Music has always been an important part of my life. I grew up singing with my two sisters at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Ardmore, PA. I studied piano and violin during my elementary and high school years. However, music took a back seat to my college and law studies until 2003, when I came back to the piano.
I am primarily interested in playing the music of African American composers. Have you ever heard of Valerie Capers, Florence Price, William Grant Still, Joshua McGhee, John Robinson, Regina Harris Baiocchi or Margaret Bonds? They are among the many gifted Black composers who have given us remarkable music in a variety of genres— classical, art songs, spirituals, jazz, blues, and more.
In 2014, I co-founded the African American Composer Initiative (AACI), an organization whose mission is to bring the music of these composers to the world. Our annual concerts in which I participate as a pianist and vocalist, have been performed before sold-out audiences at which we have showcased the music of more than 25 African American composers, past and present. Please visit the website where you can watch our past performances and learn about these amazing composers. If you’d like to be on our mailing list, just email the AACI: [email protected].
In 2016, Cambria Records published a recording of all of the piano music of Zenobia Powell Perry (1908-2004) a gifted African American composer. The name of the CD is “Piano Works—Zenboia Powell Perry.” I was honored to be one of the three pianist featured on this CD that can be purchased on Amazon.