Q. Why did you write They Raised Me Up?
The main reason I wrote the book is to share the stories of the women whose stories kept me going through a very difficult time.

Q. What inspired you to include the stories of your ancestors and mentors alongside your own?
 I think the most important part of the book is not my story, but the stories of the other women in the book.

Q. Did you ever consider abandoning music? What kept you going?
Yes.  I actually quit for while a couple of years when my daughter was around two.  I went back to school, got a degree in Paralegal Studies and worked in a law firm for a while.  But I just couldn't stand it. Shortly afterwards I moved to Boston to focus full time on my music career.

Q. What does your daughter think of the book?
She's been very supportive!  A big motivation for me writing the book was to give her more information more about her roots.  Now she knows who her people are and where she comes from.

Q. How much more accessible to women has the music industry become since the ‘80s?
Things are much better now.  The amazing drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, who graciously wrote a blurb for my book, just won a Grammy for her latest album.  That would never have happened thirty years ago.

Q. What advice do you have for young women looking to pursue a career in music?
Prepare yourself as thoroughly as possible - learn all aspects of the business and of your craft. Most importantly, work on building a strong sense of self-esteem - it's rough out there.
Q. What do you hope readers take away from They Raised Me Up?
My hope is that readers will be educated, entertained and inspired by my book.

Q. Do you have any upcoming writing or music projects?
Thanks for asking! I'm in the midst of writing a murder mystery.  Also, I plan to release a solo piano CD this fall.