What is one thing people would be surprised to hear about you?
In school, I was a straight ‘A’ student and a nerd! I graduated with honors from college with a major in Psychology and English in the Pre-Law program. I never really wanted to be a lawyer. It was just what was expected of me because I was a good student. I didn’t want to let everyone down. I sat for my LSATS and in the middle of the test I had this moment of clarity. I decided on the spot that I didn’t want that life. So, I walked out in the middle of the test and started to live the life I wanted.
Did you always know what you wanted to do as a career?
I always loved music, singing, and performing. I just didn’t know you could do it as a career when I was going to college. I never craved fame or fortune. I didn’t know that you could make a living making music without all that superficial junk. I love that I get to do that as my job and that it allows me to connect with people on a really deep and meaningful level.
Were you scared to start the process?
Yes! But often the hardest and scariest thing is the right thing. I’m so glad I took a leap of faith. Life is short. So, you have to do what brings you joy.
If you weren’t doing the job you have now, what would you be doing?
Making music is what makes me tick. I can’t imagine a life where I’m not doing that! So, even if it wasn’t my job it would still be a huge part of my life. If I had to do something else, I think I would be a therapist. (I do have that degree in psychology and I worked as a counselor for a short time.) I think that could be a very fulfilling life because I could help others.
What is something on your bucket list?
So far, SIRSY has toured in the US and Canada. We’ve played in 49 of the 50 states — we just need Alaska. We haven’t toured overseas either. So, I’d love to play in both Alaska and overseas!
What is your favorite thing about where you live?
We tour for a living. It’s an amazing life that lets us see so many places and meet so many wonderful people. We drive an average of about 60,000 miles per year and we play about 250 shows per year. So, we’re not home a lot. It’s really special to be home because we can see our family and friends, plant a garden, and take lots of walks around our neighborhood. It’s the little things!
What is your favorite meal?
I eat a kale salad every day. No, really. I actually really love kale. But if we’re talking my ‘pie in the sky’ guilty pleasure meal… it would be my husband’s homemade pizza with ice cream for dessert!
Who is your biggest role model? Why?
I really admire my husband and my mom. My husband doesn’t care what anyone else thinks. He goes his own way and greets each day and each new experience with a sense of adventure. He inspires me to do the same! My mom is the strongest person I know. She’s a fighter. Her strength and resilience are an inspiration. Both of them have taught me how to love fiercely and with your whole heart.