As a child, I remember doing anything and everything I could just for an opportunity to sing. I faithfully watched Jem and the Holograms and would learn all of the songs and cover them using my father's cassette recorder. However, I truly fell in love with music when I saw Ella Fitzgerald perform on a PBS special. That day, she became my fairy godmother... and I became a dreamer.
As an adult, my dreams came true. I went from writing songs in my bedroom to arranging records in beautiful studios. I recorded a full-length album, collaborated with amazingly talented artists, performed live with a variety of bands, and have even shared a stage with my daughter.
These accomplishments may seem small, but to me, they mean the absolute world to me and I am so grateful I've been able to share music with so many people.
I've always loved to create and to make things pretty. I remember moving into my first apartment and looking forward to deciding on my palette and getting my decor situated. In my songwriting notebooks, there would always be random pages of doodles throughout.
I never really actively pursued it until I met my friend Pam. She's an amazing photographer and artist and by spending time with her, she inspired me to start looking at the world differently. To pay attention to lighting, colors, and depth.
While on our adventures in Okinawa, we started bringing little watercolor pads and markers with us and would spend time by the East China Sea making art. I enjoyed it so much that I began painting on a regular basis. My art is inspired by the female form, empowerment, and cultural elements from Mexico, the Middle East,
Japan, and India.
Ask any one of my friends and they will tell you I am famous for being goofy, having no filter, and loving to laugh. Ask my parents and they'll tell you I've always been the craziest out of their children.
A first-generation American born to Algerian parents, my story began in Washington, D.C. From there, I have lived in Maryland, Virginia, Okinawa, and currently, I reside in Southern California.
I'm married to my best friend, have a beautiful human daughter, and two furry children named Momo and Tanuki.
I drink a lot of coffee, my daily vernacular is laced with an obscene amount of profanity, and I'm the epitome of an introverted extrovert.
I don't like being normal, I just want to be happy. I say what I mean, and mean what I say. I do what I want. I express myself freely because censorship is for the birds. Well not just any birds, but pigeons.
And that, my friends is why I am a bluebird...because there's only one me, and she's pretty damn awesome.