How do you see that your music has changed or evolved since you began as a musical artist?
Great question. I started writing songs when I was 17. But they were coming from more of a Mormon background, very simple melodies. However at 32 when I started writing “The Warrior In Me”, I was free of the church and was friends with someone who brought out the most intense real emotion and lyrics in my mind. I was by then old enough and honest with myself enough to explore the darker side of reality and I think I did a good job with that. Especially in “Horror In Your Eyes” and “The Warrior In Me”.
How has being in New Zealand impacted your music?
Being physically away from the places and people in my life that had caused me so much pain was essential for me to get enough space to begin to process and heal and for the music to come out of me. There were times that being able to look at the scenery in New Zealand would literally keep me sane as I was processing through some of the harder issues in my life.
Were there any musical artists that have been inspirational in the direction you have taken with your music?
YES! Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Lara Fabian, Marie Osmond, Cher, Barbara Mandrell, and even the 1970's “Muppets”.
Many artists use music as a means of expressing inspiration. What inspirations do you have in your life that you use as direction or creative inspiration in the development of your music?
Xena: Warrior Princess. That show was the first time that I had seen a woman my age being allowed to be strong without a man, to be able to show a whole range of emotions from rage to love, from vulnerability to passion. She was the first woman in my life to show me that I was human and allowed to show my feelings and not have to put on a mask my whole life. It was Xena that started this whole journey. She's what took me to NZ, and she is what led me to the woman who unlocked my music in me.