I was a sickly baby and after two sets of adoptive parents took me home they returned me to the orphanage because of a serious respiratory infection. But as they say the third time’s a charm because my mom and dad adopted me and took me into their home where I was raised in a family full of love.
I grew up playing music and enjoying good food friends and family in my own backyard.
I could be on 52nd and Third in Manhattan up and ask a strange for directions and they will help you that’s a rural heart. Your car breaks down in the middle of Iowa or somewhere or Tennessee where I’m from people want to help each other. Given each opportunity you see how people come together.
I am so excited this year getting to play the 85th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Everyone knows on Thanksgiving morning to get up turn on the TV and watch the parade so to be an actual participant is going to be fun and I’m looking forward to it. I am gonna have to put on my deer hunting gear though to stay warm!
Every song you’re trying to find something that going to connect in different ways but for me the songs that I’m really drawn to are inspirational songs that lift you and that everybody can relate to no matter where you’re from.
There’s a book called ‘The Shack’ – it had a lot to do with me coming full circle meeting my birth mother. Awhile back my birth mom and my adopted mom came to my show together and it was pretty surreal.
When you’re adopted no matter what you’ve got issues with unconditional love. And you find out you’re the product of the worst situation for a young girl to be in and start her life and I’m so grateful that my birth mom made the decision she made. She came from a rough situation.