A Thankful 2012


Hoping everyone out there (in the US) had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and that you and international friends are beginning to gear up for a beautiful holiday season!

2012 has been one of the most interesting years – such turmoil with storms and economies and political debates – it seems chaotic.  But it’s that time of year now to reflect and take a moment to appreciate how truly blessed we are in our lives, and for me, that always seems to center on the people inhabiting it!

Amazing accompanist, Steve Cook, Juan Chemes, me, and Juanjo Gonzales in Madrid

I’ve been so fortunate this year to travel and perform and meet so many of you, as well as have the opportunity to forge new working relationships!  Performing in Buenos Aires and Madrid, for instance blew my mind! I LOVED teaching and working with the professional performers and students through the master classes, and the concerts themselves were unbelievably exciting for me!  Thanks must go to Juan Chemes and Juanjo Gonzales (and of course Lee Lessack) for making those happen!


Georgia and me – never sure if we’re working or playing.

I’m always thrilled to be doing projects with composer and pal, Georgia Stitt, and we haven’t slowed down! We just got out of the recording studio (again) with a single, which I’ll release later this year.  We are collaborating on a few other items as well, and do plan to hit the stage again soon. And if you haven’t checked out our Musical Mom Blog, you should!

I’ve been having a blast with various Disney projects; from four Fantasy/Wonder-filled cruises this year (The Walt Disney Theatre on board the ships is amazing!) to incredible corporate events in exotic places — I’m so grateful for my relationship with this company!

Standing on a stage with 70 musicians is always incredible and this year’s symphony dates were no different! I sang with some old friends and some new ones — and have more symphonic concerts scheduled for 2013!  Check it out!

Baritone, Christopher Johnstone, me, conductor, Steven Reineke, and tenor Chad Johnson at the Long Beach Symphony. Lucky me!
Pals and producers Karen Rymar and Tim Nelson, New Year’s Eve 2011!


And, naturally, I adore having the chance to do evenings of cabaret; this year held many and next year is shaping up to have even more!  I love that I closed off 2011 with a New Year’s concert at the Rose Center in Southern California, thanks to pals Karen Rymar and Tim Nelson, and this year I’m doing the same! Come join us for the party!

Hanging with Nick at Umami Burger. Yum!





Next year holds a great deal as well. More concerts, more blogging, more projects, including helping new friend, Nick Pitera, structure a live show.  If you don’t know him, a) where have you been? and b) watch his YouTube videos — he is a phenomenon!!

Thank you to all of you who have enriched this past year. I truly love traveling and meeting you in person. Thanks for following the blog and twitter!  Cheers to you during this holiday season and may you hold your loved ones close and have a healthy and happy 2013!




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