Sally was born on Christmas Day on Chicago’s South Side, where she walked away from classical piano training to allow the music that was inside her head to be heard outside her head. As a composer and lyricist, Sally has enjoyed a wonderful career that has taken her from recording studios and concert stages, to festivals and cabarets.
As a 1990 Kerrville New Folk Award Winner for songwriting, Sally’s composition “Home Is Where the Heart Is” was recorded by folk legends, Peter, Paul, and Mary and published in “Contemporary Cabaret,” a songbook that includes Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Weber. She has appeared at Putamayo’s Songwriter Festival at NY’s Carnegie Hall, and was a featured musical guest on Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know, NPR’s Mountain Stage, and CBS Sunday Morning. Singing for radio and TV, Sally has been the voice for Butterfinger, Hallmark, Sears, and A Star for Jeremy NBC. As an actress, she’s performed with the National Touring Company of the Vagina Monologues.
Recording as a solo singer/songwriter, Sally has released five CDs, Enclosed (1982), Unraveled (1990), Ghost Town Girl (1993), My Good Company (1998), and A Woman’s Gotta Do Her Thing (2004). Besides the stellar Nashville musicians, these projects include duets Sally performed with good friends Janis Ian (Little Girl Please Wait) and Jonathan Edwards (Ten Pound Bass), as well as the song co-written with folk-hero Tom Paxton (Private Plenty).
“Most impressive - a thoughtful, tuneful collection of keenly observed narratives.” The Washington Post
“Thank you dear heart, your songs are beautiful. As for (the song) The Redman, I have received many awards in my life time, but I cannot remember anything that has ever touched my emotions with such heartfelt warmth.” Red Skelton
As a founding member of the musical theatre company THE FOUR BITCHIN’ BABES, Sally appears on their nine cast recordings, full length concert DVD, and tours the US with four different musical revues. “Hormonal Imbalance,” “Diva Nation,” “Mid Life Vices,” and their latest holiday show “Jingle Babes.” In addition to this hectic work schedule, Sally has been proud to contribute music to compilation recording projects of friends, radio stations and philanthropic organizations.
Amidst all this, in 1994, Sally’s career took a temporary detour when she suffered viral induced paralyzed vocal cords. For the one year that followed, she discovered new ways to create words and music for new mediums. She began composing for original stage works, and writing short stories and essays for print publications. Twelve harrowing months later, her voice returned. After completing vocal rehab at the famed Vanderbilt Voice Clinic, Sally jumped right back into the creative fray. She was commissioned to compose for Hersteria . . . A Musical Noir for the Winnipeg Studio Theatre. Her prose has been published in Random House’s Life’s a Stitch (with Molly Ivins, Erma Bombeck and Gloria Steinem) and Publishing Syndicates’ Not Your Mother’s Book – On Home Improvement (with Chicken Soup for the Soul writers).
With her personal life steeped in Judaism, Sally’s one-woman show The Mental Yentl Revue, debuted at “Oy!Hoo,” The 2006 New York Jewish and Music Heritage Festival. Realizing her authentic self as a performer, Sally produced the Mental Yentl Radio Hour, for XM/Sirius’ Radio Hanukah. Finally, her own collection of stories and essays titled, The Mental Yentl Review is slated for a 2014 release.
Sally and husband Michael live in Columbus, Ohio. Their three kids, Elizabeth Julian, Max and Aaron, have left the nest with college degrees in their pockets and no jail time on their records.