The early Years
I have always been surrounded by music. My earliest childhood memories are of family gatherings where it seemed like everyone played an instrument. Gospel music may have been the first sound heard in the womb. And a good four-part harmony still moves my soul today.
It was the influence of this church music that initiated my desire to sing and, as often the case is, my introduction to the stage. My other early musical exposure was to classic rock. As a child of the 80’s the musical tastes of my parents from 60’s and 70’s also contributed to my own musical preference. Even in naming me, they drew from the artists of their day referencing Sharalee Lucas, the contemporary Christian Artist.
The Discovery phase
I’ve always loved to sing. It allowed me to express my emotions. I was involved with choir in high school and played around with karaoke and artist mimicry. I sang the latest country, pop and contemporary Christian songs of the 90s and recorded cover demo’s. Those experiences pushed me to explore the uniqueness of my own voice and artistry.
In the early 2000’s I decided to record some Christian Contemporary music. I worked with Producer Michael Nowak from Saga Recording Studio in Vancouver, BC. This short album featured original songs from American independent songwriters. It received recognition and radio play on Christian and Gospel Stations across the USA. I knew my Gospel roots were an undeniable part of my artistry, but I still felt like something was missing.
It was at this point that I decided I needed to be writing my own music. I am an intuitive singer and songwriter, with no official music education. Being primarily a lyricist has its own set of struggle. While I had no problems creating a melody and writing lyrics, my lack of knowledge regarding music theory has lead me to work with some great producer/composers. My first full length album “Postcards” was written and produced with Norman Robidoux, a Canadian music veteran.
As I continued to explore my identity as an artist the one question that has always been a challenge to answer is “who do you sound like?” I have a sound that is uniquely me. But as I have trained my voice and found new musical influences, I continue to hone my sound. 2016 was a big year of investing in my music career. After a trip to Toronto to record the Gospel influenced pop song I wrote called “Together Again” with Producer Mark Zubek, my husband Nathan decided it was time to set up our own home studio in an effort to be able to work on more collaborations.
This started the release of a series of singles which are featured on my home page. It was also at this time that I discovered sync licensing and took additional songwriting training on how to write music for film and TV. This musical collection is my journey of self-discovery, life, love and loss reflected by the nostalgia of music from a bygone era. The songwriting is articulated in an uncommon way, often referencing Biblical values and yet remaining accessible to general listeners. I know there will be a song that will speak to nearly everyone in that series. Have a listen, if you like what you hear please let me know!