I was born in Provo Utah. When I was 4 years old my family moved into an old Mormon church in Spanish Fork, Utah. They owned a catering business so this was an ideal place to run a business (and not mention a really fun place to live). All the benches were removed from the Chapel and it became a reception hall. The best part about this was that my parents bought a grand piano for the reception hall - on my birthday. I liked to pretend it was my birthday present. I spent hours with my sisters playing the piano and singing, making up plays on the stage in the gym and roller skating everywhere! It was a GREAT place to grow up. (I did have an occasional dream about getting lost, but never actually did - it wasn't THAT big.)
I always loved music and I guess when I was about 3 or 4 I told my parents I wanted to be a singer when I grew up. I still do. :-)
Living in a old church was so fun! If I couldn't sleep, I would get up and quietly go to the room with the grand piano and close the door. I could play for hours and no one in my family would wake up because our living area was on the opposite side of the church. I still turn to music if I can't sleep or need "therapy". Playing the piano REALLY LOUD has always helped me work out my frustrations.
So when I was about 15 I saw that the church I belong to (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) would request music from members in something called the "Church Music Submission." Of the songs that were submitted a few were then chosen to be in the Church magazines (there are three magazines - The Friend (for children) The New Era (for teenagers) and The Ensign (for adults)). Well I wanted to have have a song in a Church magazine so bad, but I had no writing experience. However, I had taken piano lessons and later went on to major in music (Vocal Performance) at Utah State University in Logan Utah (which is also where I met my wonderful and supportive husband!)
After graduating I still had a dream to have a song published in a Church Magazine (I secretly hoped for the New Era, but any magazine would do.) I decided that I would submit one song every year. It was a few years until anything significant happened, but then I got a phone call in the Spring of 2007 - actually it was a message, it was from the Church's Music Department and they said they had selected my song "Little Baby" for an award of distinction - the highest award in its category. I was so shocked! I started to cry and I still get emotional when I think about it. This didn't mean that my song was automatically in a magazine (there isn't even enough room to put every winner in the magazines). But I got another phone call a year later this time from Michael Moody, also from the Church Music Department, and he asked if they could use my song in the New Era!! I didn't even have to think about it, I said YES!! If you go to http://lds.org/new-era/2008/12?lang=eng you will find my song "Little Baby" and my dream come true!