16 year old, pop-rock, Singer/Songwriter solo artist and
Lead vocalist for teen rock band, Paradox
I was five years old when diagnosed with Chiari Malformation Type 1 and Syringomyelia and needed emergency brain surgery.
The Dr. said that I was lucky to have found this early, as a whole host of symptoms and complications can surface quickly included nerve damage and paralysis from the syrinx, vision problems and speech difficulty. 'Many patients state they are unable to sing due to inability to modulate their voice.'
During the surgery, my jaw was dislocated so I couldn't speak. A family friend came to visit. He brought his guitar and would play and sing every day. The music just seemed to help me calm down and comfort me. I loved to listen and would even hum along sometimes, even though it was very painful to have any movement, both from all the stitches in the back of my head and from the dislocated jaw.
There is literally no words for what I felt whenever the music played. Something inside me blossomed and I now know that my love and passion for music and it's healing properties was born in that hospital room. Recovery was more than just a recovery. It was a birthplace for something inside me that I hadn't known was there before.
Today, I wouldn't be standing here if it weren't for music. I firmly believe that music is a healer of not only the soul and mind, but also the physical body. I was asked to be the Colorado Ambassador for Blue Star Connection that brings musical instruments to children in the very same hospital (Denver Children's Hospital) that I was in and others around the nation, and the whole purpose is to spread the healing that music brings. And I am proud to say that I couldn't ask for a better purpose in life than this!
I have the privilege of being in a teen rock band, PARADOX, now a part of Green Kite Records. I am also pursuing a solo career and my first song and music video released on Jan. 18, 2016. The song is called 'Are You With Me?' and I wrote it one night after thinking about all the Blue Star kids that I have met as the Ambassador and I want them to know that we are standing together!