Monday, March 24, 2014


1                   Please tell us a little bit about your background;

         A:      I am a Canadian singer/songwriter from Vancouver, B.C. I have always had a passion for entertainment and travel.  I went to the University of Victoria on scholarship for acting and musical theatre. I moved to Vancouver to pursue acting in tv and movie and also started performing at local jazz clubs. Before I knew it, I was booking International Jazz festivals and started recording my own albums.  I have now just completed my first major studio album, having worked with world famous jazz musicians like the Jeff Hamilton Trio and John Clayton Jr. It has been a dream come true. I am currently singing in Hong Kong and performing around Asia.

2                  Did youu want to be something else when younger?Have you always wanted to be in entertainment or did you aspire to be something else?

      A:     My dream has always been the same since I was a little girl as young as kindergarten.  I have always wanted to entertain people and bring them joy through the arts.

3                   Are any of your family or relatives entertainers?

              A:                   My grandmother was an amateur opera singer, and we believe that is where my talent came from.

4                   You are an exceptionally talented young lady – being a model, actor, musician, photographer and stylist.  Are you formally trained in all of these?

         A:   I was scouted at young age to start modelling professionally and I took lot’s of fun modelling courses on how to walk on the catwalk and how to do professional photo shoots.  I always loved the chance to get all dressed up!  I always thought it was a lot of fun and never took the modelling too seriously. I have been training as an actor and working professionally since I was 14. The same goes for music and I inherited my Mothers passion for photography and started taking classes in high-school. I have a passion for design and style and have had the pleasure of styling my own photo shoots as well as other friends projects.

5                   Are you managed professionally or do you represent yourself?

                                          A:           I work with multiple agents from around the globe, but have non-exclusive agreements with all of them. I am currently looking for the right partner in a manger to help me take my career to the next level. Things are so busy that I literally need someone to help “manage” things.  I’m excited to be at this stage in my career, but am careful to wait for the right person to partner with.

6                   Do you write your own songs and/or write for others – or neither?

         A:        Yes, I love to co-write songs for myself.  I am very social and love the opportunity for collaboration. My new album features 6 original songs, 4 of which I co-wrote.  Including the title track, “My Love.” I spent time in Nashville writing with some of the best songwriters in the world. It was a very inspiring experience.

7                   Have you ever worked with any very big names – other than your own, I mean?  Would you be able to tell us about that?

         A:         Yes, I have been very honoured to perform with David Foster on multiple occasions.  He is from the same home town of Victoria, B.C. and I have always looked up to him as a mentor in the music industry!  Michael Buble was kind enough to call me and give me some life changing advice about whether or not to accept a record deal. I’ve work with the multi Grammy award winning Jeff Hamilton (Drummer for Diana Krall, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett) Tamir Hendleman (Barbara Streisand’s musical director and pianist) John Clayton Jr. (Bass player and arranger for Paul McCartney, Michael Buble, Diana Krall) Gabriel Mark Hasselbach (Trumpet player and Juno and Smooth Jazz Award Winner ) Miles Black, Jodi Proznick, Rene Worst are all incredible and award winning Canadian Jazz musicians.

8             Have you ever appeared, with any of your talents, on TV, film or stage?

   A:       Yes, I’ve been very blessed to perform in many professional productions of both theatre and musical theatre. As well I have many on camera acting credits.  I have not been as active with acting in the last few years, because my music has been taking me all around the world.  It’s tough to get into the audition schedule, when I’m always out of town. Something I’ve really enjoyed is voice over acting.  I do animation, video games, radio and tv ads, narration and on-hold.  It allows me to combine the talents of my voice and acting abilities. You can see my full acting resume and samples of my voice over demo reels on

9             Who and/or what are your inspirations?

  A:         My inspirations are my parents, my husband and the beautiful surroundings of my home in Vancouver, Canada.  I am very inspired by the ups and downs of great love stories and also in the acts of kindness we see sometimes in the world.  I am inspired by International travel and the exploration of different cultures.

10            Have you ever been bullied?

    A:       I have, and it was a terrifying experience.  I was hazed at the age of 15 by the older boys and girls who were graduating from high-school that year. It was a confusing experience, because we were being told that it was an “honour” to chosen as the next “cool kids” but it was humiliating, physically painful and degrading.  We experienced being rounded up like cattle, dangerously thrown into the back of an open aired truck bed, hog tied, pelted with eggs at close range, covered with kitchen condiments, forced to drink motor oil, forced to do all sorts of terrible things. At the end of it we were left there and forced to walk for kilometres back up a steep hill covered in a stinky mess, eyes stinging from the tears and a head full of questions with no answers.   I’ve also experienced the pain of not being accepted or gossiped about, but I have also always tried to stand up for those being bullied and whenever possible I have tried to be an example of strength and a safe place for other kids to come to when they feel they are being bullied.  As my self-confidence grew, I asserted myself and defended others whenever the opportunity presented itself.

The other major experience I had with bullying was when someone kept vandalizing my car.  I was friends with everyone at school and couldn’t imagine who would do this to me. I had worked really hard for my little “Sprint” and was devastated when I came out late in the evening after theatre rehearsal to find my car totally wrecked in the parking lot.  I remember the sun was setting and my car was the only one there.  It had been keyed all over the wind shield wipers were ripped off, the antenna broken and the word SLUT was keyed into the hood. I was paralyzed with fear and shock.  I was so humiliated to drive the car home. I was so embarrassed for my parents to see the car and to in any way think that the word slut held any truth. I didn’t even have a boyfriend at the time and was a “good girl.” So the sting of that word cut deeply.  I had to raise the money to fix the car through bottle drives and extra work and the day I brought my newly fixed car back to school it happened all over again. I was devastated and the thing that hurt my feelings the most was that I KNEW that other kids must have witnessed it or knew through the rumour mill who had done it. About 8 years later I received a facebook message from an old school mate apologizing for her actions and confessing to it all.  She shared with me that she felt uncontrollable jealousy for my success in the dance and theatre programs. She shared with me that she came from a broken family where alcohol was destroying everything.  She was so angry at the time and used me as a target for her frustations.  We have since completely mended everything, I shared with her how humiliating the experience was and after she apologized I forgave her.  It was a tremendous weight off of both of our hearts.  We are now supportive facebook friends and enjoy being in each others lives.

11             Whether you have been bullied or not, do you feel that the governments and schools around the world are doing enough to try to combat this problem?

  A:          I have friends whose kids have recently experienced threats and acts of bullying and I have to say that the schools handled the situation with incredible speed and they took it all very seriously.  The tough thing is that we deal with it as adults, but we need to remember the complexities around child psychology and the hierarchy of the schools.  It all needs to be handled swiftly but also with a sensitivity to what is going to happen after the kids are protected.
Unfortunatley there continue to be tragic cases of bullying and two examples from my neck of the woods that will always stay with me are the tragic murder of Reena Virk by her classmates and the silence of the student body that followed.

And the more recent events of Amanda Michelle Todd (born November 27, 1996, in British Columbia)[2][3] committed suicide on October 10, 2012 at the age of 15 at her home in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. Prior to her death, Todd had posted a video on YouTube in which she used a series of flash cards to tell her experience of being blackmailed, bullied and physically assaulted. The video went viral after her death,[4] resulting in international media attention. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and British Columbia Coroners Service launched investigations into the suicide.

I have become friends with Amanda’s mother and we are hoping to work together on an event where I can sing and we can raise funds and awareness for the Amanda Tood Legacy Fund.

12             What more do you feel the above could be doing to either try to decrease this problem hugely or eliminate it altogether?

    A:       I think sadly, bullying is a part of our human DNA.  It’s the “jungle” part of our reptile brain and only through compassionate thinking, evolved and informed actions and excellent leadership both at home and in the school systems can we hope to have both young and old choose the higher road.  If only we could all follow the golden rule of “Treat others the way you would like to be treated.”

The part of the equation that is new and I’m not sure how we are going to handle it is the cyber world.  When I was going to school we didn’t all have cell phones and facebook. We didn’t have access to Twitter and photo shop. A rumour or embarrassing incident would erase with time or the latest scandal in the hallways of the school. But now, once something is posted it lasts forever…and that is a very long time.  

There is always more that can be done. We must continue to honour those that have been bullied in the past and to acknowledge the reality that this problem is not just going to “go away.” We must all do what we can and it starts on a macro level in our own backyards, homes, schools and work places.  Being a part of a community really helps. Reach out and get to know one another. You are surrounded by loving and kind people, you just need to get to know one another.

13             On a personal level, what do you feel you would like to see being done to help in this fight?

A:         I think there need to be more anonymous options for bully reporting and more positive examples of “cool kids” showing leadership in their acceptance and protection of everyone. This starts with great training in the home. There really needs to be a zero tolerance in all schools and work places.

14             What is on the agenda for 2014?

     A:        I will be heading home after a successful tour of shows in Hong Kong in April.  I have concerts and International festivals scheduled in Vancouver and all around B.C. Other shows throughout the summer and fall are scheduled in Toronto, Washington DC, Las Vegas, Mexico, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Thailand. I will be releasing more videos from my latest albums on my youtube channel and will also be officially releasing my Christmas Album online in November 2014!

15             Do you have a special message you would like to share with the world?

     A:          There is so much beauty in the world.  Find a way to honour what is within you through your own passion and do your best to leave the world a better place than you found it.  Love yourself and then take that energy and spread it amongst all you meet. Travel and explore both internally and internationally. We only get one chance at this life, make the most of it.

16             Is there anything further you would like to add?

     A:      I feel blessed and filled with gratitude to be able to do what I love for a living and for the opportunity to spread joy and love through my music.  I hope that I will one day meet you (the reader) and have you be a part of my audience. Remember to always stand up for yourself and those around you. Do not be afraid to be different for it is your uniqueness that allows you to shine most brightly.

17           Do you have any links you would like to have included with this interview?

   A:           I am an ambassador for the RAW beauty movement.  Please follow this link to see photos of me with no makeup and my interview. I hope this is empowering for young women!

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