You’re performing in concert at TMTC Monday Feb 11. How do you feel?
I am so excited about this. Doug [Peck], Jamie [Cooper] and I have had some really great rehearsals and I think it is sounding so good. I feel awesome.
What sorts of songs will you be singing?
I really wanted to cover a lot of the music that I love. We are moving from Carole King to Frank Loesser to James Taylor to Irving Berlin to Cyndi Lauper to Charles Strouse to Patty Griffin to Leonard Bernstein to Joni Mitchell to Guy Adkins. It’s a really fun mix.
Why did you choose to perform at TMTC in this fashion?
I have always wanted to do a concert where I got to sing the music that truly speaks to me and as some of it is a little outside the box, I knew TMTC would be a great place for it. I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to this.
Where do you hail from?
I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. The whole family is back in New Orleans so trips home are there!
What else are you working on currently?
I am doing a Gershwin concert called The Gershwin Experience with my good pal Kevin Cole all over Florida for a few weeks in February, then I will be in Oliver at The Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace in the Spring.
What brought you to Chicago?
Northwestern University. Go Cats!
What’s in your coffee?
Half and Half and sugar.
How long do you have?
If I must pick, I’ll give you 5.
What is your favorite doughnut?
The beignets at Morning Call in Metarie, LA, The Bacon Maple long john at Blue Dot in New Orleans, LA, the jelly doughnut at Fox’s Donut Den in Nashville, TN, the red velvet doughnut at Bennison’s Bakery in Evanston, IL and the sour cream doughnut at Munster Donut in Munster, IN.
What is your favorite color?
Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Highway or take the long way home?
That depends. In Chicago–highway. In Nashville–long way home. So so pretty.
What do you hope the audience takes away from the evening on Feb 11?
I hope the audience can feel these songs in their heart the way I do. Some of these tunes truly move me–to listen to and to sing. Music is a very important part of my life and these songs just scratch the surface of that. I hope the audience can drop the cares of the world for a bit and just let the music take them away.