I have a bit of news to share and it feels weird to finally say it out loud. I have decided to take a break from performing. I’m not sure for how long. Probably not forever, but at least for a good while. It has been 12 years, and something like 800 shows. I have met so many amazing fans, played with enormous talents and learned more than I ever could have dreamed. I have released 6 albums, won two Telly awards for my music videos with Joe Brandmeier, played in hundreds of cities all over the country and opened for Bon Jovi in front of 20,000 fans (not my fans, but that’s not important:). On the flip side, years ago I played 90 shows in 120 days (most of which were unpaid just to get my name out there). I’ve puked in a venue bathroom between the end of set 2 and the encore. I have slept in a creepy motel with a chair wedging the door shut since the lock was broken, while pregnant mind you. I wouldn’t trade any of it for anything. It’s been a blast and I am so lucky to have had this experience. For now though, it’s time for me to focus on my growing family and my teaching career.
There are so many people I’d like to thank. Mainly, Mr. Kevin Bowe. We spent 11 years making albums and playing shows together and there isn’t anyone else who could’ve taught me better. If you have to spend hours in a car repeatedly driving through Wisconsin, Iowa and the Dakotas, he makes for pretty good company. Peter Anderson has been my drummer since the beginning. He is as loyal and talented as they come. He is also a human navigation system as he has played quite literally everywhere, at least once. Justin Rieken, Charlie Peterson, Kyle Tennis, Mike Brown, Steve Price, James Tyler O’Neill, and Brian Gallagher; thank you for bringing your energy to this band. You guys are as good as it gets, and I love you all.
To those who supported our crowd funding campaigns, I owe you a huge thank you. Especially to those who went above and beyond to get involved: Thomas and Jeanne Fansler, Bruce and Mary Baude, David Stage, Dave and Patty Homyak, Joe Brandmeier, Bob and Pam Herrick, Hello Booking and Elisa Wright. Thank you for believing in me and helping me turn my songs into tangible art.
Lastly, I’d like to thank my hubs Andy. You are the best merch man/roadie a girl could ask for. Thanks for supporting me and taking care of our kiddos all those late nights when I had to work.
It has been a privilege making music for and with you all. I hope you can come out and help us celebrate at one of our last three shows. Check out my tour page for details on all three.
I still plan to play a private party here or there. So if you are ever in need, please let me know! Also, if anyone ever wants voice/piano lessons, I’m here for you!
Thanks so much!!!