“Being a vocalist means bringing stories to life through melody. I find great pleasure listening to my emotions and making that connection to the lyrics of a song. Darkness, enlightenment, hilarity, resolution.... This is music to me."
The passion for music began for Russine in her elementary school chorus in Canoga Park, Ca. She continued in Glee Club and Choir throughout Jr. High and High School. While completing a degree at College of Southern Nevada she performed for two years in The Vocal Jazz Ensemble singing blues, and four and five part jazz harmonies, along with studying and performing in jazz quartets at The University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Russine joined Las Vegas Doo Wop A Capella harmony group “The Emerald Dreams”, performing in various Las Vegas hotels and recording radio jingles. She sang back up for vocals for original rock band “One Way Street. She formed the duo “The Zellner-Rinaldi project featuring guitarist, Matt Rinaldi, performing songs of the 70’s and 80’s.
She performed as a tribute artist as Gloria Estefan, and country star Gretchen Wilson, “Redneck Woman” Russine credits her musical influence from, The Beatles, Loretta Lynn, Steely Dan, Carly Simon, Peggy Lee, Linda Ronstadt, The Carpenter’s, Brasil 66, just naming a few. “These artists opened my ear to harmony and style”, says Russine.
Currently Russine performs a duo of jazz standards and more at The Suncoast Casino Las Vegas, in Salvatore’s Italian Restaurant every Tuesday and Thursday with pianist and vocalist Phil Baker, known as “The Inspiration for The Fabulous Baker Boys”. She sings as a back up vocalist for the John Anthony, “Rod Stewart Tribute” locally in Las Vegas, as well as performing as Christine McVie, in “Fleetwood Nicks” tribute. She cherishes and thanks family and friends who continue to support her musical journey.