Freelance Cellist & Contractor. Native Nashvillian. Sessions, symphonies, weddings, teaching, musicals,making hip hop beats, etc. Rare breed, dark horse, night owl. I love laughter and making others laugh. I am the founder of Athena Strings and cofounder of Athena Piano Trio. Athena Strings provides soloists,duos, trios, quartets and more for weddings and events. Our repertoire includes a wide variety of music from pop to traditional classical music. We will even arrange music to make your event even more special. We have been playing and coordinating weddings for over 15 years and love to have the opportunity to bring our brand of fun and musical excellence to any wedding or event. All our players are among the top tier level of musicians in Nashville. We love what we do, and it shows! Personally, I've been lucky enough to be Yelawolf's cellist & his creator of creepy cello for the last 4 years. His track "Catfish Billy" is based on an original composition and I'm featured on several songs from his latest album Lovestory and performed at the album release party at Crying Wolf. I've been fortunate enough to work with some amazing artists and I love adding my talent to theirs...Artists such as Kacey Musgraves, Yelawolf, Jack White, Beyoncé, Mikky Echo, Fefe Dobson, Pokey LaFarge, Andrew Combs,
Kree Harrison, Charlie Worsham, Steelism, Caitlin Rose, Lucie Silvas, Ruby Amanfu, Isaac Hayden, Sam Brooker, Tyler Cain, Rayland Baxter, Gabe Dixon, Betti(UK), Honey Locust, Dax Pennick, ICP & Jack White, Alicia Keys & Jack White (Quantum Solice, Another Way to Die), Fiona Culley, Tim Rushlow, The Falls (Australia), Rob Zombie, Disturbed, Tanya Tucker, Kirk Franklin, Toby Mac, Transiberian Orchestra, Mike Hicks, Timbre, Little Bandits, Uncle Skeleton, Amy Grant, Glenn Campbell, Oak Ridge Boys, Kenny Rogers, Smokey Robinson, Etta Britt with Bob Britt & Delbert McClinton, Robbie Turner, Peter Keys, recorded cello for a song that was featured on the hit show Nashville, and have been part of various movie soundtracks. Worked with producers such as Jordan Lehning, Willpower (Eminem/Yelawolf) and DJ A One (Erikah Badu). Formed the hip hop band Swap Meet Symphony with AlD Words and have played as part of Quiet Entertainer's orchestra in the local Nashville hip hop scene. Also have been very active in musicals in Nashville, most notably The Last 5 Years & Sweeney Todd with Nashville Rep at TPAC and with the national tour of Kinky Boots at TPAC. Other performances include Fiddler on the Roof at Studio Tenn, Evita preview for Studio Tenn at TPAC, plus many more musicals at Theater Bug, Circle Players, Blackbird Theater, Dark Horse Theater, Street Theater, Looby Theater & Keaton Theater. I have also performed with Chatterbird and Roy Wooten's Black Mozart Ensemble. I am a member of the AFM local 257 Nashville's Musicians Union, and I play with various regional orchestras including Huntsville Symphony for 12 years, Chattanooga Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Murfreesboro Symphony, Orchestra KY, as well as Paducah & Jackson Symphonies. I am also a member of Parthenon Chamber Orchestra & Nashville's Concerto Orchestra. I also teach cello and piano at Austin Peay's Community School of the Arts, Belmont Academy, Lipscomb Academy, previously at Bowling Green Music Academy, W.O. Smith and still currently teach privately. I have studied and taken a few courses in the Suzuki Method of teaching, but I like to cater unique lesson plans for each student based on what works best for them. I play many instruments besides cello, like piano which I started at 5, glockenspiel, baritone, bass, & tenor ukuleles, guitar, bass, & vocal harmonies. I like to layer these instruments and compose my own music. Under the name Lulu Love, I was chosen in 2014 to be one of twenty artists from around the country to participate in Red Bull's first annual Music Academy at Bonnaroo, where I had the opportunity to work with Mannie Fresh, Thunder Cat, DJ A One, as well as the other participants such as Sudie, Boom Baptist, and others. To hear my own compositions and some of my hip hop band go to:
I have a Bachelors of Music degree and a Masters of Music degree in classical cello performance, but because my father is a professional steel guitar/guitar player who does not read music, I grew up playing by ear at an early age and learning to improvise. I'm known as "golden ears" by some colleagues because of my meticulous/perfectionist ear. I've spent summers at Sewanee and Brevard Music Festivals. I'm always looking to read new music for fun, arrange pop music for string ensembles, create fun programming for today's audience, compose and play original music and make hip hop beats. I'm not your typical "cellist", I just have a love of collaboration. My true goal is to feel like I'm in different "music camps" year round, to laugh as much as possible, chase my passions, be honest, hilarious, weird and never stop learning.