"My first stage was the CM bar in Detroit, Michigan where my Mom was a barmaid. She taught me and my 3 sisters 4 part harmonies."We had a lot of struggles growing up but music was, and still is, my comfort and passion".
Penny got her first beat up guitar in her teens. Joni Mitchell, Buffalo Springfield, Jackson Brown and Bonnie Raitt were early influences. She burst upon the Texas Music Scene in Austin, Texas in tune with it's Cosmic Cowboy vibrations. Performances at Armadillo World Headquarters, Paramount Theater, Symphony Square and local hot spot clubs soon followed. She often opened for Bobby Bridger and Delbert McClinton. As a background session singer Penny recorded on albums for Jerry Jeff Walker, The Lost Gonzo Band and numerous others.
In her twenties Penny chose to leave the music scene and move to the country to raise her children and manage a ranch in the Texas Hill Country. "I cherish those years. I loved restoring the land, it nurtured and restored me." She was active in church leading worship and was also engaged in her community doing theater, helping the school band and offering her time and talent to special events.
A near fatal car accident in 2009 that almost cost her life and right arm was the life changing event that brought Penny back to pursuing her passion and comfort in music.. "My arm was saved and reshaped. My life was reshaped as well. Life is a gift...by the Grace of God I have a second chance at it. I have so much to be grateful for, so much to sing and write about."
Penny has released 2 singles. "County Fair" co-produced by Award winner Kim Deschamps. It is an ode to her current Hill Country hometown . It's a slice of life that she chose to applaud on her re-entry into the music biz. And "Just As You Are" co-produced by Ron Flynt , she says is "an amazing music magic mentor". It is a song that holds and enfolds you, "hopefully dispelling the false images that so often shape our lives".
Penny can be seen across North America and Europe in a PBS Special performing with Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk. "I love the Luckenbach Picker's Circle...anyone can join in, even this nice Hugh Laurie guy one night!" BlogCritics.org/Video May 2011: "...he strums his acoustic and grins, content to let others take the spotlight. He is learning. Soaking it in. Reveling in the music, culture and camaraderie".
In March of 2012 Penny released "The Hardest Truth" an EP of five original country songs. She feels so blessed to know great musicians who are not only inspiration but friends. She has again assembled a stellar group for this recording: Ron Flynt co-producer, Kim Deschamps, Matt Giles, Carlos Alvarez, Perry Drake, Vicente Rodriquez, Fabrizio Poggi, Ray Flynt, Walt Wilkins, and Tina Mitchell Wilkins.
The songs keep rolling out. Penny plans to record another full length album this year. It will contain an eclectic mix and offer a strong reflection of her varied stylings.