I grew up in a small town in NW Iowa. When I was four years old I remember swinging on the swingset, singing ‘Que Sera, Sera’, and knowing what I wanted to be when I grew up. My family moved to a house where there was a piano and I began taking lessons at six. I studied classical piano through high school but wanted to rock and roll!
The day after graduating from high school in 1983 I got on a Greyhound bus headed for Pennsylvania and joined my first band. I was on stage working by that weekend and stayed on the road for three years with a show band, playing hotels and clubs across the US and Canada.
I lived in Nashville for six years where I received a BA in English with a minor in piano performance, and New Orleans for twelve. Both musical cities have shaped me. Nashville, with its songwriting tradition, and New Orleans, with its history of great piano players and jazz. I became a piano bar entertainer in New Orleans at Pat O’Briens in the French Quarter, for eleven years and left just before Katrina with a desire to travel and play internationally.
Over the next decade I spent years in Europe, the UK, and many islands in the Caribbean playing residency gigs in piano bars, clubs, first-rate resorts and hotels. I also worked on cruise ships and many dueling pianos bars around the country, from Norfolk, Va to Vegas. I love a piano bar!
I came to Austin in 2009. I have found much joy in playing retirement communities and memory cares, private and special events, including SXSW and working with Swan Songs, an organization devoted to final wish concerts for hospice patients. I’m available for lessons and have taught over a hundred students since moving to Austin. I play piano and pipe organ for Central Christian Church in downtown Austin.
I’m excited to be in the planning stages of a new CD with some of my favorites songs, musicians, and original tunes.