Life is a journey. Every day has a new lesson or experience to offer and I try to meet those opportunities with excitement and a willingness to learn. Relationships, careers, music and faith have all shaped the person I am today and am still becoming. "Coming of Age" seemed to be a phrase that I was constantly coming back to. When I was a young kid, I felt a longing to mature and grow into my own skin. Now, as a young adult I face the same feeling and I'm sure that will never go away.
This music helps me process the experiences that I have every day. I hope you enjoy!
Catch & Release tells the story of the joy and pain inevitably tied to a few of my first relationships. These songs came to me during some of the easiest + hardest days of navigating the emotions that came with those relationships.
While it's now hard to think about what I could have done better in the past, I've taken each of them as a learning opportunity for my future.
After I graduated from high school I came up with the idea that I'd marry a girl named Beth because it was the only name I thought sounded good with my last name. Weird, I know! But it wasn't until I started dating a girl named Beth that always wanted to marry a boy with the last name Whitacre that things got REALLY weird.
Even though we didn't have the same fairytale ending that I thought was destiny in the beginning, we both learned so much. I wouldn't change the story for the world.
Everyone has a first breakup. Unfortunately, my unsuspecting emotions didn't handle mine very well. Losing the closest thing to a "best friend" I had ever known threw me down a path of searching for fulfillment in worldly things.
Even though it hurt at the time, I wouldn't change anything about how it went down. I learned what I wanted (and what I didn't want) for my future.
This was the first song I performed for my friends in college and ultimately gave me a boost of confidence that led to me more thoughtfully pursuing my passion for music.