I am a mother of eight children, a special education teacher in K-5 public school, lead singer of CallBox, an original/cover band, and The Silly String Band, a children’s music band. I am also Founder & Director of California Women’s Music, a non-profit dedicated to advancing women in music, business, education, and the fine arts.
CallBox is currently working on a 12 song EP. I am currently in production on a series for California Women’s Music dedicated to answering questions about the Music Industry in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This series started this past Sunday, March 29th. We had a panel discussion with women in the industry based on questions submitted by the audience. In the month of April, we will look more deeply into specific groups within the music community.
The next Deep Dive on is April 5th. California Women’s Music is also offering two funds for performers and women-run businesses, specifically music venues impacted by the Corona Virus. Our relief concert is on April 4th on Zoom. Check out www.cwmnp.com for all the details.
What is your definition of tone, and how has it changed over the years?
My definition of tone is color. Utilizing all possible ways to influence my sound. The more technology has advanced, the better able I have been able to manipulate my own sound.
Which guitars, amps, and pedals are you currently using and why?
I love my Martin 000CXE Black. It has a solid and stable sound for recording or live performance. For vocals, I am using the Electro-Harmonix Vocoder V256 and the BOSS VE-20 vocal processor. Using both together gives me flexibility.
What about strings?
I like the Martin Strings. I am not picky about this.
Are there certain recording techniques you prefer in the studio?
Major thing, a nice studio with industry-grade equipment. A studio with lots of space.
How do you keep your sound consistent onstage?
I keep my sound consistent through proper use of my mic position. I will work through any sound issues.
What does your practice consist of?
Our practice consists of working out. I run four miles a day. This is a must. I also do a 45-minute vocal workout, including steaming my voice. Once a week, my band gets together, plays through songs for upcoming gigs, and then works on original music. We practice on our own through the week and then repeat. We love practice.
What is your advice for young women who hope to work in the music industry?
My advice is to keep ongoing. My journey has been filled with many ups and downs, and the most important thing I have learned is not to let other people’s opinions of you bring you down. It’s your musical journey. It’s what you make of it. To make it in today’s industry, the main thing is innovation and collaboration. Build your web of connections and never be afraid to innovate.