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Singer. Writer. Vegan. Person.

I live in a small town, population 876. Considering the fact that 450 of those counted people are sharing a retirement community together it is by far smaller than it appears. My school building was kindergarten through twelfth grade. The same kids I went to preschool and daycare with are whom I shared most of my life’s moments….good and bad.

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Singer. Writer. Vegan. Person.

I live in a small town, population 876. Considering the fact that 450 of those counted people are sharing a retirement community together it is by far smaller than it appears. My school building was kindergarten through twelfth grade. The same kids I went to preschool and daycare with are whom I shared most of my life’s moments….good and bad.

Through the boredom of a small community, as friends were choosing “alternative” choices of entertainment, I realized I had to follow my own path. I was determined not to follow their lead. I turned to my passion for music as a way to distract and immerse myself in activities that distracted me from the easy way of ‘going with the crowd’. I set the goal to be involved with everything I could possibly do with performing, singing and songwriting in my small town.

I believe I have always been a singer to my core but it wasn’t until after my junior year of high school that I signed my identity over to singing. I embrace Solo and Ensemble as a learning tool and through my vocal coach I studied the fundamentals of classical voice, dictation, interpretation while touching on the French and Italian languages. This is where I learned that making mistakes is a part of learning and practice is the only way to learn.

In my junior year I won the Miss Door County’s Outstanding Teen Pageant. With this title I took every opportunity to perform at Pageant events throughout the year. I also trained in interview skills; poise and etiquette, which helped me, becomes a strong stage performer. The surprising gift was the training in leadership, which was what I came away with in the volunteering aspect of the Miss Outstanding Teen program.

The same year I won Door County Idol (a vocal competition based on American Idol) and I knew singing was what I wanted to do. I had auditioned the year before and the judges told me I wasn’t ready. That alone fueled my fire to go back the next year and win. Idol taught me that confidence in your craft only comes from hard work and passion, taking criticism and listening to your gut instincts.

Because of the fact that I wrote and performed an original song at the Door county Idol Competition I was asked to participate in the week long Steel Bridge Singer-Songwriter Festival. I emceed and performed in their Young Songwriters Showcase. All week long I wrote with amazing songwriters from all over the world. (I attended the 2013 Steel Bridge again this year and wrote and fell in love all over again with songwriting.)

My senior year of high school I decided two weeks before school started that I was ready. I was ready for change. I auditioned for a new program at Interlochen Academy called the Singer-Songwriter Major. My senior year was filled with students just like myself. It was a difficult year where I was pushed but I fell in love with music, friends, and life. It was a great experience that I will never forget.

Now, I will be going to Columbia College Chicago for vocals and songwriting. I will be spending a year downtown Chicago studying music, collaborating, and learning all I can to further my knowledge and skills.

I will always sing. It is my life force, my identity and the bliss in my life. I hope to be able to continue to discover new aspects of my vocal and songwriting abilities throughout my undergraduate experience.

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