Tell me a little about your history, like where you grew up,
how you got into performing / singing.
sang from the time I could talk... ALL the time. I played a
little piano and a little guitar, but every time a teacher mentioned
RECITAL, I quit. Stage fright always got the better of me. I
was happiest holed up in my room with my guitar and Judy Collins.
stage on the "Wild Heart" tour
family moved from the deep south to Los Angeles when I was 14
and I kept singing... school choirs, church choirs... and dreaming
of someday being able to get PAID for singing for people. The
summer I graduated from high school I did a TV show called “The
All-American College Show” (Karen Carpenter was on the
same show), sang with a band from Louisiana, and decided maybe
I could make a living at this. I moved to Texas to sing with
these same guys and attend North Texas State University, which
had a reputation as a great music school.
stayed in Dallas after college, working with local cover bands
in clubs and on the road and eventually started singing in the
studio (mostly commercials and some record backup) full time.
I’ve been a studio singer and a commercial actress for
about 25 years.
• How did you first meet
first met Stevie through my oldest and dearest friend, Lori Nicks.
Lori and I met when she and I were singing in the same school
choir in high school. She and her husband were putting some background
vocals on a couple of Stevies demos and THAT sounded like fun.
A few years later when they were in New York working on The
Wild Heart album, Stevie generously invited
me up to sing on the final version of Beauty
and the Beast. That was truly an amazing
experience and Stevie's producer, Jimmy Iovine, asked me to sing
on If Anyone Falls.
Later, when the tour started, Stevie again invited me to sing
on her show at the Meadowlands in New York. She did Beauty with
a full orchestra and I got to be there to perform that with her
on a truly magical night. At that point, she asked me to join
the tour as a third back-up singer and I jumped at the opportunity,
although with mixed emotions... I had a new husband and 3 month
old baby at home!!!
backstage at a Fleetwood Mac "Dance" concert
was absolutely the best of both worlds, but it was so hard to
be on stage one night and home doing the laundry the next! I ended
up having to leave the tour to be a mom, but got to sing on Has
Anyone Ever Written on her next album, Rock
A Little. I also recorded a version of After
the Glitter Fades, which is one of my all-time
favorite songs. When I hear Stevie do it I realize how the song
is meant to be sung.
• Confirm what tour(s)
and recording(s) with Stevie and/or Fleetwood Mac you were on.
albums I sang on include “The
Wild Heart” and “Rock-A-Little”,
as well as performing on the tour for “The
Wild Heart”. I also appeared with her
at a tribute to Jane Goodall here in Dallas and made a brief appearance
in the video “If Anyone
What song do you like performing with Stevie the most and why?
the wonderful “Beauty
and the Beast” on stage with Stevie
was an experience I will never forget. The song itself is so
incredibly beautiful, and singing it with her was magical. I
treasure my memories of that time.