Louise grew up in McEwen, Tennessee and moved to Knoxville to attend college. But it wasn’t until after school, on her 22nd birthday, that she realized that music was too important to set aside for a more “practical” career. Borrowing her brother’s Sears Harmony guitar, she taught herself a few chords and wrote her first song. She joined a couple of bands and sang lots of cover songs by artists she admired like The Sundays, Everything But the Girl, Nanci Griffith and Ricki Lee Jones, but only writing her own songs gave her creative satisfaction.
In 1999, she released “Crave” as a full-length debut album. The album received local and regional critical praise.
Louise then started playing solo around the Southeast to coffeehouses, festivals, and bookstores…anywhere she could garner a listener, a fan, or another contemplative soul to sing to. Since then she’s played at Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta, the Bluebird Café, Douglas Corner and Exit/In in Nashville, Blue Cats and Barley’s in Knoxville, the Coffee Underground in Greenville, SC, Kerrville Folk Festival and the Atlantis Music Festival. She’s been honored to open for such diverse acts as Jonatha Brooke, Allison Moorer, Marcia Ball, Michelle Malone, Greg Trooper, and Antigone Rising.
In 2001, Louise released a second full-length album, “Separated Like Stars”, an even more fully realized vision of her music. Acoustic folk pop with an occasional jazz chord and then, surprisingly, a country pop song in the mix, she defies genre definitions. “I like to let the song dictate the style. I don’t feel bound to just one sound in my writing”, she says. Southeast Performer Magazine said, “…her glowing voice becomes entangled with the acoustic guitar…a wonderful recording.” Metro Beat of Greenville, SC said, “Louise brings a refreshing dose of acoustic pop to the singer-songwriter realm…”
Louise has just released her 3rd full length album, “Home”, produced and engineered by Nashville veteran Jon Young. This CD reflects the changes in her songwriting since moving to Nashville – moving Louise into a more Americana genre. "It's a little like coming home again", she said. "I spent so long trying to get off the farm and now all I want to do is go back! My songwriting is really reflecting that."