My musical life has remained chock full of exuberant gospel choir singing, classical voice training, and the joy of sharing my music professionally for weddings and special events since my teen years.
Having been influenced by everyone from Julie Andrews and Minnie Riperton to Barbara Streisand and Karen Clark Sheard, I love singing everything from classical arias to gospel, choral, pop and R & B. As a member of several different gospel choirs over the years, I’ve performed at Carnegie Hall, on Broadway at Town Hall, in various other venues on both US coasts, and as far away as Lyon, France. I've also enjoyed a recurring gig as a background vocalist for Soul Generation, the soul music group who brought us the legendary tunes, "Body and Soul" and “If I Had A Million Dollars".
In addition to my solo work, my partner in life and music, JaVonne, creates the music, I arrange the harmonies, and together we form a passionate musical team that is uniquely and mutually complementary. In 2008 we released our first gospel CD entitled, “We Are Here…To Praise The Lord” on our own indie label, StoneyMae Productions. That CD has taken us to the legendary Cotton Club in Harlem, USA with our own 6 piece band, as well as countless other Pride Celebrations, Gospelfests and other events on both coasts. With our gospel offering, along with our 2009 Marriage Equality song and video, “Waiting All My Life”, we strive to humanize the unique relationships of our community, with the hope of inspiring others to see beyond those often unconscious prejudices and fears which make it so easy to underestimate this powerful commonality we ALL share - LOVE. In the end, Love is just Love ~ with all of its faces, colors, expressions and incarnations.
My vocal style is a unique and eclectic blending of soaring classical soprano with soulful gospel and R&B flavored undertones.
I am available for solo vocal bookings for weddings and other special events.
I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music.
~ Billy Joel