Trained at San Francisco State University and The American Musical & Dramatic Academy in NY, I performed on Broadway in “Shenandoah,” toured with the First National Company of “Annie,” and appeared in repertory, off-Broadway, stock and dinner theatre companies across the U.S. NY City appearances include performances of "Double Standards" with Celia Berk and musical director Alex Rybeck at Don’t Tell Mama, and animal-rescue benefit concerts at Birdland. The Metropolitan Room, and The Laurie Beechman Theatre with “Sarah Rice & Friends.”
Although at home with Gershwin, Rogers & Hammerstein, or forties swing, I chose to sing within the western genre for my first album. YONDERING, “classic western songs of earth, sky and the great lone places,” was nominated Album of the Year, 2008, by The Academy of Western Artists and was awarded The Will Rogers Cowboy Award for Best Song (“Blue Prairie.”).
My second CD, RIDE AWAY, takes its title from the soundtrack of the classic John Ford film, “The Searchers.” As on YONDERING, RIDE AWAY celebrates the beauty of the wild and the road of the rover. In 2010, RIDE AWAY was honored with three nominations from the Western Music Association: Album of the Year, Best Traditional Western Album by an Individual, and Best Original Song, “Thirteen Voices,” a tribute to “The Thirteen International Indigenous Grandmothers.” Both Yondering and Ride Away are available from Amazon.
I recorded Judy Kellersberger’s song about a great river, “Tribute To The Hudson” (Amazon), which was played at the opening of the Quadricentennial at the 2009 Knickerbocker Ice Festival and on various New York and NJ folk music radio programs.
DOUBLE STANDARDS, three duets from “the Great American Songbook” with Celia Berk and musical direction by Alex Rybeck, is available for downloading at iTunes and Amazon.
Currently, I am performing various concerts and making movies with Anne Tarpey-Flanders, in and around Connecticut and New York.