New Year, New Location, New Time for the Relative Pitch!!!


Happy New Year everyone!!!  I know, I’m a month late…sorry!  As many of you know, my family and I recently made the move to Durham and have been busy settling in. In addition, I am preparing to release a new album and do some touring. Needless to say, 2017 is already off to a busy start.

After much consideration, I made the decision to move The Relative Pitch back to Durham this year. I want to take this opportunity to say that the two years we spent at Sola Coffee Cafe in Raleigh were amazing and John Luther and his staff were nothing short of wonderful to me and I hope that you all will continue to patronize this great establishment. On Saturday, March 25 at 4pm-5pm, we will resume The Relative Pitch Youth Open mic at one of the best BBQ and music venues in Durham, The Blue Note Grill!!! Our performers will now be on a full fledge stage, complete with lighting and sound (AND a sound man that is not me or my husband…yay!!!).

I hope that you will join us at our new location and know that you will love The Blue Note Grill as much as I do. You can sign up for a performance slot HERE. I’ll see you on March 25!!!


The Relative Pitch Youth Open Mic November 12, 2016 show (Recap)

This was the last show for 2016 and the performers did not disappoint!!!  It was another night of girl power and lots of instrumentalists and songwriters. This ends my 4th year of hosting and it’s wonderful to watch so many performers return and witness their growth. Anyway, here are some highlights from the show:

The show will be back in 2017, so please stay tuned and sign up now HERE.

Happy Holidays!!!



Walltown Children’s Theatre offering Songwriting class this fall…taught by Rissi Palmer.

I adore Walltown Children’s Theatre and all the amazing things they do in the Durham community and I am proud to now be a part of their staff! In addition to returning as one of the choir directors for Raising Voices Children’s Choir (which starts on Monday, September 12 and it’s FREE to join!!!) , starting next Wednesday, September 7 at 5:30pm, I will be teaching songwriting. We will explore various genres’ writing styles, basic song structure, publishing and admin, and the students will have an opportunity to place their songs in a very special project I’m working on. If you know of a young person who has a free Wednesday night and wants to learn to write songs, click HERE for more information.  Scholarships are available.

Highlights from the May 21st The Relative Pitch Youth Open Mic

It was another great show filled with surprising talents on May 21 at Sola. Here are some of the highlights:

Ethan, who never disappoints, wowed the crowd with his rendition of “Lost Boys”:

Abby, a budding young songwriter and singer, performed a wonderful cover of “Hallelujah”:


Trinity, an enthusiastic young singer/songwriter, gave us her take on “Little Talks”

Sareena and Illiana won over the crowd with their adorably sweet performance of “The Candy Man”:

A big thank you to all of our performers and their parents for their participation in the show. Our next open mic is Saturday, November 12 at 5pm-6pm. You can sign up HERE. Hope to see you there!!!




“The Relative Pitch Presents…” Saturday, April 9, 2016 (Recap)

On Saturday, April 9, we celebrated our third “The Relative Pitch Presents…” at Sola Coffee Cafe’ in North Raleigh. This show was created to highlight some of the outstanding talent I have seen perform at the Relative Pitch Open Mic in the past who I felt were ready for a larger platform. Our featured performers were singer/musician Kristen Brauns, and singer-songwriters/multi-instrumentalists Fantasy Dispute and Janelle True.  We had a packed house and the performers put on a great show!

First up was Kristen Brauns. While no stranger to the stage, this was Kristen’s first solo performance and she handled it like a pro. During her set she showcased her skills as not only a vocalist, but also on the piano and ukulele. Here is a snippet of her performance of “Can’t Sleep Love”:

Next, was Fantasy Dispute, a talented trio of players who met while taking guitar lessons together. They performed a mixture of covers, like this one of “Dreams”:

and original pieces, like this one written by member Frank:

Finally, we ended the night with Janelle True, a young singer songwriter who has self-produced two full length albums. Janelle dazzled the crowd with a set of mostly original music and reworked covers. Here is a snippet of Janelle’s original song:

As always, I am extremely grateful to Sola Coffee Cafe’ for giving us a home and for all the good food and hospitality. I am also appreciative to those who came out to support these young artists, as well as the performers who did an amazing job!!!  I hope you will join us next month on Saturday, May 21 for the next The Relative Pitch Youth Open Mic…


See you then!