Singer/Songwriter Worship Leader
There's something to be said for being born and raised in a part of the world so far removed that one has to drive through "God's Country" to get there. Its better known as Hockey Town, U.S.A. and Warroad, MN is home to more Olympic hockey athletes per capita than any other place in the country (maybe theworld). Its also home to Marvin Windows, cyclical infestations of tent caterpillars, and a host of people committed to one other.
In 2011, I began writing my own music. It started as a way to work through life. From my struggles as a mom to my call to be a part of a church plant, to the accident that nearly took my husband's life and left him with a spinal cord injury. In 2012, after enthusiastic encouragement from friends, I decided to record some of these songs.
I eventually landed at the Library Recording Studio in Minneapolis where I worked with producer/engineer, Matt Patrick (Sara Groves, Jason Gray, Jeremy Messersmith). To fund the album, I raised over $10,000 via Kickstarter. I was, and continue to be, amazed at the outpouring of support from family and friends. My EP, "Dragonflies" was released on Sept 24, 103. This album tells my story. It shows what's most important to me, how I work through the life and how I interact with this world.
I love to tell stories inside and outside of my music - mostly about the stuff of life. Ever since reading L.M. Montgomery's "The Story Girl" I've wanted to be just that. You can read more on my blog. There I write about life, performance, songwriting, and maybe even a short story or two.
Rather than striving to be another voice in the myriad of other voices struggling to be heard, I strive to be a positive presence in people's lives. As a result, I'm passionate about reaching out to those who are (or feel like they are) living in the margins - in hospitals, jails, institutions or wherever. I can't think of any greater blessing than to be told that the work I'm doing has mattered to someone - that it has made a difference (dare I hope, a transformational difference) in a life. I've recently begun creative writing session in our county jail called, "Your Stroy / Your Song." I feel so fortunate that detainess are willing to share their stories with me and that I'm able to tell them to the world. This is a large part of why I do what I do.
I live with my family near Rochester, MN. My husband, Trever, is my greatest support and our kids are my greatest inspiration. They are another part of why I do what I do.
Thanks much for your interest in my little journey....