Elizabeth McManus

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"I started playing piano in my early childhood at an age when practicing was not on my priority list. My mother sat with me everyday for a half hour, encouraging me to keep going, sometimes through tears. I’m so grateful that she did, as I eventually discovered the joy of playing. This passion has stayed with me throughout my life.

As an adult, I continued studying classical music. During this time, I began writing some of my own songs, largely inspired by Chopin, Schumann, and Beethoven. Composing allowed me to discover a sense of freedom to play from my heart, rather than echoing the mood of another, as magnificent as their music might be.

Since moving to Portland in 2013, I have finished and recorded a collection of original songs. Through an unexpected burst of inspiration, I began writing lyrics that fit each piece. It was at this point that I knew I needed to find a singer. About three years later while attending a Unity service, one of the members of the choir performed a solo. Her voice gave me chills. I knew I had found the one.

Working with Trina has been an amazing, joyful collaboration. Her voice and musical accompaniments beautifully match the depth and feeling of my songs. Her entire contribution far exceeded the vision I was holding for the project."