These past months have been a whirlwind of touring. Between Abba Mania's National Tour in Jan/Feb/March, Divas3 being booked in Hawaii for a long contract in March and April on the Pride of America, and my first gig out in Honolulu with LA's incredible "The Red Hot Band," I am enjoying a much needed (short) break right now back in Las Vegas. I had a fun gig with Shai Yammanee, Randal Keith, and the fabulous Bill Fayne this past week at The Summit, and I am so looking forward to singing for cocktail hour at my good friend (and incredible singer) Laurie Caceres' wedding tonight! Looking at the setlist for tonight, I can't help but feel so blessed that I have the repertoire to throw together set lists that not only suit the event, but with songs that are truly enjoyable for me to perform. In my early years of singing, I always struggled to find the right music, having a fairly limited repertoire. Now looking back, I am so thankful for all of the "random" gigs, all of the cover bands, all of the corporate events, show troupes, cruise ships, musicals, and even restaurants at which I have had the opportunity to perform since I began this whole career sooo many years ago.
I am also incredibly grateful for the opportunities that continue to present themselves. As I updated my website's calendar for the rest of 2019, and the first half of 2020, I reminisce on the days when I prayed that my performance schedule would fill up, and that one day, I would be able to support myself doing what I love. Fast forward to now, supporting not just myself but my family as well, doing what I love, and I tear up a little. I remember friends and family's concerns like, "what if it doesn't work out" or "aren't you going to have something to fall back on?" The truth was, I had the same concerns, but there was always a voice inside that told me to do it anyway. I am not the most successful singer in the world, but I feel incredibly grateful that voice never wavered, even now when the guilt of being gone so much hovers over me and makes me wonder if I should have chose a different profession. The truth is, I love the profession I chose, and I am on a mission to continue this profession yet grow in other ways that will allow me to tour but also be home in Las Vegas with my family more this coming year. I know it is a hard business, but there is no business like it that could give me the gratification and purpose I receive every time I step on stage.
Now off to sing some tunes for a good friend and her soon-to-be husband!