Year End 2018 - 12.31.18

Hey everybody!

First off - I hope you are doing well and that you and your families have had a great holiday season!

I have really been neglecting this blog - it’s bad. I’m promising myself that I’ll update more often in 2019, as I’ve missed documenting everything. I haven’t posted since September, so I figured there’s no better way to get back into it than a year-end post!

2018 has been some kind of year. Some big dreams have come true for me this year, like making and releasing my first record (which you can listen to by clicking here, if you’d like). My awesome band and I played Workplay in Birmingham for the album release along with some other great shows, both at home and on the road. A lot of these are things that I never thought could actually happen, especially not at this stage in my life/career. So, it’s really overwhelming to sit down at the end of this year and reflect on all of it. I am so thankful for the experiences I’ve had, from the small behind-the-scenes moments to the most significant and everything in between. So many people, including you, helped make these moments happen, and I wish there was an adequate way to thank you all.

This year has also brought with it some extreme stress, self-doubt, and exhaustion. As I’m sure anybody who’s living out their dream would say, there are definitely rough patches along the way. I’m so lucky, but it’s not always easy. Since I started this, I’ve embraced being an independent artist. In the current climate, this pretty much means working nonstop. The opportunities don’t come to you. You have to chase them down and make them happen. This is the part no one sees. It’s not just a highlight reel of the places you go and the people you work with and the shows you play. It’s the in between, and it’s relentless, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’ve learned so much, but there’s still so much left to figure out.

To update you on what’s coming up - I can’t wait to get out on the road more next year! I’ll be playing shows in cities all over the Southeast, both opening shows for touring artists and co-headlining shows with local artists from each city. I got to do a little bit of touring at the end of 2018, and I really fell in love with it. I love getting to play new venues and meet/play for new people every night as well as open for bands that I love. We’ll be announcing more 2019 tour dates soon, so stay tuned to my social media and website.

I’m also back in the studio working on my next record! We’ve got a special release strategy planned for it, so we can get more music to you more quickly. It’s going to involve lots of special content and other cool stuff that we didn’t get to do with the first record, and I’m so excited about it. We’re just about finished with the first song, and I can’t wait for you to hear the concept for the record as well as the way my sound and songs have grown. Stay tuned! (:

I obviously can’t do a year-end post without including a list of my favorite records of the year! I think 2018 has been a pretty awesome year for music in general. A lot of my favorite artists released great new records that I’ve been listening to, but I also found several new bands that I love.

In alphabetical order (because hello, Type A), here are my favorite LPs released in 2018 along with my personal favorite songs from each one (and Spotify links, in case you want to listen!):

  1. To The Sunset, Amanda Shires (“Eve’s Daughter”)

  2. By The Way, I Forgive You, Brandi Carlile (“Whatever You Do,” “Harder to Forgive”)

  3. The Brook and the Bluff, The Brook and the Bluff (“A Little Change of Pace”)

  4. Starfire, Caitlyn Smith (“This Town Is Killing Me,” “House of Cards”)

  5. Love is Dead, CHVRCHES (“Heaven/Hell”)

  6. Live From the Ryman, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit (“Flying Over Water,” “Flagship”)

  7. Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves (“Happy & Sad,” “Rainbow”)

  8. A Star is Born Soundtrack, Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper (“Maybe It’s Time,” “Always Remember Us This Way”)

  9. Venom & Faith, Larkin Poe (“Bleach Blonde Bottle Blues”)

  10. Lo Moon, Lo Moon (“Real Love”)

  11. Young Sick Camellia, St. Paul & the Broken Bones (“GotItBad”)

And, here are my favorite singles/EPs released in 2018:

  1. Songbird, Bailey Bryan (single)

  2. boygenius - EP, boygenius (Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, and Lucy Dacus) (“Stay Down,” “Ketchum, ID”)

  3. Hansa Session - EP, CHVRCHES (“Graffiti,” “Miracle”)

  4. Love, me - EP, Lennon Stella (“Breakaway,” “Feelings”)

  5. Light On, Maggie Rogers (single)

  6. Great Thunder - EP, Waxahatchee (“Singer’s No Star,” “Chapel of Pines”)

So, there you have it! I would love to hear what your favorite music from this year was. I think it’s so much fun to share year-end lists and see what everyone has been listening to.

Thank you all so very much for supporting me throughout this year. Knowing that many of you bought or streamed my record, came out to shows, or kept in touch through social media is so special to me. I say it constantly, but it really does mean the world. It helps me keep going when things get tough, and, for that, I’ll always be so thankful. I can’t wait to get more music out to you and play lots of shows next year. (:

Thank you so much for reading this! I hope you have the best 2019 you could hope for. Let’s keep in touch!



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