Since the start of my performing career in the summer of 2015, I have played in all kinds of venues from coffeeshops to restaurants, private parties to theaters, yoga classes in Costa Rica and at Grace Potter's festival Grand Point North, to mountain top in the Adirondacks. I have opened for notable artists such as Jackie Greene and Ryan Montbleau, released my debut EP, “Tumbleweed” and went on my very first cross-country tour with my dear friend and fellow musician, Giovanina Bucci (Nina’s Brew). It’s been a whirlwind. There have been SO many beautiful moments of meeting new people, hearing stories of why someone relates to a particular song, collaborating with other musicians and also the humbling feeling of starting something from scratch.
This road of music has not come without struggle and pain but I’ve learned to invite everything in, the tribulations and triumphs. The past year or so has been all about finding the balance, in all aspects of life. In that, I am just now starting to feel like I am coming into my own, musically. In the beginning, I played the few originals that were stage-ready and beefed up the rest of my repertoire with covers so I could play longer shows and so I could play what people were familiar with. Somewhere along the way, I realized that goes against everything I believe in. Quality over quantity has always been extremely important to me and I am constantly throwing myself out of my comfort zone offstage, so why not do that onstage? I think people identify with honesty and raw emotion.
That being said, I’m changing my sound up a bit. My writing process is changing. I’m looking less to my head and more to my heart for lyrics.. letting the words pour out as they come and trying to figure out what they mean later. I’m trying to incorporate music into the way of life that I am transitioning into.. rising with the sun and sleeping with the moon, slowing down, simplifying, getting closer to the earth. I want to play fewer barrooms and more yoga classes, more coffeeshop singer-songwriter gigs, more shows by the ocean, mountains, lakes, etc., where I feel most at peace. It’s all a little nerve-wracking and kind of a risky move but it’s honest and in my opinion you have to be happy before you can make anyone else happy.
I’ve been traveling and reading, writing and meditating and continuing to dive deeper and deeper into this, whatever “this” is. I’m currently on a bit of a hiatus from performing but am so excited to come back and share the latest chapter with you all. In the meantime and always, keep doing whatever it is that makes you happy..