My love of music began at the age of four when I stumbled upon a Conway Twitty cassette tape of my dad's. I remember pressing my ear to the speaker and listening to "Don't Cry Joni," and crying 'cause I could feel what the characters in that song felt. Ever since, I've been singing and writing songs as a way to express myself and connect to other people.
I learned to play guitar at my aunt and uncle's Pentecostal church in Norton, Virginia and took piano lessons as a kid. I grew up on classic country, 90's country, and bluegrass. My biggest hero was Loretta Lynn. You might hear her influence in some of my songs. I've also been enamored by Alison Krauss' voice for many years. (You might hear that, too.) In my mid-20's, I connected with John Pennell, an original member of what became Alison Krauss & Union Station. John and I started writing songs together and he graciously produced an EP for me in 2016.
In 2018, I was really honored to win first place in the Country category of the Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest for "Whiskey Ain't Got Nothing On You," a song I wrote with Tom Buller. I currently live in Nashville, Tennessee, where I'm working towards a Bachelor's degree from Belmont University, performing, running a small house painting business, writing songs, and working on a new record.
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