If you were to write an intro for “Hard to Love” before it played on the radio, what would you want listeners to know about the song?

I want listeners to know that they are not alone. I, too, have felt what it’s like to be in an emotionally draining relationship wondering if my partner was committed or not. The constant overthinking led me to lose myself. It took me at least a year post-relationship to start recognizing the person staring back at me in the mirror. Sometimes it’s better to know how to love yourself first and then find someone who can love you like that. 

6 Things You Don’t Know About Me:

What is your favorite family tradition that involves music?

My family and I listen to this radio station year-round but during the holidays, right after American Thanksgiving, they play Christmas music till midnight of December 25th. It’s our little tradition to at least listen to the first Christmas song they play while we put up the Christmas tree.

Who is your hero?

I admire a lot of people in life and can’t say that I have one hero. That said, I really admire Kelly Clarkson for staying so down-to-earth and relatable even though she’s got this amazing voice and incredible talent.

What is your career motto? 

“Be prepared so you don’t look stupid” In the past, I’ve always procrastinated a lot about getting stuff done like learning my lyrics for show, and I’ve always ended up looking really dumb up there with a blank sheet of paper for a brain.

Your go-to comfort binge TV show?

I will never get sick of watching “Friends!” Greatest comedy shows ever.

The most stressful thing for me is _____ because _____.

The most stressful thing for me is finances because I’ve always worried about how I can fund my projects and unfortunately, you got to spend money to make money. Anything I make, I reinvest it into the next song.

Which celebrity would you like to meet for a cup of coffee?

I’d love to have a cup’o joe with Shania Twain. A lot of people say they hear her influence in my voice and I’d love to ask her about her experience in this industry.

Can you share 12 songs that have influenced your life and career?

“Whose Bed Have Boots Been Under” by Shania Twain

My mom says I used to dance to that song as a toddler, not knowing the meaning of the lyrics. Shania was a huge influence on my song choice and style.

“Dangerous” by Morgan Wallen

 

I’ve always been blown away by the songwriting style that Morgan has in his songs so, I would listen to his material on loop for months until it reflected in my songwriting. 

“All I See” by Gary LeVox ft BRELAND

 

Gary’s vocals are absolutely out of this world and maybe one day I can get somewhere close to what he does.

“High Up”  by Jonathan Traylor

The melody line is so creative and inspired me to someday integrate that into a song of mine.

“Everything Falls for You” by Seaforth

 

They are my favorite Australian duo and I hope that maybe one day, someone might blast my music in their car like I do with this song.

“Promised Land” by Elvis Presley

 

The passion in that performance recording and the power of these lyrics give me goosebumps!

“Worth it” by Danielle Bradbery

 

The message of this song is so strong. Really puts things into perspective and helps remind me of who I am.

“Look At You” by Seth Ennis

 

Sometimes just an easy breezy song is all you need. Kind of like a pallet cleanser. Love it for its simplicity.

“Love Was My Alibi” by Kristoffer Fogelmark

 

I heard it during the credits of a movie years ago and I instantly fell in love with it.

“All This Love” by JP Cooper ft. Mali-Koa

 

Not really country but I love to listen to other music that may not be playing on radios a lot and I get to appreciate songs that aren’t mainstream.

“Crazy” by Patsy Cline

An oldie but a goodie. I’m a big fan of older songs and I love getting to interpret that one during my shows.

“Cautious” by Tyler Shaw

 

Such a cool rhythm and recently sat next to him at a conference in London, Ontario. I’m terrible with faces and took me forever to recognize him! So embarrassing!

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