I’m the daughter of two musicians: My mother was a professional singer and my father a professional singer and pianist. My mother was heavily rehearsing six-part harmonies with her family group while she carried me.
I’ve been singing all my life. My family used to make fun of the same heavy vibrato that served me well in my classical training as a soprano. I studied piano at six, and sang in choir and a Capella groups for twelve years.
When I was thirteen, I fell in love with jazz: Specifically Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. My dad left a stack of tapes on my nightstand that included their music and that of Sarah Vaughn, with a handwritten note on a pink card that read, “Jus acuz I luz ya! Yo Pappy”
All my life I sang alto: My voice had a powerful mid-register belt and my ear for harmony is really strong. In my senior year at Occidental College my voice instructor listened to my warm up and proclaimed that belt be darned, I was a soprano. Into my repertoire floated a host of arias that ranged from an octave above middle C upwards.
Mostly I sing without music. It grew out of necessity, because we rarely had back-up music or a band to accompany me. There’s something incredibly pure and powerful about a voice alone with nothing to hide it.
I’m thankful that in my 33rd year of life, I opened myself to allow God to use my voice as His instrument.
What I’ll share here are video and recordings of my interpretations of popular songs, and some original works as well.
It’s my honor to share with you and I appreciate you for listening and reading.
My youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/weenskers?feature=guide