With great anticipation, Nina, age eleven, eagerly bounded into the living room Christmas morning! Upon entering the room she saw the reflection of twinkling Christmas lights dancing across the finish of an old, upright piano. Tears of joy flowed! She did not care that it had scratches, dings and a few keys that were chipped. To her, it was beautiful!
Nina’s life’s journey has inspired most of her songs. When she is happy, sad or worried she plays her piano. In a sense, it became her musical diary.
Two weeks before her thirteenth birthday, Nina’s mother passed away and she broken-heartedly wrote the simple song, “Missing You,” and in 2015, when her son, who had been battling a life-threatening disease for seventeen years, shared with her that he was tired of the fight, through tears, that night she wrote the song, “I Think You’re Brave.”
Nina’s faith has been a major source of inspiration. Her love for God, family, nature and her fellow brothers and sisters are apparent in her writing.
Cheering the downhearted is another one of Nina's passions. Spending years as a Guardian ad Litem for the State of Florida, as a voice for abused and neglected children and being a para-professional crisis counselor for Tampa Bay Crisis Center, are among her favorite causes.
Spending 20 years working in the performing arts field, Nina has used her talents and love for music as the former owner/director of Harmony & Rhythm Performing Arts Academy, a choir and drama instructor for several elementary schools and writing numerous productions for her community and local church.
Nina lives with her husband Rolland in Alpine, Utah and has six children and nine grandchildren.