What got you into music?
I’ve always done music, so I’m not sure what exactly, other than the fact that we sang and played instruments at home as a family, and I absolutely loved music. It was around me all the time, so it seemed natural and normal to me, it still does. I was a big fan first, following and listening. I didn’t really think it could be a job that could make me a living other than being a teacher. When I got older it made more sense and I realized it was possible, while it was very challenging, and I got to the point of “why not me?”.
Do you remember the first album you ever bought?
The first album I ever bought was ABBA Voulez-Vous – it had a blue cover.
What were some of the early bumps in the road for you in your music career?
Not knowing the business, needing to network more. People not taking you seriously. Trying to get heard through all the noise and stand out in your own way. Everyone is busy.
What would you say is a defining moment in your career early on?
When I went on the Girls Night Out Tour with Reba, Martina McBride, Sara Evans and Jamie O’Neal. It was the first all girls tour like that, and we made a lot of headlines. I got to be in front of huge audiences and start making my “mark” per se.