Background:: I wrote my first song when I was 6 years old, singing in competitions and playing piano at 13, started playing guitar at 15, and performed gigs writing on a regular basis by 16 (and I really only started writing songs because you got extra points in the competitions-ha-but I won). I was born and raised in Star City, Arkansas, population 2,000 and one stoplight. That gives you an idea of the rest of the surroundings. I've never been the type to try to be on a reality show; I like the old school ways. However, after 12 years, single song deals, publishing deals, and unsigned record deals, my fiancé talked me into giving it a shot. I auditioned for Hitmakers on Bravo! and was cast for the show. They cancelled my involvement 2 days before the taping. Similar happened a couple other times before finding myself giving it one last shot with "The Voice".
Auditions and show hopes:: I was sick with a sore throat the morning of
The Voice open auditions. I spoke to a casting member that morning and
told them I might not be able to go because I was certain I couldn't
sing. In fact, I told my fiancé that I wasn't going. A couple of hours
before my audition time I thought, "heck, all they can do is say no"
and it's not like I haven't heard that before...so I went while nursing on
honey and meds. They told me if that's what sick sounded like, then I
better get to Hollywood to show 'em more. My whole life I have been
told that I just needed to get in front of the masses. My biggest hope
is to let the record labels see the reactions first hand so they can see
that just because you are a little different, it doesn't mean that you
are a risk. That's what the legends all had on their side, right?