From piedmont NC, I grew up in the 60's absorbing the rhythms and harmonies of Soul, Gospel, Jazz, Bach and Jesus Folk. As a young woman I left the start of a music career to marry a cute non-musician military captain, but the love of creating music did not leave me. I am a singer, songwriter, and creator and even in those analogue days was driven for making what I call Passion Projects: musical projects created simply because I love making them.
There are lifestyle requirements for which I am not naturally gifted, the duties of domesticity is one of them. Mostly by accident I've learned about how to cope by pouring my heart out in song. The space between the piano and bench began to become a sanctuary.
With a bound the children grew up, and in earnest I began to unfold the second half of my life with renewed creative vigor.
In 2018 I wrote and recorded “Hoping for Real” (a song cycle inspired by the beloved book “The Velveteen Rabbit”) and performed the work as a Musical Reading stage show. Also, I indulge a love for Big Band music and perform as the female vocalist for the Alamance Jazz Band. I am currently producing a series of Great American Songbook arrangements under the name "Carolina Bluebird Jazz Project” as the vocalist supported by a stellar combo of UNC jazz professors.
I view myself as an artist of Benediction and Blessing, regardless of the arena as secular or sacred. I love to clear paths for helpful reprieve and imagination, and it is here that I think my music serves best.
I am thankful you found me. I would love to have you as a friend in this digital space. This is where I can meet people like you, and hopefully, bless your life and home by what I make from my own.
Hope is married to Mark and they have six perfect grandchildren. They live an ordinary life in North Carolina.