Personally, show days are probably my favorite. I love interacting with fans on social media, but getting to meet them face to face tops it all. Not only do I get to put faces to names and thank them for all of their love and support, but I also get to show a bunch of new people who I am and see their reactions to my music for the first time.
I believe that good music makes you feel something and tells a story. The goal for my music is for people to be able to see themselves in my song. Sure, that gets super personal at times, but being able to give someone a song through a rough time is such an honor. Sometimes people just need a song to express what they're feeling when words just aren't doing it. Being able to witness that is truly amazing and such an honor for me.
On top of all of that, being on stage is definitely my happy place. No matter the show or the crowd, I will always have a blast! Y'all check out the video above from a show we did with Dylan Scott in Pt. Pleasant, NJ. Show days can be madness, but I wouldn't trade them for anything!
Growing up, I always wanted to look exactly like the models in the magazines I read. Little did I know that those women didn't even look like that. However, even though I would realize the unrealistic beauty standards set before me, I would still feel the need to try to reach them. Our perception of beauty has been skewed in media and altered with the power of photoshop.
Beauty has became a layer of makeup, perfect selfie lighting, and retouching an already flawless body. Let me tell you, I'm all about putting on some makeup and a cute dress for a night out... but when did it become unacceptable for women to bare their faces as is? When did beauty turn from all natural to anything but? If a woman wants to wear makeup, I fully support it, but why is it unacceptable if you don't want to? My point is, our beauty standards need to be redefined, especially for young girls.
Ladies, embrace your natural, God given beauty. Don't hide those freckles or those dimples. Enjoy being your unique and beautiful self. God only made one you. Don't try to mask it in order to fit in. Choose makeups that highlight your natural features and don't feel the need to follow every trend. ❤️
Based on what I have seen in the media, I believe we need to #redefinebeauty and it has to start somewhere. Beauty isn't always just red carpet photos and being all dolled up. It can be a smile through a rough day. In an effort to encourage young women, I am posting this selfie to try to redefine our beauty standards. This was a Monday. It was a crazy day, second day hair, and I only had time for mascara. Despite all of that, I felt beautiful. Not because my makeup was "on fleek" but because I was simply and unapologetically me. I want that feeling for every young girl and woman out there. I encourage y'all to voice your opinions on redefining beauty as well.
Love to you all!!!!
You can take the girl out of Jersey, but you can't take the Jersey out of the girl.
I figured I might as well start this blog with a little background about me. If you couldn't tell from my social media posts or exploring my website, I was born and raised in New Jersey. Yes... I know... It isn't the state of choice to be from if you are a country singer, however being from Jersey has had its advantages.
For one, being from Jersey differentiates me from a bunch of other country artists out there. People get extremely curious and wonder what a girl like me could know about country music. The truth is, I have some pretty country roots. One whole side of my family is all in Louisiana (and pretty country if you ask me). Aside from growing up on Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline, I spent holidays and time during the summer down south doing what I thought was normal - going to the hunting camp, fishing, eating good ole southern cooking, and sitting around a bonfire in the evenings. It was only when I got older that I realized that wasn't "normal" for folks from New Jersey (unless you live in south Jersey, in which case it totally is!) Either way, it made me who I am today.
Growing up in New Jersey also gave me a lot of the confidence and strength to pursue music that I needed at first. People from Jersey tell it to you like it is. It isn't a bad thing, just the truth. When I was first starting out, I needed people to be critical of me in order to improve. Sure, it can hurt at times, but from it I only got better. It took being harshly criticized a few times in order to gain a backbone and some confidence. Heck, I still get harshly criticized some times, but I don't take it to heart. I take the criticism to mind, improve what I can, and move on. This has been crucial in my musical journey. I can't let a "no" or someone that doesn't like my sound stand in my way, I have to keep moving on with their criticism in mind.
Criticism aside, Jersey fans are passionate about their country music, especially from a hometown girl like me. My fans in New Jersey have been so extremely supportive of me even through my move to Nashville. I think because they know that I am true to my roots and proud to be a Jersey girl despite the stereotypes. Let's be honest, I might be living in a Nashville world, but this Jersey girl still does not pump gas!*
Well you spoke and I am answering! I have heard from lots of y'all asking that I start posting more content about myself, my personal life, and my journey. I thought what better way than to start a blog? Now let me preface this blog by saying that I am in no way a writer. Spellcheck is a close friend, however it doesn't catch my every mistake. I am not creating this blog to show off my writing skills though. I am writing this blog so I can become better connected with all of you! A ton of y'all have already responded to my posts telling me exactly what you would like me to blog about, but if you have any more ideas, don't hesitate to forward them my way. I hope y'all follow me on my blogging journey! Posts coming soon....
Lots of love!