December 17, 1974
Residence: Glenbeulah, WI
Dalton James & Caden Riley
Drinks: Iced tea, Pepsi, and once in awhile... Jack 'n Coke
Bands: The Broomcats
Influences: Pat Benetar, Whitney Houston, Faith Hill, Martina
McBride, Mariah Carey... these women have AMAZING voices! Oh yeah, and
some old school... Salt 'N Pepa! 1st "tape" my mother ever
bought me was Salt 'N Pepa... knew every word!
singing as long as I can remember... putting on shows in front of family while
dancing on the coffee table in the living room. Grade school solos were
the worst - HAVING to sing in front of people!?!? I was scared to death,
the first couple times. High school came along and solo ensemble was new
and exciting. (I went from a catholic grade school to a public high
school... LOTS of changes!) Always wanted to sing in a band but never
thought it would happen.
was young and anxious to take on the world, thought I knew it all. Got
married at the age of 20, had a baby at 21. Two HUGE changes in life that
I should have waited to take on until after I knew a little more about life
itself. I discovered karaoke in 1997. Unbelievable! How
exciting to be able to sing along with music in front of a crowd! It was
my chance to be a star! I went around singing whenever I could, which
wasn't as often as I would have liked... someone had to be home taking care of
the baby. I did contests when I was able. At the time I lived in
Sheboygan and there was another vocalist that would always beat me by one if in
the same contest as me. Kudos to you Kathy... you still have one hell of a
found myself a single mother in 1998 and moved back to Fond du Lac. As a
favor, I started as a cocktail waitress at Main Exchange. I KNEW NOTHING!
If it wasn't a wine cooler, I had no clue! The look on my face when I
first took an order for a "seven & seven"... priceless.
Needless to say, I learned more than necessary and moved up to being a
bartender. 9 years of bartending sure makes you see the world in a
different way! Perhaps that is why I find myself to not be a real big
drinker. I'd take a Pepsi over alcohol most of the time.
2001, I started with a band called The Broomcats. They gave me a chance
and I owe a lot to them. After a couple years, the guys wanted to
concentrate on family and put the band aside for awhile. I, on the other
hand, wanted to sing. I searched here and there trying to find a band that
I felt comfortable in. I would take my friend, Jeff, along with me to
auditions in Milwaukee... didn't feel the safest going by myself. (Little
did I realize that he would end up being my husband one day!)
of 2003, I went to Beaver Dam to listen to 5
Funny, they weren't looking for a female vocalist but rather a keyboardist.
I was invited to come up on stage and sing a song... that was so fun!
After that, I was invited to an audition. Eric, the bass player, was
completely against having a "chick" be in the band but Mike &
Clark begged him to just listen to me one time. Worst case scenario... he
hated me and never had to see me again. Hmmmm... what happened here??
I was invited to be a part of 5
and helped to take the band in a new direction. Female vocals was
something new and exciting! Eric realized that "chicks" CAN
to find my place in the world. Retail jobs, office jobs, insurance,
hotel... but music is where it's at. After bartending and then being the
KJ at a karaoke bar, I decided to invest in my own equipment. I found
myself engaged to be married to my friend and biggest supporter of my singing...
Jeff. Jeff has owned a DJ Service since 93 and now I started my own
business... doing what I know best. Singing! I now have the best of
BOTH worlds! LIVE music with the band as well as running a DJ service for
any occasion... karaoke too!
is good... I have a new baby... a new home... a new husband... and a career that
is exactly what I love to do. God has been listening to my prayers.
To him I give thanks as well as to those who are always there for me. My
family and my friends... and to the members of Charlie... current as well as
past. You guys are not only my friends, but my family as well.
My other Job...