I grew up on a small farm in Oregon, planted perfectly between the Douglas fir trees and the Sandy River, with a miniature Shetland pony named Sundown. Homeschooled and Seventh Day Adventist, I wasn’t allowed to take in much pop culture as a kid. For me, it was mostly Amy Grant and Disney movies.
At 5 years old, I saved up money from Christmas and my birthday to buy a Rainbow Brite tape recorder with a built-in microphone. I remember locking myself in the bathroom and making up songs on cassette. I sang my first solo in church on Mother’s Day that same year and started piano lessons shortly after.
As a teenager, I recorded several albums and really discovered my passion for songwriting, though I struggled to find my genre, bouncing around from country to pop to jazz and AC. It wasn’t until I went fully authentic with my whimsical pop EP, Pure Honey, that this vision of writing for animated features came into focus.
My heroes became Alan Menken, Danny Elfman, and The Sherman Brothers. I want to be the first female to write a major animated screenplay AND the corresponding soundtrack.
The girl has been called to be a force for awe and wonder, beauty and meaning.
I live alongside these wildflower dreams in Los Angeles. Let’s make magic.