I’m a Dreamer. Always have been. I always had big visions and have worked all my life to one day see them happen. I have known since I was 3 years old that I was going to be a Professional Singer. I have always seen myself on stage at the Grand Ole Opry. I’m 6’1 and I do not play basketball, well good anyways. I have the most incredible parents, boyfriend. I’m the world’s greatest Aunt. I have an insane passion for animals, and I adore my fur babies. I always had a desire in me to help others and inspire people and let them know I’m always there for them.
Could you share your personal experience with bullying?
Bullying for me started in Grade 4 and never stopped all the way through to end of High School. To this day driving by a school makes me cringe and I turn the other way. I went through some really dark days with so many feelings and emotions from being treated so horribly. I really tried to keep my chin up, I remember saying to myself over and over in my head “ It will be over soon” and then I can go Home and be happy and then it happened the next day. I always had Music as my escape. I still to this day use Music as my escape. It’s always been everything to me. it transported me to another world and gave me SO much hope and power to carry on and know one day it will be okay. Something I do not speak about much is the effect it has had on me. To this day self-confidence is very lacking, and there are some things you learn to live with. I don’t think you ever get over it or forget; for me anyways. I know a lot of people who were bullied feel the same way. You just learn to live with it.
What was the turning point when you realized your ability to overcome all the challenges you have faced?
I always did my best to stand up for myself and it made things worse. I just knew it was going to be a long road, and at the time that road seems never ending. Some people never see that there is a new day coming and rise above it. It was very hard, but every single day I dreamt of becoming a Star and admired all those doing the same thing. The Spice Girls and “Girl Power” pushed me through many times where I didn’t know what to do. I just focused on the music and knowing I was going to be something and these people around me,hurting me would be away from me.
Can you let us know about your song “Phoenix” and the meaning behind it?
Phoenix is very near and dear to me. I had to write this song, it is therapy and Regie Hamm co-wrote it with me.For me, it was about overcoming being bullied and sending a message to others who have gone through it or ARE going through it. It doesn’t just happen in the school with kids, adults have the same problems. I wanted it to inspire anyone who needs Empowerment to “Rise above it all”. Phoenix is for everyone. No matter what they are going through.
You are having a bright future ahead of you! What are some things you are looking forward to now?
Thank you very much. I feel like I’m still just beginning. It takes a long time to get traction and to be noticed but I won’t stop. I have been working towards the same goal all my life and the more I do, the more things start to happen. It’s nice when the Universe sends you messages and confirms your following your purpose. I did my first modeling shoot for a Magazine a week ago and that comes out in January, I’m very excited and proud. I will be recording new music in 2017 and will follow that up by releasing a Single to the world. I hope to get another rung higher on the ladder and that more people start to notice. I’m doing my best by myself to attract the people and things I need to get to the top.
If there is something you could say to someone who is trying to overcome bullying, what would it be?
It breaks my heart to see young people take their own life from someone(s) else being so cruel. I know at the time it seems like it will never end. For example in school, it feels like your entire life is school and there is no end in sight. Believe me. It’s a blip in time. It’s a second compared to your entire life, your whole beautiful life that is ahead of you. No matter what age you are, there are brighter days. Talk to someone, someone who will listen and hear what you have to say. Do NOT keep it inside. It’s not your fault you are being bullied. You are a victim. Speak out, please. We are here for you. I’m here for you. You matter and you will overcome this.