I love, love, love performing live. When I’m up on stage it’s the best feeling in the world. Recently I was able to fly back to Canada for a gig over the Easter weekend and I had such a great time playing with my band. We played my upcoming single Earthquake and it went over so well, which is such a humbling feeling; when the audience loves the music you wrote. Here’s a video of Earthquake, let me know what you think!
It’s been a big year for me! I started my blog, I started touring a lot more, I released two songs to radio, and there were ups and downs, and bridges to cross, it was a lot packed into one year, but all in all, it’s been a great year and so much fun. I loved playing shows in LA, Chicago, New York City, Vermont, Maine, and visiting so many new places as well! I’ve grown as a musician, I’ve learned so much professionally, personally, and through going to school at Belmont all the while. I love the people I get to work with, the music I get to create, the musicians I get to play with, it’s such a magical experience every time we step on stage. Here are some of my favorite pictures from this year, I’ve had such a great time sharing it with you!
The past two falls I’ve been in school while being on radio tour, and people always ask me how it’s possible to juggle so much travel with being physically present in class. The truth is, it’s just like anything else, you just do it. I’m so fortunate to be able to work in music because I love it so much, and so if it means early mornings, lots of planes, sometimes trains, and always automobiles, it’s worth it. Today I want to share with you some candid photos; sleeping on the car ride between stations, doing homework in the hotel room, squeezing in some holiday goodness from Starbucks, and an interview at Country 107.3 in Tillsonburg Ontario. What are some things that you love to do, even if at times making it all work can be a fun challenge?
I love radio station visits! It’s so much fun to visit with people who also love music. I’ve been to Country 89 in Welland before, but it’s such a fun station to visit and it always makes me feel so special when I think about all the fantastic artists they have visit them and that I get to be a part of that! On this visit I did an on air interview and then got to play a live version of Bad Habit, which is always fun for me because it has a totally different vibe than when it’s played with the band.
On October 10, 2016 I got to fulfill a dream of mine that has been in my mind from the first time I visited Nashville. The Bluebird Cafe is an extremely well known venue in Nashville and to musicians all over the world, people travel from everywhere for an opportunity to play this intimate and historic venue. I was given the opportunity to play a round at the Bluebird from a great friend and that dream was realized! The whole performance was surreal, because while playing I was taking in the experience and the fact that I was living out a piece of my big goals. My friends came out to support me, my Mum was there, and the whole night was simply magical!
I’ve filmed A TON of YouTube videos and most of them I’ve been the artist, the creative director, and the editor, sometimes even the cinematographer! So when it came time to shooting the official Bad Habit video I was beyond excited. I knew what I wanted it to look like, but I didn’t have a storyline yet, and that’s where Carl Diebold (videographer for Rascal Flatts, Gavin Degraw, etc.) had some great ideas about how the storyline of the song could be brought into the video in a fun light hearted way. The video is now live on YouTube and I love how it turned out! My hair and makeup was done by Julie Garcia, a great MUA based in Nashville.