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  • Writer's pictureLacie Carpenter

What A Year!

On July 4th a fiddlin’ gypsy in the night...I rolled into Nashville, TN. A leap of faith and following my heart-not really being a sensible adult. I went from a life of stability to instant instability. I wasn’t fearful of failure and coming back to Texas. I wasn’t afraid of being a small fish in an ocean because being small means I can grow and hone in on my craft and shape my sound. 

I left a life where I was a solid educator building orchestras in ETX. I love teaching but I wasn’t making as much art as I needed to be and I was struggling with that. I was in a tug of war battle between teaching and performing. Not gonna lie, it was difficult. It felt like I was living two different lives. I had to make a change. 

As soon as I moved to Nashville, I got a full-time job that I loved. I enjoyed working at the museum. While I was working at the museum, I was performing, writing, and shaping my sound getting ready to record.  I was creating connections with other songwriters, instrumentalists, and authors. 

Once again, I still wasn’t creating as much art as my soul desired.  I resigned from my job at the museum, applied/interviewed and received a job at an amazing camp in Nashville teaching music outdoors all day.  The day after I resigned from the museum post, I received a phone call asking if I would perform on a tour in MN.  (More news on this soon!)  Resigning from that job that I loved was another leap.  This time, a little scarier than the first one.  Bravery comes in all forms...but to be brave, I must have faith.  

In Nashville or any town that is similar-it is all about who you know and connections you make. Be smart and wise. I truly can’t believe it’s been an entire year. So much has happened. My first album is coming out soon. The title-“Nothing Is Real”. I haven’t said a lot about it because it’s completely different than what you’d think would come from me. It isn’t country or bluegrass...I can’t explain it, you’ll just have to buy the cd to find out. 😁🎻🎈 

I co-wrote a book with hit songwriter and author- Thornton Cline that is being published by a traditional publishing company-Kellan Publishing out of California. I’m beyond thrilled at this. The book is a sci-fi thriller and is a trilogy.  

More about the book and the release soon!  

All my life I have played music and written. The two worlds are coming together and success is happening. Having patience is a virtue that I wasn’t aware I somewhat had/have. It’s not easy for sure. 

With all these successes comes downfalls—being a starving artist is tough but I have faith. I’ve always said, if you want to be a starving artist, make art in the process and success will come. 

It’s been a heck of a year! I can’t wait for what’s next. This is just the beginning. 

The one thing that I couldn’t do this journey without is the support of my family and friends. Thank you to every single one of you. The kind messages, the social media love, the mentoring, and mental/physical/emotional/financial help—-means the world to me. Till next time... Fiddle on my friends! Lacie  

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