How it all began...
I was exposed to music at an early age. I quickly developed a love for music and singing. My mom sings and plays the piano and auto harp by ear. I also sing by ear however I cannot play an instrument or read music. I do have a natural ability for memorization. I use it to memorize the lyrics as well as the sound of the music. I have been singing since I was 5 years old. During those early years, I had a lot of living room concerts singing to my dolls using a hairbrush for a microphone. I loved to sing especially in the car. I knew every song that came on the radio.
Music has always been there
Music has always been a big part of my life. When I was 5 years old. I gave my heart to The Lord, after hearing The Song Masters share the gospel in song. There was a lady in that group named Deborah. I thought she had the most beautiful voice and I wanted to grow up and sing just like her. Years later I would get to meet her again and share my testimony, with the woman known as Deborah Talley of The Talley Trio.
When I was 12 years old, my dad was called to preach. It was at that time during my teenage years, I developed crippling stage fright. Although I continued to sing I battled with fear for more than 3 decades. My senior year in high school I received a Superior rating in the Kentucky Music Education Association’s Solo Competition. I also made All District Chorus but was still unable to conquer my fear.
The Journey Began…
Although I had no idea at the time, God was preparing me for this journey. He used my first job as a radio disc jockey to get me comfortable talking on the radio. God used video taped church services aired on local television stations to get me comfortable in front of the camera and church dramas to get me ready for the theatre stage. God used music ministers Bryan Stewart and Allen Case to mentor and encourage me. I also trained for over 2 years under vocal coach Mitzi Lynch. It has been a life long journey orchestrated by God that has led me to this place and time.