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.Read More
"... I didn't know how to perform with a live band, I didn't know how to take the microphone off the stand, and I didn't know that my future husband was standing only a few feet away from me, holding a guitar."Read More
Yep. You read that right. I tried out for NBC's hit show, The Voice. But, before I dive into that experience, we need to rewind 10 years. I was 19. I was a sophomore in college. After being encouraged by my family, I decided to audition for Season 7 of the FOX series, American Idol...Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
It's the big discussion right now in Nashville... well, and everywhere country music fans reside frankly. What happened to good country music? Is today's country music really country? Is there enough room for today's more progressive expression and the classic sound of the past? Do you HAVE to have steel guitar on your record to be considered "country" or are drum loops perfectly acceptable as well?Read More
As a kid, I thought living in a two story house meant you were rich. So, I'd tell my friends that I lived in one... only, I didn't. But, we did have a 50-Disc CD changer as part of the stereo system and I also thought that meant we were rich... Again, I was GREATLY mistaken. Every summer, I'd wake up and load that sucker up with all of my favorite CDs. I'd stand on the fireplace hearth and sing song after song until I could barely whisper...Read More
Ahhh, the question that I get asked the most...
"Why don't you have a record deal?"
There is NO way to simply answer. So, I'm tackling this tough question + I'm breaking down THREE Music Industry "Truths"... that actually, aren't even remotely true.Read More
If you're looking for juicy stories about after-parties and trashing hotel rooms... you're going to have to look elsewhere. In fact, most of the major country music tours are low-key. That's not to say we don't have a good time (Oh, do we have a good time!) but very rarely these days do you hear about musicians throwing TV's out of the window. SO, I'm taking you through a typical day on the road, from early morning call times to my version of the after party!Read More
Attention: music festival season is among us! Stagecoach, Bonnaroo, CMA Fest, Oh My! If you've never planned a trip to Nashville during CMA Fest (or at all for that matter - see my previous post about My ULTIMATE Nashville Guide) then pay close attention - cause you're gonna wanna plan a get-away after I tell you all about CMA Fest and why it's AWESOME!Read More