I had a taste for music for as long as I can remember. Even as a child! Why, the first album I knew by heart was "Slaughter: Stick It To Ya." I know, that's quite random, but hey, my father used to play the CD all the time. I also remember every time we would go on family trips he would play "The Doors Greatest Hits." I got a lot of rock influence from my parents. My mother also played the album "Four Non-Blondes: Bigger, Better, Faster."
For A short while I enjoyed country... probably age 7. By nine I would just sit in my room and listen to the local classical music station. I love everything; Bach, Beethoven, Mozart. You know the classic classics (cough, cough).
Now, by age 9 I fell in love with pop. ESPECIALLY 90's dance club music. My favorites ranged from Real McCoy, Aqua, Cher, Madonna, Celine Dion, and yes (to shock, horror, and disgust to many of my gothy friends and fans) I was all about The Spice girls. (To my friends and fans who can sympathize: GIRL POWER! Equalization between the sexes. Mmmm!)
As a side note, because of the classical music I discovered the magic of Musical Theatre. When I was 10 I became obsessed, and I mean OBSESSED, with "The Rocky Horror Picture show" (completely by accident my mother left it out while she was at work so being naturally curious... well... ya know). Soon I discovered "Grease" (which I've seen waaaay too many times and can't watch anymore). Then my obsession expanded to "The Phantom of The Opera," "Les Miserables," "RENT," and "Miss Saigon." (Indeed I have seen these all live!) Inspired by all of this I began acting in musical theatre which I carried on from 12 to 16 when I discovered Rasputina.
My friend had made me a mixed tape which included some "Rasputina," "Jack Off Jill," "Mindless Self Indulgence," among others. Being in-love with music my whole life I became obsessed with them as well. By association of these sorts of bands I found myself really enjoying "Kittie" and "Marilyn Manson.
Several years later, a spark was ignited when I first listened to the album "Opheliac" by the brilliant, amazing, and inspiring Emilie Autumn. She became a roll model for me and though her music I learned it is okay to be mentally ill which was something I had struggled with my whole life.
I then fell in-love with techno, dance, industrial music such as: Freezepop, Lords of Acid, Angelspit, VNV Nation, Faderhead, Pzychobitch, Android Lust, and of course the ever amazing Ayria.
At the same time I came across the brilliant mind Amanda Palmer and the spark became a burning fire.
I have been doing this since December of 2008 under a different name. It is a peculiar story how I came about choosing the name "Madame Babylon." I am completely self taught and totally by ear. Have been that way my entire life. I do this music because I have to. I sing for my sanity and hopefully I can touch the lives of others with my story.