North of 40 ep. 19 | Sundown Rising Preview

June 28 is when Sundown Rising is available everywhere. It has been such a joy to write, record, and produce this album.  From the incredible musicians who brought their passion (looking at you John Kregor, Steven C. Manns, Mike Gee…

Read more

North of 40 ep. 18 | La La Boutique

I left academia in 2022 to pursue songwriting and performance full-time. For those that don’t know, I’ve been calling this my ‘North of 40’ journey. Leaving the security of a full-time job to follow my dream has been scary, but…

Read more

North of 40 ep. 17 | Chicago Tribune

Thanks to Chicago Tribune critic Rick Kogan for supporting this leap of faith I'm taking with my music. There are days when I question my sanity. Thankfully performances like the recent ones at The Alamo in Springfield and Mamie's in…

Read more

North of 40 ep. 16 | Dawn of the New Day


I shared last week that being on this North of 40 journey is ‘exhilarating, difficult, frustrating, and rewarding.’ One of the ‘difficult’ things is social media. Not my comfort zone at-all, but friends explain it's the must-do for all artists…

Read more

North of 40 ep. 14 | New album Tease

Just a month away from the release of ‘The Flame.’  Here's a sample of some of the songs you'll hear on this bluesy 11-track release. Can't wait for you to hear the entire album!


North of 40 ep. 13 | Meet bass player Steve Manns

Introducing the multi-talented bassist Steve Manns, who has been playing with Denise since Spring. Steve is also an emerging Voice-over actor, as you can hear in this episode of 'North of 40.'

North of 40 ep. 12 | A New Gig Car!

 Denise has been praying for a new vehicle to get her around Chicago and downstate on her ‘North of 40’ journey, as her gig calendar is filling up for the summer. A prayer is answered. ;-)


North of 40 ep. 11 | Stuff Becomes Real

Denise was about to come to a crossroads. How could she balance the responsibilities of heading the Lincoln College Music program with the time needed to have a full-time music career and produce a film?

The school made that decision…

Read more

North of 40, ep. 10 | Progress Report

Denise gives a progress report on her 'North of 40' journey.  She's checked off a couple boxes:

1) Producing new live music video to show to clubs and venues

2) Secured gigs, including returning gigs to showcase the new sound

Read more

North of 40, ep. 9 | The "Wide Eyes" video debut

Here’s the 2nd video from our Nap House Studios shoot at Cometogetherspace Gallery.

Follow along in 2022 as Denise work to answer her own question positively: "Can a woman ... say 'North of 40 ... make her dreams come true…

Read more