My story began 21 years ago. I’ve always had a thing for music. When I was little, I would dance around to Anastasia’s “Once Upon A December.” I was always dancing and singing. Music just spoke to me. I wrote my first song when I was 11 years old. The movie ‘Camp Rock’ came out in 2008 and the main character, Mitchie, was a shy songwriter. I was really inspired for some reason, so I made a little book, just like the one in the movie, and the songwriting began. A year later, one of my cousins from France came to visit and asked if we had a guitar. I found my sister’s old, dusty guitar sitting in a corner with only three strings left. He played what he could with half the strings, and I completely fell in love with the instrument. Another cousin visited later on and he taught me my first chord, G major. Piano made its way into my life not too long after.
A big step in my musical journey was meeting top Nashville producer, David Malloy. He invited me to Teen Hoot’s first annual Hoot Camp back in October 2012. I met eight other singers from around the country and worked with voice coach, Renee Grant-Williams. Working with professionals and big names was inspiring and exactly what I needed to help me get my priorities straight. Not to mention, I made a few friends along the way. It was an amazing experience, and I’m thankful for it.
Now, nine years after Camp Rock, I’m putting 100% of my focus on my music. I know God has a plan for my life, and it’s my job to work as hard as I can at my craft and stay focused and continue to write music and to sing and above all stay humble and be thankful for everything and see just where His plan takes me.
I’ve discovered in the past 20 years that I’m beyond blessed to have the parents I have. I’d be nowhere if it weren’t for my dad (and he would be nowhere without my mum…). He was the first person ever to believe in my music. So wherever my music takes me, my dad will be stuck to my side. I have tunnel vision, and music is all I see. It’s the only thing I want. So Lord willing, it’s the only thing I’ll do.
“But my life is worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”