The Writer’s Block Secret

It used to be a huge struggle for me to be creative. That might be a strange thing to hear, coming from a professional songwriter, but most writers, artists, and musicians have experienced the feeling of being creatively blocked. Every time


We’ve had some “snow days” here in Nashville this winter (Canadians, insert scornful laugh here), so it’s been a good time to be indoors avoiding the 2 inches of snow that shut the city down.  So what have I been

Measuring Success

I saw something today that really got me thinking.  We spend a lot of time, especially in the music business, talking about success.  But what is success, really?  It’s completely subjective. Last week I had surgery to remove a tumour

My Christmas Wish List

I wish for deep snow that’s packed down enough for sledding on but makes for a soft landing when you fall off at the bottom of the hill and lie there laughing. I wish for Christmas carols sung in four-part


I grew up listening to Reba McEntire CDs.  I memorized every lyric, sang along with every line, and tried like heck to yodel out every single string of notes that rolls of those one-of-a-kind vocal cords of hers.  There’s nobody

Hello Canada!! My Cinderella Moment at the CCMAs

I have been trying to write a diary entry about this year’s Canadian Country Music Awards, but I don’t know how to put it into words.  I really don’t. After being last year’s most nominated female artist and walking away

This Ain’t No Small World

I’m sitting on the window seat in my room at a 100-year old Inn in the heart of the Smoky Mountains as I write this.  Last night I played a show here in Balsam, North Carolina…tomorrow I’m in Flat Rock,

My “City of Dreams” – Nashville Artists come together for Tennessee Flood Relief

I was reminded yet again this week of why I love Nashville so much. Sure, I’ve had my frustrations with this city…I have ridden the music business rollercoaster long enough to have had my heart broken by this place quite

Lyrics for “City of Dreams” Flood Relief Song

By request, I’m posting the lyrics to the “City of Dreams”, the song that I wrote and recorded this week in support of the Red Cross after Nashville was hit by devastating flooding. You can watch the video at this

A Day in the Touring Life

I’ve been playing some arena shows in western Canada lately as a solo acoustic act, opening for Randy Travis on his “Around the Bend” tour.  Being a solo opener can be a bit hectic, but it’s pretty amazing.  Here’s how

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