People are often surprised when I tell them I love to perform in house concerts. Not only do I run my own house concert series in my hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah, but when I am out touring and performing, I love to do house concerts.
Back in August 2010 I performed at my first house concert, at Piano Haven in Seattle, WA. I was terrified, because I worried that people sitting so close to me would freak me out. It ended up being one of my favorite concerts, and it ignited my love for performing in the up close and personal setting of house concerts.
Easy piano music for beginners doesn't have to be boring! Some of my favorite pieces I've ever written also happen to be easy from a technical sense.
If you had told me, ten years ago, or even 5 years ago, that I would someday perform solo piano music on a cruise ship, I wouldn’t have believed you. I never imagined such a thing would ever be something I’d have the opportunity to do. Yet, last year, when Jamey and Stacey Osborne of Audiosyncracy at Sea, invited me to be their inaugural featured performer aboard the MSC Divina in June 2016, I jumped at the chance. After many months of planning, promotion, marketing, and preparation, we embarked on a journey to the Caribbean to play music, hang out with friends and fans, and enjoy a week in the sun together. The experience was more than I had hoped for, and it will forever be one of my favorite memories.
When I invite musicians to my house to perform in my house concert series, it’s not just about the music, or the concert. It’s more about the opportunity to hang out and make friends with whoever is coming to play.
People ask me all the time who my influences are, who I love to listen to, who inspires me musically.
I am a solo pianist and I release my my albums about every 12-24 months. I'm in the process of releasing my sixteenth album, and in all the years I've been doing this, I've learned a few things about what needs to be done to effectively release a solo piano album as an independent musician. I am the queen of making lists, and over the years I've created a pretty thorough checklist of things I do to release my music. I have many musician friends who have asked to see my list, and so here I am, posting it on my blog for all the world to see. Obviously, this is not a master key or secret formula for album releases, but it works for me.
I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Linda Rez at Minstrel and Muse. Check it out!!
OMG - I'm so excited that I charted on the New Age Billboard charts at #5 in the Top 10!!