First, I won a trip to the Grammy’s for a performance of an original song, God$Gun. It was an all-expenses paid trip to Los Angeles. My companion and I stayed at the Beverly Hilton for 3 days and of course we attended the 57th Annual Grammy Awards. We even were spotted on television for about 15 seconds while walking the red carpet by family and friends. This was a dream come true. I was in a room filled with stars and just to be that close to the Grammy stage was intoxicating. Going to the Grammy’s was something that I always wanted to do. Hopefully, one day I will have the honor of winning a Grammy.
Next, I performed at the Susan G. Komen Luncheon. This too was something that I wanted to do. I have supported the Komen Foundation for years by attending the annual cancer walks. I was so excited when I received the email to perform. I whipped together a band and background singers and we made it happen. It was amazing opportunity.
This year I won the RAW Artist Music Award. I was crowned RAW Artist of the year for St. Louis. I had an amazing experience performing during this showcase. I whipped up a band and background singers and we shut it down! It was such a beautiful experience.
This year my music debuted in a film called Cronies. Cronies is a film by Michael J. Larnell. The executive producer of the film is the legendary Spike Lee. Cronies has been shown in festivals around the country (BFI London, Sundance Film Festival, St. Louis International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and Chicago International Film Festival). I was so blown away by this opportunity. So many people submitted their music for this opportunity and my submissions were selected. Two of my songs were selected for the film. One of my songs God$Gun not only made the trailer but the entire song was played during the film. I could have died and went to heaven to thank God for that blessing. I was not expecting that. I also was invited to perform at the after party at Cicero’s. It was a magical night!
Last, but certainly not least, I have been performing through an organization called STLive. This organization helps indie artists book gigs around St. Louis. I have been performing with a great guy named Curt Copeland. He is a radio personality for 96.3. I met him through Dana Kay--she is one of the sweetest people who you will ever meet if you are lucky enough to meet her. Curt is one of my musical soulmates. We have been jamming around town and it has been a great experience.
I was blessed to have many magical experiences this year. 2015 was a hell of a year. I really feel like my career was taken to the next level. It’s so crazy because I remember when all of this was a vision. I remember writing down what I wanted and now I look at back at how far I’ve come. I still have many rivers to cross, but I believe that anything is possible. What are the chances that so many great opportunities would fall in my lap? There are some people that are working twice as hard as I am and still not receiving opportunities. I thank God for my many blessings. I performed all year and also volunteered with different media outlets this year. I am hopeful that 2016 is going to be even more phenomenal than 2015. Before I go, I would like to leave you with this poem by Langston Hughes. I learned this poem when I was a child and this pretty much is my motto in life:
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow
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