This year was a whirlwind. I played 94 shows in 14 different states. Tennessee, Texas, Alabama, Maryland, Connecticut, Massachusetts, West Virginia, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Kentucky. The 94 shows also includes recording sessions. I played less shows than last year, but I played shows that paid significantly better. I had my highest paying gig ever in 2016! Below are some of my highlights from the year.
I wrote a bunch of new songs that I hope to bring to life in 2017. I also wrote a couple of blogs that I never had the courage to post. My plan is to change all of that in 2017 and build a greater online presence. Will you hold me to it?
My old roommate kindly filmed and recorded my band, Miss Christine, for the NPR Tiny Desk competition. It was so much fun!
My friend and fellow Iowan, Molly Conrad, let me sing and play tambourine (while driving) on the song she wrote about Bernie Sanders. We drove up to Iowa and caucused for him. 2016 was a year when I realized how politically active I am.
Miss Christine got to play at The Basement East in Nashville for a local band night.
I played a Bar Mitzvah with the 12 South Band and John Travolta was in the crowd! Unfortunately we weren’t allowed to take pictures so this was the only one I got after the show.
Miss Christine played a fun show at Mad Donna’s in Nashville, sharing the bill with Rann. We played “Moonage Daydream” by David Bowie in honor of him. His death hit me pretty hard. We encored with “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin.
I got to travel to Austin, Texas and play SXSW with Kalie Shorr. We stayed at an Airbnb that had donkeys and silkies. I finally got to try Voodoo Doughnuts and had delicious vegan ice cream at Sweet Ritual. We played the Perez Hilton Showcase at the ACL Moody Theater as well as the Nashville Boat Showcase.
The beginning of April was Kylie Rothfield‘s last show in Nashville before she moved to LA. So glad we got to share the bill with her and Little Raven!
This picture was taken mid show during a 12 South gig in Alabama.
I played the Rivers and Spires Festival in Clarksville, Tennessee with Kristen Merlin.
My first appearance as an extra on the TV show Nashville.
I started back up my monthly YouTube videos so I could collab. with my friends.
I wore my purple sequin heels to the Indieville TV Awards with my hot date Fawn Larson. I was so shocked when I won Solo Female Artist 2016!
Sadly, April was the month when Prince died. I was fortunate to be asked to play in a Prince tribute at Kimbro’s. The place was packed and I will never forget looking out at the crowd when we played “Purple Rain.” There were so many people crying that it brought tears to my eyes.
At the end of May, I went on a 10 day tour with Georgia English and the Jukebox Kids up the East Coast to our old stomping grounds of Boston. We played in Maryland, Connecticut, Massachusetts, West Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee. This tour taught me some valuable lessons about being a performer. I learned that it doesn’t matter how many people are in the room, the only thing that matters is giving them an experience and making their day brighter. It’s important to connect with the audience, no matter the size.
We had several homeless people ask us for money, we stayed in the most disgusting house in Connecticut (vlog to come), we ate delicious home cooked food in Pennsylvania, we saw old friends in Boston, we had amazing ice cream in North Carolina, and the tour ended with a kind man sketching a photo of us during the show. Oh, and a woman stole my mic in the middle of a song in North Carolina and started singing.
This month I got to collab. with my good friend Micah Snow.
I got to play my first hip hop show live with ShaManic. The room was packed and I got to sing the hook on one song.
I got to play the Trump Winery in Virginia with the 12 South Band. It was by far the most gorgeous wedding venue I’ve ever played. It was funny considering the timing and how politically active I was for Bernie Sanders campaign.
I got to play in a cave in Bowling Green, Kentucky with Fabrizio and the Fever.
I started working at Fanny’s House of Music in East Nashville and got my first electric guitar, a glittery ’60s Silvertone Amp-in-case.
“Dog Days are Over” won the poll for the song about animals. It was my first time playing electric guitar on a recording.
On July 4th, I got a text from Quinn DeVeaux asking if I could come play a gig at Acme Feed & Seed from 5-7 pm. He text me around 3 and sent the song list around 3:30 pm. With holiday traffic, this gave me little time to look over the setlist. I remember listening to three songs and deciding to do my makeup instead. On the way there, I tried to park by Nissan Stadium and walk over the pedestrian bridge only to find out that they wouldn’t let me walk over it with my bass. I was really crunched for time and on my way out of the parking lot, I almost hit a car that I didn’t see coming. So much adrenaline. Thankfully, I found parking by the public library (it’s a free on the 4th of July) and made it to the gig right at 5 pm. The show ended up being super fun. Another lesson I learned this year, it’s always good to be on your toes and wing it.
In mid-July, my band went into The Sound Shelter and recorded six videos live. We did three new original songs and three covers. The sixth video has yet to be released. Stay tuned!
The last week of July, I subbed out my gigs and decided to go to Philadelphia and protest at the DNC. It was such an eye-opening experience and it’s something that I’ll never forget. I made new friends, saw some old friends (mostly musicians), and was even the trending image on Facebook. Are you proud Mom? 😉
We rushed back from Philly so I could go to Biloxi, Mississippi and play at the Scarlet Pearl Casino with Audio Time Machine. Definitely one of the most fun cover gigs I’ve ever had.
The first two weekends in August were spent on the road with Connor. We played in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. The first weekend, I met Brandon GilliArd who kindly let me sit in with Nathan Angelo for his last song. The second weekend, we played at Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta. Here’s what I wrote on Instagram about it:
Last night was a night that made me pause and reflect. Four years ago, I was in a bad car accident that gave me bad whiplash and back injuries. During my recovery, which consisted of weekly physical therapy and chiropractic treatments, I often thought I’d never heal or be able to do what I love ever again. It was so hard for me to stand up and play for 30 minutes. My physical therapist told me about @eddiesattic and how cool of a place it was during my weekly appointments. Two years ago, I moved to Nashville, Tennessee to follow my dream of being a touring musician. Since moving, I’ve done just that. Last night, I played a 90 minute set with @connornashville at a venue that was on my bucket list with no back pain. I am so grateful. Hardwork and yoga pay off. Huge thanks to everyone who has been a part of my journey. I couldn’t do it without you! ❤
A favorite outfit from Fanny’s House of Music #bassoftheweek Instagram series.
I went on a weekend run with Adrian+Meredith. We played in Knoxville, Tennessee and Indianapolis, Indiana. Playing live on the Blue Plate Special was a ton of fun!
I played at The Basement with Georgia English and Hannah Stallings. #girlpower
I dressed up as Fabrizio for my gig with Fabrizio and the Fever at Blue Bar on Halloween. When I got out of the car, a guy said, “How’s it going man?” I guess I was pretty convincing.
I went to Arlington, Virginia and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with Amy Black. We played a Muscle Shoals Revue show. The guitarist and I ate delicious vegan Chinese food in Philly and we stopped at several cute local coffee shops and bakeries.
I spent Thanksgiving week in Boston and played two sold out David Bowie Burlesque shows with Niki Luparelli. It was awesome because I got to play with Shaina Mikee Keiths for the first time in over two years. We call our rhythm section Keiths/Moad. She flew in from LA to play the shows. I also played a show with the Jonny Bass Trio. We did some of my originals and then they played Zeppelin II in its entirety. I got to sing “Whole Lotta Love,” “Heartbreaker,” and “Living Loving Maid.”
While I was there, I gave two talks at Berklee College of Music, my alma mater. I talked to a Music, Gender, and Society class about what I’ve learned being a touring musician as well as the sexism I’ve faced. I also got to talk to a bunch of first semester students for an Artistry, Creativity, and Inquiry class about stuff I’ve learned that Berklee could’ve never taught me.
Fabrizio and the Fever played a pre New Year’s Eve taping for NBC in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
The 8 South Band played in Dallas, Texas at the Cowboys training facility.
The 8 South Band played Opryland in Nashville for New Year’s Eve! It was a blast and the most confetti I’ve ever seen.
Thank you so much for your support and being part of my journey. I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings. 🙂