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Posted on Feb 01, 2007 at 11:46 PM

Some of you expressed an interest in my former singing career. For those of you that don't give a crap, click on. I have been singing since I was in 4th grade. I started off in choirs- school choirs and the Saint Louis Symphony Children's Choirs. We performed in concert with... the Saint Louis Symphony. Imagine that. I started taking private voice lessons when I was in 7th grade. Thanks to my parents and the varied and in-depth musical education they gave me, I have many musical interests, but gravitated toward blues and jazz. I kept up my classical studies as a sidebar because they help with breath control and technical skills. For a long time, I really just viewed my career as a path to opportunity. As a result of my training, I got to perform at Powell Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall (believe it or not, the acoustics are better at Powell) I sang the national anthem at a Rams game once, got to study in Sweden with Walt Whitman's grandson, got to perform at Disneyland, even had the chance to sing for the Pope when he came to Saint Louis. When I went to college, I got a vocal scholarship- part of the reason I could afford to go to an expensive, private university. When I graduated, I started singing with bands around the area. It was no longer about the networking, the traveling I could do, the bright spots on my resume. It was about the music again. I think I enjoyed music more than I ever have during that time period. Yes, I have been recorded with several bands. For the most part, I was backup, though I do have several solo efforts on compilation CDs as well as two writing credits under my belt. I never made a commitment to a band. It just didn't interest me. What do I sound like? It depends. I have a fairly wide range. I am a natural soprano, but can become an alto fairly easily. I just had to train harder to hit that vocal register. When I sing jazz, I have been told I sound like Norah Jones. When I sing blues, I sound like- well, Norah Jones singing the blues, I suppose. I can also do a pretty good Sarah McClaghlan and an acceptable Amy Lee. When I sing something like "Ave Maria," (you don't even want to know how many languages I can sing that song in!) I have what the experts call a bell-like tone. As I'm sure you can imagine, this just means that my voice is very clear. And high. I have never been able to shatter glass, but I can rattle tinfoil if I take a very deep breath first. Was I well-known? In certain circles, yes. I was very much a part of the music scene a few years ago. My music teachers and parents also helped me to gain some name recognition. Who do you think set up those jobs for me? After awhile, I was sought out. I also got to teach music from time to time. I volunteered at a children's home, directed a choir for them and student taught while in school. I don't sing much anymore outside of the shower. I never wanted to make it a career. I enjoy singing and am pretty damn good at it. Or at least I used to be. But to be successful in the music business, you have to have a PASSION for it. A hunger that I never really had. Music served it's purpose for a time, but I have always been more people-oriented in nature. Musicians and artists are born narcissists. I never had that in me. I will sing lullabyes to my children when they are born. I will sing karaoke when I'm out with my friends. I will sing loudly in the car as I idle in traffic. But that is about the extent of it. So, now you know.

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