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Red Wolf Song Healing Circles & Art Classes

Hello friends-

I am writing to you from my studio/study/garage space when all is quiet here in South Austin. Fall seems to have officially arrived and the air feels fresh & cool. This is my favorite time of year…


Me & Miranda after a song healing circle

I have been quite busy with various projects these days (besides motherhood!) and would love to share with you some of what has been going on. Recently, one of my friends & fellow songwriter Miranda Dawn invited me to be a part of this great workshop that she created. I facilitated a song healing circle with her, and we connected with people who were grieving the loss of loved ones, which was the theme of this particular event. As part of the workshop, the participants were led to freeform write and together we wrote a song for each person using their words. The amount of love and support that was present was just incredible. I left the circle feeling uplifted and renewed. It was such an honor to be a part of this.

Miranda and I will be giving another workshop this Sunday in South Austin. If you happen to be in town, I encourage you to come to the event. The theme is Family Connection and Communication, but is really open for anything. There will be a new moon in the sky, and our focus will be on renewal, hope and new beginnings. Visit for more info.


Singing “Circle Game” with Shawnee

This past weekend I was a part of a great lineup for a Joni Mitchell Tribute Show. I sang the song “Circle Game” with Shawnee Kilgore. The event was a fundraiser for Kerry Polk, who is a fellow songwriter dealing with some health issues. It was such a beautiful show with so many amazing voices singing Joni’s songs.

As some of you know, I am also a painter. I have been teaching painting classes and have some really fun events coming up soon. I give lessons at schools, homes, breweries & more! If you would like to attend one of these classes, or want to host one of your own, please email me back to chat.

Sending you all lots of love,


European Press reviews for Return to Waves

Here are some links to see whReturn to Wavesat folks are saying about the new record:

Rootstime Belgium:

Insurgent Country:

Johnny’s Garden:

Keys & Chords:

Real Roots Cafe:

Vanessa Lively, Return to Waves


CD Release Show + New Website

Well it’s really here. The day has finally come to celebrate the release of Return to Waves – hooray! I am so excited to play these tunes live with the artists who were such a huge part of the record: Paul Curreri, Devon Sproule, Matthew Shephard and Andrew Pressman. It will be a fun time for sure. If you live in the Austin area, please come join us. It’s an early Sunday show at Strange Brew in South Austin. Here are the details:

Sunday February 8th
Strange Brew Lounge Side
5326 Manchaca Rd.
Austin, TX 78745
(512) 828-7636

New Website for Music & Art
We just lunched a new website for my music & art! The art section is coming very soon, and you will be able to see my oil, acrylic & watercolor paintings. A big thanks to my very talented husband Jason for doing all the hard work to create it!

I hope your February is off to a great start. Please feel free to write back with some updates on what is going on with YOU! It is fun to hear from everyone…

Lots of love,