Accomplished singer and composer Carmen Lundy is also a successful teacher, painter, and thespian-she played Billie Holiday in an off-Broadway musical. As a child, the Florida native took inspiration from her mother, then lead singer of gospel ensemble The Apostolic Singers. After enrolling at the University of Miami as an opera major, she realized her true calling was in jazz, and finally graduated in Studio Music and Jazz. Moving to New York City at the end of the 1970s, Lundy collaborated with a host of top players including Kenny Barron, Ray Barretto, Terri Lyne Carrington, Courtney Pine and her brother, Curtis Lundy. Her career as a recording artist started with 1985's Good Morning Kiss. Her 12th album, Changes, came out in 2012 and featured eight original compositions.