September 10, 2011

Today, four years ago, was my first gig ever. First time I was on a big stage, with my guitar in hand, singing songs that I wrote. It was the scariest thing I thought I would ever do. But turns out, it was the greatest thing I would ever do. That day kicked off the beginning of my life and, hopefully, a long career ahead of me. I have had the pleasure of meeting, and performing with so many talented musicians. I have opened for artists that I looked up to as a kid, and admire even more today. I’ve made friends. I’ve written with songwriters that I used to dream about writing with. I’ve gone to cities and states I never thought I’d get to see. I have been to “Music City” so many times that it feels like a second home to me. I am working with the best team of people. I am writing material that means so much to me and makes me proud to stand behind. I have had many late nights and many early mornings. I have a wonderful family that supports me in every possible way. I have a band who lets me go crazy on stage and manages to reel me back into reality as they break into a ridiculous jam session. The musicians I’ve met over the past four years have inspired me to work harder. Every artist I have opened for has taught me something different. I will never forget opening up for Cory Morrow on September 10, 2011. And I will never forget every single person in this industry that has shown me what it truly means to be a performing artist. I cannot imagine another life I would want to live.
So, thank you for being with me every step of the way. Thank you to everyone that has given me the opportunity to share my music with the world and perform in some amazing venues. Thank you to the people that I create music with. Thank you to my parents who don’t expect a thank you.
I do not know where I would be without all of you. I am so proud of everything and everyone around me. This is where I belong and I am excited to see what is coming next.

-J

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