Your music has been described as soul, blues, funk, R&B and even at times hip-hop. How do you describe your sound?
I have always been challenged with describing music with words. This project has grown so much over the years from being a duo, to now a quartet with a three-piece horn section when we are at our best. As a band, we all bring our own influences to the table resulting in the whirlwind of genres we have been described as, but really we are just trying to take what we love and make it our own.
Being originally from the West Coast—but currently residing in New Orleans—how has living here influenced your music?
I discovered my voice not too long before I moved to New Orleans. I was pushed to sing by two of my girlfriends in San Diego in a basement funk band. These same two friends brought me to New Orleans during Jazz Fest and everything about this city just felt right with me. New Orleans lives and breathes music; it gets in your soul and sparks you up, like wind to a flame. It’s impossible not to be constantly inspired and humbled by all the amazing musicians and people in this city.
You pull double duty not only being a local musician but also being a local nurse. Do you use your experiences in nursing to inspire you musically and vice versa?
I love being a nurse because I truly enjoy helping others, as cliché as it sounds. As a nurse, I have the opportunity to not only take care of people, but connect with them on an unspoken level. As beautiful and enlightening as these connections can be, sometimes they can weigh very heavy on my heart and music is my release. Nursing inspires me to take everything I see, hear and feel in the hospital and put those emotions into my music.
When you are not gigging or nursing, what New Orleans–based musicians do you go see play?
There are too many to count and I wouldn’t want to leave any out. When I am not working, I try to support the music community here as much as possible because I know how hard these musicians work, inside and outside of the clubs. I have so much respect for all the hardworking musicians in this city.
Bayou Boogaloo will mark your first festival appearance. What are you most anticipating from this experience?
There is something so special about being on Bayou St. John, surrounded by so many sweaty people and makeshift floating devices. I am just excited to sing my heart out for the people there to listen, to share our music with those who may not have heard us yet, and play alongside people that make me feel whole.