I am writing my own biography because I am a firm believer that noone knows you quite like yourself! I was born in 1974, yes, the year of the terrible twisters that completely annihilated many towns and cities, but no, I had nothing to do with it….lol! I suppose you could say that it was an omen of my life!
I grew up in a family of six. My mom and dad were always singing and so was I! I can remember the songs my dad would sing while working on automobiles, “Patches of Old Shanty Town” and “Where, oh, Where can my baby be, the Lord’s took her away from me!” I look back now and see that music was the one constant that my entire family could agree on. My mom used to sing to us at bedtime, the old hymns that she learned as a child and those songs have always stayed with me.
I can remember attending church with my Grandma and her favorite song was “Just as I Am.” I cannot explain how I feel about music, sometimes, some songs can take me to places I may never see, but in spirit, I have been there! From jazz to country to classical, all music produces something that you can feel.
When I was 13 a great friend invited me to a youth gathering for her church and I attended a bonfire by the lake with them where I accepted the Lord Jesus as my personal Savior, but it wasn’t until I was 21 years of age that I first began singing. I never knew that all of the hours I spent in my room with my best friend, the radio, that I would ever stand before a crowd and sing.
I absolutely love all kinds of music, but gospel and bluegrass will always hold a special place in my heart! I began singing bluegrass when I first heard a song on the radio called “I’ve Got that Old Feelin'” by Alison Krauss and Union Station. She was fantastic! This music said alot to me. I understood where it was coming from and understood how it had come to be. From then on, I just couldn’t find it in my heart to shut up!
God bless! Sammie