What is your official title? Music Director
What kind of stuff do you end up doing at aldea? I am the Aldea music team director. My goal is to create a musical environment at Aldea which enables everyone to feel comfortable, connect , release and let go through music. In addition to playing guitar, keyboards and vocals, I am also in charge of the logistical side of music: organizing and scheduling the worship teams; choosing the songs for the service; and always seeking great music to incorporate in our services at Aldea.
What kind of training or experience did you have before aldea? I graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors Degree in music under the instruction of Jeff Haskell, Director of Jazz Studies. I am also a Berkeley guitar performance alum.
I began leading worship in 2004, and have been involved with several churches in that capacity. Also, I have performance experience in many genres including jazz, folk, funk and rock bands. I have been teaching guitar lessons for twenty years.
I have been a songwriter since the age of 12. I was fortunate enough to record four albums of my original music and toured the U.S. with my band performing much of it. Music is an all-encompassing experience for me. I love the freedom music affords whether in spontaneous jam sessions or sitting alone with my guitar.
If you could add an extra secret day between Friday and Saturday, what would you use that time for? If I had an extra day: I would bike ride, hike with my kids, lock myself in a room to record my songs or I would go out to see a movie or watch a band perform.
Tell us about your family: I am a very proud mother of 2 children, Ada Jane (11) and Jeshua (2).
What’s your favorite way to show love to a complete stranger? I would offer love to a stranger by listening, encouraging, helping, giving and sharing the wisdom I’ve gained from experience and knowledge. At time, life can be a very humbling experience for all of us. My hope is to offer empathy and unconditional love to all.
Recommended Reading List: There are so many great books I’m into right now. Some of them include: Love Wins by Rob Bell, A New Kind of Christian by Brian McLaren, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle, Life Food Recipe Book by Annie Padden-Jubb and David Jubb, Healing the New Childhood Epidemic by Kenneth Bock, Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia by Natasha Campbell-McBride, Nurturing Traditions by Sally Falton and the Bible.