Preliminaries of Nashville Rising Star!

     In case I haven’t told you guys lately, YOU ARE THE BEST! If you don’t know what I’m referring to, I’m talking about the fact that you helped me make it through to the semi-finals for a songwriting competition called Nashville Rising Star. 

     A week ago, last Wednesday to be exact, I decided on a whim to go to this competition I had heard so much about. I wasn’t the only one who decided to go that night either. My good buddy Roger Anderson came along with me and signed up. We decided to be adventurous! I was mostly glad I’d have someone to talk to, haha. But, when I got there I saw so many familiar faces. A lot of the same songwriters I see around town had signed up too. It was crazy! There is absolutely nothing like realizing that maybe you’re not as friendless as you think you are. 

     When I first moved to Nashville, I didn’t know anyone.  Now, I can walk into a room and know several people! It’s the best feeling ever. There are a couple of things I can say about Nashville; you run into the same people often and it’s a welcoming community of songwriters. 

 

     So, let me break down what Nashville Rising Star is all about. 

     As I said before, Nashville Rising Star is a songwriter competition. They have 7 preliminary rounds where you sign up in advance online and then show up that Wednesday night. They randomly draw 21 songwriters to play. You aren’t guaranteed a spot. Thankfully, I was chosen for a round. Every songwriter plays 1 song and after everyone has gone they open polls for online voting. Once they close the polls, whoever had the most online votes wins and then the industry judges pick a winner. Those two winners get to move on to the semi-finals and compete all over again. At the semi-finals, one winner will be chosen by the audience (online voting) and three winners will be chosen by the judges. They get to move on to the finals! Exciting right?! If you want to know more in depth about the contest you can read about it here- http://www.nashvillerisingstar.com

     That brings me to where I’m at now! I’ll be performing in the semi-finals March 1st. I’ll need your help again so mark your calendars! The link will be shared in advance that night so when they open the voting you can be ready.

$20 giftcard I won from KingsBowl!

$20 giftcard I won from KingsBowl!

Mike Mineo who also won the preliminary round of Nashville Rising Star!

Mike Mineo who also won the preliminary round of Nashville Rising Star!

     I just really want to say thank you so much to everyone who voted for me last Wednesday. You have no idea what a blessing that was to me. I know so many people at home in NC who were voting on all of their electronic devices. It was late and I wasn’t expecting many people to be up, but it was such a wonderful surprise when you all voted! I wasn’t expecting my name to be called out, but you guys made it possible for me to win. You all believe in me and support me. I have no words to express how grateful I am for all of you! I tried to thank as many people on my social media as possible, but if I missed anyone… THANK YOU! 

From left to right- Jim Frazier (music industry judge), Kim Shrum (music industry judge), Carson Hill (audience winner), Mike Mineo (music industry judge winner), Jaylen Coleman (VIP Manager of Kings Bowl), Keith Mohr (NRS creator/director) 

From left to right- Jim Frazier (music industry judge), Kim Shrum (music industry judge), Carson Hill (audience winner), Mike Mineo (music industry judge winner), Jaylen Coleman (VIP Manager of Kings Bowl), Keith Mohr (NRS creator/director) 

     I love you all so much and I miss you like crazy! Thank you for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers because you’re always in mine. I have a deep love for my home and I’m so proud we could win the first round.

     So, don’t forget! March 1st! I’d really, really, really appreciate it if you would vote for me and share the voting link. I believe with all my heart we can do this! 

     Thank you for always blessing my life with your unending support! I love you!

 

xx Carson

 

 

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'Tis The Season For Nostalgia

     Another year older another year wiser... That's the saying isn't it?

     Well, this girl is now 19 years old and I don't feel like I'm any wiser; my back has started hurting so I guess I'm just getting old haha. It's funny how another birthday passed and I can look back at all I've accomplished this year and all the stuff I wish I could've done but never got around to. Personally, I think the last two months of the year are all about reflection. It's about recognizing your progress, but also wanting to do better the next go round. 'Tis the season for nostalgia.

     I just recently had my first December in my apartment. I decorated for Christmas by bringing my childhood Christmas tree from home and putting it up. Every year my mom would give me teddy bear ornaments until I had too many to fit on the tree. It was so nice to have a piece of home with me until I went back for Christmas. There were many nights that I turned on the lights and just looked at it. Last December we were closing on my apartment and sleeping on air mattresses. This December it feels like my cozy little home. 

     Like I said, it's all a time for reflection. I'm about to come up on my one year anniversary of moving to Franklin. It really feels like it was yesterday. I remember packing up on New Years and heading out January 2nd. I felt sick with anxiety, but also really excited to be trying something new. I didn't know a soul. I didn't have any friends. I didn't even have a plan for what I was going to do when I got there. The only reason I had a place to stay was all thanks to my Mom and Dad (shout out to them for helping me SO much this year).

     Now I'm about to get real honest with you guys. You see my posts about living in Franklin on my social media accounts. Yeah, it's fun and exciting sometimes, but there have been a lot of lonely nights too. I'd have my moments where it felt like I'd never meet people I connected with. I'd have my moments where I cried and really just wanted to go home. I had a LOT of nights where I watch Gilmore Girls to make me feel better because it was something familiar. It was hard. It was hard to be the new kid. Heck, I'm still the new kid! But it got better. It got easier to come back after time at home. It got easier to talk to new people. It got easier to be okay with not having friends and family right there by my side. 

     Comfort zones are nice, but this past year I kicked my butt out of them. Anytime I wanted to skip something because I was nervous or anxious, I'd make myself do it anyways. I'd try to talk to people. I'd go to events. I'd put myself out there because at the end of the day what's the worst thing that could happen? 9 times out of 10 it will feel a little awkward for 10 minutes then you'll realize it's not as bad as you thought it was going to be. This little shy NC girl has come a long way since the beginning of 2016.

     Basically, I've said all that to tell you I hope 2017 is kind to you. I hope you try new things and scare yourself a little bit. Sometimes it's good to be a little scared. It means you're trying. I hope 2017 is a year that you accomplish your goals and you try different things.

     I've been working on some projects for you guys that I can't wait to share. Expect more updates from Franklin soon. I think 2017 may be one of the best years yet. :) I love you guys. 

 

xx Carson

My Co-Writing Pals...

     In the words of my Pop, “Summer is bout over ain’t it?”. Except he’s typically saying it before the first day of summer even happens. Now, I can honestly say yes it! I don’t know where time went. That’s always how it happens though.

     For the past two months, my band and I took some time off of shows to spend time enjoying our families and resting before we had to gear back up for fall dates. While we were on our little vaycay from practice, I had a lot of time to write with some new people in good ole Nashville! 

     Co-writing is a beautiful but scary thing. Up until very recently, I had always written my songs by myself. Even when I wrote with people in the past I never had a whole bunch of success with it. To me, co-writing didn’t feel natural. At all. Songwriting is already a very vulnerable thing, but when you sit down in a room with someone else (possibly someone you don’t even know that well) and give them an idea that’s really close to you just to have it turned down, that’s not a fun feeling. I always worried that they wouldn’t like what I came up with or they would think my skill level wasn’t that great. It brought me back to school and having to state an answer out loud just to get it wrong in front of the whole class. My point being, I was a nervous wreck when I first started co-writing with people. 

     Over the years, when I’d get a good song idea I couldn’t just sit on it till the next writing session. I would finish it myself. But when you’re writing with someone else there has to be a level of patience and compromise. They might take your idea in a different direction, good or bad (trust me I’ve had both). It might take you 4 hours to finish something you know you could’ve done yourself in 30 minutes. The difference is the outcome of the song. I know I can write a good song by myself, but with the right co-writer, I can write a great song that I would’ve never thought of on my own. Or, maybe I can finally finish an idea I’ve had for a couple of years thanks to someone else’s prospective.  

    It’s all about finding the right person that fits your personality. In a weird way, it almost like you’re trying to find a person to date. You want somebody fun to be around, that will listen to what you have to say, and someone that you just click with on an unexplainable level. I’m sure there’s probably some writers in Nashville that would think I’m being too picky, but I’m going off of personal experiences. Thankfully, I have met a handful of people that I’ve worked with really well. 

     This past spring, I wrote with a guy named Jacob Westfall. He’s this really cool dude from Portland, Oregon. I was at Kimbros one night and met him. He was only in town for a few months so we got together to write. Writing with him was a pretty fun experience. I threw out a song idea I've had for a couple of years and he ran with it. He’d write a line, then I’d write a line. We went back and forth for a little bit and in a few spots we had to figure out the direction we wanted to take it, but all in all, we ended up with a great song. What was so cool about writing with him was the fact we both could relate the song to personal experiences. He was thinking about his love while I was thinking about mine, and we both were in the same mind set. We finished it pretty quickly so afterward we rewarded ourselves with Frothy Monkey and Sweet CC’s. Go right ahead and judge us. It was glorious. 

Hanging out with Jacob Westfall.

Hanging out with Jacob Westfall.

     Another guy I’ve written with is Craig Veltri. He’s a good ole NC peep! I wanted to write with him just for the pure fact that talking with him and his girlfriend, Halee, felt like talking to friends I’ve known for years. When I went to their house we had fun just talking about different things in life. Halee may or may not have shown me an old picture of Craig in highschool..... Now THAT was wonderful! (haha sorry Craig). We ended up writing this cool song called 1am Feeling. It fits Craig’s style to a T! The best thing about writing with him was it didn’t feel like work. It flowed really nicely. I see many more co-writes in our future.

     The most recent co-writing adventure was with PJ Smith. He’s a really friendly irish fellow I met at Kimbros. He gave me two of his cd’s and I listened to them nonstop. We set up a time to write during Kimbro’s open mic night. We went outside and hung out. It was probably one of the coolest experiences for me. Remember how I said co-writing is all about finding somebody you click with? We clicked immediately. He came up with this really amazing song idea and we had a really deep conversation about relationships and the world in general. I’ve never written with somebody that was so honest about their life. It felt more like a therapy session than it did work. We both talked about stuff that was on our mind and things that had been bothering us that week. It was crazy how even though we were going through totally different stages of our life we could relate to each other. We ended up with this amazing song. PJ blew my mind with how creative and talented he is. 

Writing at Kimbros with PJ Smith.

Writing at Kimbros with PJ Smith.

     All in all, co-writing isn’t so bad, but you have to find the right people. When you do find the right person it can be magic! I can’t wait for you guys to hear some of the songs I’ve written with these amazing people. I’m learning so much from everyone. I guess the experiences I’ve had writing with other people just confirm to me how much of a blessing God has given people with the talent of songwriting. Different people, going through different things, in different stages of life, all connecting through a universal thing. Music. If that doesn’t make you smile, I don’t know what will! 

     That’s all from my neck of the woods! I hope you guys are doing well! I don’t think I say thanks enough for reading my posts. So... THANK YOU! 

 

     Much Love xx

 

-Carson

 

 

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Hi there... I'm still alive!

     Hi.... remember me? Yeah, it's been a while since I wrote a blog post. Thankfully, my drummer reminded me last night at band practice that I haven't written one of these in a while. I reckon it just slipped my mind. I have been solidly on the go for the past several months. The good news is I'm ready to take a breather for a second and catch you guys up on some cool things I've been up to! 

     First thing's first, I have been playing my butt off at the open mic nights at Kimbros and Puckett's. Every Tuesday and Thursday night you'll find me on their stage singing several of my songs. It's been a lot of fun getting to know the people who go every week as well. I'm finally starting to feel like a regular. I even played the Bluebird Cafe one night and ran into my good friend C.C. Martin. It was kind of funny considering we both don't go every week to the Bluebird. I always love running into NC friends. I personally think we should start a club haha. 

Puckett's of Leiper's Fork.

Puckett's of Leiper's Fork.

The Bluebird Cafe.

The Bluebird Cafe.

     Recently, I played my first writers round at The Commodore Grille in Nashville! It's a wonderful night hosted by the lovely, Debi Champion. I was really excited because I had never done a writers round before. For anyone who doesn't know how it works, basically you have three songwriters up on the stage and you each take turns playing songs. Hence the term "writers round". I enjoyed it so much. I've already booked another round this Summer. I can't wait for that! 

The Commodore Grille. 

The Commodore Grille. 

     My best friend and some of my cousins actually came to visit me over spring break. My Mom and I were so excited to get to show them around Franklin and Nashville. The Franklin Theater actually had a Willy Wonka movie night where they passed out candy bags and told you what parts of the movie to eat the candy. Probably one of my favorite things about Franklin is the Movie Gang's themed movie nights. We all had so much fun getting to eat candy along with the movie. We also took them to the Nashville Zoo! I don't think I've ever been as tired as I was by the end of that week. There are just too many cool things to do and such a short amount of time to do them. 

     Mom and I had the opportunity to check out the Country Living Fair that came to Nashville. She had always wanted to go, so we took off one Saturday and went! There was so much shopping it's not even funny. We saw a lot of neat unique stuff though. It's always fun to spend the day with my Mom. 

Country Living Fair.

Country Living Fair.

I found an Elvis themed airstream!

I found an Elvis themed airstream!

I had some serious jealousy going on haha. 

I had some serious jealousy going on haha. 

     There has been a lot of back and forth between Nashville and NC. Mostly because show season has started back up. Spring is always one of my busiest times of the year. I've made a few trips back to NC for some shows with my band. We headlined our first show at the Ansonia Theatre in Wadesboro, NC. It was almost a sold out show! I still can't believe how many people came out to support us. If you want to check out some of the concert you can watch a few songs on my YouTube Channel

     I recently did a car show benefit with my band and I was on WBTV News promoting the Kings Drive Art Walk this past weekend. I got to meet Brigida Mack and Delano Little! They are super nice. I love everyone who works at the WBTV News station. I owe a big thanks to Mark Boone and Randy Franklin for hooking me up with the Kings Drive Art Walk. It was a blast to be a part of. 

Car Show Benefit for Magan Eury. 

Car Show Benefit for Magan Eury. 

With Brigida Mack, Delano Little, and Mark Boone at WBTV.

With Brigida Mack, Delano Little, and Mark Boone at WBTV.

     There you have it! That is a run down of my past few months. I'm sorry it took so long for me to update you guys. As you can see I've been on the go so much that I just haven't had the chance to sit down and write about it. Thanks Paul for reminding me! 

     I love you guys with all my heart! Your support always means so much to me.

-Carson

 

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Kimbro's and the Bluebird...

     Currently, I am writing this on a cozy couch looking out my window to find a few snow flakes on the ground. Just like that, all of Nashville has shut down. I guess it's not that different from North Carolina after all, haha. I’ve been meaning to write this post for a few days now, but I’ve been so busy hopping all around Franklin I haven’t had the time. It guess it takes a rain/snow day for me to slow down and catch you guys up! 

     The past two weeks I’ve been playing at a few songwriter nights. I haven’t had the chance to go to many but I found one I really like! Thanks to my lovely friend, Brad Smith, I found Kimbro’s Cafe in Franklin. They have an open mic night every Tuesday hosted by Dawn and Nash from Tawny River. Kimbro’s has a super friendly vibe. If you don’t know anyone walking in I guarantee you won’t leave without someone starting a conversation with you. I love it so much because when you’re new to town it’s really comforting. There’s also a really diverse group of songwriters. 

First night at Kimbro's.

First night at Kimbro's.

Second night at Kimbro's

Second night at Kimbro's

     I also played at the Bluebird’s open mic night hosted by Barbara Cloyd. There’s definitely a different feel to it but it’s entertaining all the same. I love being around people who challenge you to be better at what you do. There are so many songwriters that are way more experienced than me but it’s so inspiring to be surrounded by it. 

     Other than the songwriter nights, I’ve been settling in my apartment nicely. There is always something to do and somewhere to go, which makes me really happy. I’m a busy body by nature.

     I will probably end up writing another post soon but I just wanted to share my little songwriting adventure with you guys. I love you! 

 

xx Carson

 

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First Night in the Big City...

     Well, I did it! This girl now has a brand new place near the beautiful city of Nashville! This weekend has been ridiculously busy, crazy, and fun. Now it's time to catch you all up.

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My new favorite spot.

My new favorite spot.

My new couch! (Well, that particular couch is not my new couch but I ordered it haha.)

My new couch! (Well, that particular couch is not my new couch but I ordered it haha.)

     There's something about your first night in a new place. It's seriously one of the strangest feelings ever, especially for someone who has lived in the same house her entire life. Friday night was definitely an experience of mixed emotions for me. We finally closed on my condo that morning, went through orientation, then they handed me the keys to an empty place and that was it. Obviously, it was super exciting! Finally, it was all mine. I could already picture where I wanted to put everything and how I couldn't wait for my friends to come visit me. We went shopping for a few things and I made my first big adult purchase, a couch. It's so awesome to think you're starting a new chapter of your life, but I would be lying if I said it wasn't a little scary too. 

     A lot of people don't know that I grew up with a lot of anxiety when I was little. I wouldn't spend the night at a friend's house much less ever think of moving. I'm also a massive over thinker. I always joke that it's because I'm a songwriter; we tend to be dramatic and analytical. But, when I laid down on my inflatable mattress in my new room, I couldn't help but think about how big this was. It was quiet and dark and smelled like new paint/carpet. Part of me was thinking about how strange it's going to be being so far away from home and how much I'm going to miss my friends and family. The other part was so proud of myself. Yeah, I was a little anxious. Yeah, it was a little scary. Yeah, it felt weird. But, if you had told me 5 years ago I would be moving 8 hours away from home I would've laughed in your face then would have probably started crying. Progress, my friends, I have made progress. 

     I've always been the type of person that made myself do stuff that was out of my comfort zone. Mom and Dad would ask me, "Why do you want to do this if it worries you so much?" and I  told them that I know in the end I'll be happy that I did it. Sometimes you have to throw yourself into your fears for you to find out they weren't so scary after all.  

     I guess the reason I'm saying all of this is to show that even when something is exciting and new you're still allowed to be a little scared. 

First piece of furniture in my new place! (Thanks Aunt Sherry.)

First piece of furniture in my new place! (Thanks Aunt Sherry.)

I look rough but hey, it's real life.... Best spot in the morning!

I look rough but hey, it's real life.... Best spot in the morning!

     At the end of the day I'm so happy I get the chance to fully pursue what I love. There have been so many signs that this is where I need to be. I have been extremely blessed with parents who have helped me make it possible, and not to mention, put up with my craziness. We had a blast this weekend exploring the new area and meeting new people. Now, I'm home and enjoying my last few weeks in NC before I throw myself into a new chapter of my life. I can promise I'll be updating you guys on it. It's going to get interesting.... 

     Love you! xx Carson

 

 

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Time Flies When You're Having Fun...

     Happy late Thanksgiving! I hope you all had a wonderful, food-filled, holiday with your families! After several months of planning and procrastinating, the week has come for me to finally start packing to go to Nashville. I'll be quite honest, it kind of snuck up on me. It's that time of year when my brain starts taking things week by week.  I woke up this morning to my mom saying, "You realize Nashville is next week?!" Talk about a wake up call. Now I'm a hot mess trying to get it all together in time, but that's nothing new haha.  

     One thing I promised myself I would do this November was spend as much time possible with all my friends before I leave. That is going to be what I miss the most. I have some of the BEST friends ever. So, while I pack up for my first few weeks in my new apartment I figured I would share with you a few people in my life that I've had fun with this month. (Note: these are just a few.... trust me it would take all day if I included everyone!) 

 

Craig Hanks, Paul Graham, Me, Zak Watts, and Bobby Little. (From left to right)

Craig Hanks, Paul Graham, Me, Zak Watts, and Bobby Little. (From left to right)

First, I said hello to November with these goofs. I. Love. My. Band. The last several months with them have been so much fun. They're not getting rid of me that easily though! I'll be back for practices and shows! 

 

Melinda, Paul, Me, and Mom. (From left to right)

Melinda, Paul, Me, and Mom. (From left to right)

I spent some quality time with Paul, Melinda, Mom and Dad at the Grace Potter concert. Really, the only thing changing now is Paul and Melinda will have to drive 8 hours to go to cool concerts with me. (I'm pretty sure they'll do it.) 

 

Abbey :)

Abbey :)

Every waking moment during the weekends was pretty much spent with this girl. My best friend since forever. We got a makeover, stayed up late watching funny movies, cried/screamed together at the drive-in while watching the final Hunger Games movie (like we've done every year since it came out. It's tradition.), sang at the top of our lungs driving around the Walmart parking lot while people stared at us, had long conversations about boys and the future, giggled at the things we said in our sleep, and we even made plans for when she's going to come and visit me in Nashville. I can already promise there's going to be a lot of FaceTiming her. 

 

Abbey, Catie, Me, and Carey. (From left to right)

Abbey, Catie, Me, and Carey. (From left to right)

I got to celebrate turning 18 with my favorite ladies! I can tell you I'm going to be texting Carey for help with my outfits and to talk about all the crazy stuff in my life. She's like my personal therapist. We spent this month laughing our butts off on FaceTime talking about anything and everything (mostly boys haha). And as for my sister.... oh man.... we're use to being a part so nothing is going to change. I'm still going to send her the "I miss you" whale video and she's going to send me funny videos to cheer me up when I'm having a bad day. 

     I'm not going to be leaving forever. I'll be coming back for Christmas. You can't get rid of me that easily. ;)

     I'm really excited to be moving into my first apartment! It's a little nerve racking but I really can't wait to see what's ahead. I can already feel some new songs coming on. So yeah. I just had to get all of this out today. I love you guys! xxC

 

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As Facebook Promised, Here's The Big Announcement!....

     I bet you're probably reading this wondering what kind of "Big News" I'm going to announce. I've been super blessed to be able to make several awesome announcements over the years and every time I do I always get the same questions. I find it very amusing how everyone's imagination runs wild with curiosity. Most of the time it's not as big or cool as you guys think. But for once I think it might just live up to the hype (because you know us musicians are always about hype haha). 

     Okay, okay. I'll get on with it...

     I'm going to be moving to Nashville this fall! *Insert squeals of excitement and jumping for joy!* haha

     Now, I know most of you are thinking to yourself, "We already kind of figured that." but I just wanted to confirm that it's happening. It's one thing to say in interviews that it's part of the plan, but it's completely different when you actually commit to doing it. So, there you have it. I'm moving to beautiful Tennessee! 

     I'm not going to go into a lot of details about it right now. I will, however, write all about it later. I can't wait to experience all of these new and exciting things and share them with you all. Moving is kind of a big deal for me. I've lived in one home my entire life so it's going to be a very big change, but it's one that I welcome with open arms. Change can be very necessary sometimes. 

     All my NC friends need to know that I'm not just up and leaving you. I will be back! You can't get rid of me that easily ;) I'm still going to be booking shows with my band and coming home every now and then. Also, I'm not leaving until I finish all of my shows scheduled so I'm still all yours for a little bit longer. 

     Well, I'm going to wrap this up by saying thank you so much for all the support! If you're reading this that means that you care about me and my music. You have no idea how much that means to me. The feeling is mutual and if you ever want to talk message me on any of my social media pages or comment on my posts. I love you guys! Talk to you soon. 

xxCarson

 

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New Website, New Blog Post

     Hi there! It's been a while hasn't it? I hope this blog post finds you all doing well. It's the first one on my brand spankin' new website! A BIG thank you goes out to Melinda Graham for working her amazing magic on building this beautiful site. She did an absolutely amazing job. I know many hours were poured into making this the best it can be and I am so thankful she was willing to do it. I hope you guys are enjoying it as much as I am! 

     That brings me to the subject of my latest single, "Staying Low", that you get for free when you sign up for my email list. Have you done it yet? If you said no then I would just like to inform you that when you sign up you won't get a lot of annoying emails in your inbox. You will, however, be notified when I'm in your town performing so you won't miss it. Plus, you get a FREE SONG. So, now you have no reason to not sign up for it! If you have already signed up, kudos to you my friend. Are you liking my new song?! Please let me know! 

     Now that I'm finished with all that, I want to give you guys some show updates! Last weekend my band and I performed at the Waldensian Festival in Valdese, NC. It was such a good show and I really enjoyed it. We have a lot coming up on our schedule and I don't want you to miss it. Here you go!

Photo Credit: Carla Hill

Photo Credit: Carla Hill

     I'm very excited about all the shows that are listed above. As you can see I'm going to stay pretty busy between now and October. Busy is just how I like it!

     I realize this isn't exactly the most interesting blog post. I promise to write a fun one soon. There are so many awesome things happening and I can't wait to continue to write about them. Thank you for the constant support! Love you.

xx C

 

Milestones and Updates...

     Wow, is it June already?! Where has the time gone? I feel like it's been a whirlwind lately of band practice, shows, opening for Johnny Rivers, and watching my sister graduate three times (because she's THAT smart) from UNC Chapel Hill. May was filled to the max. Now it's time for a new month filled with new things.
     I have an announcement I would like to make. Most of you know that for the past three years I have worked with Walter Stewart and Roger Cullis. They have been acting as my managers. May 31st marked the anniversary of our agreement for management. We agreed that when the three years were up, we would reconsider the arrangement and decide where to go from there. After a lot of thought, we have mutually decided to go our separate ways. I appreciate the time they have spent helping, teaching, and supporting me with my music. I will not forget it.
     That being said, I do not have plans for new management any time soon. Since I will be turning eighteen in November, it would not make sense to sign with someone just to re-evaluate a few months down the road. I am happy continuing the hard work I've been putting into my music and career by myself for now.


If you have questions about booking shows/appearances please contact me directly at carsonhillmusic@windstream.net from now on.


     Currently, I have been working on getting a new website up and releasing a new song very soon. There are a lot of surprises I've been planning that I can't wait to show you guys. I have a show at The Double Door Inn this coming Saturday (June 6th) with my band. It's going to have some elements I've never had before in my shows, so you don't want to miss it!
     Here's to new beginnings.




-Carson Hill


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It's Just a Spark...

     I thought it was about time for me to write another post. Yesterday, I told you that I had a little surprise for today. Honestly, it was something super spontaneous and much needed.
     The last few days have been kinda blah for me. Saturday, after I had band practice, I was in such a good mood. Things just seemed to scream "bright side" to me. That in itself is very unusual. I will be the first to admit I'm not very good at being positive but for some reason I was super happy. Just like all things in life, it didn't last very long. Things happen, people do hurtful things, and plans don't always work out.
     So yesterday I woke up and I knew I needed to do something to cheer myself up. I don't know about you guys, but I have go-to songs for certain situations in my life. Last Hope by Paramore is the song I go to when I just need to feel better. It reminds me that sometimes you just have to let go of certain situations that aren't in your control. Sometimes tomorrow isn't always better, but it will be eventually. And most of all, when people pour salt into your wounds it's okay to be hurt, but you can't let them steal your happiness and hope. The pain only makes you stronger. That being said, I decided to record a cover of it.


     Last summer I was lucky enough to get to see Paramore perform it live on the Monumentour and I have been meaning to cover it ever since. I realized when I was editing it that I had slowed it down a bit (yes, I still get nervous making videos!) but I hope you guys enjoy my version. It doesn't quite live up to Hayley's wonderful voice but I tried haha. Also, I brought out my electric guitar just for this special occasion. Needless to say I feel a lot better now. 
     I guess the whole point of what I'm trying to say is there is always hope. Some days are going to be good, some days are going to be bad, and some days are going to feel completely hopeless. You just gotta let it happen

*Last Hope lyrics written on the lyric wall in my bedroom.*




     It's just a spark but it's enough to keep me going...




     I love you guys! Hope to see you at some of my upcoming gigs. 

xx Carson 


    P.S. I recorded the song live using GarageBand so what you hear is 100% raw vocals and not pre-recorded. Just a disclaimer haha. 





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Around Nashville in 2 Days! *See what I did there?*

     I'm backkkkkkk!

     If you read my last blog post you'll know that I went to Nashville earlier this week. After a long eight hour drive home yesterday I am currently sitting in my Pj's ready to tell you all about it.
     Monday it was my Dad's birthday!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD! I also had a photo shoot with the beautiful and talented Goldy Locks. We had a BLAST. It was overcast and rainy but that didn't stop us. We shot at several locations in town. Between people stopping to look at us, the occasional photobomb, and random downfalls of rain I think we got some amazing shots. I can't wait to be able to share them. Goldy also said that I reminded her of a young Stevie Nicks which made my day. :D



(Fun fact: I did my hair and makeup for the shoot.)

     After that we decided to ride around Franklin for the rest of the evening. Franklin is my favorite place to visit when we go on trips to Nashville. The whole town is super friendly and beautiful. Not to mention they have a Mellow Mushroom, which just so happens to be where we had dinner. Of course while we were eating "No Rain" came on the radio so it made me think of Brad. Monday was just an all around good day.
     The next day we woke up early and went to a meeting. After that, I had my vocal lesson with Brett Manning. That was the most fun vocal lesson I have ever had. The guy is a genius. Not only did I learn a lot about my voice, but I learned a lot about stuff in general. I mean, the guy is literally a genius. Wanna know how to escape a Python's tight grip? Ask Brett. Apparently, they have sensitive skin so you tickle their belly. Wanna know about a part of your brain that you only use when you're praying? Ask Brett. He'll have to explain that one for you haha. Wanna know what bird shouldn't scientifically be able to fly? Ask Brett. He really likes humming birds. You probably get the picture. If you were wondering, I did in fact learn a lot about my vocals, but I payed good money for that so you guys will have to check him out yourselves haha. ;)


     All in all, it was a great trip. I didn't have time to go to any live performances, but there is always next time. Just so you know, I have some gigs coming up so check out my website http://www.carsonhillmusic.com so you don't miss them! Make sure you follow me on all of my social media sites too in case I book some last minute shows. I love you guys! I'm currently working on some surprises for you all so keep checking back here every once in a while. :)


xxC


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Just dropping in to say Hi..... Hi!

     It's safe to say I'm still no good at posting regularly on this blog. I'm trying to get my life a little bit more organized so here I am! First blog post of April! Look for at least one more before the end of this month.
     I've got some exciting stuff coming up. Next week I'm making a trip back to good ole Nashville *Insert happy dance here*. I'll be going to do a photo shoot with one of my favorite human beings on the planet,  Goldy Locks. I worked with her about a year and a half ago and loved it! She's the one who took these beautiful pictures that I've been using for promo (Plus they ended up on People.com)-




     Fun fact: When I first shot with her it was on my Mom's birthday. This time it will be on my Dad's birthday. :D 

     The next thing I'll be doing is a vocal lesson with Brett Manning. Words can't express how excited I am for that. I've already had one lesson with him plus I use his Singing Success Cd's. Come this summer your jaw is gonna drop thanks to my kick butt vocal skills (probably not but hey at least I have confidence!).


     While I'm in Nashville I'll probably look for some songwriter nights. Who knows, I may end up at the Bluebird. One thing I love about Nashville is when you're not trying so hard it is actually a beautiful and fun place to be. I've found with my past trips you don't need to stress over meeting the right people or being better than everyone else. Sometimes you just need to enjoy the moment and the music. Which is exactly what I'm gonna do!

     I hope you are all doing well! Sending hugs and kisses your way! xx


~C


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I'm on People.com!!!! ( just causally hyperventilating over here..... )

     Wow. That's all I have to say. Wow, wow, wow! What a weekend! The past several days have been a whirlwind of thankfulness. I am so thankful for every person that supports my music. I am so thankful for the blessing of getting to be on People.com. Words can't describe how truly amazing this past weekend has been.
     I should probably share with you guys the story of how I got on People.com. Wednesday night we were checking my messages on my Facebook page and a woman with People Magazine had contacted me about an interview for their website. It was totally random and unexpected. The next morning I called her and talked about my song "Under The Skin". She asked me questions about the music video and what inspired the song. When I hung up the phone I remember thinking what just happened? I asked her how she had found out about my music and she told me it was through an article on aplus.com. I had no idea that there was an article about me on aplus.com!

(Aplus.com Article. *Thank You Darcie Conway!*)

     Fast forward to Friday night. I had one of my best friends over to celebrate the possibility of an article on People.com. I was skeptical about if it would happen or not. It sounded too good to be true. We were in the middle of watching a movie when my Dad swung the door open and scared us half to death. He was excited to tell me that my article had been posted on the website. We all started freaking out. I couldn't believe that for once something that seemed too good to be true actually was true! You can read my People.com article here.


(People.com Article. *Thank You Stephanie Pfeffer!*)

     After the shock wore off I was flooded with people sharing it on Facebook and Twitter. So. Many. People. I just want to say thank you to anyone who shared it. I tried so hard to reply to every comment and message but if I missed you, THANK YOU!!!! So many people sent love my way and I can't tell you how much that means to me. Sometimes it's just nice to be reminded that people do pay attention to what you're doing. The fact that you all supported me and congratulated me speaks volumes.

(96.9 The Kat talked about the article. *Thank you Paul, Meg, and Geof!*)

     I am so extremely blessed. The article didn't happen because of anything I did. It was definitely a God thing. I just hope that more girls see the music video and listen to the song. If we all reminded girls just how beautiful they are then maybe they would start to believe it.

     I love you guys! Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. ♥

xxC

     P.S. A lot of you have been asking me about moving to Nashville next year. Yes, hopefully I will if I can save up enough money. Let's face it, this world is expensive.... lol xoxo


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First Blog Post of 2015!

     Hi guys! Crazy how a year can fly by huh? Seems just like yesterday I was writing a blog post about saying goodbye to 2013.

*2014's New Year Post*

     2014 has been a year full of firsts for me. I went on my first big trip across the country by myself, I recorded in LA, and I met some really amazing people along the way. I've played so many shows I've lost count. I can't even begin to put into words what my year was like. It always amazes me when I look back on everything that's happened this past year. Here's just a few pictures that I think sum it up nicely…

 (Waxhaw Spring Fest)


(Performing at Huntersville Fall Fest with my drummer Paul Graham!) 


(Doing a #PassedOutGold picture with Goldy LockS in Nasvhille) 


 (Hanging out with Gabbie at Festival in the Park)


 (Visiting the Dove House before doing my first headline concert benefiting them.)


 (Hanging out with Jimmy Paxson in L.A. while recording two new songs)


 (Performing on Charlotte Today for the second time!)


(Carolina Camera coming to my house to do a feature on me. John Carter and Kevin Marlow were so nice!)


 (Meeting this awesome dude, Isaac Corbitt *The Corbitt Borthers*, at the Clear Mountain View Music Festival.)


(Practicing with Randy Franklin and the Sardines for Festival in the Park. *I was a special guest*) 


(Performing at The Row in Nashville for the first time. Totally unplanned.)



(My first day in L.A. with Brad Smith.)


*I would just like to say that I am so thankful for every single opportunity I got this year. I know there's a lot I left out but I am so extremely blessed. THANK YOU!*


     In 2014 I had a lot of stuff going on to the point that when November finally rolled around I got my first breather all year. Not that I'm complaining! I love being busy with my music. I did however have a lot going on behind the scenes. I think every person has their highs and their lows in life. I certainly had my fair share in 2014. When I finally got my first weekend free it just felt plain weird. I asked myself "What now?" The thought of planning for the new year really overwhelmed me. Ask anyone who knows me, I am a worrier (there I said it!).
     During that little window of time off my mom and I took a trip to the beach. I needed some time to forget about some of the stuff I had going on. It was really nice. I didn't have to be social, my cell phone reception was nonexistent so I didn't have to worry about updating on social media, and all the worries I had about my music got to be put on the back burner for a few days. Having that time off to think (or not think) about what I wanted the upcoming year to hold for my music was just so refreshing.




     When I got back home I was ready to focus on opportunities for 2015! Needless to say my break didn't last too long. Christmas is just a busy time in general but add on several holiday performances and I was busy every weekend right up until Christmas Day. I've also been working on getting a full band together again so you'll see some new faces at some of my upcoming shows! I can already feel that 2015 is going to be a great year.
     Every January I make new goals for myself. This year I really want to not sweat the small stuff. I want to not be afraid to voice my opinion and I want to do stuff that makes me genuinely happy. I also wouldn't mind going back to LA…. Just sayin'…. haha.
     I hope you all are having a great start to your New Year! I can't wait to share some exciting stuff with you guys soon. Feel free to comment below some of your 2015 goals
     I love you with all my heart! Thank you for all the support you've given me in 2014. I'm blown away just looking back on all that I've done. I am truly blessed and so thankful for every single person who cares about me and my music. Let's make 2015 a year to remember.


xxC


P.S. Sorry this post is late! It's almost February and I'm just now writing this haha. Obviously being on time is another goal that I won't make this year. :)


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Some of God's Greatest Gifts are Unanswered Prayers...

     Wow! Where have I been?! Has it really been so long since my last blog post? I've been in my own little world lately since my shows have slowed down. It's been really weird having some time off. Well, not completely off; I've been planning some stuff for next year that I think you guys are going to like. I honestly can't wait.
     As most of you know my birthday was this past Saturday on the 22nd! Thank you so much for all the sweet birthday wishes. I was so overwhelmed by all the messages I received. You guys made me feel truly special. It was a great way to ring in seventeen.


     In honor of my birthday my Dad got us tickets to see Garth Brooks in Greensboro. Everyone who follows me knows that Garth Brooks is one of my BIGGEST heroes. I use to spend hours watching the DVD set my Dad had of him. One of the DVDs was the "This is Garth Brooks" special they did on him in the 90's. I can practically quote the whole thing. The irony is that he quit touring before I was even old enough to care. When I heard he was possibly going to be touring again I immediately made a video message to him talking about how much he has inspired me as an artist. I may have also suggested that it would be REALLY FREAKING COOL if I could maybe open for him... I posted it to my Mom's YouTube channel and tried to get it to him before he even announced he was going back on tour. That was almost exactly a year ago.
     Friday night at the concert I was super excited to finally get to see him in person but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little disappointed that he didn't see my video and ask me to open for him. When he appeared on stage (out of nowhere might I add!) I forgot about it and practically jumped out of my seat all the way in the nose bleed section. After a few songs something magical happened. He started playing a song that made me want to cry. Unanswered Prayers. Just him and his guitar. Now let me tell you something, that got me to thinking.
     If you had asked me five years ago, when I was twelve, where I would be when I was seventeen I would've said signed to a major label, touring, with my first LP Album. Boy was I wrong! If you had asked me a year ago when I made that video message to Garth where I would be when he played in Greensboro I would've said "Opening for him obviously!" I have always been a big dreamer. My motto is if you pray about it endlessly and tell God how much it means to you it could very well come true. It's happened before for me.


     As Garth was singing 'Unanswered Prayers' I couldn't help but think about all the times I had prayed about wanting to get on a tour. Any tour. Especially Garth's tour. But as I heard that packed arena sing, "Just because he doesn't answer doesn't mean he don't care. Some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers." I thought about how even though it feels bad right now, God has something so much better planned. I might not get why he hasn't answered but one day I will.


     Even though I might not be where I thought I'd be at seventeen I'm still extremely blessed and I have done so many amazing things that I didn't even imagine doing. With it being Thanksgiving I have so much to be thankful for. Even the unanswered prayers.
     I hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving! I love you all to the moon and back!

xx Carson


Garth Brooks- Unanswered Prayers- Greensboro, NC Nov. 21st 2014 video credit to Nikki Clements

My Message to Garth Brooks This is completely embarrassing. Just so you know I'm trying to copy the way the "This is Garth Brooks" special starts. I'm lame... I know... haha.

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Beauty Comes From Under The Skin

     It's out!!! It's out!!! My new single "Under The Skin" is out now!!! You have no idea how good it feels to be able to say that. Whew! I don't have to keep it to myself anymore. Praise Jesus! I hope you all are enjoying it. I've gotten some really nice feedback but I'd love to hear some of your opinions on it. There will be a link at the very bottom for you to listen to it on SoundCloud and buy it iTunes. Now, to the reason I'm writing this.


     Today my mom saw something on Twitter that Dove had posted about multiple girls posting videos on YouTube asking if they were ugly. Apparently it's a thing a whole bunch of girls have started doing and it breaks my heart. If you haven't had a chance to listen to my new song "Under The Skin" it's basically a message to all girls telling them that true beauty comes from, well, under the skin. Seeing how many girls felt the need to post a video asking people if they were ugly is crazy. Then, to see how many people made parody videos making fun of them is just disgusting. It's not funny. I know some people might not agree with me on this, and that's okay, but the fact that people are making light of something so serious is terrible. A woman named Meaghan Ramsey did a whole speech on this you can watch here. 


     When I was in the studio recording "Under The Skin" I kept thinking about how it would be perfect for a Dove commercial. When Dove tweeted about those girls it really struck a nerve with me. So I thought now would be a good time to tell you guys the story behind how I wrote "Under The Skin". 
     I had been going through a massive writers block. Writers block is one of those evil things that completely takes away your confidence. As I was sitting there completely frustrated I started to do what I normally do when writing; I sang random stuff until I ran across something I liked. It just so happened to be the first verse of the song "Spend forty-five minutes standing in front of the mirror. You look at what everyone has and it don't seem fair that you ain't got the prettiest smile or the prettiest hair. Seems like all you do is just stand and stare." and then I mumbled some weird melody while recording it. After I listened back I thought it sounded stupid. It went into my unfinished songs pile and that was the end of it. Or so I thought.
     I have no clue if it was weeks, months, or maybe even a year, but I was organizing some recordings and cleaning out some stuff when I ran across it. I thought I'd try to at least finish it. My general thoughts were maybe it could be something that my little cousins or the little girls that I knew liked my music would listen to. Once I started writing it I couldn't stop. It was probably one of the easiest songs I've written. 
     When I finished it I had a big realization. I had just written a song to myself. Every word and every line was exactly how I felt. 
     When I was in middle school I use to think I was so chubby. I hated the gap in my teeth (before I got braces), I hated my hair, and the fact that I wasn't as tiny as some of my friends. My first year of high school I started hating the way I looked in jeans. I hated how I couldn't pull off certain clothes that looked good on other girls. Then I started thinking that maybe guys wouldn't like me because I wasn't skinny. This was all in between the ages of 11 and 14. How crazy is that!? 
     Looking back it just seems stupid now. The grass is always greener on the other side. I have come to terms with the fact that God made me the way I am for a reason. If all girls looked the same then life would be pretty boring. I've found the prettiest people are the ones that have beautiful personalities. If someone can't accept you, or judges you based on how you look, then they're the one with the issue not you


     So basically "Under The Skin" was a big fat letter written to yours truly. Everyone tells me all the time that they're jealous of my confidence. Trust me, I have my moments. Everyone does. On days when you're comparing yourself to someone else or you just don't feel good enough, remember that true beauty is all about whats inside; not about your jean size. (Thank Goodness.)

    I will praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, my soul knows it well.  (Psalm 139:14)


     Love you guys!


xxCarson



New Single Coming Monday!!!

     How's it going guys?! I hope you are enjoying the beginnings of Fall. This is actually my favorite time of the year, not just because it's getting closer to my birthday, but because it always feels like a fresh start. The nights start getting colder and the leaves start changing; everything feels like a new possibility... Okay, that was cliche even for me. There is a point to this post I promise haha.
     I announced this past week I'm going to be releasing a new single Monday! I couldn't keep it to myself any longer, mostly because I'm bad with secrets. After spending about three months listening to it in my car I finally get to share it with you all! And let me just say, for the first time ever I'm still not sick of listening to myself. (Weird I know.)
     Some of you have been following me since I first started playing music professionally about 5 years ago. One of the toughest things I've found with starting music so young is that the older you get the more you evolve into who you want to be. The EP's in the past were a representation of who I was at the time; as I've matured I have had to decide what truly makes me happy. As humans we are constantly changing our minds. Thankfully, I'm not having to grow as a musician in front of millions of people but I will say I have been super nervous for you guys to hear the new stuff.
     As you all know, back in July I flew out to L.A. to record two songs with Brad Smith. One of the first things he asked me was what kind of music I had been listening to recently and what direction I was wanting to go with the production. It was such a strange thing to really think about what kind of music makes me happy on a daily basis. I generally love all kinds of music. 
    When we started recording this song it morphed into this amazing sound. I have always had a hard time explaining what I want. I'm an over thinker and perfectionist; there I said it haha. But the moment we started recording the tracks for this I knew that it was exactly what I wanted. It embodied my writing style, my personality, and overall the music I would love to create for the rest of my life. Oddly enough, I don't think I could stick it in a genre. It could possibly go anywhere. I'll let you guys decide that. It's definitely different.
     Maybe that's why the start of this Fall already feels like the promise of big and amazing changes. There's so much going on that I can't wait to share it all with you. I know you probably hate my guts now because you're thinking, "Man, I just wanna hear the song to see what she keeps going on about."

     STAY TUNED TILL MONDAY AND YOU WILL!

     I love you guys with all my heart. Thank you for being with me as I grow as an artist. Your amazing love and support never ceases to make me happy. For three months I have been dying with excitement for you guys to hear what I've been holding so close to my heart. Only one more day!

xxC

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5 Years Ago Something Big Happened….

     5 years ago, on this exact day, one of my biggest dreams came true. I've never really talked about this a whole lot because for one thing my 11 year old self is kind of embarrassing haha. But today I'm feel particularly nostalgic so I figured I'd share it with you guys.
     The summer of 2009 I had one massive goal. Taylor Swift was coming to Charlotte in September and I had to find a way to meet her. Like I said, I was 11 and at the time she was a big influence to me. So I called in to every radio station I could think of asking if they were giving away back stage passes to meet her. It was at the very beginning of summer and I had a radio DJ (who I will not name) laugh at me and say I was a little early. I remember it made me kind of mad (not to mention hurt my feelings) so I called in to another radio station asking the same question. Let me just say 96.9 The Kat is one of the nicest stations. The DJ that was working at the time told me they were going to have a contest soon and to make sure I kept my ears out for it.
    A few weeks later 96.9 The Kat announced they were doing a contest giving away a pink jeep with Taylor Swift's face on it. Not to mention, if you won you also got to meet her. All you had to do was play Kat Fight in the morning or listen to Charlotte's Most Wanted in the evening where they play 8 or 10 songs and you call in to tell them what the song was for whatever number they asked. If you got either of those games right you won a "key" that may be the chance to win the jeep and meet Taylor. I know what the most played country songs were in 2009 like the back of my hand. I listened and called in every morning and evening. Practically the whole summer my parents and I called in every chance we could.
     Finally, it was the last week they were doing the contest. I remember I had prayed every night we would win a chance to meet Taylor. I had woken up early every morning over the summer and that last week was brutal. One evening I got to the point where I couldn't listen because I felt so discouraged. I had gone upstairs to watch TV while mom still listened. I remember I walked down stairs and at the same time I heard mom cheering. Apparently my dad had called in to the Charlotte's Most Wanted driving home from work and won a chance to win the jeep and meet Taylor. To this day I'm pretty sure the DJ would remember him because he did the loudest scream 96.9 The Kat has ever heard.
     So, here I am freaking out about how we could possibly meet Taylor. The day of the concert, September 5th, we had to go to the jeep dealership at Lake Norman. It felt like the HOTTEST day all summer. Everyone who had qualified had to sign up and get a number for the reverse raffle. Dad ended up getting #25. They had Gloriana there to perform some songs since they opened for Taylor on the Fearless Tour. I got to meet Mike (which is a whole different story for another time).
     We were all standing in the hot sun while they started pulling out numbers and eliminating people. I felt like I was either going to get sick or pass out. My dad had always been very positive and confident about it saying that we were going to win it. He even had a tiny cross for good luck. It finally came down to him and another lady. By this point I was sure I was going to die and/or cry. Paul Schadt kept teasing us about the last two numbers. Finally he pulled out #13 (which ironically is Taylor Swift's lucky number). That meant that #25 was still in the box. That also meant that we had won the jeep! Honestly, everything after that is a blur. I remember my dad going crazy and just hugging everyone. I'm pretty sure I just broke down into happy sobs. Best. Feeling. Ever.
     Not only had we won the jeep (which my 11 year old brain couldn't care less about) but we were going to meet Taylor. Now, I know some of you are probably not Taylor Swift fans so you don't get why it was such a big deal to me. I want you to think about who was the biggest influence to you when you were 11. Now imagine if you spent the WHOLE summer calling a radio station and praying every night that you would meet them. Then think about how you would've felt if that came true. Pretty freaking awesome right?
     Since the concert was later that night we went to my cousin Jan's house to not only tell them about it but to calm down and get some air conditioning. My dad was calling everyone he could think of. The funny thing is that no one believed him (he has a reputation for joking too much). Every person he called asked to speak to my mom to make sure he was telling the truth.
     So the time for the concert finally rolled around. I was freaking out. We got there and found out that only two of us could go meet Taylor. I felt like I was going to cry for the thousandth time that day because I wanted my mom and dad to meet her too since they had done so much to help me. When the guys at 96.9 The Kat found out about it they somehow got two more meet & greet tickets. That meant all four of us were going to get to meet her.




     Fast forward to standing in line at the meet & greet waiting for her to walk in. We were at the very back of the line. All the sudden she walks in. I will never forget the excitement of seeing someone, that you have wanted to meet for so long, in person. Her mom actually came up and started talking to us while we were standing in line. I told her about how I played guitar and I how I wanted to do this too. She was so nice and offered to take us on a back stage tour.
     When everyone else had gotten to meet Taylor and take pictures it was finally my turn. A lot of this is a blur to me too, but one thing I will never forget was how I didn't even wait for the radio station guy to introduce me. I just ran up and hugged her (while crying my eyes out) and she gave me one of the biggest hugs ever. She treated me like I was her favorite person in the world. One of the coolest things was that I gave her a bracelet and she ended up wearing it for the first half of the concert.
     After we met her she had to go get ready, so her mom took us backstage. We saw the famous "T-Party Room" and everything that goes on behind the scenes. We got to go on her bus (which was one of my favorite parts). I even saw a few of her band members backstage. It was one of those defining moments in my life where I fell in love with everything that has to do with touring. I had never seen anything like it.








(That's my bracelet that I gave her!)

     After all that me and my sister watched the show from front row. That was one of my favorite parts of that night. Just getting to have fun with my sister while dancing and singing to the songs.
     On the way home I just remember thinking that everyone should feel like this at least once in their life. Everyone should feel like they've gotten the special treatment. Everyone should get to be that happy.
    All I know is if she had never been that nice to me or if her mom hadn't taken us on that backstage tour, I wouldn't have ever fallen in love with all of it. It wouldn't have inspired me to one day get to go on tour like that. It's crazy how things work.
     I haven't really shared this story with a lot of people just because when I started performing and pursuing music everyone in the industry kept telling me I was "too much like Taylor". After hearing that about a million times I didn't want people to think I was trying to be her and/or copy her. But honestly, that is a big part of my life and why I'm doing this. One day I hope to be someone's 'Taylor'. One day I want an 11 year old girl to walk away after they've met me and think "Maybe I can really do this."
     Wow, this has turned into a long post. Thanks for reading this far. Anyways, I thought I would share with you guys a massive thing that happened to me 5 years ago. Like I said, I'm feeling very nostalgic.
     I love you guys!


xx Carson

P.S. I'm still driving my jeep even though it no longer has Taylor on it. (The wrap was starting to peel.)        
       So to anyone who has any mean jokes about it….. At least my car was free ;)

P.S. Just know I love you guys because some of these pictures of me are SUPER embarrassing. Haha.


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