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Sidelines Grill

 

I had a GREAT time last night at Sidelines Grill Spring Hill! It was my first time in Spring Hill, Tennessee and everyone was so nice and friendly! Thank you to three of my wonderful friends that drove down to hear me, make me laugh (picture 2) and take pictures of themselves!! (Megan McPhersonAlyssa KinnAnthony O'Krueg-Wright) I LOVE YOU PEOPLE! Also thank you to Payton Taylor for asking me to come out! I'm always grateful when someone calls me to do a gig. I'm excited for the week ahead because it's my favorite week in Nashville, CMA Fest week!! I will never not be a fangirl seeing some of my favorite people! Happy Sunday y'all!

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Like Jesus Does

 

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve sat down and filmed a song so before I head downtown to play I decided to sit down and do one for y’all! Eric Church is one of my favorite artists and this song has always been one of my favorites from his record, “Chief” (which is such a great record from head to toe!!) and I’ve recently been playing it at my shows so I thought I’d sing this one today! Here is “Like Jesus Does”

Hope you enjoy! Remember to like, share and comment!! 💕

P.S. I’m at Honky Tonk Central today from 2-6 on the 3rd floor if you’re in downtown Nashville, Tennessee area!

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Tin Roof Cinci

Had a great time at Cinci Tin Roof last night! Thank you to all my friends, family, and new friends for loving and supporting me! I finished off the night with a trip to Skyline Chili and Graeter's Ice Cream and all I gotta say is some things you just can’t find in good ole Nashville, Tennessee!! Can’t wait for my next show here in just over a month! 

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Fancy Jolene 💛

 

Introducing FANCY JOLENE! I know what y’all are thinking, “Why name your guitar Fancy Jolene?” Well... to be honest, it’s because I ain’t ever gonna find me a husband as long as I keep telling everyone I want to name my first born child Fancy Jolene. Therefore, I resulted in naming this beautiful star of the show the best star name ever! 😍Can’t wait to play this beauty at my shows this summer! Happy graduation day to me from my people!

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Making Plans

I still remember when I heard this song for the first time. I was sitting on my couch, scrolling through Instagram when a random girl popped up singing this song. I heard the line “I’m making plans for the heartache, cause you’re making plans to leave” and I stopped right there and said DANG THAT’S GOOD! Little did I know the song was recorded by none other than the amazing trio of Dolly PartonLinda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris! Yesterday I had the opportunity to sing with the bluegrass ensemble at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and sing the song that I’ve grown to love so much! This is “Making Plans”

 

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Honky Tonkin'

Since I first walked the streets of Broadway/Nashville years ago I’ve dreamt of singing and playing in the places that some of the greats started in. It isn’t all glitz and glamour (I provide my own rhinestones if we’re being honest here), but as of today they’ve hired me as a COUNTRY SANGER at Tootsie's World Famous Orchid Lounge and I’m so excited! I’ve got a lot of learning to do, but Honky Tonk school here I come!! Next time you're in Nashville, I hope you'll come see me!

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The Blade

If there is one thing I've learned in life it's that life throws you so many curve balls when you least expect it. There is nothing we can do to prepare for them, we simply just have to do our best to live through them. Luckily I've found that most of those curve balls make you stronger and more empowered on the other side. "The Blade" by Ashley Monroe is one of those songs that talks about a heartbreak curve ball in a way that I think most people can relate to. 

That time in life when everything is going along smoothly, you think you are happy, life is just riding along and then all of a sudden someone drops a bombshell on you that they think your time should be over together. They caught it by the handle, but you caught it straight by the blade. This song presents that heartbreak in a way that I've never quite heard a heartbreak song put. Each line is truth and each line is relatable to any bombshell that someone throws on you in life. This is my cover of "The Blade" by Ashley Monroe.

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American Scandal

Many of us are familiar with the scandal between President John F. Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe while he was married to Jacqueline. The affair went on for some time. "American Scandal" by Ashley McBryde is the prospective of Marilyn Monroe. In the first verse it talks about their almost "high school romance" and the second verse follows by talking about being in the limelight and having the press always around trying to get the scoop if there was anything going on between the two of them. "American Scandal" is a power song that has a catchy tune behind it that will have anyone singing along once they've heard it.

The first time I heard this song was when Ashley debuted it at the Ryman Auditorium here in Nashville. She asked if she could test out a new song and the crowd immediately responded positively to it and knew it would be a hit. Fast-forward a few months and "American Scandal" is on Ashley's debut album titled Girl Going Nowhere. If you haven't heard the original (and the album), I highly recommend it. But for now, here is my acoustic cover of Ashley McBryde's song about celebrity love that shook America called, "American Scandal."

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Dixie

One of my favorite artist is a girl named Ashley Monroe. Her voice is pure country and her songwriting is as corn bread and biscuits as you can get. She can write the saddest song you've ever heard and make you feel happy because her voice is singing it. From the mountains of East Tennessee I hear the timbre of a young Dolly Parton but the soul of   an eighty year old woman that has walked some of the darkest streets of life. She hasn't always had radio success with her music, but her fanbase is as loyal and true as her songwriting. "Dixie" is a song off of her album called The Blade. The song outlines the life of someone trying to escape their homeland and the struggles and plans of life. The song is unique in the way it was written and executed on the record and that is what made me love this song from the first time I heard it. This is my version of a song that I've grown to love and respect. This is "Dixie" by the most wonderful Ashley Monroe!

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Is It Over Yet

My favorite song that I sang for my senior recital at Belmont University was a ballad by Wynonna Judd called, “Is It Over Yet.”  This song was recorded by Wynonna in 1993 and went on to become a number one and was released on two of her greatest hits CDs.  I have always looked up to Wynonna as an artist because she was one of the pioneers for female country artists to really stand out and be different.  The way that she phrases a lot of her songs and vowel shapes really inspired me to reach outside of the box when I sing and not be afraid to sound different than the next person singing country music.

While I was going through some tough times in my personal life, I really took the words of this song and dissected them so that I could truly for the first time connect deeply with a song.  The meaning behind “Is It Over Yet,” is that you are holding onto something that is no good for you, but you hold on anyway finally realizing that it needs to be over and that person should be out of your life for the best. As an artist I have always struggled with finding the deep emotional connection while I’m singing to fully connect with the music. I believe I finally found that in this song. My favorite part that allowed me to connect to the song the most was Brenna’s fiddle playing.  The way she was playing some of the phrases and solo fills was like she was reading off of my emotion and giving it right back to me. Here is my class setting recording of "Is It Over Yet" by the wonderful Wynonna.

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This Side of Heaven

This was my last seminar performance ever at Belmont University! It’s hard to believe how far I’ve come since little freshman Emily got up in front of a class full of really good singers and was supposed to sing a song! 24+ class performances later and now I don’t think twice about getting up in front of people. We’re singing a song that I’ve loved since I first heard it a few years back. I was paired up with my new friend, Braeden McCann to sing “This Side of Heaven” by The Swon Brothers. I graduate from Belmont University in 18 days!! All I gotta say to quote the song is “This side of Heaven is hell” with the amount of work I have to get accomplished before then! Performing has become my love and singing duets is always fun! I hope you enjoy this song that highlights how the hardest times of life are only here on Earth and we have Heaven to look forward to.

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Hey there Mr. Tin Man...

The past few days, I have been constantly struggling with the realization that sometimes someone you once knew like the back of your hand can become unrecognizable and you can’t do anything about it. It’s like their heart is gone and everything you once knew was a lie. I like to think it wasn’t, but egos and entitlement get in the way and the devil takes control. After reading Romans 1:21 this song came in my head. I haven’t sang it in months, but something about singing it made me feel comforted knowing God will return the lost in His own time.

My favorite thing about Miranda Lambert is that she writes songs that come from the heart. She speaks the truth through her lyrics. Whether it is about heartbreak or a mistake or just her having fun, she speaks the words the rest of us long to say. One of the truest most honest songs I've ever heard her sing and write is "Tin Man." A song about someone that has no heart... "Tin Man" just recently won Song of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards which in my opinion it rightfully deserved. Here is my version of “Tin Man” by Miranda Lambert.

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Stand By Your Man...maybe?

It’s no secret to anyone that knows me that I’ve been called a “country music snob.” I’ve dedicated most of my life to listening and learning from the legends to the newcomers in the genre. With me saying that it shouldn't come as a surprise that I still every once in a while grab my Encyclopedia of Country Music and read a couple articles from it. One of my favorite legends is a woman named Tammy Wynette. My favorite part about Wynette's song "Stand By Your Man" is the irony behind it. If you know anything about Tammy Wynette, you know that:

  1. She was Divorced several times, and
  2. Has a major hit song titled “D-I-V-O-R-C-E,” yet she sings about standing by your man in this song!

This classic song was a best seller for Tammy and continues to be relevant to every generation. As I’m walking around in Nashville, I am always listening for those few singers that still sing “the classics” and from experience of singing this song I can say these classic songs are very hard to sing! It takes some hefty breath support and stamina! Whether you are a country music snob like me or just like it during a good summertime cruise down back roads and on the beach, Tammy Wynette is always a winner teaching us to give those pesky men in our lives a second chance...sometimes!

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The Time I've Wasted...

“The Time I’ve Wasted” has always been a song close to my heart. From a young age, I’ve always been drawn to songs with a truthful lyric to my life. Country music has allowed me to express what I’m going through in a song for everyone to hear when sometimes I’m not able to speak the truth aloud. When I first heard this song, I was going through a breakup and knew I could connect to the song. Little did I know after months of dragging my broken heart around to a person that had no intentions of picking up the pieces, a few short months later these words would be some of the truest lyrics I’ve ever sang.

I read a quote the other day that I really resonated with that I believe everyone should remember, “You’ll never be good enough for the wrong person, but even at your worst you’ll be good enough for the right person.” As I think about that quote in relation to this song, I say to know your worth and know when you’re just dragging yourself into a hole mentally and physically because at the end of the day you’ll never be good enough for the wrong guy. For that guy that I let drag me around for months after we broke up in hopes that we’d get back together, that then said he was just trying to be my friend all along I say, “I could have served five life sentences for a crime I didn’t do, for all the time I’ve wasted on you.” Enjoy the song and don’t forget to listen to the original version by the lovely Lori McKenna.

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Hearts Like Mine ❤️

When your country styles class at Belmont gets cancelled you come home and play a country song, right? If you’ve been to any of my shows this song is usually my opener because it brings out my inner sass- which let’s be honest isn’t that hard to do!! With my momma on her way to Nashville, Tennessee today so we can look for my sister an apartment, I got this song stuck in my head. I changed the words to “my sister got the brains of the family” since we all know medical school takes some hefty brain power! Hope you enjoy my version of this classic Miranda Lambert sassy tune called “Heart Like Mine.” Also featuring my new Kyser rhinestone capo that I love so very much!

 

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Whiskey and You

Some Sunday afternoon music for y’all. “Whiskey and You” is on Chris Stapleton’s first full length record, Traveller. It went on to win Album of the Year and many other awards making Chris a household name in the country music industry almost overnight. I took the song into the studio almost two years ago after falling in love with the lyric and emotion of the song. I have been a huge Chris Stapleton fan since I was first introduced to his music 4 years ago. The way that he takes a lyric and just shreds the emotion right out of it into your ears makes me love him even more. His songwriting is some of the best in the music industry getting cuts from artists across all genres. He is one of a kind and could sing the phone book with how great his voice is. I’m no Chris Stapleton, but this is my take on his song, “Whiskey and You.”

 

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