A multi-instrumentalist, Almeda studied cello and piano through college, has a BA in Elementary Education and is self-taught on the guitar, mandolin and various other stringed instruments. She taught students of all ages to play strings from her former private studio and retail store,A Room For Music, in Big Sandy, MT. Almeda has written poetry, journals and songs since her teen years and has been performing at cowboy gatherings throughout the west for nearly two decades.
In 2010, Almeda produced two albums of original songs and poetry, Voices From the Range and A Way of Heart. Both albums were recorded by Chris Cunningham of the acoustic duo, Storyhill, at Basecamp Recording Studio in Bozeman with Montana musicians Britt Smith and Ric Steinke of Open Range adding instrumentation. Almeda did the guitar work.
A third album of original songs Lovers, Wives and Mothers: A Western Woman’s Voice is in pre-production with Lance Bendiksen of Bendiksen Productions in Denver, CO. The album is scheduled for release in June 2015.