- #1 song “Leave the Pieces” (recorded by The Wreckers) - #1 song “Let Me Down Easy” (recorded by Billy Currington) - Songs recorded by Gwyneth Paltrow, Kelly Clarkson, Vince Gill, Pam Tillis, and Rascal Flatts
What inspires you to write?
I am most inspired to write by my personal experiences. They always say to write what you know and I find that to be so true. For me the Country genre is such a storytelling genre and that works well for my style of writing. I love having songwriting as a way to express myself and share my truth through song. I find it very therapeutic and ironically, it always seems to be the songs that are the most personal that resonate the most with people, and what an incredible gift that is to be able to share with one another.
What women have inspired you along your journey?
I’ve had many women who have inspired me along my musical journey. Those women are people like Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, all of whom have influenced me greatly with their music and songwriting and have been trailblazers in their fields. They all have the kind of longevity in their careers that one could only hope to have and I find that to be so inspiring as a musician, songwriter, and artist. On a personal level, my biggest inspiration has been my grandmother, Marvelle. She is 87 years old and still has such an incredible love and appreciation for life and she lives it to its fullest every day. She reminds me continually to make the most of the time we have and that success comes in many forms, not just monetary. Being happy and finding purpose, whatever that may be, is being successful in this life and I’m grateful for her influence and for the lessons she continues to teach me.
**This article was originally Published for Inspirer.life**