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I am a writer, singer-songwriter, poet, mom, seeker, daydreamer, and cheerleader of the human spirit.  There is always a new project on the horizon, whether it be a new book idea, making an album with my husband, gearing up for the next NaNoWriMo, or finger painting with the kids. I try to find a balance between the big fabulous dreams, and the small daily moments that lead me there.


 


Writing

 

I love writing and singing for kids (and kids at heart!) My first book was published through Paper Dove Press, a company I founded in March, 2015. The World God Made For Me, an interfaith picture book, was a successfully funded project on Kickstarter, and became a real life book in December 2015. I am currently working on a follow up to that book, and hope to expand my  publishing company to include other authors and illustrators whose work relates to interfaith and diversity.

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My work often touches on themes of identity, gratitude, and the many paradoxes of life, especially in the search for truth. Writing, whether it be a song or an essay, has always been like a prayer-- to a higher power, to myself, to whatever connects one heart to another. On the page is where I am able to make sense of who I am and where I ponder the big questions and the never ending answers. I have been writing since I knew how, and received my B.A. in English at Temple University with a focus on creative writing. My creative work has been featured in literary journals including The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society, and Red Fez. 

As a copywriter, I love helping other businesses and entrepreneurs find their voice, support their vision, and grow their reach. Find out more about the work I do with clients including content strategy, ghostwriting, and editing, and connect with me on LinkedIn. 


Music

 

As a team member of KidLit TV, you can hear my music on many of their shows including the theme songs for, Ready Set Draw! and Phil's Fast Five.

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By day I teach parent and child focused music classes with A Hum Music, a Music for Aardvarks program in Bergen County, NJ. 

I also premier new songs and videos on my Facebook page and am currently in the process of recording my first EP of children's songs.

Long before I knew how to write, I could sing. On the playground, the church choir, or alone in my room, I was always making up songs. When I finally got a guitar at the age of 13, my songwriting took off. I wrote songs for class projects, entertaining my classmates and earning A's from teachers (I suspect partly out of sheer admiration for the scrawny teen me, lugging around a big guitar). 

In college I performed at open mic nights and events in Philadelphia, New York City, and Los Angeles. I've busked in a Piazza in Rome, Italy, and performed in a palace in South Korea. I've sung to 4 year olds, and 15 year olds as part of my time with AmeriCorps working with youth in Paterson, NJ. 


In 2004, I won first place in the CARP Songwriting competition and my song, "Peace is in Our Hands" was featured in a special compilation album.

In 2009 I joined the Lovin' Life Ministry music team, where I sang with the bad Sonic Cult every Sunday at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. I traded in the stage a year later for bedtime songs and nursery rhymes with my then toddler and baby boys. 

 a normal day in 2012

a normal day in 2012

 mini van recording studio 

mini van recording studio 

In 2012, I teamed up with my husband, Koichi Nakai, who is also a musician, as Peace Aquarium, to create the album, "Man of Peace." A good portion of it was recorded in our minivan.

Check out Peace Aquarium here. Available on SoundCloud, Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, and Google Play

 and time flies....

and time flies....