Making the move after five years of visiting
Ever since I was twelve years old, I knew I was going to move to Nashville. My hometown of Temple, Texas was not going to be able to hold me for very long. I grew up performing anywhere and everywhere I could; karaoke bars, my parents’ living room, holiday parties, etc. The first time I came here, I was amazed. I did not know one town could hold so much history and talent. I could not imagine what my life would be like here, but I knew it would happen someday.
During the years between fifteen and nineteen, I traveled to the city countless times to work with co-writers, a vocal coach, a performance coach, etc. I was only dipping my toes into Nashville and seeing what it takes to make it here. I knew it would take a lot of work and I was ready.
As my high school years went by, I became more and more infatuated with the city. I was captivated by the level of talent from all the musicians and writers I met. It quickly became my second home. Even though I stayed in hotel rooms while visiting, I was still more comfortable than I had ever been. Many people over the years expressed to me how important it was to be living in Nashville for any real recognition to happen. Of course, I did not see this and did not want to leave Texas because I was incredibly busy. I had so much going on with gigs and traveling, plus I was a teenager. What business did I have moving across the country all by myself? So, I continued trucking along, making my way in the Texas music scene and having a great time.
However, Nashville kept calling my name and it was a hard thing to ignore. After years of consideration and a few long talks with my team, we decided it was finally time for me to move away from everything I had ever known and take a chance. So, on April 1, 2016, I moved eight hundred miles from home, by myself, to Nashville, Tennessee. I was nineteen and had no idea what I was in for.
Luckily, I knew enough people in town to get things started. I set up a few meetings, met some incredible writers, and was given advice on how to make my face and name present in the Nashville music scene. It was definitely the scariest thing I had ever done but it was also brave. I was very proud of myself for diving head first and moving to a city that is filled with so much talent and so many people striving for the exact same thing that I was.
As I began to settle in and get the lay of the land, it became easier to walk up to a stranger and say “We should write sometime”. I started going to shows, making friends, and exploring the city. This felt right and I felt as if this was where I was meant to be all along. Don’t get me wrong, Texas will always have my heart and I can’t seem to stay away. Nashville is a whole different ballgame and I was excited for the different opportunities that it brings.
Sitting here now, writing all of this out, I have looked back on the past five months that I have been here. I could not be happier with my life and how far my music has taken me. I am so grateful to everyone that has been by my side all these years. Everyone from my parents, to strangers I meet at shows. I could not ask for a better community to be a part of. Being a songwriter has been the biggest gift anyone could ask for. Moving to Nashville is just another step towards the life I’ve always wanted.