After returning to the U.S., Connie began a career in equity research at UBS Securities in New York City. She was still very active in music, performing weekly at The Broadway Grill in Times Square, singing Broadway hits and accompanying other singers on the piano. She was the keyboardist and Musical Director for numerous Off-Broadway productions and performed her original songs in cabarets like Don't Tell Momma and songwriter venues such as The Bitter End. Here she released her first independent album, Connie Howard.
After attending the NSAI Songwriting Symposium, Connie fell in love with the Nashville songwriting community. She traded in her suits for some cowboy boots and moved south. Just a year after arriving in Nashville, she won the Grand Prize in the Nashville Songwriters Association Song Contest for her song 'Feel' which was later recorded by Jive recording artist Nikki Cleary. Winning that contest opened many doors and she soon began writing with many top songwriters in town such as Andrew Gold, Buzz Cason,Billy Burnette, Anthony Smith, Jim Reilley and Valerie delaCruz, to name a few. In addition to pitching songs to recording artists, Connie recorded and produced a second independent recording "Collage: A Collection of Demos."
Connie recently relocated back to the CT shoreline and performs regularly at the Water's Edge Resort & Spa in Westbrook as well as other venues in CT, RI and NYC.