A Carolina country girl, I grew up singing in a hand clapping, foot stomping church. I stumbled into the theatre world toward the end of my high school career on a whim, decided to major in theater while attending North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina. Upon receiving my B.F.A., I was afforded the opportunity to perform at various theaters while teaching creative dramatics for North Carolina Parks and Recreation. Still on the fence about moving to New York City, I decided to pursue a graduate degree. I attended and received an M.F.A from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Six month after receiving my graduate degree I miraculously landed the role of Celie in The Color Purple on Broadway (produced by Oprah Winfrey), replacing Fantasia Barrino. Following the closing of the Original Broadway Production of The Color Purple I traveled the continent in the First National Tour of the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q. I also gave my passport a good workout performing on stages in Lyon, Liverpool, Scotland, St. Martin, and Toronto.
Some of my favorite highlights include singing at the famed Carnegie Hall, and becoming a member of the infamous, soul stirring, Grammy nominated and Tony Award Recipients, Broadway Inspirational Voices (BIV). Joining BIV has led to other highlights- recording with the band The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, performing in Mariah Carey's 2014 Christmas Spectacular, and providing background vocals for TV shows AMERICA'S GOT TALENT, SMASH, and THE DAVID LETTERMAN SHOW.
Volunteering for several organizations including The Ronald McDonald House, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and Covenant House, continue to be some of my favorite experiences. I am one of the founding members of the newly created event band House OV Mahogany and a proud member of BOLD, an organization established in 2015 that supports and uplifts black womyn in the entertainment industry.
I am thrilled to share with you a passion project that I’ve been working on since 2015. The Negro Spirituals were a part of my childhood and I hope to introduce or remind them and their importance to coming generations.