People often tell me that my home is like an art gallery. I love art! And not just any art… it has to speak to me, move me, touch me — be a form of expressive art. And when it does speak, I often buy it so I can cherish it every day. My home is filled with colorful glass art, oil paintings, colorful vases and sculptures, etc. I’ve always had the philosophy that spending money on travel, food, and art is money worth spending!
This year has been a whirlwind adventure of touring, vacationing, music award shows, hang time with friends, and trying to get everything done in-between all the fun. I think this may be my busiest year yet, and while I love being out in the world sharing music, and exploring, I also love my down time at home, in my lovely hometown of Salt Lake City.Read More
People are often surprised when I tell them I love to perform in house concerts. Not only do I run my own house concert series in my hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah, but when I am out touring and performing, I love to do house concerts.
They’re my favorite way to perform because it’s more intimate and personal, and I have a much better opportunity to mingle with the audience, hang out with my fans and listeners, and just spend time with everyone. When I perform in larger performance halls, that personal connection is often lacking.
So how do you host a house concert? It’s very easy and affordable! I will use piano concerts as an example, because that’s what I do, but this can apply to all sorts of acoustic music.
Easy piano music for beginners doesn't have to be boring! Some of my favorite pieces I've ever written also happen to be easy from a technical sense.Read More
If you had told me, ten years ago, or even 5 years ago, that I would someday perform solo piano music on a cruise ship, I wouldn’t have believed you. I never imagined such a thing would ever be something I’d have the opportunity to do. Yet, last year, when Jamey and Stacey Osborne of Audiosyncracy at Sea, invited me to be their inaugural featured performer aboard the MSC Divina in June 2016, I jumped at the chance. After many months of planning, promotion, marketing, and preparation, we embarked on a journey to the Caribbean to play music, hang out with friends and fans, and enjoy a week in the sun together. The experience was more than I had hoped for, and it will forever be one of my favorite memories.Read More
When I invite musicians to my house to perform in my house concert series, it’s not just about the music, or the concert. It’s more about the opportunity to hang out and make friends with whoever is coming to play.
I will encourage them to come into Salt Lake City a day before the show, and stay a day afterward so we can visit, hang out, and I can take them on a little sightseeing adventure as well.
Salt Lake City is such a neat city, and there’s so much to see and do. Here’s my list for a fun afternoon of seeing the sights:Read More
People ask me all the time who my influences are, who I love to listen to, who inspires me musically.
If I’m not listening to piano music, or working on my own music, I’m often listening to singer songwriter style music, or alternative rock, or the Top Hits of whatever is popular these days.
My musical influences tend to vary over the years, depending on my own musical tastes, and growth as a pianist.
Back when I was younger, the music of George Winston was my favorite. I would learn to play his songs by ear, and that is largely what taught me to play piano (I’m self taught).Read More