The past seven days have been a roller-coaster... From elation of a great weekend, to being laid off on Monday, to being contacted by a record label that I didn't know even knew I existed to, to becoming Seacoast Records newest artist.
Now the hard work begins...
But, before I throw myself full force into developing myself into the best possible artist I can be for Seacoast, I really feel like I should take a few moments to acknowledge those people in my life who have been (in one way or another) key in helping me be the best I can be.
Of course - let it first be said that - while I am not always the best Christian I can be - God has been good to me regardless. That's true love right there! Nevertheless, through all my shortcomings, I will continue to live my life trying to do less harm than good and, God willing, I will leave this world a better place for having been here.
My parents have been without question my biggest fans. They have also been the first people to give me the reality checks necessary through the process. A great deal of sacrifice has been made by my entire family, including my children, and no amount of words could ever express my love and appreciation to my parents for all they have done, all they do, and all they will continue to do to make my dreams come true.
As I mentioned above, my children... they have sacrificed time with their mother to support me in pursuing my dream. Nevertheless, each and every one know that they are my favorite. When I leave the home to sing, perform, record, or practice, they all give me hugs, kisses, and wish me luck. I have somehow succeeded in teaching them that pursuing your dreams requires sacrifice with a loving heart. They are great kids and I'm a lucky mom...
My producer... first he was an acquaintance, then he became a friend, then he became my best friend, and - when I was ready to throw in the towel - he was the driving force behind keeping me in the game. When I felt there was nothing left, he showed me just how much more left there actually was (and is)... He believed in me when I didn't believe in myself and showed me the truth of my own reflection. My love for him is unfathomable!
My friend John the "Bronco"... in his own words, my #1 Groupie! Even though he's not a fan of country music, he has always given me an welcome ear and been honest with me. His friendship will always be cherished.
Andrea... My girl! My sister-love... The song we co-wrote was the one to impress Seacoast and, without her presence in my life, there is no doubt in my mind that I would not have come this far. I'm pretty sure her mantras have a lot to do with my success!
Very special love to my friend Tony Cullip of Knight Rider Radio. There is no question that he is the direct catalyst for my association with Seacoast Records. THANK YOU!
There are so many people who I have love for who have been my friends, have encouraged me, believed in me, and/or who have inspired me (some of them don't even know how much I appreciate them): Donna Meyer Block, Amber Walters, Dana Hawley, Crystal Zollicoffer, Tammy Whitfield, Shar Stephens, Rick Stewart, Ben Eyre, Buddy Jewell, Carrin Bloomfield, Kathi and David Walker, Ron Hollenbeck, Dave & Betsy Hansgen, Roger & Dianne Hansgen, Ryan Hansgen, Terry Hudson, James Breedwell, Rick and Tammy Stewart, Jason Benefield, Vic Crawford, Jeff Jackson, Jimmy Wayne, JoAnne Shiflett, Joseph Kempton, Harry and JoAnn Cash Yates, Marie Birdsong, Mary Boggs, Shawn Mayer, Denise Thornton... and so many more. These people have been my friends, fans, mentors, role models, etc... I love you all... (if I have unintentionally left anyone out, I apologize)
Finally, to all those who have tried to tear me down, criticize my choices, insulted me, demeaned me, sabotaged me, used me, abused me, talked down to me or about me... I forgive you. Why you ask? Because I have faith in Karma!