Three genre-defying singles that explore cultural identity, desire, the high stakes of vulnerability, and whatever else you take away from them since art is subjective. Across these tracks I wrote lyrics & melodies, tracked drums, and arranged. Featured in AltNubian, Lyrical Lemonade, Soul Conversations Radio, Written Records, and more.
A middle-aged Brooklyn woman has had it up to here with the influx of young blood, none of whom know how to do things right!
I’ve regaled my younger friend Doug of the Brooklyn I knew growing up, and one day we starting exchanging couplets about it over text. (We both perform hip-hop improv & like to freestyle.) We knew after a few exchanges that we had to make a video.
I have released two full-length instrumental albums of original music, but for my third album project, I wanted to create piano-only, classical versions of famous pop songs. Because my employer (Mophonics) has a relationship with UMPG, I limited myself to songs which have publishing controlled at least partially by UMPG. The end result was a four-song EP I titled Arrangements I–featuring piano-only arrangements of songs by Fleetwood Mac, The Beach Boys, Shania Twain and Dolly Parton. I intentionally chose songs with strong, recognizable melodies, but took creative license with the arrangements: changing chord voicings, expressing harmonies in different octaves, etc. The arrangement process, since I wasn’t working from sheet music (except my own shorthand notes), was challenging but rewarding–each song was a puzzle that needed unlocking. I’m very proud of how these arrangements turned out. The cover art was designed by the supremely talented graphic designer and artist Autumn Wilson, with whom I previously collaborated on “Amplify the Sound,” a virtual benefit concert we created on Instagram Live to raise money for the Autistic People of Color Fund. The album is available on all streaming services.