Announcing my retirement, and what’s next for me


First of all- Happy Autumn! It’s been a few months since my last email and well, since I’ve got your attention- I have some good and bad news to share.

You may recall that I’ve been hoping to secure a recording grant to produce a new EP or album. After being rejected the last two rounds, I must accept that the powers-that-be do not see commercial potential in my music. Most of you are probably not aware that a modest recording budget is $2000 per track.

After self-funding my 2008 CD, Insight, I know first hand how hard it is to make money being a recorded artist. After much thought and soul-searching, I am now announcing my “retirement”, meaning, I will not be pursuing a music career in the same way anymore. It simply isn’t a viable option at this time.

I know my “failure to succeed” has nothing to do with my talent as a singer, and everything to do with the challenges of the business, and the amount of sacrifices required that I was/am unwilling to make.

At some point many years ago I veered away from the strictly Jazz musical diet I was on- daring to write, perform and record my own songs. I suppose I wanted to prove I could do it, to see if I could also be an original artist. I got some great responses; inevitably there would always be at least one person at every concert who said they enjoyed my songs the most. For that, I am glad.

I will continue to perform live, although I am unlikely to go on tour anymore. There comes a point when “breaking even” isn’t enough of an incentive to take time off work and hit the road. I am incredibly grateful to all of you- your support and love has meant a lot to me. Thank you.

On a more positive note, this past summer I married the love of my life and my new career in Arts Admin is taking off. I am writing words more than music these days, and I find it to be a similar creative outlet actually- and one that pays by the hour, which is nice.

So, rest assured I am happy, healthy and not totally quitting the game- just changing the way I play it. In this season of giving thanks, I am thankful for all the experiences I have had playing gigs all over Western Canada, playing with different musicians, and having the chance to share my heart with strangers through song. It’s been an incredible journey.


As a gift to all of you who are on my email list, I want to make sure everyone has an mp3 copy of my most recent single, Precious Time. I offered it for free download from my website for a few months last winter, but I realize not all of you did. So please, if you do not have it, respond back and I will email you the song. It would make me happy to know I still exist in your iTunes libraries.

Again, thanks for being a friend and a fan.



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