ChangesPosted on June 7, 2011 with 3188 comments
Hello all! I am sitting here writing this week's blog in the middle of insane mental chaos! I am preparing for my high school graduation this Friday, something I have been looking forward to since I knew what a high school graduation was. Then, I am jetting off to Nashville with my mom for a few days for Belmont's orientation, some meetings, and hopefully a show or two (performing, not watching! :) ). I hope I am able to do my first ever Nashville show next week and if I do, I will be sure to put all of the information on my Facebook page. Then, I will be spending the rest of the summer relaxing, making frequent trips to the beach with my best friend, and getting ready to move to the city I have dreamed about living in since I was eleven years old. It's nuts even thinking about it... I am just excited to be back in my favorite city in the world in five days. While I'm there, I also get to see one of my best best friends, Nicole, who is going to Nashville for CMA Fest! We have a tradition of eating at Joe's Crab Shack while we're there, so I am looking forward to some country music, crab legs, and best friend time. I mean, what could be better? The only thing I am NOT so excited about (I know, Christine is not excited about something regarding Nashville?) is the cicada invasion that is still going on in Music City. If you don't know, every 13 years, these giant cicadas come up from underground, fly around, scream at the top of their lungs (it is almost deafening), fly into things (and people), and drop dead out of the sky at random times. I am hoping that they are almost gone by this weekend, but I have a feeling we'll experience a few of them... ewww giant bugs. :(
I feel like I haven't blogged in so long! I have been so ridiculously busy these past few weeks with school ending, finals, the album release, and getting ready to graduate! Not much has happened, except that I was able to perform for Congressman Duncan D. Hunter at a beautiful Memorial Day ceremony. I sang the National Anthem at the event (although I was suffering from a head cold... lame...) and I was excited to talk to the congressman about how I had sat in his desk chair in 2009 in Washington D.C.... he said that was alright by him! :) He was such a sweet man and had some incredible things to say about this country, Memorial Day, and his own personal experience in the Marines (he has served three tours in the Middle East... and he is still young!). His strength, courage, and dedication to this country is incredibly inspiring and I was beyond honored to not only meet him, but honor what he has done for our nation through my music. Here's a picture of the two of us!
IN STUDIO NEWS: I released my newest record 'It Starts Today' in May and there are new options for purchasing the CD online! I would be honored if you purchased a physical copy of the album because we put a lot of work into the liner notes, album art, and production, so if you can, please order one of those! However, we do have CDBaby and iTunes up and running for digital downloads. Links are below.
iTunes : Please know that, although the three songs from the first EP are on this new record, they have been COMPLETELY remastered and redone, so I would love for you to purchase the album as a whole to feel and hear the complete package as it was meant to be heard! The older songs have been given new life and are worlds better, at least in my opinion, so please please please don't skip over those songs and buy only the new ones!
Thank you for your support of this new album. I know it took forever to release, but now that it is done, it feels totally worth it. I am proud to be walking into Nashville with my cowboy boots on and this record in my hand.
I would just like to leave you with this quote by Brad Paisley, written in the liner notes of his latest record 'This Is Country Music', which is an embodiment of everything I love about country music... I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone who likes country! He says, "I am proud to be in country music. Even though in some circles it is not given the respect it deserves as an art form, I am constantly reminded of its strengths. See, country music is unique. It is brave. It is not afraid to deal head-on with subjects like disease, death, religion, drinking, family, or anything else that qualifies as life. It isn’t above the fans. It is about them. It is the soundtrack to my life and probably yours. I get to be more than just a recording artist. Country singers are present at weddings, funerals, graduations, and the most impactful moments of our fans’ lives. In exchange for singing a few songs, we are loved unconditionally and we are given loyalty beyond what we deserve. Every style of music thinks it has the best fans in the whole world. But this country music. And we do."
And there you have it folks... that's why I do what I do.