I have been performing live, local music as a singer-songwriter since age 12. While I trained primarily in jazz guitar, I identify with country, classic rock, funk, R&B, and other genres, too. Growing up in Roundup, Montana and Tucson, Arizona gave me a unique take on the world: dusty boots, prairie grass, busted-up old buildings, rolling desert hills. I let all of these experiences inform my songwriting as a jazz musician.
My songwriting career took off at age 16 when my twin sister Andrea and I won the 2008 Arizona Daily Star Battle of the Battle of the Bands. We recorded a music video aboard the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, and that song, “Miserable Thing,” went on to win a Grand Prize in the John Lennon International Songwriting Contest. If you’re in the mood for a throwback, watch that story here.
I went to Macalester College, and eventually put down roots here in the Twin Cities. I sing my jazzy tunes about the humans that have broken my heart, the joys and heartaches of bisexuality and coming out, and the rural and urban places I’ve called home. In addition to my solo work, I am one half of the Americana duo Errant Arrow with singer-songwriter extraordinaire John Siqveland.
I’m also excited to introduce you to my new band, Juliet and the Montagues! (Because yes, I was named after Shakespeare, in case you were wondering.) People describe us as jazzy, funky, mellow, and smooth. I’m joined by Charlie Milkey on bass, Daniel Defoe on lead guitar, and Beth Varela on drums. I hope you’ll join us at a show soon!
Honors & Awards
Arizona Daily Star Battle of the Bands, 2008
John Lennon International Songwriting Contest, Grand Prize Winner, Jazz Category, 2008
John Lennon International Songwriting Contest NAMM Show Sonicbids exclusive opportunity Winner, 2009
NAMM Conference 2009, Anaheim, CA
Adams Avenue Street Fair, San Diego, CA
Rialto Theatre, Tucson, AZ
Tucson Folk Festival, Tucson, AZ
Acadia, Minneapolis, MN
The White Squirrel, St. Paul, MN
Hope Breakfast Bar, St. Louis Park, MN
Saint Paul Brewing, St. Paul, MN
Mojo Coffee Gallery, Minneapolis, MN