Look who turns 10 today! My sophomore album “Paradise” CDs arrived March 5, 2013 (just weeks before my 40th birthday) and the album was added to Spotify, Apple Music, and iTunes. There are many memories behind writing and recording these songs and it has been privilege to share them with you. Which song on “Paradise” is your favorite?
My latest album, “Brave Girl”, is titled after its signature song, one I wrote to encourage myself to heal from emotional and sexual abuse in the music industry. Admitting to myself that the abuse actually took place, diving into the healing process, and experiencing various responses from friends and family, I learned that we do not know enough about abuse nor have we responded well to those who choose to confide in us with their pain and story. Now, I have shifted from performing to speaking - sharing my story and of what I’ve learned, encouragement to fellow survivors, and advice to their circle of family and friends. The response has been amazing and I’m eager to see where God takes me in all of it.
Thank you to Okotoks Evangelical Free Church in Okotoks, Alberta, and The Neighbourhood Church in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for your invitation to speak and share about “Brave Girl”. A few comments shared with me afterward: “I’ve never told anyone about the abuse from my dad. I wasn’t allowed. You’re the first.” (senior woman); “I never considered the courage my husband needed when he told me about the childhood abuse from his dad and uncles. Thank you for sharing the perspective of the survivor and the strength and courage that’s needed to bring it up. I understand him better now.” (woman); “Thank you for the advice - I know better now how to help my friend at school.” (high school girl); “I run a home for boys aged 12-17, who have been abused and neglected by their parents - they could relate to a lot of what you said. Thank you for encouraging me in my work. It’s not easy but it’s so rewarding.” (woman). Thank you for sharing with me.
I am open to coming to your town in Canada and the USA. To inquire about hosting a speaking engagement at your church, school, club, organization or group, please fill out the Contact form on my site (link in site top menu).
By popular demand and hot off the press - “Brave Girl” t-shirts are now available! Soft, 100% polyester, they are comfortable and easy to wear! Shop and place your order in my Online Store.
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Thank you for your continued support and encouragement - it is very much appreciated.