May Your Days be Merry & Bright...
(^^Feel free to listen to a Christmas tune I recorded as you read!)
Today was one of those days when I felt like I woke up with tons to do, ran around all day, and still didn't get half of those things accomplished!! Ahh the holiday season :)
But I did want to make posting this entry a priority, so here I sit in the glow of my first, very own "big" Christmas tree, reflecting on this past year and excited for the year to come.
My initial feeling is one of incredible gratitude. I'm so blessed in so many ways, and I couldn't be more thankful in my life than right now, surrounded by the most supportive friends, family & fans that have been with me this year as I've embarked on my music journey.
Lately, my focus has been on singing and playing live as much as possible (nothing new) as well as writing/co-writing and networking in general. Some friends have started a local weekly Writer's Round at the Local House Bar downtown- I've met some excellent local songwriters there, and it's a great way to stay inspired and motivated to keep coming up with new material.
I've been collaborating a ton with Tyler Millard (find his band's page here- and buy their newest album Carolina Blues- I promise it's AWESOME!) Ty and I have started doing a lot of duo stuff- writing, singing, playing together and I'm really excited about some of the things we're working on- so stay tuned!!
I LOVE this time of year- for the same reasons most people do, but also because I'm lucky enough to have my birthday three days before Christmas, at arguably the happiest time of the year :) I can't wait to spend some quality time with my family and friends this season- and bring in my first quarter century (yes I'll be 25...) with some holiday cheer (and possibly "cheers") ;)
One of the things I'll cherish the most about this holiday season was the opportunity to be the vocalist for the 30th annual "Light Up a Life" ceremony that the Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro puts on each year. It was a truly touching opportunity- being able to share hopefully some light and joy for a large audience of people who over the past year or years have been faced with the loss of a loved one. Moments like that remind me why it is I chose to be a singer- there may be many struggles and hard times in this business, but I don't know what could be more rewarding than sharing my passion with others for a greater purpose.
I truly hope each of you can find and have gratitude for that which brings you joy this season- you all are certainly one of those things for me :)
From the bottom of my full heart-
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Emmitt, my love that I rescued a little over a year ago <3