Etta James, Led Zeppelin, Allison Krauss, Shirley Caesar, Elvis, and Spirituals all have one thing in common; Soul. These artists and genres inspire me; they inspire me because of the emotion that is woven throughout their performances. When emotion is felt, emotion is communicated. My goal as an artist is to be able to reach people through music. It is my hope that the universal language of soul and emotion come through to all who listen to my music. I remember hearing Etta James say in an interview, “I only sing music that has soul”. That always stuck with me. I can only hope that one day I am able to develop into my own with the guidance and inspiration garnered from the artists who inspire me.