Y’all, this is actually happening! And frankly, it’s because of your support. Since the last newsletter, we have put about 10,000 miles on the van and spent most of our time on the road. I played a sold out show in Sebring, Florida, performed in front of a sold out show in the Sky Valley, Georgia and an almost sold out show in Port Charlotte, Florida. I also had exciting shows at the Colonial Theater in Canton, North Carolina and the Dallas Bull in Tampa Florida. The Dallas Bull is one of our bucket list venues to play, so this was a HUGE honor.
I’m in the process of releasing songs off my third album to over 60 radio stations throughout the nation. This has resulted in my release “Better Run” being charted on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart. I have just recently released “St. Augustine” to the Music Row reporting stations and I am hoping for a great response to that release. You can hear both songs on Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Reverbnation and Pandora or purchase them anywhere online. I co-wrote two of my upcoming releases with Steve Dean, a top songwriter in country music (#1 hits with George Strait, Reba, Alabama and Rodney Akins to name a few). On Memorial Day, I plan to release “A Soldier’s Wife” on radio stations around the nation. Gary Hannan (“Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off”) wrote it with John Wayne Wiggins and I fell in love with the song when I heard it played by Gary at a writer’s festival in September. There’s a line toward the end of the song that talks about the uncertainty of every knock at the door for the wife of a deployed husband. Is it the Chaplain telling her he won’t be coming home? Once I heard it, I couldn’t get it out of my mind. It’s very rare that a song I didn’t write sticks with me like that. Therefore, I knew I had to record it. It is a tribute to all the military spouses that never really get recognized for all they do.
I’m beginning to interest agents and record labels and may have to make some hard decisions about my future in the near future. While this is the kind of attention I have been working so hard to get, it’s very different than what I had imagined it to be from outside the industry. I am determined to maintain my values and control my subject content that y’all have grown to love. Some things may change but only in a way that I feel will honor the Lord. I have found that often when you sign with a label or agency, much like the military, they own you and control every move you make. That being said, I am not rushing into this. This is a very big decision and needs to be considered carefully. I love each and every one of you and work tirelessly to make sure I do not disappoint you.
We have some very big shows coming up and are spending the majority of the summer on the road across the country! If we are near you, come say hi!
Y’all are the greatest,
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