform a sold-out show in the legendary Ghost Bar in the Palms Hotel to promote the release. AWESOME…
Early in 2008, Conspiracy Recordings asked me to write and record the vocals for the trance tracks “All Again” and “Tell Me”. These tracks were picked up by by Grammy-nominated trance DJ Paul Van Dyk and released world wide in June 2008.
Following the awesomeness with Life Fitness, J and I were asked to arrange, record and produce 3 songs for the Terlato Wine Group in Summer, 2008. Terlato, an international wine company, made 70,000 copies of the CD and distributed it all over the US to promote one of their top-selling wines, Santa Margherita. You can download the tracks for free from the Santa Margherita micro-site.
In 2008 I opened my own business, Vox in a Box, providing professional session vocals to producer and DJ’s via email. It means I can work with people all over the world without leaving Bristol. So far I’ve worked with producers from across the US, UK, Spain, Holland, Germany, Portugal and Australia – all from the Bristol studio. I love it…
In 2009 it was through Vox in a Box that I started doing national commercial work and I was also lucky enough to have one of my trance tracks appear on a Ministry of Sound Compilation.
If you’ve gotten this far, you’ve been reading a long time and I commend you! If you’d like something else to keep you busy, check out some of my music for free on the music page :)