Experience and Qualifications:
-Bachelors degree with concentration in education
-California State teaching credential
-MTNA (Music Teachers' National Association) member
-Music director, arranger, and pianist for Circus Collective of San Diego
-Pianist and Organist for church services, weddings, funerals, etc. for 15 years
-Additional basic skills on guitar, ukulele, harmonica, and vocals
Born and raised in a musical family in Louisiana, I started my music career as a church organist at age 15. I also started teaching piano lessons to younger kids in the community, and continued to do so to put myself through college at Louisiana State University.
Before Hurricane Katrina I toured the Southeast performing as Bobby Lounge’s sidekick for his “Iron Lung Tour,” while completing my degree at LSU. We put on quite a show, complete with singing, dancing, and even a bit of behind-the-back piano playing. We played a long set each year at the world famous New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and performed at local venues-- like the renowned Tipitina’s-- and at music festivals like Austin's South by Southwest on weekends. We had a show scheduled at the House of Blues in the famous New Orleans French Quarter the weekend the hurricane made landfall.
One year later we returned to the New Orleans music scene, gracing the cover of Offbeat magazine, the preeminent music guide for the city. We even played for Fats Domino at the House of Blues the night he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award; that evening I had the opportunity to meet so many of my musical heroes, including Fats himself.
I continued performing with Bobby Lounge until 2007, when I moved to London to teach for two years. I loved the fun and excitement of show business, but decided in the end that I preferred to pursue a career in teaching and officially "retire" from performing. I moved to California in 2009 to continue my teaching career--this time near the ocean. I love San Diego and consider this move to be the best decision I ever made.