MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE!
New Years Eve is just around the corner as well, so I wanted to look back on some wonderful things that happened this year and what I hope this new year brings.
Let's start with the wonderful tour I went on! Spring of '18 brought so much travel as I opened up for the band Carbon Leaf. I got to go to so many cities, meet new people, and share my craft almost every night. I felt on top of the world. Each show was unique but every audience was respectful and kind. I learned so much on that tour like how to really be myself and WHY that was so important in my career. Being a youngin' I still get so scared of embracing my true self and letting that shine through on stage, but this time around I was shamelessly myself. I also met some really cool dudes in Carbon Leaf, and I feel they all taught me different things. Barry taught me to be disciplined and hardworking, Jon reminded me to have fun, Terry taught me to speak up, Carter taught me to always look to improve, and Jesse taught me to stand out. I had the best time on that tour and I will always, ALWAYS cherish the memories I made and lessons I learned.
Let's throw it back to when I dropped my single Don't Hold Me Down! This song has been around since I was 15-16 and boy did it used to hold bad memories, but life is all about change and growth so I picked it back up and changed it back in the end of 2017. I never imagined I would finally get to record it and do it with my new friend Steven Walker. He brought such a great vibe to my song and really listened to what I had to say about it, he understood the dark story of the song and wanted to bring it to life, and he killed it. I got to work with so many cool musicians who wanted to add their flare to my song and really enjoyed every minute of it. When the song was released I was honestly a little nervous. It was very different from my old stuff and it was a VERY dark tune, but it had a wonderful reaction and I can't be more proud of what Steven and the other musicians managed to do in such a short amount of time. It even ended up on the Scene SC Sampler!
So, now we're here at the very end of 2018. I just got off a mini tour with Vienna Teng where I'm pretty sure I witnessed magic in the crowd every single night. I can only hope this new year brings just as much magic and excitement as 2018 did. 2019 will be about learning and leaping for me. I am taking ownership of my business and accepting the challenge of learning the industry on my own. This is all very new for me and to be totally honest, I am nervous, but I made some everlasting friendships this year that I believe will lift me up when I get scared or maybe even doubtful of my abilities. This past year I had to learn to let go of the things and people that only wanted me to crumble. I had to face my fears and be honest about who I truly was and wanted to be. I was open and true to the people I knew and even the strangers about my mental health. Basically, I got ready to take that leap of faith and now in 2019 I will be ready to jump.
See ya next year!