I've been singing for a while now. I first starting singing around the age of 13. Yodeling was what made me really interested in singing at first. I heard a version of "Cowboy Sweetheart," and thought it was the most incredible thing someone could do with a voice, so I started with country and blue grass first. I sang in old folks homes (a lot of Patsy Cline) when I was younger: Art Festivals, County fairs, rodeos. Finally, when I turned 17 I did extra work after school hours to get all my school credits in so I could graduate early. Then I went with my sister and 3 friends out on the road to play music we had written wherever anyone would have us. Parks, back yards, house parties, garages. We didn't care. We slept on park benches, in the car, in generous peoples' houses. I made some of my dearest friends that way.
The Blind Auditions seem to be the most terrifying of all performances. The thought of singing an entire song to the backs of 4 respected musicians, with a 50% possibility of them not turning around during the entire performance makes me feel weak. If no one turns around after a minute into the song...well, I hope I'll be able to hold it together. At the end of the day, I gotta keep reminding myself: It's not about the show, it's about interpreting the song the way it was meant to be listened to. It's not about winning or losing this time. No matter what, I'm going to keep playing music.