I’m talking on the phone with my mom as I sit on the couch in my apartment in Nashville, Tennessee. She's asking me about whom I'm writing with that day and what my day looks like. And, as I get off the phone with her, I started missing her. I was thinking about how crazy it must be for her to let her 19 years young daughter live on her own 12 hours away to live out a dream.
So, how did I get to this stage in my life? Well, it all began with growing up in an extremely talented, musical family in Baytown, Texas. If you couldn't sing or play an instrument in my family, it was a phenomenon. I grew up listening to a mixture of many musical genres - everything from Gospel to Dolly Parton and Destiny’s Child! I always knew I wanted to do something in the entertainment business.
To really know me, is to know my amazing and colorful family. I have 7 brothers and sisters. I know that seems like a lot, but my mom had 4 kids in her previous marriage and my dad had 3 kids in his previous marriage. Then, they came together and had me. When I was three, they divorced. I’m lucky; I grew up with a lot of family around me. My mom is a pastor of a church along with her sister (my Aunt Cyndy) and Uncle Todd. Of course, you know what that means…you guessed it - I was in every Easter, Mother’s Day, 4th of July and Christmas program you could imagine! My Aunt Cyndy’s sons were in a band called "Leeland" - all of their albums were nominated for Grammys!
When I turned 15, I wanted to start acting, so my mom and dad took me to Los Angeles to follow my dream. While I was there, I had a lot of time on my hands, so I started writing songs to keep myself busy. It was then that I developed a real passion for music. When I came back home to Texas, I graduated early from high school at the top of my class, and I told my mom I wanted to sing Country music. So, at 17 years old, I went to Nashville to write songs and start chasing my dreams. One day I got set-up to write with this lovely lady, Nicolle Galyon. She heard something special in my voice and told me to audition for “The Voice.”
Oh, “The Voice” journey. What a crazy experience! I auditioned with the hopes of making Blake Shelton’s team because I was such a fan of him and Miranda Lambert. When I auditioned and his chair turned around, I almost had a heart attack! He has mentored me and taught me so much about my craft. I felt so blessed to be on that show because it built a relationship that has forever changed my life. I got to go out on the road and perform with Miranda that summer and then I signed with my dream label: Big Machine Label Group. From that day forward, I began writing non-stop! I was writing about a song a day. I soon began creating my sound for my record and continued writing what I felt…having no limits…and just saying what was on my heart in my own wacky way. A few months later, I got the attention of the publishing powerhouses Big Machine Music and LA-based Prescription Songs, so I signed a publishing deal with Dr. Luke and Scott Borchetta. Yeah, I still can't believe that happened…ha!
Now, I’m gearing up for my first radio tour this spring. I can’t wait to share my music and make lifelong fans out on the road! I’m so excited to see how this next chapter unfolds because right now, I can truly say I’m living out my dreams and I’m exactly where I’m meant to be.