Mom and Dad, I love you so much. God gave me such a gift in you two as my parents. Thank you for loving me, for giving me a childhood that I will always look back on with a full heart, for providing opportunities for me to grow as a musician, and first and foremost, for instilling in me the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus.
Mom, I remember driving to the music store to pick out a flute, my excitement matched yours! Thank you for demonstrating a passion and joy for music that I got to watch. Thank you for making me practice, for finding me the best flute teacher, for playing duets with me at church, and for always encouraging me to be in musicals, learn new instruments, and use my music to worship Jesus. I love you so much. I’m so glad you were the first person to get my CD. I love being your daughter.
Dad, I don’t know how you knew, but even before I did, I think you knew I was supposed to pursue music. And I know now I am living into what God has for me. It is full of joy and purpose. And I don’t know if I’d be here if you hadn’t of encouraged me to follow this path. Thank you for teaching me the importance of checking things twice, of doing whatever I do with excellence, of working hard, and following my passion.
Mom, I got to watch you do your devotions every morning. I imagine that’s a big reason why I do my devotions every morning. Dad, you read me and my brothers the Bible every night before bed. It’s because of both of you that I have the light and love of Jesus in my heart. And there is no greater gift.
Thank you for supporting me and loving me and truly, being my biggest fans.
Thank you to my sisters, Sarah and Elizabeth. Thank you for believing in me, coming to my shows, encouraging me in music, and being there for so many highs and lows of life, and especially the past few years. I couldn’t have gotten through it without you. Elizabeth, Thank you for not only immense patience as I played for hours on the family room floor, but for listening to my new songs, caring about their meaning, and encouraging me to share them and to keep writing. You were one of the first people to really make me feel like I could do this. Sarah, thank you for getting me through the most difficult season of my life. At my worst, I got to rest knowing you had my back and we would get through this together. Thank you, for walking through that with me. I love you both so much.
Sarah Brudi: I know you don’t like jazz, and I feel even MORE honored for your support because of that ;) I also thank you for LEARNING jazz for a semester cut short, all for me <3 Sarah, I couldn’t have asked for a better sister-in-law. You are my best friend and I love you so much. Thank you for believing in this album, for coming to my shows, for helping me get shows up north! For hosting me many times, for creating 4 children whom I love so much and get to play baseball and hockey with, for talking me through so many difficult years and always encouraging me to go back to Jesus. You are wise beyond your years and I feel so thankful I’ve gotten to learn from you and have you as my friend. Thank you for being there for me.
Jared, This album is the incredible piece of art that it is because of you. Thank you for striving for excellence, for carrying out your vision, and for believing in me and investing in this project. You are a gift!
Evan, Billy, and Jay, you guys really are the dream team. I LOVE this album, because of the life each of you have to it. Thank you.
Motor City Horns (Keith, John, Walter), Mike List, Christina Furtado, matt Scheiner, Elliot Scheiner, Jesse Medawar, Kerry Marshall Jr, Mike Hilliker, Jim Roll, Josh Wiechmann, Terry Fedack, Darcy Proper, Margo Stoney, and Rachel Gariepy: You brought this project to life. I am so honored to have created this with you. Thank you for sharing your heart, talent, time, energy, and love with this album. It is so special – because of you. Thank you.
Sarah Campbell, Thank you for being the best intern! You were such a huge helped when I desperately needed it. Thank you for your encouragement, your friendship, and your prayers. I love checking the mail and getting a card full of love from you. Also, I love teaching you guitar! You’re an exceptional student, and an exceptional player. Love you so much!
Katie, you are truly one of my favorite humans. You are the safest place for me. Thank you for seeing me, for knowing me, for accepting me, for speaking truth to me, for believing in me, for encouraging me, for walking along side me during my lowest lows and highest highs. Thank you for crying with me, for celebrating with me (sometimes on the same day let’s be honest). Thank you for living life with me. I love you with all my heart and I am so thankful to have you as my lifelong friend. You have believed in me, my music, and this album, since BEFORE day one. You have heard the songs from their baby stages all the way to the polished product. Thank you for never letting me give up, for having my back, and for helping me get here. Oh, and btw, thank you for throwing me the most BOMB-ASS release party this world has ever seen!!!! I LOVE YOU XO
Ashley, I love you so much. I am so glad God brought us together the past few years. I have learned so much about myself, about love, about not giving up because of you. Thank you for being a go-to person, for talking me down when my anxiety was too loud, for listening through my tears, for processing so much life, healing, and hope with me, for sharing yourself with me. I’ve loved getting to know you. You are beautiful and intricate and wise. Thank you for listening to allll the songs that most people will never even hear. Thank you for knowing the meaning of the lyrics, the intention of the music, and me. You are such a gift and I can’t believe I get to live this life with you.
Nate, I have no doubt that God brought us into each other’s lives exactly when he did. Did you know when we started performing together I hated performing? And I love it now. Thank you for that gift. For so many fun performances that showed me how special it can be. You were a really safe place, a solid ground, when everything felt shaky. I knew you had my back – on stage and off. I’m not sure if you remember, but there were lots of car rides to and from shows that I couldn’t hold back tears. And I just remember you being so compassionate. Thank you for caring for me. Thank you for being my friend. I love playing music with you, drinking wine, watching the office, laughing at your dad jokes, and calling you before greenroom recording because I forgot something. We’re in a pretty special season of life together right now. I want to cherish every moment.
My greenroom family: Zack, Robbie, Jeana, Johannes, Scott, Liliya, Amanda, Andrew, Nate Z, Jordan, Galen, David, Amy, Erik, Paige, Christina, Nick, Jill, Jaret, Noelle, Mary, Matthew, Andy, Jenna, Kevin, Darrin, Meagan, Jeff 'n Barb, MFG, Nate, Scott and Dee, thank you for being my family. Thank you for giving me so much joy. I love playing music with you and living life together. I will remember these times forever. It doesn’t get better than this.
Scott and Dee, I’m already crying. Scott and Dee, you are a gift from God. I love you so much. Thank you for loving me exactly as I am, exactly where I am. You found me when I was at my lowest, and you never judged. You gave me a place to know Jesus, to seek Him, and to be held up. Thank you for giving me my greenroom family! And thank you for having my back. Thank you for the many phone calls filled with tears, for the advice, for the acceptance. Thank you for believing in me and in my music. Thank you for helping me to trust myself, and to trust Jesus. Thank you for speaking truth to me. Thank you for telling me over and over that I have all that I need. Thank you for leading greenroom well, for direction my “Easy” music video, for buying me a happy light and supporting me in so many other ways. My heart is so full with love and gratitude for you two in my life. I love you!
Amy Marmaduke, I hold you close to my heart! You are such a beautiful and special friend. I love laughing with you and sharing life together. Thank you for being there for me through so many ups and downs. Thank you for wanting to see me happy, for being brave and speaking truth to me. For empowering me and being there for me. I love you so much!
Matt, Thank you for believing in me long before I ever could have believed in myself. Thank you for helping me see that God could use my depression and bring beauty out of it. Thank you for loving me.
Thank you Kim Gnagey, Mrs. Erickson, Mark Pappas, Dr. Amos, Jonathan Edwards, Dr. Prince, Dr. Stanton: I am the musician I am because of you. Thank you.
Lucy, you are my favorite companion. I know God through you. Thank you for being my best friend. I love you, Lu.
My fans, thank you for believing in me and encouraging me to create this album! Thank you for standing by me for 3+ years. Thank you for listening, for encouraging me, for sharing your life with me. I feel so honored to share this music with you. You made this happen. Thank you xo
Jesus, my lover, my friend, my constant, my helper, my healer. Thank you for knowing me. Thank you for inviting me to know you, intimately. I love getting to live every moment breathing you in. Thank you for abundant life, for constant hope, for unconditional love, for peace that surpasses understanding, and for joy - in YOU. Thank you for calling me to do this, to create this album, to share hope. And thank you that all I need to know is that this is what You have called me to. Thank you that i have all that I need, and thank for teaching me to believe that. I love you.
Thank you to my kickstarter backers for not only funding this album, but for believing in my music and in me. All my love to:
Abigail Panabaker, Ryan Maike, Matt Baron, Dennis Devine, Diana Shaw, Nancy Eshelby, Terry Norris, Amanda Norman, Mr. and Mrs. Ziemba, Andrew Koper, Jon Hall, Misty Bolt, Dave Beard, Rick T Schultheis, Gary Stolz, Kate Greenman, Ellen Woodard, Zoe Gargiulo, Richard Andrades, Paul Nitkiewicz, Shelley Rothwell, Spencer Alan Young, Mark Sturgell, William Prince, Steve Pupke, J Marks, Chazz, Tim, Metzger, Vikci Webster, Jeff Sloane, Susanna Louhimies, Tim Manton, James Davidson, Rob Baillargeon, Doc (Charles Amos), Kurt Rader, Hannah Lipsky + Family, Tim Clinesmith, Nicole Pfeiffer, The Waidelich Family, Joel Puntigam, Matt Bone, Steve Chrypinski, Robin Newman, Catherine, Owen, and Peter weir, Judy Beer, Jeff and Barb Duncan, Katie Whitley, Sean McAlpine, Katherine Gotshall, Kathy Ferrier, Susan Anderson, Molly Bell, Sarah and Josh Creem, Sarah Brudi, Amy Marmaduke, The Mccubbery’s, Jeremiah Newman, Christopher Winn, Kim Gnagey, Susani Johnson, Steve Schlichter, Jonny Tucco, Elizabeth Sheldon, Doug Kee, Gary Ollar, The greenroom, Scott and Dee Crownover, Laurie Chiles, Deb Brudi, Jazz Brooks, Jim and Kathy Bernard, Diana, Logan + Brenna Willoughby, Don Kamen, Steve Shaw,