A sixth-generation San Francisco native, award winning singer-songwriter essence has been immersed in art and music since childhood. And yes, her birth name really is 'essence' – she was raised by quintessential flower children, her parents being two free spirited bohemian artists from the Haight-Ashbury 'Summer of Love.' In addition to winning the Grand Prize in the National Lilith Fair Talent Search, and the Grand Prize for the Great American Song Contest, essence has made 4 CDs on both independent and major labels, and toured nationally opening for Jason Mraz, Tom Petty, Sarah McLachlan, Natalie Merchant, Chrissie Hynde, Chris Isaac, Steve Miller, Pat Benetar, and Linda Perry. Her sound nods to songwriting legends like Tom Petty and Lucinda Williams. In addition to writing folk/americana, pop, and rock songs, essence expanded her repertoire by creating a collection of charming, catchy tunes inspired by her son that turned out to have a life of their own and have become a favorite for parents and children alike nationwide. essence's spirited children's album 'A Dog Named Moo' was entirely funded by loyal fans on Kickstarter, named 'Top Album of The Year' by Daily Candy, and picked up and released by My Kazoo/ Universal Music. essence has performed for audiences ranging from 8 to 80,000, in venues from New York's Bowery Ballroom to The Los Angeles Rose Bowl, to San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium. essence's recordings have been placed in major network television shows and films, and she has received national radio play and critical acclaim in publications ranging from The San Francisco Chronicle, Acoustic Guitar Player Magazine, and Billboard Magazine. Additional essence trivia includes her being the voice of 'Barbie' for several national commercials. essence's soon to be released 5th album is for the grown up set, and is a return to her organic musical roots. Entitled "Black Wings" this new record is a collection of essence's most raw and personal songs to date.