I was raised in Wisconsin and currently live in Southeast Missouri with my husband of 28 years, Brian. We have two beautiful sons, Ben, 20, and Jack, 17.
I’ve been a writer and musician all of my life. I started writing songs in high school and at 18 began performing in clubs around Wisconsin and Oregon. From 1981 through 1987, I traveled extensively as a lead singer of a rock and roll band as well as a solo artist. My favorite performances were privately-booked military tours where I had the opportunity to play for the troops in Europe, Japan and Guam.
In 1987, I was honored to sing background vocals on two songs on Christian music legend Wayne Watson’s album, “The Fine Line.” This work led to meeting my husband when I was asked to sing background vocals on his album he was recording there.
Brian and I were married in 1990 and enjoyed a brief stint in the Christian music industry. He was signed to Benson Records in Nashville, and two of his songs charted at #3 and top 20. In music ministry, we traveled extensively, performing concerts and mentoring young people before becoming full-time youth ministers at our local church in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, from 1993-1996. During that time and beyond, we also were worship leaders of a contemporary service we helped develop.
In 1996, I had the pleasure of being the vocalist on a classic lullaby project produced by Star Song called, “25 Lullabies Kids Love To Dream To.”
Our sons were born in 1998 and 2001. I entered into my greatest life’s work in raising them, even home-educating them through 13 and 10 years old, respectively. I also continued writing and performing regionally. In early 2004, I had the honor of performing twice with my band for a presidential campaign rally and a pre-debate rally in St. Louis, Missouri.
In 2003, I released my album, “Thin Blue In Between,” which featured my songs and was produced by my husband at Sunset Blvd. Studios in Nashville. My next release came in 2006 and was called, “Storybook.”
I had the fortune of singing two lullabies on a compilation CD called, “I Can Only Imagine: Lullabies For A Peaceful Rest,” that was nominated for a Dove Award in 2004. The album features Bart Mallard, co-founder and lead singer of the band Mercy Me, whose life story is also captured in the 2018 hit movie “I Can Only Imagine.”
As a songwriter, I’ve enjoyed having a song called “Children Of The Image,” co-written with my husband, Brian, and two Nashville writers, Don Koch and Brian White, remain on the CCM charts for fourteen weeks. Another of our songs, “I Choose To Follow,” was recorded by Contemporary Christian artist, Al Denson. Two songs that I co-wrote with Texas music legend, Shake Russell, entitled “Edge Of A Dream” and “Save It For Me,” are included on his CD called “What This Heart Holds.”
In 2014, I became a staff writer at the SEMO Times, writing articles dealing with local culture and current events.
Currently, I am paying close attention to these moments remaining with our youngest son, Jack, who will graduate in 2019. I continue to write songs and perform locally and run my small sewing business, designing and creating fabric, purses and slipcovers. As my primary stay-at-home mom gig that I love so much winds down, I am also starting to dream about new opportunities that lie ahead. I’m ready.
Living outside my story book, Judging by the way things look, I’m not fooling anyone, anyway. Living outside my fairy tale. Bidding it a fare-thee-well. So much more to tell.
Thin Blue In Between