A Musical Journey
Hello everyone! First of all thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog! I really appreciate it, and I can’t wait to share a bit about my journey, and how I got to where I am today. For as long as I can remember it had always been a dream of mine to be a singer and performer. When I was little I would put on shows for my family, and I remember getting some friends together and creating a band. I was about nine years old at the time and at recess we’d play band and I’d write songs that we’d practice to in my neighbour’s garage just singing away with no instruments, because none of us could play any at the time. As I continued to grow into my teen years my original passion to become a singer was buried by the business of school and the impracticality of making it big in the music industry. However, although those passions were buried, they never left my heart. As I came to the end of my high school years I began to make really great friends with some other musicians and when I realized how passionate they were about music they rekindled the desire in my heart to sing and perform. I felt that it was time to learn an instrument and grow in my musical abilities. I started learning guitar, and I started song writing again.
Once I started university I decided to go into teaching because although I loved singing and song writing I didn’t think it could be a possible stable career. During my second year university I realized that I wasn’t as passionate about becoming a teacher, as I was about music and ministry. I felt so strongly in my heart that I was meant to do something different. I decided to sit down with my parents and had a little chat with them about my future career. They looked at me and said “Sarah when you talk about becoming an elementary school teacher your face doesn’t light up the way it does when you talk about music and ministry and the arts? Why are you studying to become a teacher?” I said “I don’t know I’m doing it as a back -up plan I guess...” Then they said to me “When God calls you to do something do you need a back-up plan?” It was that moment that I realized I was settling for less. I went back to my school and spoke to my guidance counsellor and I was able to switch my major and minor to my true passions youth ministry and music.
The next couple of years of university were extremely rough for me because although I loved music I had only learned an instrument a couple of years before, and I felt like I wasn’t equipped enough to get through the program. I found it very hard to keep up with the other musicians in my class who had been studying music for years. Things were getting tough and I found myself asking God if this was really his will for my life. After a lot of prayer and perseverance I was able to pass my most difficult music classes.
As my university was coming to an end I began to search for another music program so that I could grow in my ability as an artist. The day after I spent quite a bit of time searching for a music program I got an email for my professor suggesting that I look into the Contemporary
Music Center which was a music program in Nashville Tennessee. It had been my dream to go to Nashville especially since its considered music city, so I was immediately interested in the opportunity. When I realized we had to audition to get in I wasn’t sure if I’d make it into the program, and if I did make it, I wasn’t sure if I had the finances to go. Although I was a little unsure about how it will all turn out I really felt the need to apply, and took a leap of faith, so I applied. As the months went own I hoped and prayed that it was God’s will for me to be a part of this music program. Then the day finally came where I got the email that played a huge role in my career as an artist, and by God’s grace I had been accepted to the program! Finances began to come through, and my family was extremely supportive and a couple of weeks before I left for Nashville I was set to go, and start this new adventure in Nashville Tennessee. Since I’ve been in Nashville I can honestly say I’ve grown as a singer/songwriter, and I have had some amazing experiences in performance, studio recording and currently working on my first EP here in Nashville. As I look back, I’ve realized that although it hasn’t been easy getting to where I am today God remained faithful and by his grace I have been blessed with this amazing opportunity! I’ve also realized how important it is to follow your dreams no matter how big they seem because nothing is too big for God to handle. I hope to continue to grow as an artist and thank you to family and friends for all your love and support! For more news on my journey stay tuned for more blog posts to come! Big Love,
Let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.”