I'm an Americana singer-songwriter and guitar player, who's really into soul music, rhythm & blues and gospel. I was born in Los Angeles and I’m based there and in Chicago now, but I grew up in Sweden with my mother and grandmother, who both came from Poland.
I play lead as well as rhythm guitar.
I was very honored to be featured in the November 2019 issue of Guitar Player Magazine, interviewed by the great blues artist Sue Foley.
One EP, Two Singles and an Album
I write many of my songs with my lyric writing partner Paul Menser. We've been collaborating since my 2017 solo album, ‘‘Love Will Lead You Home, ” and the 2018 singles ‘‘When Do I Tell Him” and ‘‘Where Luck Can Find Me.” We've also written five songs together on my new album, "World is Waiting," which is out now on Blackbird Record Label.
Inspired by Pops Staples and Paul McCartney
As a guitarist, my style is inspired by soul pickers like Pops Staples, Teenie Hodges and Prince, as well as Carlos Santana. Singing-wise, I love Aretha Franklin, Dinah Washington and Mavis Staples, but I try to sound like myself. My songwriting has always been inspired by soul, gospel, rock, colorful harmony and great melodies (my favorite writers include Jerry Ragovoy, Dan Penn, Paul McCartney, Carole King, Sly Stone, Burt Bacharach and even ABBA's Bjorn and Benny... hey, I grew up in Sweden after all!)
Guitar Book, Lesson Channel & Guitar Magazine Writing
I've written a rock guitar instruction book and e-book called “Women’s Road to Rock Guitar” (Alfred Music – you can get it on iBooks.) I have a guitar lesson channel on TrueFire.com called ”Twang, Soul & Rock 'n' Roll,” and I'm a contributing writer for Guitar Player Magazine. I also do interviews and write lesson articles for Guitar Girl Magazine... it's important for me to encourage and give back.
Back in 2019...
...I played actively with my band: Joshua Pessar (guitar, vocals), Rob Fresco (bass, vocals), and Rich Lackowski (drums, percussion.) I played some acoustic shows and solo shows too.
It was so much fun to play at the 2019 Americanafest in Nashville as part of the ”California Country” showcases, and to open for Stax artists Southern Avenue in Los Angeles.
My new album, “World is Waiting,” came out on Blackbird Record Label (which I joined in September.) One of the songs was recorded at the legendary Royal Studios in Memphis. The album is produced by myself and Joshua “Cartier” Cutsinger, mixed by Ethan Allen (Mavis Staples) and mastered by Gavin Lurssen (Robert Plant & Allison Krauss.) The album got a 4 out of 5 star review in American Songwriter, and continues to receive very positive reviews in Americana and other roots music press in the U.S. and Europe, as well as radio play.
I'm playing my first shows in Chicago (my husband and I moved there as 2020 was wrapping up), and “World is Waiting” is officially released in Europe.
As I've been settling into my new hometown, I've had the opportunity to teach guitar and songwriting workshops at The Old Town School of Folk Music. I've also been fortunate to interview and write stories on two of my personal guitar heroes for Guitar Player Magazine in 2021: Carlos Santana and Teenie Hodges.
I'm endorsed by Seymour Duncan pickups.