- Career Highlights
- B.M., Peabody Conservatory of Music
- Recordings include Until We Love on JMT/Polygram featuring Christian McBride, Terri Lyne Carrington, Mulgrew Miller, Gary Bartz, Gary Thomas, and others; Travelin' Light on JMT/Polygram with guest Kevin Eubanks
In Their Own Words
"A good singer has beautiful tone quality, a good sense of pitch, rhythm, phrasing, and stylistic interpretation. A good singer also has a clear understanding of how to deliver the meaning of the song and an emotional connection to the music. Singers must be sensitive to what is going on around them harmonically, rhythmically, and melodically. Things aren't just going to happen by osmosis. And of course, they must have tenacity, the willingness to work to become better."
"My teaching style is a holistic approach. I teach from a standpoint of classical technique using diaphragmatic breathing and blending registers, while remaining true to the various genres of music that we cover. The stylistic approach to jazz and r&b includes slightly different techniques, which employ improvisation and the proper use of chest voice."
"As a performing artist, I know that work and practice are important. But pacing and rest are also essential to vocal health. When you're performing night after night and traveling, it is really important to maintain your instrument. Rest, warming up before you sing, and knowing the music play a vital role in sustaining the voice."
"Working with Chaka Khan and Roberta Flack opened my ears as a musician and helped me to think critically about the melodic approach to singing. From Roberta I learned that you must really know the melody of a song before you add improvisational lines. From Chaka, I learned to push my melodic ideas beyond all limits. I try to teach my students to challenge themselves in that way. Sometimes they limit themselves. They are so afraid of being imperfect, they restrict themselves by not exploring improvisational ideas, and sometimes shy away from using their full range. So I try to get them to explore all of the vocal options available to them."