Friday, April 9th, 2010 8:22 PM

"No one should come to New York to live unless he is willing to be lucky." -E.B. White

I'm a singer and writer living in Brooklyn, New York.  I share my August 22 birthday with Dorothy Parker, John Lee Hooker, Claude Debussy, and Kristen Wiig.  My first gigs were in Wasilla, Alaska, where I sang Patsy Cline tunes in dive bars. Classical voice study helped build my musical foundation, but equally formative was the time I spent singing along with records by Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McRae, Joni Mitchell, and Tom Waits, to name just a few.  
 
I was indeed willing to be lucky when I moved to New York, and New York has been very generous to me.  Since my arrival in 2003, I’ve sung with orchestras, big bands, small bands, a vocal jazz quartet, and a country band.  In 2010, I  was the female vocalist (and Frank Sinatra's duet partner) in Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away.  
 
Among my more eclectic gigs are assorted commercial jingles, a cameo on a Moby record, and performing the national anthem at CitiField for the New York Mets.  
 
I recorded my debut album, The Great City, in 2012.  Part love letter, part lament, the record celebrates the electricity, dynamism, and sense of possibility that permeate life in the Big Apple.  When I'm not performing or rehearsing music, I’m am often writing on my blog, Ad Alta Voce, about creativity, food, or this city I love so much.  
Thursday, April 8th, 2010 6:23 PM

I believe that

…New York is the greatest city in the world.  I agree with Cole Porter: "I like the city air, I like to drink of it.  The more I know New York the more I think of it.  I like the sight and the sound and even the stink of it.  I happen to like New York."  
 
…I was Italian in a past life.  I spent nearly a year in Italy when I was 17 and part of my heart still lives there.  The only time I completely relax is when I’m living la dolce vita in la bella Italia.
 
…everyone should spend a year waiting tables.  We’d all have better manners and more empathy.
 
…when doubt seeps in, the only answer is: do something creative.  Immediately.
 
…winning is never final and losing is never fatal.
 
…in singing and in life, redemption is always just an inhale away.
 
…Oscar Wilde was right when he said, “Life is not complex.  We are complex.  Life is simple, and the simple thing is the right thing."