Along the dirt road of Americana Rock 'n' Roll, there is a fork where Southern Rock and Blues split off. At that fork there stands a church - inside an angel is singing. And she's got a Black Halo.
In 2001, "V." and her guitar left Philadelphia, where she had been told that 'girls don't play rock and roll', to come to Los Angeles where they most certainly did and do. Despite the previous generalization, her 3-song demo had received this critique in East Coast publication, Promethean Crusade:
"This is straight up chick rock, yet her powerful vocals and strong choruses give off enough virility to please those on both sides of the gender fence, with Melissa Etheridge attitude and Sheryl Crow sing-a-long-ability, this lady has a penchant for memorable choruses and strong melody lines...a breath of fresh air against [Philly's] stagnant local rock scene...
So, armed with those words and a self-produced, 10-song CD, The Key of V, she became lead singer/co-songwriter for a local L.A. band within weeks of her arrival. Music Connection Magazine declared:
"Following V.'s lead, Monogroove (former band) comes out of the gates running and rarely lets up...this five piece blurs the lines between modern country, pop and rock, with the emphasis on rock ...mixing its mojo with a little Southern and country flavor, they create hard-charging rock with truckloads of pop melody and vocal harmony..."
That first year in Los Angeles saw her place on Music Connections Top 100 Unsigned Artists list. Spurred on by the acclaim her original songs were receiving, she left the band and formed her own backup ensemble. This led to a Rock City News Best Female Vocalist nomination in 2004. So, armed with fresh songs, ideas, and determination, she headed back into the studio with producer Mike Harrison. The result was Black Halo- a collection of her most personal songs from swaggering rockers to introspective ballads, all with the commonality of a flawed angel taking the narrative voice throughout.
Not one to rest on her laurels, she is currently hard at work on material for a follow-up effort.
I play anywhere in Hollywood that will have me, but I'm looking into branching out...
I'm a big fan of rock w/ blues and southern influences. Melissa Etheridge, The Black Crowes, Beth Hart, Led Zeppelin.
I am a plug-in acoustic girl with an old Alvarez that I'm really sentimental about. But I'd like to try an Ovation or some crazy small manufacturer guitar that'll make me one with my Wings motif.