Season Joined: Winter 2013
Birthplace/Hometown: Joliet, Illinois
Education: BS from Oral Roberts University (ORU) majoring in Telecommunications and minoring in Music. Full vocal scholarship at ORU, traveling to Hollywood, recording in the studio and performing at NBC Burbank Studios. MBA from the University of Phoenix.
Vocal Background: I sang in choirs in church from age three through high School (Madrigals). At ORU I was a World Action Singer on national TV singing on the first weekly TV ministry called Oral Roberts and You. I have received private vocal instruction in NYC and in Hollywood.
Other Musical Training: Piano and viola
Do you make your living as a full-time musician? For years I sang as a vocalist and/or actor working in musical theatre and touring as a back-up vocalist for artists such as Harry Belafonte and Barry White and groups like Soul II Soul. I am a vocal instructor at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Musicians Institute in Hollywood.
What else do you do by day? I can be seen in national TV commercials. I also work periodically as a market research interviewer.
Appearances in TV/Film: Most recently I was a resident alien on The Neighbors for two seasons. Vocalist in the film A Time to Kill. Vocalist on the Michael Jackson song Butterfly. Commercials include McDonald’s, CBS Kid TV (with my son), the Ad Council: Stroke (current), AT&T, Schlitz Malt Liquor, and Rite Aid, among others.
Highlights of your musical career: I toured with the Spurrlows right out of high school. After graduating from ORU, I was invited to tour as the third lady of the Supremes with Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong. When we returned from South America, I joined the first touring company of The Wiz. I was in the original cast of Little Shop of Horrors in NYC with my husband Ron Taylor (deceased), who created the Broadway hit musical, It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues (1998), which received four Tony Award nominations. I also was the vocal director and understudy in that production. I have acted in many productions including Violet, Storyville, Letters to Harriet Tubman and Eubie! These days I am a National Councilor for the Western Region for Actor’s Equity. I am also Founding Director of the nonprofit choir United Voices of Peace, which is a way I give back to the community.
What are you listening to right now? At Musicians Institute I am the singing teacher for the Funk Live Performance Workshop, so I am constantly preparing to perform the demonstrations for the students who come to sing on the stage from week to week. Also I sing with a big band and a small ensemble; therefore, I am always listening for ideas to expand my repertoire.
What is your favorite thing about the MMC? I really appreciate having a forum that challenges and sharpens my ability to read music.
Anything else to add? I'm thankful for the opportunity to share my music whenever and wherever I can. Thank you Metropolitan Master Chorale for allowing me to share it with the world through YOU!!