What I Thought vs What I Got
Hey guys! My first blog post will be dedicated to helping you get to know me a little bit more than what you read in my bio (if you read my bio).
So, obviously, I’m a musician. I have identified as such for as long as I can remember. Music has always been my first love. My mom told me that when I was little and in a stroller that I would sing “picking up paw paws put ‘em in the basket” all the way through the mall. Apparently, I didn’t care that other people were looking at me. As I got older though, I was shyer and wouldn’t sing in front of anybody.
When I was in the car, I would have my cassette tape player (because those existed when I was little) and I would sing Disney songs for however long the car ride was. Five hours? No problem! Just give me Hercules, Mulan, and The Lion King and I could make it. It’s safe to say that I still sing for countless hours in the car. It’s still Disney songs.
I also identified as a golfer for part of my life. From the age of 4 to 16 I practiced and competed. Part of that time I thought I wanted to be a professional female golfer.
During this time, I played softball as well. From taking my first steps on a field as an itty t-ball player to my senior year in high school, I loved every second. (Maybe not the running part). In 8th grade, we had a day where we dressed up like a person who had the career we wanted. I dressed up as the USA softball team’s 3rd baseman. Because back then, there was a USA softball team. I thought I wanted to play in college but alas, my coach at the time made me not love it like I used to. One example of this was when I was a senior, I had gotten a booking to sing at our local Relay For Life, so I had to miss a practice. He made me run because I was not at practice and was singing for cancer survivors. I proceeded to get half of the team to run with me. #therealMVPs
After all of this was over, I went to a community college and joined a country cover band. Honestly, I don’t know how they let me stay because I went to the first rehearsal only knowing three songs, two of which I could sing and had been singing for quite some time. Shout out to them for giving me a chance. I stayed with them as they rotated members and changed band names throughout two years. During this I was still booking a solo show here and there.
Eventually, the band broke up but I kept playing solo shows. Slowly, I started getting more bookings but my main focus was school. I graduated from community college and attended UNC Greensboro. I met an awesome church group there and they quickly became my “campus friends” (because I commuted at that point). My senior year at UNCG I tried dorm life and let me tell you, it’s not for me. I can live on my own and survive but I’d rather do it with people who communicate. Communication was not a theme in our suite. Nobody talked about anything ever. Overall, though, when I did see them on the rare occasion, they were very nice.
I met some pretty important people at this part of my life, some of which include the people that I’m in a band with now. I graduated this past May with a major in Communication Studies and a minor in Entrepreneurship. #MagnaCumLaude (not that it matters now that I’m out).
Now, I’m finished with school and can completely focus on my music! A nice little project I started while in my senior year of college was “The Barn.” The Barn is my own little studio space where I can work on YouTube videos, recordings, and new songs. It took a while to complete but I’m so happy I did this. I learned a lot in the process and have something to show for it.
I’m at a cool point in my life where I’m doing what I love and I’m happy doing it. If you have any questions about anything or want me to elaborate on something you read, let me know! It may be a whole ‘nother blog post for me to write!
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