Vanessa's songwriting developed over the years from studying the well-crafted lyrics with memorable melodies of the great songwriters from various genres including jazz, musical theatre, and standards. In addition to writing for small vocal groups, church choirs, and individual performers, Vanessa has written for musical theatre, and film.
As a singer, Vanessa have been privileged to work with Shirley Jones, Randy Sparks and the Backporch Majority, arranger and jazz artist Jack Quigley, former organist for “The Lawrence Welk Show” Bob Ralston, musical arranger Al Walker, and Michelle Hendricks (daughter of Jon). She has performed in Los Angeles, Palm Springs, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Memphis, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Scottsdale, Indianapolis, and Spoletto and Trevi, Italy.
Vanessa recently wrote with the legendary Sally Stevens for a song based on the story from the long form show, Queen's Gambit, which we titled "Find Me."
Vanessa is a member of Broadcast Music Incorporated, the Society for Composers and Lyricists, and American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers.