Roxie has ample foundation to build from as a songwriter, recording artist and live performer. From whimsical to intense, tender and heartfelt to seductive and emotional, Roxie's music has a broad appeal that would be at home on various radio formats, including Triple-A, Adult Contemporary and Americana. She's carving her own path, constantly evolving and anxiously exploring new ground in her music. Who knows what's next...
A native of a small Eastern Illinois farming community, Roxie credits her strong musical family for introducing her to a wide variety of music genres. She learned how to harmonize by listening to old recordings of her parents’ southern rock band, and she has vivid childhood memories of her grandfather playing hymns on the piano and singing classic country songs. She started singing in church at age eight, but as she grew up, Roxie's vast range of influences came to include country songbirds (Shania Twain, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride), mainstream pop stars (Amy Grant, Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow) as well as out-of-the-box indie artists (Shawn Colvin, Jonatha Brooke, Mindy Smith).
Before she earned the unique designation of “Female Demo Singer of the Year” on DemoSinger.com for her studio work in Nashville, she had performed on a stadium stage with Shania Twain, opened for Terri Clark and Mel Tillis, advanced to the state level in the long-running competition, Colgate Country Showdown, and co-written with some of Nashville's best songwriters.
Roxie's discography begins with 2006's Live at The French Quarter Café, described by reviewers as “perfectly paced and executed,” “smart and refreshing,” and full of “one hit song after another.” Her 2008 follow-up, Something Real, embraced a more feminine, relaxed feel and was “an easy listen, with hints of coffeehouse, country, folk and a ladies touch.” High praise continued with the Eddie Gore-produced 2012 Little Victory EP being called "a rare joy," "solid pop goodness," and "an impressive collection."
A series of digital singles followed, including a co-write with Folk-Pop artist, Morgan Bracy, entitled "Everything I'm Not." This song became the subject for Roxie's first official music video, which premiered live at the Tin Roof Nashville in the Spring of 2014. The video features the acting prowess of professional drummer and host of the successful web series "Gigging & Grubbing," Doug Frasure, as well as Pop-Rock artist, friend and duo partner, Kimber Cleveland.
Roxie's songs are also finding homes in diverse places outside of her own musical realm. Two of her original compositions, including “This Way”--a co-write with Cleveland--are featured in the DVD extras of the documentary, “Beyond The Myth: A Film About Pit Bulls and Breed Discrimination.” Her uplifting anthem, “United,” is being used by United Way branches across the country as a jingle for advertising and as a theme song for motivational videos. And "No Promises," a co-write with Brent Baxter (music industry blogger and hit songwriter), has been released by up-and-coming country act, Sarah Dunn Band.
Roxie has built a loyal regional following with regular shows at Nashville hotspots (The Bluebird Café, Douglas Corner Café) as well as frequent tours to Illinois, Texas, Florida, Indiana, Georgia, North Carolina and Kentucky. She splits her touring time between performing solo and as half of As Girls Go, an acoustic duo with aforementioned singer-songwriter and best friend, Kimber Cleveland. In 2014, Roxie and Kimber joined the roster at Wally's World of Entertainment for all their college venue bookings and showcased at the NACA® (National Association of Campus Activities) South Regional Conference.
In 2017, Roxie went back to the studio to record a new album, entitled "Stripped & Covered." The 13-song project, recorded with Scott Gerow at Nashville's Battery Lane Music, reflects Roxie's live show experience with acoustic renditions of her favorite cover songs and several new original songs. Guest appearances from Nashville friends, Morgan Bracy, Kimber Cleveland, Jenn Franklin, and Sheldon Lee Sweeney make the album a collaborative effort.
2017 also brought Roxie into some new territory... the world of cinema! Her first movie score composition (and film acting experience!) can be seen and heard in the short film, "One More Christmas." Roxie's original song by the same name, released in December of 2017, reflects the film's theme of struggling to let go of the past. The feature-length script was a top 10 finalist at the G.I. Film Festival in Washington, D.C.
After many years of full-time touring, Roxie is taking much-needed time off from the road. Other creative endeavors are in the works, as well as rest and reinvention. The wheels never stop turning... the vehicle just changes direction. Stay tuned for the next chapter.