The making of the Muscle Shoals Songwriters Festival


2019 has been nothing short of a whirlwind of amazing twists and turns. From putting together a music festival, to getting ready to open a new business, as well as focusing on my songwriting career and full-time college career, I am so grateful to have these incredible experiences that will continue to shape who I am as a person and as an entrepreneur. 

Muscle Shoals Songwriters Festival- the highlights. 

     I have had the idea for the Muscle Shoals Songwriters Festival for about 3 years, but it wasn't until about a year ago I decided that I wanted to turn the festival into reality. What sparked this interest was my eagerness to bring songwriters together in the Hit Recording Capital of the World, Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Muscle Shoals is "peaceful but energizing at the same time" (quoted by my dear friend, Heather May) and I couldn't agree more- there is something in the water here in Muscle Shoals. I decided to take the first step into the festival waters by creating the festival website- which really made it real. I then approached some music associations in Muscle Shoals to see if they wanted to run with me on the idea but I wasn't getting the response I was looking for. I felt pretty unsure of the entire situation because no one seemed to be as passionate about the idea as I was. It seemed I kept hitting brick walls and after two months of trying to get folks interested... crickets. One night, I literally typed into Google "How to create your own music association" and it, of course, pulled up tons of info like lawyers, contracts and steps to how to create your own- and thus the Muscle Shoals Songwriters Association was born.

     After I created the Association, I then had to go out and find some financial help because festival's aren't cheap to put on and I literally had $300 to my name. I knew I had to get sponsorships for the festival to help fund the entire event. And oh man- I got so many no's from corporate sponsors. Probably well over 100 no's, if that. I landed one sponsorship meeting with the CEO of a huge company and he literally made my cry. He said my event needed tons of work and it probably wouldn't happen. I sat in my car for 2 hours after the meeting saying to myself "What the hell am I doing?" "Who am I to think I could put on an entire music festival?" All I had for the event was a small sponsorship deck that I had created with my logo on the front page, and a website that I created myself (which ya’ll- it wasn’t pretty, LOL). I had no marketing plan, budget plan, no attendance record, no photos, nothing. I was clueless. After a week of re-creating everything from scratch- logo and all, I finally received an e-mail from Listerhill Credit Union saying that they would like to meet with me. I jumped out of the chair in my parent's living room because I was so happy that I was even worth their time for a meeting. I knew it could be a huge opportunity- and it was. Listerhill was my first sponsor of the festival. I then went to work by e-mailing Hit Songwriters that have written songs for the biggest stars in country music and prayed to God that they would come and perform and make this festival worthwhile. I had many speed bumps along the way but at the end of it all, I was able to bring some incredible songwriters to perform. 

    The festival wound up having over 100 songwriters from all over the world to perform and I was able to bring 14 of the biggest hit songwriters to perform. On the night of the festival, as I was looking out in the audience and seeing all of their smiling faces, I thought to myself, "I think God put me on earth to do exactly this." What is "this" you ask? To bring people together in Muscle Shoals and make it about 2 things- the songs and the people who write them. I have so many people to thank including the sponsors, sound techs, venues, songwriters and all of the volunteers who worked tirelessly to make the Muscle Shoals Songwriters Festival possible. I can't wait to see what 2020 brings. Mark your calendar for for November 5th-7th, 2020! 

   In all of this to say, I want you to know to never let anyone tell you that you aren't capable of doing something. If you put your head down and get to work, everything else will fall into place. You don't need to know the next step- clarity follows action. Just keep going and see what happens. If your goals don't make you want to shake in fear, you're not thinking big enough. Get comfortable being out of your comfort zone. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, "Do one thing everyday that scares you."





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CMA FEST. 2018. In Nashville. 

I was starstruck.

First off, I wanna thank my mom for giving me the chance to go to this event. She stood in every line with me (and so did my boyfriend) so I could meet my idols and for that I am forever thankful. The festival lasted 4 whole days. 

Probably some of the best 4 days of my life. 

 Country music is really the only genre of music that has a festival for the artists to connect with their fans; on a personal level. This includes seeing them in small venues, meeting them/ getting autographs and everything else in between.

 It was good for the soul. And it fueled my fire.  


On Thursday, we went to Fan Fair X to meet some of my inspirations in real life. 

We met Midland. (OMG) "People say I got a Drinkin' Problem"



I also got to see my girl, Maggie Baugh. I've known her for a while and she signed a record deal last year. She is doing BIG things. I am so proud of her. (@maggie_baugh)



I then got to see my homegirlll Lindsay Ell. She has her song "Criminal" right now on country radio and she can shred on the electric guitar. Total Badass. (@lindsayell)


We ate later at the FGL House (Florida, Georgia Line.) If you're in Nashville, this is where the party is at. And also some of the best food you will ever eat. (no joke)

I got the fish tacos. 


And it was time. Time for the Nissan Stadium. The artists for night 1 featured Kane Brown, Dan and Shay, Carly Pearce, Brother's Osborne, Darius Rucker, and Jason Aldean. (someone pinch me)

We had a hell of a time. It was incredible. 


Drove home from Nashveags and started all over again for round 2.


FRIDAY- Friday was one of my favorite days. 

I got to see my buddy, Craig Campbell. His new EP just released last week.  (featuring: "Outskirts of Heaven") 



Then I finally got to meet Runaway June. I've been a huge fan of them for a long time and it was such an honor to meet them.


And look who it is. My buddy Lance. He signed a record deal with Toby Keith last year and is doing amazing things. I have learned a lot from writing with this guy. 


And then it happened. One of my favorite parts of the whole trip. I got the chance to attend the Lauren Alaina fan club party. 

Lauren is the sweetest soul. She has the best personality and is an incredible vocalist and songwriter.


Her party was called the "#ONEsie" party. We all dressed up in a onesie and danced and talked for hours. 



She also gave us FREE pairs of shoes. So we could match.  (again, someone pinch me)



Then it was back to Nissan for round 2 of music. Artists featured were: Brett Young, Jake Owen, Luke Combs, Blake Shelton, Old Dominion and Carrie Underwood. (heart eyes)

Also here's a pic of me and my mom in the back of an Uber before the show. "Props" to our driver for having props lol 


Of course I wore my new shoes. 



On Saturday we went BACK to Nissan for round 3 of music.

This night featured Chris Stapleton. And I think I died. 



On Sunday, we went back to Fan Fair X for the last round of meet and greets. 

I got to meet Morgan Wallen ("But the bobbers in the pond goin' up down, up down, up down)


Then I headed over to Blake Shelton's "Ole Red" restaurant to see up and coming artist Luke Pell and my girl Emily Ann play. She was runner up on The Voice a couple of years ago and is now in Nashville writing for her album. She is going to do big things and she has a heart of gold. I love writing with her and I can't wait to see where her music takes her. 


And then we made our last stop to Nissan for one more night of music.  

That night, Thomas Rhett and FGL came out. It was the best. 


WOWOWOW. These last 4 days have gotten my creative juices flowing and makes me eager to write some more songs.

Made the best of times, made the best of memories.

Thanks CMA fest. 






This weekend was unforgettable.

ROCK THE SOUTH in Cullman, AL always has the best atmosphere for a good time with good music. This was my third year attending and every year, it always gets better. The concert was on Friday and Saturday night. Music is featured from 1PM to 12AM that night. The artists there are the best of the best. On Friday night, we got to hear some rockin' songs by the one and only Lauren Alaina, Brett Young and Thomas Rhett. 

My favorite artist on Friday night had to be Lauren Alaina. She sang her song "Three" and I started bawling. That song is so relatable to me personally, and if you haven't listened to it pleaseeee go listen when you get a chance. 

I wore my royal blue romper (even though it was hard as heck to pee in it because you gotta take it all the way off LOL) which I purchased at Altar'd State, I wore my bull necklace from @happy_go_lucky__ and of course my cowboy boots. 



We decided on Friday night to stay at a campground nearby. Our friends was able to snag us a spot by getting there as soon as the gates opened. And Ya'll. We stayed in a tent in the woods. But not just any tent. 

We stayed in a 12 PERSON tent. Complete with 2 fans, plug ins to charge our phones, a high powered generator for electricity, blowup mattress and snacks. This is camping in 2018. And I loved it. 


On Friday night we also ate waffle house at 3AM because why not. 


Saturday night featured artists'  Riley Green (a bama boy), Hank Williams JR., and Eric FREAKIN' Church. 


They brought the fire and entertained us for one hell of a night. On Saturday, I wore my pink romper from A'GACI (which is located at Cool Springs Galleria in Franklin, TN and they have the cutest clothes at the best price) and my turquoise jewelry AND cowboy boots. 

 I wish every weekend was this dang good. This weekend also reminded me of just how powerful music is. It brings people together to celebrate life, love and everything in between. A concert is a place where someone goes to escape. Everyone there this weekend wasn't (hopefully) thinking about anything that might be the slightest bit negative in their life or even their job, their busy schedule. They left that all at home on the table.  They were there to listen to music, maybe have a beer or 2 and have a good time. I know I had an amazing time living in the moment this weekend. I didn't capture as many pictures as I wanted to because I realize I barely picked up my phone the entire time! Isn't that what it's all about? Living in the NOW.

If you have ever thought about going to Rock The South, you totally should. The tickets are at a great price and you won't regret the time you had. 

See you next year RTS. Thanks for the memories. 





Jubilee Festival


Food and people and HOT air balloons, OH MY. The stop this weekend: Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Festival, one of the Memorial Weekend traditions in Alabama. 

This was the second go round of me attending this festival and I. LOVED. IT.

This hot air balloon festival is one of the oldest balloon race festivals in the mid-south; it started in 1978 in Decatur, AL. Jubilee draws more than 50 hot air balloon pilots from over 20 states for two days of competition during the Memorial Day Weekend. 

The city of Decatur is now known as the "Ballooning Capital of Alabama." The festival has also now been named a Top 20 Tourism Event in the Southeast for the month of May by the Atlanta-based Southeast Tourism Society. 

The festival was located at Point Mallard Park in Decatur. It contained all of the fair necessities: food, people, fun. 

But it also gives a one of a kind experience; the chance to sit in an open field surrounded by hot air balloons.

I went up to one of the pilots and asked "what are all of the requirements to fly one of these bad boys?"

He explained the rules, top to bottom.

1.)  You must be able to read, speak and write ENGLISH.

2.) You must have zero medical conditions whatsoever. 

3.) You must fly a hot air balloon solo before you can acquire your license.

4.)  The minimum age to fly one of these things: 14 YEARS OLD. (I could've been flying in the sky instead of waiting 2 more years to drive a car.)



The balloons take off around 8:15AM and come back around 8:15 that night.  









(Look at how beautiful.)


This was so much fun. 

See you next year, Jubilee. 


And on Sunday we went kayaking in Sugar Creek, which is near my house. The weather in Alabama was perfect for finding a water hole. The creek took about 2 hours to float down. When we reached our destination, we got out and soaked up the sun. 


I am thankful for another fun filled weekend and good weather.

Thanks for reading, see you next week <3


What actually is Success?


Last night, I sat in my bedroom with my laptop and live streamed the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. I love watching award shows, especially the Billboard because it doesn't categorize to one specific genre; it ranges from all types of music; country, rap, pop etc; and it gives credit over a wide array of all music in general. 

First of all, I will say that there are some fierce and talented people in this world that devote their time and energy to a lot of different things. People who are at the top, always started from the bottom and worked their way up. I think that is the beautiful thing about anything is that the people who are successful in anything that they do started at the bottom.

Another question that popped into my head is what actually defines "success?" in anything that you do? Is it because you are at the so called top?  Is it what kind of car you drive? Is it what kind of house you live in? Is it about how much money you have in your bank account at all? 

I think the world, more of the teenage generation overall, believes that "success" is defined by "things" rather than the actual person themselves. Success these days is just defined by the opinion of others. Success isn't about competing against each other or comparing yourself to others. We could never truly compare ourselves to each other (even if we feel like we have to) because everyone is on a different journey in their life. 

Success to me is how much drive, passion, integrity and desire that YOU own. It's about waking up each morning and having a purpose for your life in whatever you do. It is about owning who you are. 

It is about giving your best whether you work at a fast food restaurant and you're living in a college dorm, or you're President of the United States living in the White House. Whether you have a hundred dollars in your bank account or a million. Whether you have 30 followers on Instagram or 30 million.  Even whether you're on the 2018 Billboard Award Show or if you're still in your bedroom finishing a song that maybe someday, someone will hear. 

I have been going to Nashville and writing songs for almost five years now. I haven't had major artists cut my songs, nor have I ever been invited to an award show, but I still try to give 100% in writing every song and in everything that I do. I believe that you get out what you put in. 

 I used to have a very hard time with comparing myself to others. I have always been very hard on myself when it comes to the phrases that include "better" or "more talented than me." I have realized through the years that lots of people struggle with this issue. 

But then one day it HIT me. All that time that I spent on doubting myself that "I'm not good enough" or "they are better than me" was time that I should of spent saying "I am going to work hard" and "I am going to be the best that I can be." Turn that negative voice in your head into a positive one. Turn bad energy into fueling energy. The first person that needs to believe in you is YOU. If you don't believe in yourself, you'll feel as though no one else believes in you either. 

Even though I haven't had major things happen to me, (yet, hopefully), I have met and made friends with some amazing people who have sparked in their music careers and I felt like I needed to take the time to brag on them. 

 One of my good friends that I have know for about 2 years now is Clint Daniels. He wrote "Roll With Me" which was sang by Montgomery Gentry, "Cold Beer with Your Name on It" sang by Josh Thompson and his newest song that he wrote called "She Ain't in it" which is sang by Jon Pardi and is being played on country radio right now. 

Clint also just released his new album called "Brown Bottle Blues." Ya'll gotta go get it.

Clint inspires me to be a better songwriter every single day and I have learned so much from him over being in writing sessions and listening to his songs. 

FOLLOW him on Instagram: @clintdanielsmusic 


Another good friend of mine is Lance Carpenter. His hits include "Love Me Like You Mean It" by Kelsea Ballerini. He also just signed a record deal on Toby Keith's label. 

AND he has a song out with Krystal Keith called "Anyone Else." Go get it NOW.

Lance is one of the nicest people that I have ever met. His drive and passion has inspired me to be the best that I can be in anything that I do.

Follow him on Instagram: @lancecarpenter


 And last, but for sure not least, my amazing friend Jordan Rainer. Jordan was one of the first people I ever co-wrote with in Nashville. This girl is UNflipping believeable. She is an amazing songwriter, singer and producer. She can do it all. 

Jordan and I have written lots of songs that I cherish deeply.  

She is working on her album now and I cannot wait to see where this journey leads her. 

Follow her on Instagram: @thejordanrainer


 No, these people were not on the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. Maybe they'll be on them in 2019 ;) But the truth is, they are still kicking ass in the music industry. And they still inspire me every day and I am so proud of them. 


So here is another life lesson that I have learned over the past couple of years:

Stop DOUBTING and starting DOING. Wake up every morning and say "I am going to be the best that I can be today." "Today is MY day."

And see where that attitude takes you.








The Tennessee Renaissance Festival


 This weekend was unlike anything I have ever experienced. I had the chance to attend the Tennessee Renaissance Festival; which threw me way back to the 16th century of England. 

 "The year is 1569 and her Majesty Queen Elizabeth is once more promenading down to her favorite country retreat, the cozy little village of Convington Glen. The townsfolk are overjoyed by her presence and scramble to put on a festival of decadences and delights." 

 If you enjoy a good knight in shining armor, a majestic castle, and everything in between, this is the festival for you. 

The festival was located in Arrington, TN.

When we arrived, we purchased our ticket and got straight on a school bus that took us to the top of a mountain to see a massive castle called Castle Gwynn which was built by, and is actually lived in by a couple whose names are Mike and Jackie Freeman. 

This castle was complete with all of the essentials; knights, swords and all of the other royal touches.



After the castle tour, we rode the bus back down to attend the rest of the festival. Everyone working at the festival were dressed in all sorts of medieval clothing.



Over 60 skilled Artisans from all over the country display their waves; from silks to swords to jewels. 



My weekend felt like taking a time machine. 

If you want somewhere unique to spend your weekend, this is the place just for that. 

I am so glad I got to experience the medieval times and walk through a real life castle. 

Talk next week :)






I have always wanted long eyelashes; I am obsessed with anything that will make my eyes appear bigger. I have tried a few vitamins and serums to promote the growth of my eyelashes, but I didn't have much patience to wait for them to grow.

I had heard about using lash extensions for 2 years now. When a girl from my hometown started advertising her lash extension business, I knew it was meant to be; I had to go try it. I had no idea how the process worked or how my lashes would look after. I was ready to see what lash extensions were really all about. 

Elizabeth Wise from Athens, AL did my lashes. She is amazing at what she does. 

I laid my head on a comfy pillow while she did my lashes and we talked about everything while music in the background was playing. It was almost like I was at a spa. 

 These were my lashes before.


And here's the after. If these eyelashes were a person, I would marry them. 

I am so happy with how they turned out. Elizabeth put each individual lash on my real lashes. They are also safe to use on your natural eyelashes. 

I never have to use mascara again. 

 PLEASE go follow her account on Instagram @_lashes_by_liz and book an appt. with her ASAP. 

 ***Use code "LG" at checkout for $10 off! (Sale ends tomorrow, make sure to do it now!)***


 This weekend was what I call a "high school fairy tail ending." I got the chance to attend my probably last ever high school prom; which was basically like a senior prom for me. 

I was on the TV show American Idol when I was 15 years old. I was in 10th grade at the time at my high school. It was late September. During that school semester, I had missed some schooling due to filming Idol in Hollywood. When I came back home, I immediately knew that I wanted to finish high school as quickly as possible. It's true that I made lots of memories in high school. I had the chance to play volleyball for the school, be a member of the school's bass fishing team with my dad being the boat captain, and sing the national anthem at football games or pep rally's. I also made some amazing friends in high school that I will cherish forever. 

I, of course, went through all of the phases in high school; the awkward teenager with acne and braces, or the girl that was going through her first heartbreak. Or the "I want to go to a party and try a beer" phase. 

I thought I had it all; and I didn't want to let it go. 

When I knew that graduating early could be a reality for me, everything really sunk in. I was so comfortable with everything that I had.  I almost didn't want to do it. Thoughts in my head wondered "What will I do when I get out of high school?" "Will I have any friends after this?" "How will people treat me?" 

I knew that the moment my Idol audition aired on TV, everything would change. I started getting calls from people that were congratulating me. I played some bigger festivals around North Alabama. I felt confident in my craft and what I was doing; it's easy to feel that way when you're at the top of the mountain; it ain't so easy when you're not.

The cloud 9 phase quickly wore off and high school treated me a whole lot different than it used to. I was now labeled as "the girl that was on a TV show, that got kicked off of the TV show." Everybody is around when you're winning; everybody ain't around when you're not. 

By then, I knew that if I could take a risk like being on a TV show, I could graduate high school early, no doubt. 

I knew I had to work hard. I did school every single day; even on weekends. I spent my summer going to school and working with my counselor. I managed to finish high school at 16 years old. 

And then it was onto the next chapter; and I was ready for it. 

So this is a life lesson that I learned over the course of that experience: If you feel comfortable, you're not taking risks. Doing things different with your life requires you to be uncomfortable. It doesn't feel good at the beginning. It may not even feel good in the middle of it all. But at the end, it will feel beautiful. 

And dang it, I am happy I got to wear this dress and go one last go round. I had the chance to feel like a teenager again; even if it was only for a little while. 

These pictures are done by my #1 favorite photographer of all time, Kyle Root. 

Go make sure to check him out @kyle.root on Instagram and also Kyle Root on Facebook. He is incredible at photography.


We took these pictures at Cold Water Bookstore and Big Spring Park in Tuscumbia, AL.

PS: Got my dress at Cherry Tree Lane in Florence, AL. (@cherrytreelane)  



We took our prom pictures one week before prom. I am so glad that we did because on the day of prom, we didn't stress over pictures and crunch our time. We got to take our time with the photography session. 


 These pictures were so much fun to be apart of. 

 I am so thankful for Kyle and his talent. Be sure to book with him!




On the day of prom, we ate at the 360 Grille located inside the Renaissance Tower in Florence, AL. It was such a cool experience. The tower was built in 1991 and stands 26 stories high.



I am so happy I got the chance to go and we all had so much fun.

Until next time <3


Panoply Festival


The weather was beautiful this weekend and I was so thankful to get out and enjoy it. I stayed at my roots in Alabama this week and joined the crowd at the Panoply Festival in Huntsville, Alabama. The Huntsville Arts Assembly has been putting this festival together since 1982 and the festival lasts 3 days. "Panoply" means "a complete collection of things"; and this is exactly what this festival represents. The Panoply Festival includes over 250 artists and vendors who share/sell their work. It also includes a wide array of performances, exhibits, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Over the years, Panoply has grown into one of the region's largest festivals. They had a record of 100,000 people that attended. 

I loved looking at the artwork that the artists had created from a blank canvas or a piece of wood. It is incredible how they can make something beautiful out of something blank or something recycled. 

As soon as you walk in, there were these huge letters that spelled out "PANOPLY." Visitors of the festival could grab some paint and a brush and add their touch of artwork to the letters. 



 I found this awesome elephant that was created out of a recycled Coca Cola Can. How crazy is this? 

 I aspire to be patient enough to do this one day, seriously.


Here are some necklaces that were made out of recycled material. 

A company called "Junkyard Bots" was also there. 


This was probably one of my favorite booths because... paintings of guitars. 



I had too much fun. And I drank 2 cups of Nanny's Old Fashioned Lemonade. 



Here's some more snapshots I took of the festival.  


This festival was beautiful and weather could have not been any more perfect. I cannot wait to attend next year. <3  


A tourist- in my Hometown


I decided this particular weekend that I wanted to be content. I wanted to experience things that were all around me; things that I see every single day, but take for granted.  I wanted to appreciate what I had, and what I will always have. I wanted to be a tourist. In my hometown.

 We all think of the places we see as "the place to be for paradise"; an exotic island somewhere that is filled with white sand and crystal water, or strolling the streets of Paris with the Eiffel Tower in the background, the Great Wall of China.

For me personally, I want to be in Nashville, TN because of my career in music and Nashville IS music city. I always thought Nashville was paradise. 

But what about where YOU live. What about the little coffee shop that makes your coffee just how you like it, or the hometown radio DJ coming through the speakers of your car. 

Or that little church right down the street. Or that craftsman house that was built in 1890 with a little old woman sitting on her front porch watching her grandkids play in the yard. 

The place that made you. The place where you grew your soul. The place you can always come back to, no matter how far you stray. It is home.

I took a walking tour on Saturday in the town where I go to college (The University of North Alabama), and my second home, Florence, Alabama. I had my camera, walking shoes, and listening ears. I was surrounded by a group of 50 people, who had never been to Florence until that day; and I acted like I was one of them. 

The tour was on Walnut Street; the historic district of Florence. 



I was in awe at all of the stories I heard. Every one of the houses on this street has a story. I'm going to note a few that stuck out to me. 


This house used to have a store in the back. Kids would get out of class at the University of North Alabama to come get something to eat. 


This house used to be a bed and breakfast. The family lived downstairs and the B&B was upstairs. 


And guess what else? They have a Lillian Street that runs along this road. I think my life is complete. 


A doctor lived in this house back in the 1900's. He and his wife had lots of children. He also claimed that one of his daughters could read minds. 


I then went to the Alabama Chanin @ The Factory. The store was founded in 2000 by Florence native, Natalie Chanin. The store contains clothing that is handmade with 100% cotton and every piece is unique. I am a complete fan girl of Natalie's work and I loved shopping there. Not only can you shop there, she also teaches classes that helps you learn how to make your own clothing. (YES).



And I finished my day with lunch at Sweet Basil Cafe. It was so good. Please go eat there if you get a chance. It is located on Darby Drive in Florence, Alabama. 


I encourage you to get out and be a tourist in your hometown. There is paradise all around us. We just have to choose to see it. 


MY WEEK- At a Glance


 This week has been filled with so many good things :) !!!


On Tuesday Night, I hosted a show at the Listening Room Cafe in Nashville, TN and invited some of my friends to join me. It felt so good to be on stage with them and the crowd was wonderful. The Listening Room has an incredible atmosphere and amazing acoustics.

The round included Britney Monroe, Conner Sweet, and Eric Dodd. 


I also played a new song that I had never played before.  No one had ever heard it but me until that night. I always love playing new songs because it gives me a feeling on stage that's indescribable, especially when I get the chance to let someone else's ears hear it other than mine. 

You can see the entire show on my Facebook page at Lillian Glanton Music. Here's some snaps from the show.




and this gem.


On Thursday, I took a trip to Pulaski, Tennessee to a cute little restaurant called "The Yellow Deli." I had heard it was a neat place, so I decided to try it out. They make their bread homemade and I ordered a turkey sandwich on wheat. It was sooo good. 





 And when I got home, I took some pics with this cutie. God love him for always being patient when taking pictures.

The weather was gorgeous on Friday so we got out to do some four-wheeler riding.  




And today was the grand opening for my work at the National Wholesale Outlet in Muscle, Shoals Alabama. I am the marketing manager for all of their social media platforms. The owners are Chad and Madison Thompson. (@twothompsonadventures). They are the sweetest people ever. The store has tons of JCPenny, Lowe's, and Wayfair furniture and appliances at 60% off or more. Ya'll need to go check them out.




That's a wrap. Stay tuned for next week and as always.. thanks for reading, ya'll. <3




This past week was so, so good. I was in Nashville, TN attending the Tin Pan South Songwriter's Festival. I love this festival because it focuses more on the songwriter rather than the singer; it is ALL about the song. The best songwriters in town play all week at different venus around the city. I always love going to Tin Pan every year because it gives me so much inspiration and drive to be the best songwriter than I can be. 



On Monday, I grabbed coffee at my favorite coffee shop in Nashville, the Doughnut+Dog. 

 (also mirror bathroom selfies for the win.)

Then I headed off to the Listening Room to see a songwriter's show. I met my friend Rachel there :)

The show featured Luke Laird, (@lukerobert) (who has 20+ #1 hits and is one of the most INCREDIBLE songwriter's in country music), Steve Moakler, (@stevemoakler) Alec Bailey (@alecbailey) and Kassi Ashton. (@kassiashton)



I also grabbed a pic with Luke before the show. He is such a kind and talented human. (and OH MY GOODNESS I need to write with this man.)



Here is Kassi Ashton. Ya'll. Go check out her stuff now. She is one of my favorites. Also she is on the new Keith Urban record which is coming out soon. 

(@kassiashton) PS: I am literally smiling so big because I LOVE THIS GIRL. 



I caught 2 shows in one night plus I was working on songs that day in Nashville too. 

This is Austin Evans and he is the owner of Workshop Music on Music Row in Nashville, TN. I have been a workshop member since I was 15. The workshop consists of writing rooms where songwriters can go to create songs. Check it out @theworkshopmusic.



I recorded some of my songs that I have written and co-written yesterday on a much higher level than just my voice recordings on my phone. I needed my songs to be crisp and clear.

Being a songwriter, I always want to focus on the song. My goal is to write songs (really freaking good ones hopefully) and get a singer to sing the LIVING HECK out of it. 

So, I recorded some songs using Garage Band on my Mac Book and a USB Audio Box that plugs into my computer. Let me just say, WOAH. I love making music especially when I can write and record all in one day. Technology is amazing. (seriously). 

I also grabbed another cup of coffee at the Doughnut + Dog after working because LOL I am obsessed.



Then I was off to see some more songwriter shows!!!!! 

The Bluebird Cafe show featured Jesse Lee (@jesseleemusic) and friends. Jesse Lee is one of my all time favorite songwriters in Nashville. She wrote "Peter Pan" by Kelsea Ballerini and also "Like I Loved You" by Brett Young. 



Then I went back to The Listening Room to see Nicolle Galyon (check her out and read her blog too @nicatnitemusic) who has written tons of hits for Miranda Lambert, Dan and Shay, Florida Georgia Line etc; She is outstanding. 

She also had a few friends with her that were talented as all get out including her husband who has over 20+ number 1 hits and her girlfriends who all have hits as well. 


 Did I mention that I ran into the one and only Grammy award winning songwriters Liz Rose and Lori McKenna this week as well?
Liz Rose wrote "White Horse" and "You Belong with Me" performed by Taylor Swift and tons of others for other artists. 

Lori McKenna wrote "Humble and Kind" performed by Tim McGraw, "Girl Crush" by Little Big Town and many others. (insert jaw dropping emoji).



This week fueled my fire for creativity. I can't wait to start writing next week. I also have a show at the Listening Room which I am super excited for. 

Thanks for reading, ya'll. :)


10 MUST HAVES for Spring



It is finally spring and I am stoked about it. It seemed like winter lasted FOREVER. I am so excited about a change in the weather. Ever since I can remember, spring has been my favorite season because it's not too hot/cold; it's just right.

I decided to write about the top 10 things I think every girl needs for spring. I have found all of these items to be essential for the spring season. I feel like we can bring in spring 2018 with justice if you own these 10 items;)


1.) Denim Jacket.

Yes ma'am!!! I am in love with denim jackets. They add style to any outfit. I feel like denim is a hot fashion trend, especially for this spring season. You can go to Target, American Eagle, and also Old Navy, etc; Always make sure you peek in thrift stores as well.

I found this one at the Goodwill thrift store; such a steal!

My LOCAL Goodwill- $3.00




2.) Morphe 35O- 35 Eyeshadow Palette.

I am in love with all of the Morphe palettes, but I think this one defines the spring season colors. It contains lots of neutral tones and bright orange/ bright red colors. Top it all off with the light shade of highlighters and you're all set. Did I mention this palette is only $23.00? It is amazing!

Morphe- $23.00-



3.) Bondi Sands Self Tanner.

This stuff is literally the greatest thing ever. Self tanner is the way to go. Tanning beds damage your skin and if you have sensitive skin like mine, it is hard to get out in the sun without getting burned. Have a tan this spring by using Bondi Sands. The bottle will last you months and you apply your tan once a week. It takes 5 minutes to apply and you can't mess it up! Bring in spring with glowy, tan skin!

 Bondi Sands- $24.00

4.) JORD Watch.

Do JORD watches sound familiar? I did a blog post on it a few weeks ago. I am in love with my JORD watch. I think they make the perfect statement piece for spring. The company is incredible and I have always been a huge fan. I am obsessed with my watch; I never want to take it off! 

 JORD Watch- Prices vary depending on watch. 

5.) Mac Pro-longwear Foundation.

I have tried every foundation known to man and this is by far this best that I have found. I have been wearing Mac Foundation for 2 years. I tell everyone about it; it is just that good! As the weather gets warmer, pool (and sweat LOL) days are in the near future. Mac Waterproof foundation stays on your skin and lasts all throughout the day. 

Mac Waterproof Foundation- $35.00 

6.) Hoop Earrings.

Hoop earrings are so in right now. They make for any outfit. I always think Claire's or Agaci has the best selections. 

I LOVE. Agaci- $6.99

7.) Romper

I know that rompers were pretty big last summer, but I still think they make for a great outfit for spring. As the weather is getting warmer, shorts are gonna be worn soon and what is not to love about a romper? It's shorts and a shirt all in one!

Blush Boutique in Muscle, Shoals AL- (@blushshoals)  $30.00

And my cute jewelry made by the beautiful Allison; check her out: @happy_go_lucky__  !!



8.) Statement Sunglasses. 

Although I am a fan of Rayban sunglasses, I find myself in the cheaper sunglasses section every time I go shopping. I believe with sunglasses, the more the merrier! They don't necessarily have to be top name brand; there are so many cute sunglasses out there!

I found these for $12.99 at Target :)


9.) SWEAT Fitness App. 

Bikini season is right around the corner! Why not start working on your bikini bod this spring? The SWEAT app is the perfect way to do it. This app is INCREDIBLE. I became apart of the SWEAT family 1 year ago. When I started going to the gym, I felt lost. I had no idea how to eat healthy without buying microwavable meals (lol) and I also had no idea what exercises to do and how to do them correctly. The SWEAT app gives you a grocery list each week, meals to make each day, and exercises each day (the exercises can all be done at home and are only 3o minutes!) Check out the creator, Kayla Itsines on Instagram @kayla_itsines !!!

If you are serious about living a healthy lifestyle, this is the app for you. 

SWEAT APP- $20.00/month

10.) Sandals.

This is last, but not least! Any type of sandal to rock this spring season is the best. I get so excited to finally be able to wear sandals that have been in storage all winter long. I personally believe that Rack Room shoes have all of your sandal needs. 

Check these out!

Sandals- BUY one GET one 50% off. 

Total price for both pairs- $32.00

Check back next week for the inside scoop of the Tin Pan South Songwriter Festival in Nashville, TN!



PCB Photo Book



Hope you have enjoyed these first few days of spring. This spring break, I took an awesome trip to Panama City Beach, Florida with the girls!

I decided to create a "PCB Photo Book." I thought this would be the easiest way to share my memories made on this trip.

We had an amazing time and the weather was beautiful. I can't wait to come back this summer.

Happy Spring! :)























































Jack Daniel's Whiskey Tour



Hope you had a great weekend!!

This weekend, I took a trip to Lynchburg, Tennessee to visit the famous "Jack Daniel's Whiskey Distillery." It was amazing. People from all over the world visit; there were tourist from the UK, California, and Maine in our group! We got to see behind the scenes of how whiskey is actually made. Jack Daniel's has been making whiskey since 1956. They make over 119 million bottles a year! Another thing is that Lynchburg is a dry county, but making whiskey MAKES the town (which is crazy). We purchased our ticket in the visitor center and got on the shuttle to take us to the top of the mountain where the distillery is located. 

The distillery was incredible. Did I mention that the trees (and some buildings) in the town are black? It's called the "black frost." They look like their bark has been blowtorched. This is because the distillery uses ethanol as a source of energy. 

We got to see everything; beginning to end. Jack Daniel's makes their whiskey out of 3 ingredients: corn, rye, and malted barely and then they distill it in copper stills. Then it is filtered through 10 foot stacks of sugar maple charcoal. They place that mixture in hand-crafted oak barrels which gives the whiskey its color and most of its flavor. 

They also had this beautiful spring that runs throughout the distillery. 

It was so neat! We then went to downtown Lynchburg and walked around the town square. 


If you're looking for an inexpensive day trip, this is the place to go. It was so interesting and now I know why Jack Daniel's is the best whiskey around... the process speaks for itself! 

Side note: it's best to order your tickets online before you arrive; they sell out fast!

Here's their website:

If you get a chance to go, you won't be disappointed. I know I wasn't! 







Hey, hey!

Last week, I mentioned that I would be talking about a special product that I am obsessed with; JORD Watches. This company is incredible and they have the best quality watches for both men/women that I have ever worn. When the company contacted me and asked if I could team up with them, I totally said yes! 

Watches are my favorite piece of jewelry to wear. I am very particular when it comes to watches; I always want the best quality possible! I want to be able to wear the same watch for a lifetime. 

JORD is a company out of St. Louis, Missouri. The company is owned by 3 brothers. They have been open for 4 years. JORD makes quality men/women watches out of raw wood. They have over 25 different watches to choose from and they are all unique in their own way. 

They even have wooden watch bands for your apple watch! You can also get your watch engraved on the box or on the watch itself.




Every watch comes in a beautiful wooden box with natural cleaning oil and a cloth.



The watch featured above is called the "Frankie 35" complete with Dark Sandalwood and Mint. 

Here is the link to it:

Another one of my fav's that is also in this year's spring collection is the Cassia series. Check it out on the women's shop:


Also men, don't forget to pick you out one too! Men's Shop:

JORD watches are my go-to piece for every occasion. I can't wait to wear my watch for years and years to come!

By teaming up with the company, I've given my readers a chance to win a $100 gift code to use on the JORD site! One lucky person will

win, but everyone will receive a code worth 10% off once the contest is over! (Crazy good deal right?!).


I can't wait for you to be apart of the JORD family! These watches are a timeless quality piece that will last you forever. 
Happy watch wearing!!! #jordwatches 




Nashville Write + Show


Happy Monday everybody! I hope you're having a fantastic day. This past week I had a write with my friend Britney Monroe (@britneymonroe) and a show at Belcourt Taps in Nashville!

Before going to Britney's, I stopped for lunch at a cute restaurant in Hillsboro called McDoogle's. I got a salad with grilled chicken and it was sooo good.

Then it was off to Britney's for the write. 

 I showed up at Britney's house with my guitar, notepad, phone and my laptop. The first thing I do before I start any write is pull out my phone and check my "hook book" page in my notes app. A hook is basically a title or the main line in the song. The hook is the backbone for the song. I also already have a melody in my head (I always have one going constantly) and I usually try to record that in my voice memos. Most of the time when a writer is writing with you, you'll get the question "Are you a lyrical or melody writer?" Personally me... I always have the melody before the lyrics. Melodies always help me set the tone of the song. 

Usually the writer and I will just talk about life for the first 20 minutes of the write. How they are doing, what's been going on in their life, etc; 

Typically my writes with Britney always start off by talking about... you guessed it... relationships. (whoop!)  Boyfriends, ex boyfriends, guys that we would like to be our boyfriends, (lol)  and so on.

 Recently, Britney had broken up with this guy that was not very clear about the breakup. He lied to Britney about where he was at and who he was with... and (you get where this is going.) Obviously that was a really stupid move on the guy's part. Eventually, they broke up but the guy still had one thing of her's....... her car key. AND HE KEPT IT. He then would not respond to her texts or anything about the key. This went on for weeks. The car key was a fob too (which is an ELECTRIC car key) and they are extremely expensive to replace. Britney (and also me) were P. Oed. 

So of course...  what are we going to do about the situation? WRITE A FREAKING SONG ABOUT YOU, BOY, WHO STEALS CAR KEYS. 

He got what he deserved. 

Eventually Britney was able to get in touch with his roommate and she finally got the key back from him, but it was so silly how he kept it! 

We actually wound up writing half of the song that day and are in the process of  finishing it. The song is titled "GAME OVER." It is such a cute, funny song and every line is personal and raw about this boy who was NOT making good decisions in the relationship. 

I am hoping to put the song on Sound Cloud soon so you guys can go and take a listen!


I learned 3 things in that write that day:

1.) always just make a clean break in the relationship (because things can get messy.)

2.) Britany Monroe is one of the best singers in Nashville, HANDS DOWN.

3.) Don't steal car keys from people. 


I also had a show at Belcourt Taps with Rachel Dixon and Kiera Stella! (@racheldixonmusic) (@kiera.stella)

We had so much fun and Belcourt is one of my favorite places to play in Nash. 



It was such a fun week! Next Monday I'll be featuring a blog post about my favorite watch company, Jord Watches. I've teamed up with the company so ya'll can win some goodies and see what the product is all about!! Be looking out for it!

Thanks for reading, see you next Monday<3




Gatlinburg 2018



 Heyy!!! I hope ya'll are having an amazing Monday. The weather in Alabama has been so nice this past week, other than a few rain showers.  It feels like spring. Winter was so long and dreary. This weather can make anyone feel great! 

  On president's day weekend, I took a lil getaway trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee with my mom, little brother and my boyfriend Colby. We had so much fun! We left Saturday morning around 9AM and arrived about 1PM. The weather there was around 40 degrees. That Saturday night we walked around downtown Gatlinburg. There are all of these little shops, attractions and good places to eat. It started raining around 6PM and poured all night long:( but we still had a blast! We went into this little bar in the middle of downtown called Hog's Tavern and played pool with this sweet couple who was also from Alabama.  Side note: I am TERRIBLE at pool. I literally lost the game for us LOL.





On Sunday morning we got up around 7AM and hit the ski slopes. We got on the tram to take us to the top of the mountain. The tram always freaks me out just because we were so high in the air on what seems like a tight rope. 


This is what the tram looks like. 



(Kinda freaky right?!?) 


When we got to the top of the mountain, we received our ski's and our boots. I haven't been skiing in about 3 years so it was basically like I had to relearn everything. Colby had never been before so we were both in need of some training! We went down the mini "child" hill about 3 times and did terrible. Colby and I both fell; on the SMALLEST mountain. Mom suggested we go to the next hill. I was like "sounds good. I think we could at least do the second hill." We hopped on the chairlift and started riding up.



After about 5 minutes, I realize something. WE GOT ON THE WRONG CHAIRLIFT. We got on the chairlift that goes to the black diamond slope; the hardest slope there. I start yelling at mom saying "OMG! We took the wrong chairlift!" When we got off, I look down the mountain and thought "there is no way in H. E. double L. that I am doing this." I look over at Colby and I know he is thinking the same thing. As I looked down the mountain I realize that there is one thing holding me back from going down it; fear of crashing. I look at mom and I say "screw it, I am going down." Turns out I started going way too fast and crashed at the bottom of the first slope. From the top of the mountain it probably looked hilarious. I could not help but laugh at myself because I know I looked so funny. After I struggled to get up, I jerked my ski's off and walked the rest of the way down the mountain. I bet it took me 35 min to get down it. By this time the sun was out and I was hardcore SWEATING. That mountain had done me in and when I got to the bottom I turned my skiing gear in and called it quits. Hopefully next time we go the snow won't be so icy and it will be easier to ski on! (also we will be more experienced before we take the biggest hill there LOL).



Here's a couple of pics of us that I featured on my Instagram... haha we both wiped out right after we took these!!



That Saturday night we got dressed up a lil bit, grabbed a bite to eat, and got in bed early for the car ride home the next morning. 

Before we left on Sunday, Colby and I went to the Flapjack Pancake House for breakfast. He got Reese's Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Pancakes. It looked like a heart attack on a plate!! Haha It was probably one of the best breakfast dishes I have ever had. 


We loaded everything up and got home around 2PM on Sunday. I still haven't unpacked a single thing. I am terrible about leaving my suitcase packed when I get home from a trip. It is still laying in my bedroom floor! 

If you are looking for a reasonable weekend getaway that is unique, I totally would recommend going to Gatlinburg! It's perfect for a trip with your family or with your boyfriend/girlfriend. (Ladies, get him to to take you on a trip... without breaking his wallet!) There is so much to do for all ages and everything is within walking distance of each other. Plus you can go in the winter or the summer! 



See you next year Gatlinburg.. you have my heart!! <3


10 Things About ME


Hey ya'll! Welcome to my site. I am so glad you are here and I'm looking forward to sharing a blog post with you starting every Monday of each week! To kick things off, here is a little bit about me.


10 Things About Me:

1.) Where did you grow up?

 -I was born and raised in Athens, Alabama. I went to a small high school called West Limestone. I grew up on a chicken and cattle farm and was immersed into the simple southern way of life. 




2.) What do you want to be?

-I want to be a songwriter. Songwriting is my escape. It helps me express my feelings through paper and I realized at a young age that my songs could relate to others maybe going through the same thing in life. 




3.) When did you start songwriting?

-I started playing guitar at 8 years old. My mom would take me to guitar lessons weekly after school and I fell in love with it. The guitar is what drove me to creating and writing songs. I wrote my first song when I was 10. I still remember some of it, sadly (because it was terribly written LOL). The first song I ever wrote was called "Would You still Love Me." Thank goodness my mom was the only one that heard it. 



4.) How often do you travel to Nashville?

-I travel to Nashville at least twice a week to co-write. I have written with some amazing people in the industry who have shaped me as the songwriter that I am today. 

- Hit songwriter Lance Carpenter and Clint Daniels-



5.) What is your biggest fear?

-My biggest fear is definitely tornados. Anything to do with bad weather freaks me out! I always want to be somewhere where I can access a storm shelter if I have too. One time I was playing at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN during a TORNADO WARNING. I was so nervous! Luckily after the show I found a basement in the consignment shop next door. 



6.) What is one thing you love?

I love people! One of my favorite things to do is meet new people and hear their stories. 




7.) What is your favorite quote?

-"Be the change that you wish to see in this world." -Gandhi.  Everyone has a purpose and a gift that could change the world!



8.) What is your favorite candy?

-Milky Way Bars. I love the soft caramel in the middle. I could eat an entire bag of them!


9.) What is the best advice you have ever received? 
-"Do not fear what others think of you." I feel like fear holds so many people back from doing what they want to do and being themselves. They may fear what others think of them or fear they aren't good enough. Don't let other people define who you are or who you want to be!


10.) If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

-I am obsessed with the Amalfi Coast in Italy. The area has beaches all complete with little seaside towns. I've got this place on my bucket list!

How could you not love this place? 



 Be sure to check back next Monday for Blog Post #2. Thanks for reading!



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