I am a dreamer, romantic, old soul and goofball. At times it feels I was born in the wrong era, and others, I still feel like a gangly teenager. Music has always been a prominent thread through my upbringing and found me singing on a stage for the first time at the young age of 4. I took my turn on an outdoor stage in Hilton Head by open invitation from the band, and “You are My Sunshine” was my debut performance. As the musicians began to accompany me and throw in their harmonies, the dream to become a singer was birthed.
As I grew older, I connected greatly to the storytelling and unhindered expression I found through music for things that were difficult to deliver with mere words. I’ve always been someone who feels and thinks deeply but struggles to share it with other people. At 14, I wrote my first song on the piano, though I’d spilled many thoughts and emotions on paper in poetry before then. The ink on the pages of my journal was just for me, but my song needed to be released. Weaving my dramatic introspection into melody became an invigorating new language that adequately conveyed my inner dialogue.
A darker strand that marked my years was a need to be noticed, and I experienced a lot of heartbreak as I poured myself out to people who didn’t truly value me. In the midst of the struggle, the fascinating sound of jazz came into my life with Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child.” It drew me in immediately and transported me like no other music had, and I soon found others – Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, etc. The pieces fell together, and I got into piano lessons with a good friend and brilliant pianist, Dorian Wallace, asking him to teach me what I needed to know to write and play jazz.
Having gone through heartaches and the cyclical battle with self-worth, I began to desire an opportunity to bring hope to a world overrun with darkness. Often kicking and screaming in protest through my own healing process, I’ve stumbled forward learning to expel my pain in the only way one truly can – allowing myself to feel it. Beyond entertaining people or setting the perfect tone for a peaceful evening, I also want to help those who listen find courage to do the same. All this has culminated in the style I call, Soul Jazz · A timeless sound with a voice of hope.
I’ve now had the opportunity to share my heart through this expression for several years, performing at any place where doors are opened to me. It’s been a beautiful adventure, largely made possible by the unfailing encouragement and support of my loving husband, Thomas. I’m honored to fulfill every opportunity laid before me by God’s faithful leading, and my desire as an artist is…
To CREATE music with excellence, passion and purpose
that allows me to CONNECT with a diverse audience and
to INSPIRE unfettered hope and unhindered authenticity in every listener.
Nashville Jazz on ACME Radio Live
WSMV Today in Nashville
Had a wonderful time getting to know and having amazing vocalist and groovy lady Eleni Naomi on Show No. 149 of Nashville Jazz onAcmeRadioLive.com. Her debut album Still I Wait is excellent, and Nashville-based producer Loren Johnson was also in studio to talk about the project and, more importantly, his enthusiasm as a big supporter of and guidance for Eleni and her music.
Monday, May 27 · Grace Race · National Anthem · Akron, OH
Saturday, June 15 · Opry Mills Mall · 4:00p · Nashville, TN
Saturday, August 3 · Opry Mills Mall · 1:00p · Nashville, TN
Friday, August 16 · House Concert · 7:00p · Akron, OH
Saturday, August 17 · PORCHROKR · 2:00p · Akron, OH
Friday, August 23 · Puckett’s Grocery · 5:00p · Nashville, TN
Monday, August 26 · Puckett’s Grocery · 6:00p · Nashville, TN
Saturday, September 14 · Opry Mills Mall · 3:00p · Nashville, TN
Saturday, January 12 · Opry Mills Mall · 6:00p · Nashville, TN
Sunday, January 13 · Nashville Jazz on AcmeRadioLive.com · 6:00p · Nashville, TN
Friday, February 22 · The Banks at West Fork · Private Event · Murfreesboro, TN
Friday, March 1 · Battle of the Badges · National Anthem · Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Monday, March 18 · Puckett’s Grocery · 6:00p · Franklin, TN
Friday, March 29 · House Concert · 6:00p · Phoenix, AZ
Saturday, April 13 · Opry Mills Mall · 2:00p · Nashville, TN
Saturday, April 27 · Opry Mills Mall · 2:00p · Nashville, TN
Friday, May 3 · Erskin Music Album Release Event · 6:00p · Nashville, TN
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