What made you fall in love with music?
My dad. When I was a little girl, we didn't have much in common. I was a kid and he was a quiet, no nonsense man. Most of our time together was spent riding around in his big Dodge, listening to country music. He didn't tolerate a lot, but he never complained when I would ask to listen to a George Strait song (Usually 'Run' or ‘Baby’s Gotten Good at Goodbye’) over and over and over again. No doubt, he is where my die-hard heart for Johnny Cash comes from. Because he was quiet on most drives, I learned to listen to the lyrics and care about what was being said.
Best concert you have ever been to?
Hands down - cannot narrow it down - tie between: Dixie Chicks MMXVI World Tour in NOLA, Beyoncé Formation World Tour (both in September 2016, I seriously could have died), Chris Stapleton at Rodeo Houston, or Lori McKenna at a listening room in Texas. My concert game for 2016-2017 was so strong.
What genre of music do you listen to the most?
Country legends with some 90's country thrown in every now and then. Nothing better.
Who’s your favorite artist/band?
Again, it pains me not to categorize this answer into more than one choice. Johnny Cash will always be my #1. I knew every word to "A Boy Named Sue" by the time I was five and took flowers to his grave every year on his birthday when I was in college at Belmont (weirdo, I know). Although, for a long time the answer was as simple as “Living Merle, Non-Living Johnny”. Current favorite recording artist is a tie between David Ramirez, Chris Stapleton, and Cody Johnson. I love anything Miranda Lambert touches. But I'm from Texas so I can't think of my childhood without thinking of George Strait so he deserves to be mentioned. Lori McKenna, Tony Lane, and Dean Dillon are my very favorite songwriters. Yet, I can get down to some quality Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, anytime.
What drew you to NSAI?
Music, specifically country music, has always been a huge part of my life, but the lyrics have always been the most important part for me. After graduating with a degree in social work and working as an advocate for domestic violence survivors for a few years, I realized that advocacy has a place in the songwriting industry as well. Who wouldn’t want to merge two of their passions into a career?
Favorite Nashville restaurant?
Obsessed with Hopsmith Tavern when the "not Chuy's" disclaimer is mentioned. Again, Texas = mexican food, always.