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 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’ve written 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, ” the 2018 singles ‘‘When Do I Tell Him” and ‘‘Where Luck Can Find Me,” and my latest 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 always aim 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 Amazon and 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 teach workshops and classes in guitar and songwriting at The Old Town School of Folk Music, and I 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 LA band: Joshua Pessar (guitar, vocals), Rob Fresco (bass, vocals), and Rich Lackowski (drums, percussion.)
I played at the 2019 Americanafest in Nashville as part of the ”California Country” showcases, and opened for Stax artists Southern Avenue in Los Angeles.
My latest 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 received very positive reviews in Americana and other roots music press in the U.S. and Europe, as well as radio play.
I played my first shows in Chicago (my husband and I moved there as 2020 was wrapping up), and “World is Waiting” was officially released in Europe.
I started teaching at The Old Town School of Folk Music, and also had the honor of interviewing and writing stories on two of my personal guitar heroes for Guitar Player Magazine: Carlos Santana and Teenie Hodges.
My first Chicago-based band has come together, and I’m playing shows and writing new music!
As a music journalist, I interviewed Courtney Barnett for Guitar Player, and it became the cover story.
I’m super excited to be playing at the 2022 AmericanaFest in Nashville!
I'm endorsed by Seymour Duncan pickups.