Spring is in full swing and there are great things happening all over town. One of them, the Swamp Sistas La La, is one I look forward every year because not only I get to sing with the Swamp Sistas Songwriters Circle and have a full day of amazing music at the Orlando Fringe, I also get to participate in the Summer Hope Drive to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

This year the Orlando La La celebration began with the first ever “Melrose in the Mix”: a live recording session at the Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity

Beth McKeeHannah Harber, Renee Arozqueta and Yours Truly performed together, playing some of our original material and accompanying one another before a small studio audience. 



Next stop for the Swamp Sistas is the Volunteer Party at the Second Harvest Food Bank in Orlando, where we’ll be helping out in the warehouse and thanking the volunteers with a mini concert afterwards. 

Finally, on May 20th, we party at the Orlando Fringe Festival where Beth McKee throws a super swell La La at Loch Haven Park in Orlando. 

This is my 4th year participating in the Swamp Sistas La La. I’ve met awesome women and I’ve had the privilege to listen to their songs from creation to album thanks to the Songwriters Circle. However, earlier in April, during the session at the Melrose Center when we were asked what were our favorite memories as Swamp Sistas, the one thing that came to mind was the 2014 La La. It was the first time I was in a music festival as a solo act, the amazing Terri Binion was in the audience and to top it all off, my son had joined my band as percussionist.

I can’t stop smiling now just thinking about it. 

Photo by Jenny Lamy