What’s your favorite kind of sandwich?
The Beatles or Elvis? Why?
Elvis. The emotion that he delivers & I feel when I watch him perform—is inspiring in a different way every single time.
Lyrics to live by?
What’s meant to be will always find a way. – Trisha Yearwood
“Desert Island” album?
George Strait Greatest Hits Vol. 2
What country music artists do you listen to the most?
George Strait, Trisha Yearwood & Vince Gill
How do you see country music evolving within 10 years?
First and foremost I believe it will become apparent that the genre needs to include women once again—we will see a balance restored. There is truly something vital missing right now, without them. The fact that we have to hope for a future where female artists are played again someday, is so disturbing to me. I think the songwriting and overall sound will depart from the slick and programmed cookie-cutter type songs & tracks—and it will lean back toward signature country music instrumentation and live, emotional sounding tracks.
Where do you see your musical career in 5 years?
Being an artist in country music making my own records & on tour while continuing my career as a pro songwriter—writing songs full time for movies, TV, theater & other recording artists!
Are there any instruments you don’t play but wish you did? Why?
I wish I could play the steel guitar. It is the only instrument that can truly cry and everyone knows I love crying onstage every chance I get 😉 But it really brings such a nuanced, gorgeous element that not only exudes emotion but it is truly a cornerstone of country music’s sound.
What was the best advice you have ever been given?
Must be present to win.
What advice would you give to yourself at the start of your musical career?
Don’t take the rejection to heart.
Where does most of your inspiration come from?
My memories of past rejections both in my career and in my personal life. The well runs deep. It has been amazing to draw from such intense emotions and be able to use them to create songs that have given me a career I love.
What do you consider to be your biggest achievement in your career so far?
As an artist, singing my song “The Blade” to a standing ovation by Shania Twain on my first ever national television performance. As a songwriter, writing the entire soundtrack to a major motion picture while waiting tables full time.
What’s on the horizon for you that you would like to share?
I just released my first ever music/lyric video for a song that tells my story, called “What I See In Me” and it’s on YouTube now! My current single is “The Blade”—which I performed on USA Network’s Real Country! Working on even more new music to be released in the new year too!