You are what is called a “versatile artist": would you agree with that?
Yes. In order to make headway and remain relevant in this everchanging business, you have to be able to adjust and adapt. The more arrows in your quiver, the more targets can be hit. I adore all types of music...from opera to metal, r&b to EDM, opera to hip hop. I try to stay current across the board. Being versatile allows me to work in multiple genres of music have a varied repertoire, which keeps things incredibly interesting, extremely fun and challenging. The only drawback that I’ve found in being a “chameleon” comes when I need to determine “my sound”.
Did you release more solo records after “Lover ’s Intuition”?
No. However, I’ve worked on multiple projects as a guest artist...Including Dave Stewart (The Eurhythmics) “SongBook”.
Is there one in the works?
Yes. I’m excited to say that I’m currently working with my writing partners and hope to have something out soon.
Do you have a great memory you can share from your first tour with Leonard Cohen?
I ADORED...and still adore...Leonard! I have many wonderful memories. My first is the first Time I saw him in person. He stood, looking quite regal, at the top of a grand staircase. As he turned toward me he was the image of Spock! And yes, I’m a Trekkie!😄 I was almost anticipated a “Live long and prosper” greeting! I told him about it and we had a great laugh. One other is how when he discovered that it was Thanksgiving for us, he decided to pull together an impromptu Thanksgiving feast. Well, in Scandinavia, Thanksgiving can be very interesting. Our “meal” consisted of caviar and aquavit! Though unconventional, it was a wonderful Thanksgiving.
You have been on the road recently with Phil Collins-Can you talk more about your long collaboration?
I’ve been extremely blessed to have been working with Phil Collins for many years. I was fortunate enough to work on a completely different gig with one of Phil’s band members...Harry Kim. I had no idea. During that tour, I was called upon to do an impromptu performance of Earth, Wind and Fire’s “Reasons”. After seeing my prep for the tour and performance, he decided to recommend me for the Phil Collins Tour. I would shortly thereafter work with Phillip Bailey, who kindly wrote me a letter of recommendation. I also discovered that Brad Cole, Phil’s keyboard player, had played on my first album! He also wrote me a letter. I submitted everything and the rest is history. During my tenure with Phil, I’ve had the pleasure of singing numerous duets, written vocal arrangements...one a cappella version of “True Colors” is included on his “Love Songs” CD. I even choreographed one tour. We return to the road in January.