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In this season I am learning to trust myself. If it sounds good- I'll write it. If it feels good- I'll sing it. I am an artist, always have been and always will be. Everything I will ever create is all ready woven into me, now I just have to find the courage to release it. That is the journey we all must take. 

"Find your sound!" "Perfect your signature!!"  "Make your mark!!!" 

Too often do I find myself searching for these things in everything around me. Metaphorically turning over stones as I'm turning…

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Tambourines, Pasta, and BGV's 

I am excited to announce that I will be touring Italy this Christmas as a supporting vocalist to the exceptionally talented MICHAEL M. SMITH!


When I initially made the decision to jump into the music scene some years ago, singing as a background vocalist for Mike was one of my first ventures. He is a stellar musician in every way, and I have learned (and continue to learn) so much from him. I am honored and beyond excited to be sharing the stage with him again.


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I am proud to announce that my first EP "Conversations" is nearly complete.

I am incredibly proud of this particular work and I'm excited to share it with you all. This has been a long time coming.

I've said for years that I'm "working on an album", and I suppose that was technically true. I was always writing and brainstorming, but the days, months, and years kept rolling by. However, I am confident that this timing is correct. I have been through years of discovery and trial and error, and this modest…

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Ok folks, let's talk about DREAMS... 




Dreaming is human nature. Our ability to create and achieve and grow is an integral part of our genetic makeup. It is what sets us apart from the rest of creation. Ambition is ingrained into us. No matter the deck of cards this life has dealt us we can not help but hope that our present reality is not all that there is for us in this life.

We just KNOW deep down that there is something better, bigger, and…

2017 Winter Blues Jazz Festival 

I am excited to share that I have been invited back for this year's 3rd annual Winter Blues Jazz Festival in Williamsburg, VA!!!

If you read my last blog post "Name Me" you will know that last years festival was my debut performance in a jazz festival, and it was also where "Modern Muse" was announced as the official name change of my musical persona and jazz band!

This year I will be performing at The Fat Canary for one of two jazz brunches they will be offering this year, and I will be playing with some…

Name Me 

mod·ern ˈmädərn/  
adjective 1.  of or relating to the present or recent times as opposed to the remote past. 
noun 1.  a person who advocates or practices a departure from traditional styles or values.
synonyms: present-day, contemporary, present, current

muse myo͞oz/ 
noun 1. a woman, or a force personified as a woman, who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist. 
verb 1. be absorbed in thought.
synonyms: inspiration, creative influence,

A creative influence. An unconventional thinker. A trail…

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The Ones Who Change The World 

I realized the other day that I am NOT a performer.

I make phone calls. Take phone calls. Book gigs. Pay Musicians. Make setlists. I dress up. Warm-up. Paint my face. Powder my nose. Practice. Sing. Smile. Perform. 
But as the last chord dissipates into the air I realize I am empty. 

Performances are not the reason I do what I do. They can't be. If I base my life on other peoples pleasure and recognition then I will fail at everything I do. 

I have been singing professionally for about 7 years now, and I used…

Season 3, Episode 1 

Twenty South

Season 3 of Beachstreet USA

Episode 1 - Family Business

Air Date: May 27th, 2016
Air Time: 7:30 to 11:00

Starring: Hannah Miniard & Elizabeth Joy Terrell 

Complete List for Season 3 (18 Episodes)
June 27, 30
July 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
August 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25

Stay Tuned for Episode names and Special Features! 

Come see us!

Many thanks


Sitting in a little NY cafe, watching the workers bustle back and forth.  Someone making omelettes, one at the register, one running about brewing coffee, baking muffins, and perfecting pastry displays. Another is cleaning and stocking shelves, somewhere in the back metal bowls and pans are clattering about, and every now and then the distinct sound of salsa music makes its way through the noise. 
They've clearly done all of this before. 

It's 6AM, yet they are happily working, and even laughing with each…

How Strange The Change From Major to Minor  Podcast

I am unsure what prompted me to write this, and I am still quite baffled that I am choosing to share it with the world, but I recall a wise woman once said "music is meant to be expressed, and not merely played." Well I must sincerely apologize to you all who have seen me perform recently. I have merely been playing the melody and the fool, but with a new season fast approaching my craft is calling on my vulnerability, and if I want to move forward I can't ignore it, so for those who have never heard it…

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