Interviewer: Thank you for taking some time off from your busy schedule to answer a few questions.
Win: You are most welcome. I’m happy to speak with you.
Could you tell us about an average day in your life?
An average day in my life starts with a full workout at the YMCA. From there, I usually go home and do a vocal warm-up and then rehearse new and existing song material. I’ll run through my existing singles, and then work on songs for open mics on the Grand Rapids music scene. I am always working on new material so will check lyrics and melodies for my new songs. When I am finished, I have lunch and also take care of my dogs, Betty Boop and Mikie Moo. I am also a dance/fitness teacher. So, in the afternoon, I will work on my Ballet Class for Grand Rapids and my Ballet Fitness Class for Armentality. My day usually ends with me wearing my personal trainer hat—working out and training my clients.
Could you also tell us a little about your background, how you started, and all that…
In my childhood, I started out as a gymnast. After a horrible car accident, when I was nine, I went from gymnastics to ballet. I danced for the Thornapple Valley Children’s Ballet. During that time I sang in the Choir for St. Mary’s in Spring Lake, MI. This filled up most of my teenage years.
After moving to San Francisco, at the age of 19, within a year I was dancing for Pacific Ballet. Helping me to train further, I won full scholarships to the American Ballet Theatre and the Joffrey Academy of Dance in NYC. From there, I danced for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Cleveland Ballet as well as numerous touring companies. Throughout my ballet career, I was always singing during our performances, as well as performing at club gigs around the country.
When I left my dance career, I became a personal trainer, as well as a ballet teacher, throughout the San Francisco Bay area. While training a client of mine in SF, I met the legendary promoter Fred Held. I had read about Fred in Billboard Magazine and was thrilled he was willing to help transform my demos into dance club singles. He got me performing at the Winter Music Conference in South Beach, Miami and many other performances around the U.S. It was all quite extraordinary. When he passed, I was quite sad, but I had to keep the momentum he built in my dance music career going. I still miss him greatly. Thankfully, he left me his Dog Betty Boop, MY JOY.
What is it that you want your audience to get from your music (the message)?
I want my audience to feel the real joy and pleasure of music. Music brings all people together as ONE, with no judgment and no prejudice. THE LOVE OF IT ALL.
Which artists have inspired you?
Some of my Favorite artists, who have inspired me are: Tina Turner, Annie Lennox, Bette Midler, Michael Jackson, Georgie Porgie, Jeanie Tracy—just to name a few.
Other than music, what are the other things that interest your life
Other than dance, I love spending time with my brother Frank and his wife Jane and his daughters Jen with baby Lola, Laurie and daughter Sophia, and Sarah with daughters Kaitlan and Olivia.
I also love creating workouts for my young ballet students and bringing fitness and ballet together for adults. One of my biggest pleasures is summer days spent with my brother Frankie—just the two of us, out on his speed boat on Lake Michigan!
If you ruled the world, what would change?
If I ruled the world, I would stop this divisiveness and make people see WE ARE ALL ONE and should as stand as ONE!
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
Ten years from now, I want to still be performing in the clubs and doing gay prides all around the world