For singer/songwriter/producer Hope, her name pretty much says it all. She’s a gifted performer with an angelic voice and a naturally sunny disposition. She’s a lyricist for whom the word “love” comes easily. Armed with a message as she readies for her major label debut, the radio dial is about to be infused with Hope.
A native of New York, growing up not far from Woodstock, Hope sang from a very early age. Drawn to the piano and guitar, she taught herself to play and write songs. Born into a musical family, her mother frequented the Apollo Theater and her father was the Musical Director of the original 1970s production of Hair on Broadway.
Though her parents discouraged listening to popular radio, they encouraged Hope to sing and enrolled her in piano lessons. She found herself infatuated with the songs of Sade, Mariah Carey, Phil Collins and many others, who she’d listen to in secret. Hope studied their songs and developed a true love of pop music.
After graduating high school, Hope arrived in Los Angeles with one suitcase and forty dollars. “There was so much beauty in the landscape and diversity in the people, that I completely fell in love,” remembers Hope with trademark positivity. She quickly developed a massive loyal following by singing and selling copies of her independent CD, produced by Hope and her brother Christian, titled “Rain=Flowers=Love=Poetry”. Choosing the grassroots approach, Hope became a regular performer at Santa Monica’s popular Third Street Promenade and the Venice Beach Boardwalk. “I remember cutting off the top of my green gloves to play my guitar in one winter. It was the best learning experience I’ve ever had.”