Halle Ford was about 4 years old when she held her first violin. By the time she was 8, the Kentucky-raised violinist got the attention of a Louisville concertmaster.
About 30 years later, Ford is celebrating the release of her very first album, "Pretty Girl," which capitalizes on her classical training but incorporates a youthful, pop sound.
No stranger to the stage, the 36-year-old has performed at Laguna Beach's Marine Room Tavern, the Hotel Café in L.A. and the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano, among others.
Ford recorded the entire album at home with the help of her husband, Matt, who contributed on guitar, bass and drums.
Instead of going with a label, the two started their own publishing group, Smelly Spaceship Publishing. They said it's aptly named after their studio that seems to trap odd odors from the house in the foam walls.