I can’t remember a time when music was not an intricate part of my life. Most babies come out of the womb crying. Rumor has it, I came out singing. It’s all I ever wanted to do. When I was 11, my parents bought me my first guitar and I took lessons at Clyde Peters School of Music for a short time. There was always music in my house growing up, and from every genre. Both of my parents sang, and my dad played the electric bass and sang lead vocals in his band “The Emanon’s”, during the 70’s. My guitar playing and music, in general, were put on the back burner while raising my two children. It wasn’t until 2001 when I’d met someone who shared my extreme love of music, encouraged me to play my guitar again. Since then, I have played and sang with various friends and musical partners over the course of my lifetime. I am a self-proclaimed, singer-songwriter and enjoy any opportunity to share my music with those I love, and with anyone who might care to listen or even play along. I’ve played in bars, and open mics, senior centers, churches, schools, and the like, and even for a few of my close friend’s private parties. But, even with all of those experiences and with the many talented musicians I’ve met along my journey, somehow I never found the right mix for me to be ‘in a band’. So, O ‘SOLO’ Mia! Until…at the tail end of 2017, at the suggestion of my friend, the amazing jazz bassist, Fred Vandenberg, I was invited by John Marshall, to sing backing vocals with this amazing band, ‘Skinny Mamie’. I am truly honored and blessed to be part of this great group of warm, caring and talented musicians. Yep! Fasten your seatbelts and let it RIDE! ~ L.L.