Born in Springfield Ohio, Cali’s mother introduced her to the music of Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynett, and Patsy Cline. In her teens Cali was “opening” for Nashville recording artists including Conway Twitty, John Conlee, The Bellamy Brothers, Donna Fargo, and Roy Clark.
After obtaining a business degree from Clark State, Cali moved to Marco Island, Florida. After a chance meeting with the great jazz trombonist James Martin, Cali was introduced to the recordings of jazz legends, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Peggy Lee.
Cali spent several years with Mr. Martin’s band “Rampart Street” before the lure of being a “recording artist” led her to Nashville, Tennessee where she was ultimately signed on the Independent record label “Gazelle".
Cali’s first single “Bad Day For A Breakup”, reached #46 in the Billboard top 100, and Cali was nominated for “New Female Vocalist of the Year” by the Academy of Country Music.
After spending several years trying to “break” into the top 40; discouraged, Cali left Nashville and moved to Dallas, Texas. While Cali’s limited success was in country music, she was also proficient in Jazz, R&B, and Rock. As a truly versatile artist and with the desire to make her audience happy, Cali spent the next few years performing on the Texas Queen Riverboat. Then, after moving to Austin, Texas in 2000; wrote, produced, and played the lead character in the musical “Patsy Cline, a Little Bit of Heaven”.
Whether she is performing as a single, or treating her audience to her impersonations, Cali is doing what she was meant to do...entertaining.