NBJP: What musician has influenced you the most (thus far)?
RHJ: I can’t pin point one musician. I have been inspired and influenced by many styles of music and musicians. Classical, Gospel, Negro spirituals, jazz, show tunes, country, pop, R&B. The list of musicians is long and at different times of my life some were stronger depending upon what my heart and ears were drawn to, but not just one. If I had to choose though, it would be Donald Fabisiak. My first voice teacher. He was awonderful pianist, played several other instruments and passionate about music. He was kind, patient and he believed in me.
NBJP: Please complete this sentence: I own too many____
RHJ: Well…I just finished my spring cleaning. So I feel I have the right amount of everything now. I gave away a lot of clothes.
NBJP: If you could only own one CD, what would it be?
RHJ: Going Home (Jason Jackson)
NBJP: What’s one liquid (other than water) we’d ALWAYS find in your refrigerator?
RHJ: Orange juice
NBJP: You are a musician, is there another art in which you’d like to be accomplished?
NBJP: If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
RHJ: I would live in the now more often than thinking about the future
PLUS ONE: When did you know you wanted to be a professional musician?
RHJ: I saw a live performance of the opera Rigoletto.