Tell me a little about your history, like where you grew up,
how you got into performing / singing.
grew up in Wausau, Wisconsin. I actually cannot remember a time when I wasn't singing, dancing or performing piano or acting on some sort of stage, even if it was our family's garage for my parents or the neighbors! I started playing the piano by ear around age 3. When I was 4 yrs old, I sang in the Miss Wausau pageant. My father was a judge for the Wisconsin State pageants at the time and I was in awe of the women on stage. It's funny but, I can still remember the song I sang called "Everybody Can't Be a Winner."
Striking a friendly pose
I was always in Choirs and Bands while attending school. In Junior High, I became very involved with the Community Theater which led to a part in Godspell in 8th grade. They were only searching for college age people or older, but I was a determined young girl! It was then that I knew I wanted to be a performer. I had a duo throughout high school playing guitar and singing for various local events. I attended the University of Miami studying Musical Theater, and then Studio Music and Jazz.
After college, I toured the country singing 6 nights a week
with a Top 40, rock & originals band which really helped
to build my voice.
Later I moved to Chicago where I sang with various bands and on jingles for commercials before moving to Los Angeles in 1991. I was a part of the 1st Chicago Chick Singer Night which now has grown to a national showcase for female artists. Please check out www.chicksingernight.com.
What song do you like performing with Stevie the most and why?
At the Fleetwood Mac "Say You Will" rehearsals
his is a difficult question as there are many. It is a pleasure to sing with Stevie as she is such a generous, gracious performer and has the best fans in the world! I especially like singing the older Fleetwood Mac songs that I used to sing along with the records, long before I ever dreamed I would have the opportunity to actually sing with them.
So Rhiannon, Dreams & Gold Dust Woman can still give me chills. I have a special attachment to Silver Springs . It was great fun to sing the acoustic set on the Enchanted tour as it was really all about the 3 part harmony. I will always love the fire of Edge of Seventeen and a special highlight for me was singing the duet with her on Fall From Grace on the Trouble In Shangri-La tour.
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