So, here's my story:
In June of 1994, I was asked to join Boston's MUDHENS. So began my career as a professional singer. For the next 6 years, me & the boys played our hearts out every weekend, recorded 3 albums, and developed a loyal & enthusiastic following from Canada to Philadelphia. We've had the honor of opening for performers such as Neil Young, Beck, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Primus, 10,000 Maniacs, Cake, Ben Folds 5, Guster, The Push Stars, and Everything. We were nominated for a Boston Music Award in 1998 and even had 2 songs on the top 40 lists of 2 national charts! In the fall of 1999 I decided to branch out with a new album and a new band. "Pulling Down Sky", produced by Chris Lannon was released in the spring of 2000. It has charted on CMJ & is receiving local and national airplay. True to my love of variety, this album contains elements of rock, folk, country, & Celtic. Accompanying me for each show, are Tara Cojerian on backing vocals, Scott Bressler on bass & Jon Metters on guitar. Opening for acts such as Dexter Freebish and Debelah Morgan, we recently won a slot in the Patriot Ledger's top ten concerts of 2000, along with Carlos Santana, Reba McIntyre, Joan Osborne. Sometimes we play acoustic & sometimes electric. We are often joined by other fantastic musicians such as Steve Sadler (Shawn Mullin's multi-instrumentalist), Billy Beard (Patty Griffin's drummer) & Jim Gambino (Swinging Steaks) on keyboards.
As a songwriter, many folks have asked me what my influences are, how I write, what inspires me. I think Nanci Griffith says it best, "Being a good songwriter means paying attention & sticking your hand out the window to catch the song on the way to someone else's house". I'm influenced by every place & face I encounter, every experience I've had or friends have had. One song could span an era of 10 years, with a cast of characters from 5 different phases of my life. My record collection includes folks such as Ricki Lee Jones, Carol King, Bob Dylan, Nanci Griffith, Al Green, Stan Getz, Michelle Shocked, Bob Marley, Gillian Welch, Tom Waits and The Rolling Stones. Recently discovered role models include Nick Drake, and Maria Muldaur. Always in tune to the story, Joni Mitchell & Bruce Springsteen still remain my favorite lyricists.
I invite you to come to a show, pick up a cd or drop us a line! Thank you for all of your support & encouragement!