Vanessa was born to sing. Her parents tell her of her first years in Texas when she would hum tunes long before she learned to talk. She's been a Southern California girl since she was 12, and though she has been a classically trained actress, a secondary education teacher, an English teacher in South Korea, and even a car salesperson for a brief stint, Vanessa has done all these things to support (and provide material for) her first love and greatest gift: Singing. Whether serving as a worship leader at the local church, or singing heartfelt melodies at a coffee shop, making music is Vanessa's joy. Vanessa's sound is dynamic, passionate, and real - much like the artist herself. Vanessa creates alt/pop with soaring vocals, and is praised most often for the depth of her lyrics and the strength of her voice. She borrows from many styles to create a sound that is uniquely her own - always open to experimentation, yet always honest. And now this singer/songwriter's eclectic style and spirited performances have been drawing crowds to Southern California venues since her debut album of original songs entitled "Give Me a Stage" was independently released in April of 2002. The song "Mourning Blue" was given an honorable mention in the internationally recognized 2002 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Her sophomore effort, "Wanderlust", has garnered big praise and big sales since it's release in August 2004, and demonstrated the promise of a talented independent artist who puts all her heart, mind, and soul into her music. The song "Stop Crying to Me" took her all the way to the final round of the Talent Search TV competition at Opry Mills in Nashville, and the album earned her a nomination for "Best Female" at the Inland Empire Music Awards. Her third offering, "Eternal Things", released in December of 2007 marked the beginning of a new spiritual, Christ-centered focus in her music. Songs from this album earned her and her band a Third Place award at Spirit West Coast in 2006. Like her other albums, the songs continued to cover a wide range of emotions and experiences dealing with confusion, loneliness, and loss in love, however the overarching theme is that there is a persistent, God-given hope that carries all of us through. She longs to share that hope with others. Her mission statement is to make music that touches peoples' hearts and reveals truth about God. Her fourth independent CD is in the works, with a recently released EP entitled, "Beloved, Vol. 1". She plans for a CD release date in spring of 2011. At her second pilgrimage to "Immerse" in 2010, both songs she submitted from the EP made it to the semifinal rounds, and she also proceeded to the semifinals for her vocal performance. Vanessa's hope and prayer in 2011 is to be signed to a major label, and singing these songs and revealing God's heart to people all over the world.