I was born and raised in Charlotte, NC. It was there that my brother and sister practiced
piano in our living room as I sat at my toy piano beside them. I was amazed at the beautiful sound that would come out
of that piano. I believe that is when my curiosity and interest about how tones come together and produce harmony was
I wanted to play an instrument in elementary school and selected the violin, which I continued
to play through high school. I just loved how the music from the orchestra sounded when all of the different tones came
together as one!!! When I was 16, I bought my first guitar, which I still have to this day. I played it on the Blue
Mountan Myst's first CD. ( Love that guitar!)
I did not play often when my children (Michael, David & Erin) were small, but as they
grew older I began playing more and writing a little music. In time, each one of them asked me to teach them how to
play guitar. The rascals not only learned how to play mama style, but their talent grew to encompass their own unique
style-and now they all three write their own music, which I am amazed at every time I hear them play. My oldest son
does a lot of the back-up music and solo spots on our "Kitchen Jam" CD. He plays different
instruments to accomplish this. His talents extend from Classical, to Bluegrass, Rock and Jazz and everything in between.
Rascal. Thank you Michael.
I am so thankful for my experience with Blue Mountain Myst and
my sisters in sound~Bitsy and Beth.
If you ask my "little" Momma when I started singing she will tell you: "The day she was born!"
I truly believe this myself! I have always sung and wrote music. While in school I participated in the band
and school choir as well as with any other singing group that would let me sing. After graduating from Good Ole' Clifton
Forge High School in 1980 and starting my family, I moved to Brevard, North Carolina where my husband grew up. While
there, I continued to sing for weddings and special events in that area. It was then that I met my "Soul-Mates in Sound
and Harmony." Ms. Laura, Ms. Beth and I have such unique and different personalities! But you have to agree when you
hear us that we fit like gloves! Thanks for being a part of our Dream! I will see you in the Blue
When I was eight years old, Santa Claus brought me a piano for Christmas.
I took piano lessons for six months and decided I could do better just playing by "ear." My dad encouraged me to perform
in church and in public. Playing piano and singing back-up with Blue Mountain Myst is
the most awesome thing I have ever done in my music career. We started singing in July of 2002, released our first CD
in August of 2003, and then we started performing in public. Now isn't that kind of different...but hey, it's okay.
I was meant to be that way. Just ask Bitsy and Laura.
I have lived in Rosman, North Carolina all of my life. I am the only child of Ernest and
Jo Powell. In 1982 I married Jerry Ihme and we have two teen-age children, Shane & Kristin.