Wow! This summer has been such a whirlwind. I am finally sitting down to update you, which has been a long time coming.
Many of you know that I am in the process of my very first self titled record.
Sometimes, the path is wildly windy and crooked. But it's still there. And I am walking with one foot in front of the other, trusting that each step will arrive when needed.
The record part is done, yes. And I am deeply proud of it, and I genuinely can't wait to get it into your ears.
That being said, I am enormously grateful for your patience in hearing it as I do what I feel is best to get it out there to as many ears as possible.
In case you are curious::
I am looking for the best options for hiring publicity. With that, I need to gather some more material beyond the record to have a powerful launch (more videos, pictures, and develop online presence) which takes time and more resources to complete.
I have found several very exciting options, and now I am just preparing a graceful launch so this music can fly.
I so appreciate your patience as I put together the building blocks that are needed to make this happen. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.
Now to tell you a bit about my exciting summer so far!
I was recently a finalist (1 of 10, out of 400) in Telluride Bluegrass Festival's Troubadour Songwriting Competition in June. It was such a profound experience for me. I don’t know if it was just brought on by allergies, but I was tearing up constantly. I was sharing my own music that I have worked so hard on for an audience of around 12,000 folks.
On the way to Telluride, my car got a flat tire. I couldn't believe how fast the whole ordeal was. Everything was handled in less than an hour. My dear friend Alexis accompanied me there, and she reminded me of this quote by Paulo Coelho: "When you want something; all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it". First, we randomly stop at rest stop, and on our way back from the bathrooms, we realize we had a flat. In an instant, Alexis spoke to a kind old Coloradoan man that gave us directions to the nearest Big O Tires and 2 other fence painting workers changed our tire for us. I sang one of my songs for them while they worked....they knew we were on our way to Telluride. All of that completely filled my heart (and my tire back with air so we could be on our way!).
The first day of the competition, I sang two original songs for the town of Telluride and a few really amazing judges. I made it to the second round with 4 other women! It was nice to see so much female representation. That day, I got to sing one of my songs on the main stage. I think the view of the Telluride Mountains is even more beautiful from the stage if you can believe it. Before I sang, I put my hands up in the air, taking it all in.
The next round on the following day, I sang two more of my own songs, and felt more alive and connected to them than I have before. I was finding the deepest parts of myself and sharing them for others to witness. It felt so damn good. I knew that even if I didn’t win, I wanted to sing from that deep well inside of me that wrote these songs.
After that last round, the winner was announced. Emily Scott Robinson took First and I came in Third! It was wildly honoring and wonderful. I made some beautiful connections with the other 9 songwriters and I am excited to see where that takes us.
Also, the whole weekend, I was able to be backstage somehow and had such a great time meeting new friends and connecting with other musicians. I hope to be back again soon!
This next month in August, I have also been picked as a finalist (1 of 10/400) in the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriting Competition. I am so excited to keep sharing my songs, building a wider audience so that more people can hear what I have written.
If you would like to come and hear me play, I will be performing at 10:30 on the Main Stage on Friday, August 16th with the other finalists.
I will also be singing an IN THE ROUND either on Saturday or Sunday. Check back on my website for details.
I wish I could explain how immensely full this all makes my heart. No matter what I am singing about, getting to share my own songs feels like an absolute gift. Thank you for listening, thank you for your patience, and please come to one of my shows if you’re around, would LOVE to meet you!
More soon <3