As I mention throughout my website, it is not just about the music on this journey of mine, it is about community and inspiration. If it was just about the music, I wouldn't be as passionate about what I am doing. Don't get me wrong, I love writing and recording my music, but it is not about fame and fortune for me like it is for so many other artist who are trying desperately to 'make it'- in fact I'm quite reserved and would find all that overwhelming. My journey is of course about wanting to make a living, but at the same time is about helping others overcome battles in their lives.
I consider myself to be a strong person and people who know me personally, say the same. I have been through and witnessed some horrific ordeals in my life, but by the grace of God I'm sure; I've managed to pick myself up, dust myself off and continue onward.
I have to let you all know what I have been going through recently which spans back about a month now. There is another artist called Sabrina Maria. Unfortunately, her artist name hasn't been correctly set up with all the streaming providers (iTunes, Spotify etc.) This meant that her release came directly under my profile. Easy to resolve right? WRONG! I am still trying to sort it out. Spotify has been great and has managed to split us, but other platforms have not been so easy and there are loads of different streaming platforms that I come under. This is taking forever and I'm the first to admit that I'm like a dog with a bone when I want to get things sorted.
The next thing that happened, is part of my marketing course for music involves setting up a website. I had one already set up - yaaaay! WRONG! I was basically advised to re-do it :-) They were right to do so - believe me! So, I set about constructing my website again. In order to re-do it, I had to set up a new domain (don't want to bore you with the technical palaver). This meant that I needed to move my You Tube account to this new domain. To cut a long story short, boom - I deleted my whole channel. 18 months work of subscribers and algorithms down the drain! For an artist, your You Tube channel is one of the most important tools - this was not good, in fact it was downright heart-wrenching! I have since had to start from scratch and get myself known again on You Tube.
My faith is very important to me and I started thinking that maybe this is not the path I'm meant to be on as there have been other areas where I have hit a brick wall. However, after some soul searching, I realised it was the right path and these are just situations that happen to test our commitment and strength. How can I write music or blogs about inspiration if I don't go through trying situations? I'd be fake and that's one thing that I pride myself on - I'm as real as you get! Also, what made me realise I'm on the right path is how passionate I am about what I do. I love writing songs, being creative with blogs and marketing and being part of an inspirational community by giving hope to others. I receive lovely personal messages from around the world saying how much I've helped them stay positive! Why would I want to give that up?
I truly believe that the moment you are ready to quit, is usually the moment right before a miracle happens. So, the moral to this blog is 'DON'T GIVE UP!'
If you want to be part of an inspirational community, please join my Facebook Group called Be Inspired To Be Inspiring. It's a closed group, as we don't want just anyone joining this community. It's solely for like minded people who want to grow and keep a positive outlook on life. I hope to see you there!