Music, to me, is purpose. Music is transformative. Music is a process-for all spirits involved in creating it. Ultimately, music defines itself differently for different people and that is the beauty of it. A woman of my own musical style, but influenced by originals I describe my style as a neo-jazz fusion with a touch of opera. I love the elusiveness of jazz, the sincerity of neo-soul, and the challenge of opera. I am inspired by artists like Rachelle Ferrell, Erykah Badu, Nnena Freelon, Amel Larrieux, and Lizz Wright.
A neo to the Twin Cities, I have found incredible support through many artists in the area. From the weekly bar crowd at Plum’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill in St. Paul and spoken word open mic nights at Café Southside (where I got my Twin Cities start) to the new family I found in the Solflower Collective and everyone who jams and shares in the harmonies along the way. It is a feeling of appreciation of unappreciated talent. And simply, I am humbled. -Sankophoenix