YEAR: Fourth

MAJOR: Jazz Studies; Voice

HOMETOWN: Jordan, N.Y.

What’s your instrument of choice and why?

 My voice. It’s my major and I’ve been singing since I could talk. It has always been my passion.

What are you involved with musically?

Currently on campus I participate in the Jazz Ensembles. Off campus, I’m involved with the Poughkeepsie Jazz Project. 

Who are your biggest influences?

Sarah Vaughan. Nina Simone. Billie Holiday. Ella Fitzgerald. Iron & Wine. Alexi Murdoch. Joshua Radin. The Allman Brothers.

Who have you been listening to lately?

 Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of Alison Krauss. I listened to her a lot when I was little and I’d like to get back into Bluegrass again. 

What’s your plan for the future?

My current plan for the future is to hopefully sing on cruise ships, entertaining, small jazz trios.

Any advice for aspiring musicians?

  Follow your dream. It’s worth being turned down at auditions, because the experience gained is something you’ll never forget. And who knows, maybe someday, if you try hard enough, you could become something huge. Just practice, build up your repertoire, broaden your horizons and dream big!