We wanted to create a crazy looking experimental video (which we achieved). Adrean filmed me signing the song at double speed and then slow it down to normal speed which is why it looks extremely bizarre in the evil parts. I also ate a lot of confetti in this video, we destroyed some equipment with the confetti too, especially Jake’s keyboards which was polluted with confetti inside of it. This is one of my favorite songs on the record, and also one of my favorites to perform live!!!
Totally surprised to be on the cover of Detroit entertainment publication MetroTimes. Rachelle Damico did an amazing job. In addition to myself, she also interviewed others in the deaf community who are just as involved with music as I am. Artists such as Beethoven’s Nightmare (The Only Deaf Band In The World), Nyke Prince, Eveyln Glennie…. local friends such as Joyce LaHaye, Bejamin Houston, and my childhood friend Artur Pinkhasov are also featured in the article. Check it out!!!
I’m looking forward to an amazing 2013. We have lots of shows lined up and we will be coming to your town (or close by)!!! Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming tour schedule and make sure you mark your calendars because this is a show you do not want to miss!!
Wishing each one of you a Happy New Year!
We were at the House of Blues on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood for the 9th Annual GLAD (Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness) fundraiser. It was a hot June night and I had just performed a 20-minute set in front of many celebrities such as Eva Longoria, Felicity Huffman, Kim Kardashian, and Sly Stone who was standing right in front of the stage singing along, “How crazy is this!?” I thought.
After I finished my first set (I still had to debut and perform “Let’s Mambo” with Marlee Matlin for the finale of the show), I went up to the balcony to mingle with friends and family who had come to LA from Michigan to watch me (and of course meet all the celebrities that were there). I was only there for a few minutes when all of the sudden everyone started looking at the stage. So I looked too. I couldn’t believe my eyes, it was Mr. Stevie Wonder on the stage. What a surprise!!!
I immediately high tailed it backstage.
I’ve never really been star struck in my entire life. This was certainly one of those moments. I ran up on the stage and got to stand five feet away from Stevie while he performed a beautiful rendition of “You Are The Sunshine of my Life” while everyone in the audience (mostly Deaf) stared with their jaws to the floor in absolute disbelief … WOW!!!
When Stevie was done performing, I got to go into Stevie’s dressing room to meet him. I could not wait to talk to him, and talk to him I did. I started telling him about all of the people I know from Motown, how I’m from Michigan (Stevie is from Saginaw, MI), and how much I love and look up to him. He had the biggest smile on his face and I was just out of my mind.
I still had one more song to perform that night. I just met Stevie Wonder. Wait a minute, I’m performing before and after Stevie Wonder!?
Sometimes I still can’t believe it.
Growing up my parents always told me I could do whatever I wanted. It was their words of encouragement that got me to where I am today, although I know the last thing they imagined was seeing me becoming a musician.
It’s always been my goal to make my music visual and accessible for everyone. For this video I want you to turn up the volume, pay close attention to the words, and most of all….. DON’T LET ANYTHING HOLD YOU BACK.