Mark Your Calendar!

I woke up this morning, brushed my teeth, made some tea, and pulled up a chair to sit at my kitchen table.. On days where I don’t go to the gym immediately or have anything else planned, I tend to take my time to wake up. But instead of answering emails or checking social media, I clicked on iTunes and listened to this one song.. It’s been a few weeks since I’ve received the finalized version of my brand new single “How Do You Sleep” but it’s finally done and ready to share with everyone! And to say that I am excited for this release would be an understatement.

It’s been a long time coming - but after lots of hard work, and even more patience (which if you know me.. you know patience is not a quality I possess haha), I am finally I’m ready to share another one of my songs with the rest of the world. This song means so much to me, especially because I lived it. Of course, there are lots of songs that I’ve written over the years that are based on others’ experiences or are merely fictional stories. But “How Do You Sleep” is truly a reflection of a heartbreak I had to go through a few years ago. Since then, I have been able to heal from that relationship, and I think that writing this song was such a huge part of it. Looking back, as much as it hurt, I am so happy that it happened because it allowed me to write some beautiful music.

Of course there’s Christmas and New Years to look forward to, but really and truly I’m most excited about the day “How Do You Sleep” will be available EVERYWHERE! Which will be in just a few weeks on January 14th! So if you haven’t already, make sure you mark that on your calendar!! I can’t wait to share it with you and for you to hear it!!

xo

A Thankful Heart

With American Thanksgiving coming up tomorrow (Canada celebrates Thanksgiving in October), I figured I would write a little post of some of the things that I am most thankful for this year. I couldn’t decide an order for them, so the list is not numbered.

Family - I have no clue where I’d be without the constant unconditional love and support my family has always been since day one. No matter what I do, no matter how big and crazy my dreams are, my family always stands behind me and I will forever be grateful for that. I couldn't have asked to have a better family than the one that I have.

Friends - Though my family is kinda forced to put up with me, my friends choose (for some crazy reason) to continue to stick around. Having a career in the music industry leaves me with very little time to devote to relationships, but the ones that I do devote time to are worth it, hands down. Life gets busy, we all know that. I am lucky enough to have the kind of friends that are always gonna be there for me, and vice versa, even if we haven’t talked in weeks or months.

Health - If you’ve been following me on social media, you’ll know I kinda went MIA for quite a little bit this summer. After seeing numerous doctors for weeks on end, no one could seem to figure out what was wrong with me for the longest time. It was a really difficult time in my life, and me being the irrational, overemotional girl that I am, I thought “What if I die?”. Obviously I didn’t, thanks to my guardian angels who work overtime. But even so, I’ve come a long ways from where I was a few months ago and I am so happy I’m no longer sick, and starting to feel like I’m getting back to my normal self.

My House - In March of this year, I got the opportunity to travel to Guatemala with a group of people from my hometown church. We spent 10 days there, helping to build a hospital in an isolated village about 8 hours away from Guatemala City. During my time there, we got to do some home visits and bring people who were really in need food, supplies, and clothes. I will never forget that trip. It really made me realize how lucky I am to have a roof over my head, food in my fridge, and clean water whenever I am thirsty. So many of the people we met were living in little tiny shacks, made of sticks and a tarp. I just think it’s easy for us to take it for granted and I’m forever thankful that God has blessed me like He has.

God - I know this sounds super cliche, but I am just thankful for God and His constant hand in my life. The opportunities that He brings about constantly, and the fact that He hasn't given up on me yet.. even though most days, I’m a hot mess. I’m also really thankful that He surrounds me in my times of need, and equips me daily to face the craziness of this life. Of course I’m thankful for so much more than that, but we could be here for a while if I listed everything!

With all of that being said, I really just encourage you guys to think about some things that you can be thankful for this year while celebrating Thanksgiving. I know there’s a lot of things going on in this world that can make you angry, or sad.. And it’s even easier to keep thinking about those things. But try to remember the good things you have, and how lucky we are to still be alive and breathing. Whatever is good, whatever is right, whatever is lovely - try to focus on those things.

Happy Thanksgiving friends!

xo

Happy Friday!

What a busy week! But it’s official!! I finally uploaded an acoustic version of my brand new single “How Do You Sleep” that I will be releasing within the next little bit. It has been really cool getting to hear peoples responses to it, and already getting feedback from fans! I can’t wait to share the studio version with everyone, and get the chance to have more people hear my music - Lord knows it’s been a long time coming. I am hoping to release the song in January 2019. So close, yet so far.. I know. In a perfect world, I would have released it this summer but after having to unexpectedly go back home to Canada and fight off an illness that lasted way too long, I’m just happy I am finally able to be back and do music again.

That being said, I have something else I want to share with you! I’m also excited to say that as of this week, I will be working alongside Laminate Entertainment here in Nashville as well! They have an amazing roster of artists and I could not be happier to have the opportunity to be a part of such a hard working, encouraging, supportive team of people. I think it’s important to have people behind you that truly believe in your music, and your career as a whole - it makes the world of difference. So needless to say I am looking forward to starting this new journey with them and seeing what we can accomplish together!

xo

Back To Reality

How is it November already!? I feel like October just flew by!! Luckily, I got to spend the last few weeks of October on the road, traveling around the west coast playing music. From performing on a cruise, (sea sickness is NOT a fun thing) to performing at the USO Gala and so much more! I definitely met some amazing people, and had quite the adventure.. especially when I asked the hotel to give me a wake up call, they forgot, and I missed my flight completely. Never a dull moment in my life! But I made it work, and luckily made it to all of my shows on time.

Now back to reality and the chilly weather here in Nashville. People always ask me why I’m not used to the cold since I’m from Canada.. But sometimes there are things you can just never get used to haha. Either way, I’m excited to finally be back here and can’t wait to be back writing and in the studio! I’m hoping to be sharing some new music soon, so definitely make sure to check out my social media for more updates!

xo

Tennessee Music Awards

This past week has to be one of my favorites! I just recently got back from spending the weekend in Memphis, Tennessee where I was lucky enough to play at numerous venues around the downtown area. I got to meet so many new people who share a love for music, and also got to catch up with old friends as well! I’m not gonna lie, I am definitely guilty of blasting Marc Cohn’s ‘Walking In Memphis’ through the speakers of my car half the time I was there haha. Then, on my way back to Nashville I stopped in Jackson, Tennessee (this time, blasting ‘Jackson’ by Johnny Cash through my speakers) for the 2nd annual Tennessee Music Awards.

Many of you might already have known that I was recently nominated this past summer as Tennessee’s top “Female Vocalist of the Year”, which was a huge honor, nonetheless. But never in a million years did I think that I would actually win! Let me start off by saying, I know for a fact that I am not the most talented female vocalist in Tennessee - I mean, come on. Any time I am walking down Broadway, I hear so many other talented women in this town alone. But the fact that my fans took time out of their busy schedules to even consider me, vote for me, and to give me the opportunity to be recognized as the “Female Vocalist of the Year”?! That seems crazy to me… It still doesn’t feel like real life to me! I will end this blog entry with what I managed to say before I teared up on stage, on Monday night when I was handed the award - I am so beyond blessed. If it wasn’t for God, my family, my friends and my fans I would be absolutely nowhere. So thank you guys, truly! I love y’all!!!!

xo

Good To Be Back

What a week it’s been so far - and to think it’s almost the weekend! I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun. I got to spend most of last weekend in the studio, working on some brand new music with some crazy talented people. It was really a great reminder of just how many people in this town are so incredibly gifted yet humble. There is no shortage of musicians in this town, but I think humility and kindness go a long way no matter who you are or what you do. My momma also got to come for a visit all the way from Canada, and got to be a part of the recording process as well (she’s also an amazing singer/songwriter). So it’s definitely been a busy week, but it feels so good to be back in Nashville. Make sure if you’re out downtown, you check out where I’m playing next! I’ve got quite a few shows coming up in the middle Tennessee area that you’re not gonna wanna miss!

xo

Small Town Surprises

What a weekend! I got to play in my hometown of Huntsville, Ontario as well as North Bay, Ontario over the past few days. Much to my surprise, the show in my hometown completely sold out! My heart is filled with so much gratitude and thanks to everyone who came out. There are so many people in my hometown who have invested in my career over the years, and I truly would not be able to continue doing what I love without the endless support.  (Okay - maybe I would continue doing music but it definitely would not be the same that's for sure.) It definitely makes a huge difference. Every email, every text message, every phone call that continually encourages me and motivates me is just another stepping stone, allowing me to keep going and pushing through on days when I feel like giving up. So thank you to everyone who came out this weekend. You guys are amazing!

xo

Ohhh Canada!

I've been so busy with writing and performing in Nashville - I didn't realize I haven't written a new blog post in over a month! Yikes. Time flies, that's for sure. But now I'm back in Canada (after quite the day of traveling) and finally have the rest of the day to relax. I'm really looking forward to the few shows I have booked while I'm here too! Not only will I be performing at the Algonquin Theatre in Huntsville this Friday, but I will be playing at Cecil's in North Bay on Saturday. It will be great to see some familiar faces and of course, lots of new faces as well. I have so much new music that I have been working on that I'm ready to share with everyone! Make sure you get your tickets while they're still available - it's gonna be a great time!! 

xo

Hurray for 10K!!

Since my last blog entry, I have been trying my best to rest and get back to my normal healthy self. So there truly hasn't been all that much to write about, unless unhealthy amounts of ice cream consumption interests you.  However - this morning when I woke up, I was wonderfully surprised to find out that Blame The Whiskey has been played over 10,000 times on Spotify!! Believe me when I say, I am by no means a morning person, but it's kinda hard not to have a huge smile on my face after seeing that, regardless of my caffeine intake. So I just wanted to say thank you to every single one of you. Your constant encouragement makes it easy to do what I love every day. There's no telling what I'll be able to accomplish with the absolute best fans standing behind me and supporting me all the way!   

xo

Nomination and Updates

Yesterday I found out much to my surprise that I have been nominated for "Female Vocalist of the Year" for the 2018 Tennessee Music Awards!?? What!? Someone should probably pinch me right about now. To everyone who took the time to nominate me, thank you so SO much! You guys are amazing. I wouldn't have gotten nominated without your help! There's a little over ONE WEEK left to vote for your favourite nominee (which you should probably vote for me, just sayin!). So I'll post the link below for where you can vote!  In the meantime, the anticipation will be killing me since the Tennessee Music Awards aren't until October! Ah I wonder if my dog can be my date? If I dress him up in a tux, is that allowed?

As for my health, I'm still in recovery mode. Doctors are continuing to do more tests and such to ensure I don't get worse. So that's always fun considering I'm not a big fan of hospitals or needles. Being sick has never been easy for me, I'm so used to having a million things on the go, let alone singing and playing guitar every other day. But I know my body needs to rest so I can get better as soon as possible.  Thank you all for being so understanding, and just know that I really appreciate all the prayers and well wishes.

Don't forget to vote!! >>> https://www.tennesseemusicawards.org/vote

xo

Apology To Fans

Without getting into too much detail.. I am sad to announce that I will be canceling and rescheduling my show at the Algonquin Theatre that was supposed to take place tonight in Huntsville, Ontario, due to health reasons. If you've been following me on social media at all, you will have seen that I came back home to Canada suddenly in the middle of CMA Fest in Nashville. But what many of you do not know is that the reason behind my travels had to do with the fact that I have been very sick for the past three weeks now. I have been in and out of the hospital, as well as the doctors office getting lots of tests done to try to figure out the underlying cause. Upon getting my test results back yesterday, the cause of my declining health has finally been determined but will not be a quick fix. Therefore, I have decided to postpone my show until a later date.

The show is already rescheduled for August 24th at 8pm. I apologize to everyone for the inconvenience, however the last thing that I want to do is put on a show where I do not feel 100%.  I know you all work so hard for your money and the last thing that I want to do is only put half of my heart into a performance.  So I hope everyone who got tickets will be understanding as to why I had to reschedule my show,  and forgive me for having to do so. 

xo

Radio Things & Nashville Living

Today I got to visit with my friends at Hunters Bay Radio here in Huntsville, Ontario. I got to talk with them on air about my upcoming shows and Nashville living.  It's funny, when most people hear that I moved to Nashville and didn't know anyone they always make a comment of how brave I must have been. But to me, I never felt as though I was brave by moving. I just knew in my heart that music was something that I was born to do and that was my calling. I knew that I needed to do whatever it took to make it happen, no matter what. It seemed like a simple thing, moving to pursue this crazy dream of mine. But truly, I wouldn't have been able to do it without the huge support system here in Huntsville. My friends and my family here in my hometown are such a big reason that I've been doing music as long as I have, and I definitely wouldn't have made it where I am today without them. So a big shout out to Hunters Bay Radio for having me today and thanks to everyone for tuning in. I'm really looking forward to my upcoming performance at The Algonquin Theatre, and can't wait to share my new music with you!! 

 

xo

My First Blog!!

I've wanted to start blogging for a while now, so I can connect with the many people that I don't get to talk to everyday. I feel like lately I have been traveling so much and have been so busy with music that I don't get the opportunity to share my adventures with everyone. So what better way to do that then by blogging!  

I arrived in Canada the other day after an amazing CMA Fest week in Nashville. It was definitely a long day of traveling, but I managed to get quite a bit of sleep on the plane (totally unlike me). When I got off the plane, part of me was in shock when it wasn't 100 degrees out.. but it's been nice to have a little bit of what would be considered cooler weather after the scorching Tennessee heat. I stopped in today at Hunters Bay Radio here in Huntsville, Ontario where I grew up, and was able to make some pretty exciting arrangements to promote my upcoming show at the Algonquin Theatre. As I was leaving, they were sweet enough to play "Blame The Whiskey" on air! It still kinda feels surreal to hear my own music played on the radio station. I feel like someone should pinch me and wake me up from this dream. After all the hard work that I've put into "Blame The Whiskey" and the countless other songs that are in the process of being recorded, it's crazy to think that people are finally getting to hear them. Coming home always makes me grateful for everyone who has supported me from the beginning - before Nashville, before the touring, before the radio play. I am definitely blessed to be where I am today, and am really looking forward to playing in my hometown at the Algonquin Theatre next weekend!! 

xo