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Why I love what I do!!

Hi there, friends! Let me tell you a little about myself. (Flings hair dramatically.)

I am a Sedona local and an Arizona native.­čîÁ ԜǴŞĆ ┬áI grew up in Southern Arizona, in small eclectic Tucson, where my father was stationed for the military. As a little girl, I was always introspective and would find myself writing stories and songs in my bedroom (not much has changed since then). My parent split up & divorced when I was in the 3rd grade and I became slightly depressed as a child (just being honest). Jr. High & High School proved only to supply me with ┬ádrinking alcohol and other toxic addictions that left me in a downward spiral. I decided at age 15 to drop out of school and work – which was a good thing for me. I obtained my GED at age 16 and began taking college classes in between working.

I spent my earlier years working with young children and worthy non-profits, such as Tucson Shalom House & CODAC Behavioral Health Services, assisting in the development and fundraising services. There I managed and coordinated notable events such as Tucson’s elite gala, “The Envelope, Please!” Among other events, I coordinated ┬ápositive block parties in the inner city communities, offering hope and basic needs as a lifeline to our communities. It was also in this town that I was graced with a powerful community of ┬ásoul-lovers and singers. I joined a gospel choir and began “closet-songwriting” even more.

I relocated to Phoenix in my early twenties and was graced by being selected as the Executive Assistant, Vice President of Crisis Pregnancy Centers of Arizona for over three years. There I also dipped my toes in the waters of fundraising and used my gifts and talents communicating with donors, and being a liaison between them, weekly communicating the center and program needs, as well as also coordinating several fundraising events within the community. I also, being the entertainer that I am (obviously), I joined an improv team and helped put on shows for the community. It was a blast and I realized I was definitely born for comedy, and the stage all together.

After contributing several years to non-profits and charitable agencies and testing the waters of the comedy stage, I felt a calling to pursue my lifelong passion of songwriting, and did the unexpected, selling my home in Phoenix and relocating to Memphis, Tennessee where studied Songwriting at Visible Music College, under the direct teachings of Ken Steorts, Founding Member of SKILLET. I was blessed after finishing college, to live with his family for a summer after obtaining my Songwriting Certification. Feeling a little lost after leaving my career in the non-profit world, I plunged into working at Starbucks more to just have fun while I figured my next steps out. Phoenix seemed like it wasn’t home anymore, and neither did Memphis. However I felt drawn to stay for a while. Shortly after this decision to stay, I met my husband at an alternative music-oriented church. We hit it off and were married few months later. We purchases a home and started a. family. About 3 years later, we decided to make the move back to my home, Arizona.

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