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Summer Tour Blog

Opening up for Jimmy Buffett and The Eagles in my home state of Florida in April! This is me playing harmonica at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on April 14. We also have a live performance video from this show of my song “Worth the Wait” mashed up with Loggins and Messina which you should check out!

Hard Rock Stadium in Miami with Jimmy Buffett and The Eagles. I had been touring with Jimmy for several months, but this was my first time seeing The Eagles live. They absolutely blew me away with their musical precision — the accuracy of their harmonies and the sheer sonic beauty of their performances. Each of their voices is so characteristic and unique, much like their personalities from what I can tell, and it makes for a heavenly blend. And don’t get me started on the guitar playing!

Here I am in Nashville playing the Radio Disney Stage at CMA Fest. I really appreciate that Radio Disney has been so supportive of my music, especially my song “The Difference” which is one of my favorite songs off my album “Bare Feet”. It’s a song that I feel straddles the country/pop line in a really fun and fresh way, production wise.

I have known Mac McAnally, who is a legendary country singer, songwriter and producer (and 10 time CMA Musician of the Year) since 2012, when he took me under his wing in Nashville and introduced me to the studio musician scene there. I have the upmost respect for Mac and everyone in the Coral Reefer Band (Jimmy Buffett’s longtime band). One day in Charlotte, NC I worked up the courage to ask Mac to come join me during my set for a duet of his hit song with Kenny Chesney, “Down the Road”. People in the audience loved it so much that we have played it every night on the Jimmy Buffett tour since! Recently, at one of my solo shows, I had an onstage proposal. After she said yes, I sang “Down the Road” to the happy couple as they slow danced onstage. It’s such a special song about the cycles of life.

Here I am with two of my heroes, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. They were super kind and supportive of me. Couldn’t have asked for more gracious hosts. As far as their show goes, I was blown away by the production value of their show — the lights, the visuals, the storytelling through production. And their BAND!

Opening for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill in Canada on the Soul2Soul Tour in June, 2018. The fans in Canada are uniquely kind, humble, and very into country music. One of my favorite parts of touring is having the opportunity to meet new and established fans that I would otherwise never meet. I set up a meet and greet after every show so I can sign CDs, take pictures, or just shake hands with the people who resonate with my music and want to take time out of their day meet me. I am so blessed to encounter the NICEST, most supportive music fans on the tours I have the honor or being on. Here I am at the after-show meet and greet in Canada with Tim and Faith.

This was taken on my 28th birthday, which I spent in Minneapolis opening for Jimmy Buffett and The Eagles. My team, led by the lovely photographer Sara Kauss, was thoughtful enough to decorate my dressing room in my favorite color, turquoise. Coincidentally, I played this same stadium (Target Field) just over a month later opening for Zac Brown Band and OneRepublic. Side note, you can see all the confetti that we trailed down the hallway!

2 magical nights at Citi Field with OneRepublic and Zac Brown Band. I toured with Zac Brown Band all of 2017, but this was my first time meeting and seeing OneRepublic live. I have been a huge fan for years both of OneRepublic as well as their lead singer, Ryan Tedder, who is a hit producer and songwriter in his own right for artists including Adele, Taylor Swift, and Beyonce. OneRepublic are incredible live and their sound is impeccable. I was very impressed.

I am so blessed that in addition to opening the shows, both Jimmy Buffett and Zac Brown invite me out during their sets to duet on a few of their songs. Here I am with Zac Brown Band at Citi Field singing “Day That I Die”, which is one of my favorite Zac Brown Band songs. Incredibly meaningful lyrics that speak to anyone who has a dream and follows it with conviction and integrity.

Tyler Lord took this during my walk to stage on Citi Field Night 2. As you can tell, I’m not happy at all 1f609.png Side note on stadium shows: the walk from dressing room to stage is LONG in stadiums. My team started counting the miles they walked on show days using Fitbits and made it a competition! I tried to wear my cute shoes but gave up after the third stadium trek back and forth and opted instead to just wear my socks until I got to stage.

I performed a sold out solo show at the famous Stephen Talkhouse in the Hamptons in between New York tour stops with Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett in July. Jimmy came to the show and surprised everyone by hopping onstage with me to duet on Tom Petty’s “Learning to Fly” plus his songs “Come Monday” and “Trip Around the Sun”. Woody Harrelson, who is friends to Jimmy, was also there.

Jones Beach with Jimmy Buffett. 2 things: 1) growing up in CT, I vaguely remember seeing Christina Aguilera (and Destiny’s Child opened!) at Jones Beach as a very little girl, so performing there was surreal. 2) Jones Beach is literally on the ocean and I did not account for the wind in my wardrobe choice!! Luckily I wear shorts under all my dresses onstage, but it was SUPER windy the night I played there. During my first song, I took a walk away from the microphone during a guitar break, and when I turned around for a SPLIT SECOND to walk back to the microphone my ENTIRE dress flew up and the ENTIRE audience saw. Those are the moments that I laugh about with my team though. Keeps life interesting.

Target Field in Minneapolis with OneRepublic and Zac Brown Band. My second time playing that stadium this summer!

I was so honored to accompany Ms. Alice Smith with THE ROOTS on “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” at the Apollo Theater Benefit in the Hamptons. I am in awe of The Root’s musicianship. Plus we were joined by the Apollo Children’s Choir who sang like angels from the rafters of the venue. Other performers that night were Sting, Shaggy, Chris Martin, Bon Jovi, and Chaka Khan, so needless to say I was in good company. 1f631.png The Roots’ photographer Suede took this picture of me at soundcheck.

We spent the morning of the Seattle show at Discovery Park, where there is beautiful forest, beach, and an historic lighthouse. It was a gorgeous day. Seattle is a very cool city. One of my favorites.

This is me and my musical director and drummer, Nir Z, who is a first-call Nashville studio cat and the reigning Music Row Drummer of the Year. I am so blessed that he contributes his extraordinary talent to my music. We have become like family. I really look up to him as a musician and have learned SO much from him. Plus he is a character and keeps us laughing on the road.

We wrapped up the summer tour with OneRepublic and Zac Brown Band at Safeco Field in Seattle. It was a magical vibe and a beautiful night over Labor Day weekend. I tried to pay tribute to the Seattle grunge scene with my outfit. And take a look at that crowd! What a summer send-off.