Growing up I remember wanting to be a lot of things, from a paleontologist to a fighter pilot, but it really was a fluke that I landed on professional singer/songwriter as my all consuming dream. The only reason I got into music in the first place was because in 4th grade some of my classmates would get to leave class to go to their piano lesson. My thought process was that anything was better than sitting through math class so I convinced my parents that I really wanted to learn the piano.
I won't bore you with my whole life history but fast forward to 18 years old and I had officially caught the "rockstar" fever. Despite all the practical advice from my parents to get a degree and a real job, there was nothing in the universe that was going to keep me from seeing my name in lights and my songs heard 'round the world.
That was seventeen years ago since I played my first gig in an almost empty church coffeeshop. There have been some major victories, finding myself on a stage and in the studio with chart topping artists, to some major defeats...jobless, homeless, and friendless because of my bad life choices in letting my passion control me.
The saying that "hindsight is 20/20" is probably the truest cliche of all time. I am not afraid to admit that my dream got the best of me. I let it run me into the ground. I have had many sleepless nights wondering what it would be like to be 22 again and know all that I know now about life, relationships, and business. Its a losing battle that I think most of us have engaged in at some point in our lives.
We all have a history. We have all made beds that we didn't want to lie in. The thing to keep in mind is that our choices were shaped by whatever destination we decided to journey toward in the first place. Some of us get there unscathed, some make it with battle wounds, and others end up in the ditch somewhere along the way.
The thing is that our dreams refuse to die. You were born for a destiny and a purpose and that flame will not go out until its fulfilled in some way. We all have a history but not all of us choose to have a future.
I have made the decision that my mishaps in my first shot at a music career were not a defeat but an opportunity to do it right the next time. Right now is my next time. In a couple months I am releasing a new project called "Drive". With it I hope to not just release some good music and strive to make myself famous, but my goal is to encourage and empower others through my journey and my songs and see others go after their own dreams again.
If you have a dream of your own and are ready to take charge of your future, I hope you will join me on this journey!
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