LET'S ALL BE MINDFUL

Raise your hand if the holidays stress you out? You can't see it, but I'm raising my hand. I LOVE the holidays (who doesn't?) but let's be honest - it's a chaotic and stressful time! There's the traveling that involves packing everyone up, piling in the car and driving from house to house to visit everyone. There's the cooking - who's bringing what? What time is dinner? Will your cousins be late again like they are every year? Did we forget the cranberry sauce again? And I'm just talking about Thanksgiving!

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A NEW SEASON - LITERALLY & FIGURATIVELY.

Fall has FINALLY arrived in Nashville (Praise the Lord!) and I think the cool weather is here to stay! I love the season of fall. No wait... I LOVE the season of fall! I love the cooler weather, the fashion, the leaves and the way they change colors, the rich & savory foods (see my super easy pumpkin bread recipe below), the holidays... but most of all, I love the actual change of season. 

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TAKING ON TEXAS

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you've seen that I spent a few days in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Work brought us to the Lonestar State, we were scheduled to play a campus concert at The University of North Texas at Dallas. We have friends in the area so we extended our trip a few days to hang out with them and take on Texas! Texas is one of my favorite places. If I couldn't be from Carolina, I'd be from Texas. I love the landscape, I love the truly authentic cowboy way of life, and the food... OH, The food! 

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A NIGHT WITH SAMMY KERSHAW

I was side stage in the wing watching wide-eyed. I was sitting on a barstool with a paper bag full of Logan's roasted peanuts in my lap because it was the only thing I could find to eat backstage. Sammy Kershaw was talking to the crowd about how he started in the music business and who his influences were when he said, "I'm a country music singer. I'll die a country music singer." And right there, covered in peanut shells, I sobbed. Because, I felt the same way.

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FALLNG INTO A NEW SEASON

Why is Fall my favorite time of year? Two words: Pumpkin Spice. The end.

Okay, that's only one reason! Doesn't everyone love Fall? If you haven't been to Nashville in the Fall, I highly recommend visiting during the autumn months. Nashville is BEAUTIFUL in the Fall and one of my favorite things to do is drive through the Belle Meade neighborhood when the leaves are changing. I love seeing everyone's pumpkins on their porches and kids playing outside.

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FIVE PRO TIPS

Now, I'm not claiming to know it all... but I have been touring full-time as a singer with my band for seven years, so I'm confident in saying that I am no longer "green" in this game. I've learned the in's & outs and the do's and don'ts when it comes to taking care of my voice, establishing my brand and sound, and earning respect in this business - so, I'm sharing FIVE tips for being a successful musician.

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NASHVILLE DATE NIGHTS

Nashville is the HOTTEST place to visit/live right now and we (John and I) count ourselves lucky to live in a booming city. One would think we'd be out and about nearly every night with all the fun that is constantly happening around town - however, our typical date night usually consists of a Friday night dinner at our favorite family-run pizza place in jeans and t-shirts. But, occasionally when something really cool is happening like a concert, sporting event, or show - we hit the town!

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