"I grew up in Southeastern Alabama where everyone knows your name. Surrounded by chicken houses and peanut fields, I'm so thankful for the lifestyle I had. My hometown has such a special place in my heart.
Throughout my childhood, I was always looking for my 'thing'. I tried sports, art & literally everything you can possibly think of, but nothing ever stuck for me. Nothing but music.
Music was one thing my heart always came back to. What I was always drawn to.
I grew up singing at a young age. My father was something of a musical prodigy who could hear a song once & play it on guitar to a 'T', & my mother grew up singing in church & various places. I was introduced to a wide range of different genres from rock to reggae, gospel to traditional country, which is where my roots are planted. I'd spend my school days writing the lyrics to songs I had heard on the radio. And then eventually, writing songs of my own. I've always been somewhat of a daydreamer, which I guess ultimately worked out in my favor.
After years of touching base with songwriting, I felt a longing in my spirit to learn an instrument. So thanks to a dear family member, the evening of my 15th birthday I was given a small keyboard. The next day, I went to school, printed off the chords to "Jar of Hearts" by Christina Perri, & learned to play it within 2 hours of being home. I had always had a love of music, but that day, my love of making music was born.
Shortly after that, I was loaned a guitar, given only with the promise that I would practice every day, and that I did. I learned chords one song at a time. I spent hours and hours playing in front of my mother's bathroom mirror. My fingers bled and my fingernails chipped, but I was high on the thought of being one step closer to my dream. I fell in love with the guitar & songwriting. That following Christmas, I was given one of my own from my father- an Alvarez that I cherish with my life to this day.
After a few months of bathroom concerts and support from close friends & family, I got up the courage to branch out. I approached the manager of a local coffee shop in hopes of playing once or twice a week, & she allowed me to without hesitation. So there I was, playing twice a week at the best coffee shop in town, and I did this for about 6 months. Honestly, this is one of my favorite things I have ever done as a musician. I learned more about myself & my craft in those 6 months than I had in my whole life. I gained the confidence to reach out even more, playing at fairs, festivals, restaurants, and quite a few different venues. Without that first coffee shop gig, I don't know that I would've had that strength.
In the winter of 2013 is when the true roller coaster began. That's right. Recording. In a matter of weeks, we laid down what would soon be my first 4 tracks. Those were the longest weeks of my life! But I loved every single second of it. To this day, studio time is always my favorite. It's such a raw and passionate time for me & I love it.
After those initial 4 songs, I continued to write and record, as well as play various venues across Georgia, Alabama and Florida.
In the fall of 2014, i found out that i was expecting my daughter, Spencer. So in that, I decided to put my dreams somewhat on the back burner. For the duration of my pregnancy, I focused on songwriting and preparing for my new little one.
I have been so blessed with such supportive family and friends, it's unreal. My mom has always been there to remind that I am good enough and I do have what it takes. I've been so lucky to share this dream with close friends who have lifted me up in low times & for that I am eternally grateful.
Last but most certainly not least, my fans. I tell people all the time how amazing and special my supporters are to me. They literally never seize to amaze me. One minute they're buying and promoting my music and the next they're writing in telling their personal stories. I love the relationship that I have been able to develop with them. Without them none of the things I do could be possible."