Podcast producer, singer-songwriter, SEO-savvy marketer.
Yes, you read that right.
I love music. I also love things like theoretical quantum physics, creating systems to make work more efficient, SEO, and email marketing.
It's an odd mix, I know.
Basically, my analytical left brain and creative right brain have found a way to work together.
I grew up the daughter of an entrepreneur, and that's given me a unique perspective as I've spent 10+ years thinking about building a career in music, testing ideas, failing, learning, and trying new things.
Your music is your product, so why shouldn't you treat your music career like a business? That's my personal philosophy, and I'm eager to facilitate a world where any musician can sustainably support themselves.
Once I dreamt of selling out world tours...
They didn't have to be massive stadium shows, but I wanted to make an impact on the world through the music I wrote, and performed on a stage.
Sometimes, you have to take a good hard look at what you say is your "dream," and question why it's so important to you. Being a touring musician is exhilarating and wonderful, but it's also grueling and hard to sustain long-term. It's not for everyone.
I put together a small tour in the summer of 2017, so I could understand what that life could be like. I spent countless hours from April - December of 2017 making my first record. Working overtime to fund it, spending hours practicing and re-writing the songs, driving many miles to various recording studios.
January - March of 2018, I started releasing and promoting songs off that record, the Last for Life EP. I played 1-3 gigs a month, and worked to meet as many musicians as I could.
I hadn't imagined it would be possible, but I was offered 3 gigs smack dab in the middle of South By Southwest Music Week. They weren't official SXSW Showcases, but I got to be a part of one of my favorite music festivals in the world. What an incredible experience.
In the midst of all this, I began to question if the path I was gaining momentum with was in a direction I truly wanted to go...
I don't regret the choices I made in 2017. I needed to give myself permission to make a record, and pursue the life of a recording, performing musician. Those experiences gave me information and perspective I wouldn't have otherwise have. I learned important lessons.
So I stopped "working" on various projects I had started. I pressed pause, and I gave myself time. Time to reflect, be present, and consider the things in life that are most important to me.
Songwriting is a part of my being as fundamental as my DNA. I can't stop writing, and I don't want to. Creating art. Producing music - if I could spend hours a day working on nothing but that... Well, I could confidently say I've "made it" as a musician then.
The marketing work I do started as a trade with no other purpose than paying my bills while I developed a music career. I was not expecting how the combination of creativity and analytical critical thinking would bring me to love that work, yet here I am.
A musician, a songwriter, an undeniably creative being. At the same time, a thoughtful, observant, and analytical marketer with a love of podcasts.
I've never liked the social construct that attempts to box people in and define them by one thing they do.
So here I am, building a life that makes me happy, where I can sustainably support myself.
It's nice to meet you.
Let's catch you up with some background.
Summer, 2017, Marks the End of My Musical Hibernation.
After attending SXSW 2017, I knew I couldn't wait any longer to start sharing myself and my music...
So I made plans to record an EP no matter what it took. With the intention of sharing with the world what I've intended my music to sound like all along...
The days of being mistaken for coffee shop pop are over.
Last for Life is not the first time I've recorded my songs, but it's the first official collection of music that I'm releasing as an adult, authentically myself.
Let's call it my debut record.
Having grown up on an eclectic mix curated from the libraries of my family, I learned what it meant to write a song that truly lasted for decades.
This ranged from Marc Cohn to Don Henley, Peter Gabriel to Michael Jackson, Nancy Griffith to Emmy Lou Harris, Sting to Aretha Franklin.
I looked up to these songwriters and aspired to write songs like they did.
Early on in my songwriting, the primary influences included John Mayer, Sara Bareilles, and Colbie Caillat. Later, I fell in love with Eminem, Ellie Goulding, Amy Winehouse, and Ed Sheeran.
As a young adult, I found myself in the Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, Gary Clark Jr., Chris Stapleton, and the Rolling Stones.
**sidenote: These days, I'm obsessed with both Dead Sara and Tash Sultana.
What can I say? It's a little difficult to fit me into a box.
A Brief History Lesson of Sorts
When I was 11, I would go to a local Bluegrass Jam, and I was quickly welcomed into the group of regulars.
It was those nights at the Pine Creek Lodge in Paradise Valley, Montana, that first taught me how to play with other musicians.
The welcoming and supportive community of this musical gathering provided a space for me to try out my original songs with an audience. What started as an opportunity to play the occasional song with the Bluegrass Jam “band” backing me up led to my own occasional gig at the Pine Creek Lodge.
I was 14 when my family moved to Austin, Texas.
After about a year in Austin, I found Tony Redman. Under his guidance, my songwriting flourished. Soon he was encouraging me to come play with him at his solo gigs, and we had some awesome nights at Threadgill's.
I supplemented that with playing set breaks for another local artist, Tracie Lynn.
As high school progressed, I ended up taking a several year hiatus from performing in Austin, though I would play set breaks for bands performing at the local farmers market whenever I went home to Livingston, Montana.
Despite not putting an emphasis on performance, I continued writing and honing my craft. **Sidenote: a more accurate statement might be I relied on my guitar, and writing songs in my bedroom, to pull me through high school.
It was in my high school fibers art teacher's studio that I fell in love with Fleetwood Mac, Blondie, and the Rolling Stones. She taught me about feminism, and was a strong, passionate, and fiercely creative role model. I will be forever grateful she introduced me to Andy Warhol.
I fell head over heels for the "weird side" of art. That led to me finding a home in the world of rock and roll.
Just like music, I played around with expressing myself through the design of visual art. This quickly transferred to my writing, and these years brought an important shift in the music.
I believe that art should comfort the disturbed, and disturb the comfortable.
I write to give voice to things left too long unsaid, and the heartache we would all much rather avoid.