I began singing as a young child. My vocal talent grew into experimenting with many genres of music throughout the years. I began taking voice lessons with Jerry Jaye in my home town of Philadelphia: mostly scales, “The Great American Songbook” and “Broadway Scores.”
Listening to opera inspired me to find a teacher who could classically train my voice by singing scales and aria’s. Ariana Montecaro, a fine opera singer and teacher worked with me for several years.
When I met Kenny in 2003 his musical skills and knowledge in jazz fascinated me. During our courtship I found another great teacher online by the name of Brett Manning. He encouraged me to think about writing my own songs.
“An Offering” is just that. Due to major losses in my life writing became an outlet for my grief. Journaling helped to establish my songwriting in phases. John Oddo, a close friend of Kenny’s wrote the arrangements for “An Offering.”
His sensitivity has enhanced the prayers, songs, and mantras we have recorded.
A little bit about my past: I have modeled Internationally, performed with Symphony Orchestras, Big Bands, and sung in jazz festivals. During the 1980’s I sang on several luxury liners, among which was the elegant Fiffanella. ”I received a standing ovation in Lisbon, Portugal singing Fado for an International audience, one of the highlights of my career!
I have recorded with guitarist/singer Paulinho Garcia, outstanding musicians, Kenny Soderblom, John Oddo, Kenny Drew, Jr., Richard Drexler, Jay Leonhart, Bucky Pizzarelli, David Finck, Jim Saporito, Bob Mann, Tony Kadleck, and Lawrence Feldman, etc., to name a few.
I am a multilingual singer singing in six languages. I was so intrigued by different languages that I decided to work with several tutors to learn the correct pronunciation. I was awestruck by Liza Minelli when she sang and signed a lovely balled live on TV. A friend of mine offered to teach me how to sign “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.”
I then performed this with Kenny for Patty Duke and “The Sunshine From Darkness Foundation.” This experience was and is very dear to my heart.
I entertained at many nursing homes and retirement venues throughout Florida. Often moved to tears by smiling faces and adoring eyes, there were quiet a few residents with Alzheimers who responded to the touch of my hand, and lots of hugs. They filled my heart with joy and gifted me their presence which I will always cherish.
We pray you will find peace and serenity in listening to “An Offering” and share our music with your friends.
“An Offering” – a gift from Leah