My bio

My new CD/Book, UNSUNG, stories from the Bible no one ever got to hear.

Unsung Cover
Painting by Vanessa Lively


People often get the pronunciation of my last name wrong. It doesn’t really bother me, but just so you know it is pronounced ‘Sigh-deez.

My Love For Music

I first felt the pull of music when I was three. My mother would always turn on the radio while we ate dinner, and one day I surprised her by singing to her by heart one of the songs we had heard. She was pretty excited about that, so I immediately learned another.

When I was four, my parents bought a piano, but it was my older sister that was supposed to get the lessons. Well! I wasn’t having any of that! So I would go to the piano after she was done practicing and pick out and play her songs.

By the time I was four and a half, her teacher was convinced I needed lessons too — especially when it turned out I had “perfect pitch” (I can tell which note it is in the same way that most people can identify colors)

Later on, I turned that into a way to make money, as songwriters used to need a written copy of their songs in order to copyright them. I would transcribe the songs of writers around me, and it turned it a kind of crash course in song-writing for me. I took piano lessons for 14 years and then studied piano and composition, exploring folk, classical, jazz, pop, rock and country at the University of Texas School of Music, where I graciously accepted my musical degree.

Hitting The Road 

When I was old enough to leave home, I learned to play the guitar too, mainly because they’re portable, and moved to New York City, and then to Austin, Texas.

I fell in love with traveling, and out of that began touring with my music. Really, I haven’t yet decided which is in the service of the other.

I’ve left footprints in almost every state in the U.S. by now, played in many unique and rewarding venues, and had a great time. The first time I crossed the Atlantic, I found out that venue owners and audiences in Europe and the UK are very receptive to original music. Most of the time, really, all I had to do was ask.

I’ve played in some wonderful listening rooms, and met a lot of very friendly, music-loving people.


I understand that many people don’t get the chance to do what they most desire in their lives. More often than not, people simply work in any job just to pay the bills. I am fortunate in that I live my life involved in my most desired thing in the world – music.

I have a teaching studio, which allows me to pass on my passion and abilities to others who also share the same love for music and I have a great following, which allows me to play my music to audiences all around the world.

Seen The World

I have played gigs (to name a few) in

  • Texas
  • Kentucky
  • California
  • New York
  • Colorado
  • Michigan
  • Illinois
  • Ohio
  • Tennessee

and various places in the UK

    • Ireland
    • Liverpool
    • Wales
    • Warwickshire

    And a few places on the Continent  and the Mideast as well, namely Israel.

    I have enjoyed a fantastic opportunity to play at some amazing venues, including

  • The Bitter End, New York City
  • Genghis Cohen, Los Angeles
  • Googie’s (upstairs at the Living Room), New York City
  • The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville TN
  • The Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Santa Fe NM
  • Artz Rib House in Austin, TX
  • Chicago House in Austin, TX
  • Mall of America in Minneapolis, MN
  • Cafe Stella Blue in Melbourne, FL
  • The Coffee Gallery Backstage, Altadena, CA

For a full listing of all the venues I have played (over a hundred venues), have a look at my Venues Page!

I Think They Like Me

My work has been recognized by a few organizations in the past, and I have enjoyed receiving many major awards in regional to national song writing competitions, such as

  • The Great American Song Contest
  • Mountain Stage NewSong Contest
  • Kerrville New Folk (regional NewFolk winner)
  • Metro Detroit Song writing Contest
  • Mid-Atlantic Song Contest
  • Songwriters Serenade
  • South Florida Folk Festival

My nomination for the prestigious B. IDEN PAYNE award for Outstanding Musical Director for Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah didn’t bring me an award, but it felt good to be nominated anyway. Especially since that was my very first gig as Musical Director.

I Have Style

Throughout all my music I have always tried to combine down-home honesty with up-town sophistication. I definitely have an eclectic writing and performing style, perhaps more precisely folk to pop to jazz.

My First Album – Slowly But Surely

In 1992 I released my very first solo album, called Slowly but Surely, which received radio play on national and international radio.

Second Album – Everyday People

Then in 2002 I recorded my second album, Everyday People, which was kindly released by Panda Productions. This CD has brought me many glowing reviews from various people and publications, frequent radio airplay and claimed song writing awards

Third Album – Family Album

Then in March of 2007 I released my third CD, Family Album. You can find a video of one of the songs on my Music page.

Fourth Album – Siren Song

In May, 2013, my fourth album, Siren Song was released. It achieved my first tracked airplay in Europe and garnered a lot of very nice reviews. These are songs that either sailed majestically into a darkened bedrooms or long flights, or arrived with all the urgency of fire engines.

And the new project – UNSUNG

My long awaited encounters with Biblical anti-heroes is almost ready to record. More soon….


That’s all from me for now. I hope you enjoyed reading a bit about my life.

Warm Regards