Despite my efforts to share who I am, I still feel as if I’m a mysterious person to everyone; this is supported by the number of questions I’ve been asked about who I am, what I do, why I do what I do, etc. So, to fill that void of uncertainty, unknown, and confusion, I am writing this blog entry.
I’d like to first start with my music, as that’s what I primarily am attempting to become known for and share. As I said in my last entry, I started playing the piano and singing at a young age. I have always written my own songs, seldom ever performing covers; other than for a brief time of playing praise and worship songs for my local youth group and church service. I’ve been told numerous times that I need to do covers in order to make it further, but plain and simple — I’ll take my chances unless I feel compelled otherwise.
Despite playing the piano, singing, and writing songs for as long as I have, I have not done much live performing, but I plan on getting active with more very soon. As for recording… I used to record in a studio located in Longwood, Florida, however, due to conflicting visions of my music between my producer and I, we parted ways. I began recording my music in my own home studio. I bought all basic equipment needed to get a halfway decent sound, and learned as much as I could. However, due to financial difficulties just a couple of years later, I was forced to sell the majority of my equipment. Thankfully, I had previously recorded all the music tracks for six songs that I wanted to release; these are the songs I hope to share with everyone in early 2013.
So, what do I write about? Well, all different things. I had previously noted in my last entry that the majority of my songs are inspirational, and that’s true; they have a contemporary sort of sound to them—nothing too crazy. Aside from that, I write about the typical break up, getting together, life in general type songs, and mostly have a modern country sort of sound to them. My favorite song that I’ve written thus far is called, “Drink It All Away,” and is far from inspirational. Nonetheless and despite so, never have I put such emotion into lyrics, melody and music; it, however and unfortunately, will not be released with my other music. But fear not, because I definitely want y’all to hear it, so I will release some rendition of it not too long after, if not even before.
I grew up on contemporary Christian, and country music. My favorite artists of that time (and some to this day) were/are Michael W. Smith, Rebecca St. James, Amy Grant, Garth Brooks, Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, and so many more. I attended many country concerts, and many Christian concert events. My entire life has revolved around music, and still does to this day. There is no doubt in my mind that making and sharing music with the world is what I want to do.
Next up: where am I from? I was born in Orlando, Florida (I’ve been told not to admit that, but I’m going for it anyway), which is where I still reside today. I am not comfortable here; I’d like to move to somewhere a bit more promising such as New York, Nashville or California, but for now I’m content.
My personal life… I am 29 years of age, divorced, I have a son whom I love more than anything in this entire world named Kaden, and I have a cat named Daisy (Dai-Dai) that meows entirely too much. I enjoy being around people, being at the beach (my second home), music (especially with steel drums; I melt at the sound of a steel drum, you don’t even know), traveling, going to theme parks (Disney is my third home), horseback riding, driving, shooting, hiking, occasionally drinking, and so much more. Basic point — I like to be active; I cannot stand sitting around doing what I hear commonly referred to as “relaxing.”
Okay, I think that should cover the majority of details that make up my, um, totally interesting life… last but not least: my support for anti-bullying and the LGBT community. It’s simple for me — be yourself. For those who are against it, too bad. We all have the right to live freely without having to explain ourselves or ask permission. If you’re gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender or whatever else is out there in the totally unnecessary list of labels, I support you and I do not feel you owe anyone an explanation. There is no application to fill out, no screening process, no audition; you start immediately—be YOU.
As for myself, as I said in my last entry, I am transgender. I am open about it and I will talk about it, but I will not let it define me; I am so much more. To me, it’s simply not a big deal, and I wish everyone would exhibit that same mentality; however, until it is so, I will continue to fight for equal rights.
How do I support equal rights? I am involved with equal rights organizations, I talk with today’s youth to try and educate them (both LGBT and not), I donate when I’m able (both time and money), I participate in related events, and as said earlier, I write relatable songs. My goal in supporting is not only to have those against equal rights to gain a sense of peace and understanding, but to also encourage and inspire those fighting for those rights to stand for who they are and not allow anyone to belittle them. It’s not about special rights, it’s about equal rights — something I feel we are all entitled to.
I hope this entry has uncovered and answered many of the questions I’ve been asked. If there’s anything else you’d like to know, I have no problem whatsoever addressing and answering, so ask! I’d like to thank everyone who supports me in what I do and who I am.
Thanks for reading.