I am a Long Island, NY-based folk singer/songwriter with songs that are a call for social justice and tell stories of personal challenges, as well as celebrate triumphs, love and peace.
What's a young girl to do when the instrument she's been given to play is the clarinet and she wants to sing? Switch to the guitar, of course! That was back around when I was 10 or so. Such was my beginning, though at age 6, I had an early start on the recorder prior to the accordian. (Guess if I had stuck with the accordian, I might have fallen into Klezmer music instead.)
I fondly remember our music teacher, Mr. Klein, who would make his way around the court in the garden apartment development where I grew up in Bayside, Queens. It was a great day when Mr. Klein would pay his weekly visit to all of us kids in the court...upstairs, saxophone and french horn; my sister was flute; a few doors down, piano; and, me, well, eventually guitar. But voice was fast becoming my main passion, so I bid farewell to Mr. Klein and followed a different path, singing instead with various choruses. Back in my early days, first Boroughwide Chorus (Queens) and then All City Chorus (Manhattan) served as my vocal coaching.
These days, I am sharing my original music, which tells stories of personal and social challenges and triumphs, as well as love and hope. In January 2018, I released my third CD, "Every Road," an eclectic mix of 11 songs, coproduced with Mike Nugent, guitarist extraordinaire and of Cadillac Moon fame. Accompanying my vocals and rhythm guitar on this project are Mike Nugent (lead guitar, bass, dobro, yuke, electric slide) Richie Guerrero (drums, percussion), Cindy Quart (keyboard), and Gabrielle Schavron (cello).
My musical influences? Of course there is a long list, but at the top are Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, Holly Near, Ferron, and Cris Williamson.
What I play: Martin 0016DBM (Women and Music series)
Past performance groups:
- Half of duo "Sussman & Rodrigues"
- One-third of "Choice"
- One-fourth of "Silver Shadow"
- New Century Singers (chorus)
- Long Island Pride Chorus
Thanks for visiting my site!
Let there be peace through music,