The amount of information we can learn from one another is enormous. By sharing the struggles, fears, and ugly parts of our lives with other people, we realize that we’re not really alone in this huge, messy world.
When The Voice ended, I used some of the money I made to pay off all of my student debt from my first two years of college. The thought of taking on additional student debt brings a steady tear slowly down my left cheek accompanied by the sad music of a violinist.
About a year ago a guy reached out to me about wanting to surprise his Fiance by having me sing their first dance song at their wedding. He mentioned that the wedding would be in Puerto Rico, which is where they both were originally from.
I'd be lying to you if I didn't say I was a little nervous about making the trip.
I read through this story the other day and felt like I needed to share it with you. It's incredible how such a short story can be so powerful. After reading this for the first time, I was challenged with the question, "Chris, what is your end goal and what is your definition of success?"
When someone asks you how things are going, many people tend to respond with, "Oh just keeping busy" or "I'm so busy right now, I feel like I haven't slept all week." I find myself giving both of those responses all the time. It's as if being busy equates to being successful.
Bruno Mars is on a different level than any other musician currently working in the music industry. You don't have to love his music but I dare you to watch his show and tell me otherwise. His sold-out show at PPG Paints Arena included an incredible light show, pyrotechnics and a simple stage setup that allowed Bruno and his Hooligans to dance around the stage with ease.
When season 7 of The Voice wrapped, I found myself in the middle of a new life. Honestly, at times I felt really out of place. From a young age I had my life planned out and I was very content with my plan. However, my time on The Voice threw my plan out the window at lighting speed.
I was in the tenth grade when I went to the gym for the first time and my friend Jon (who was a regular at the gym) was with me to show me the ropes. If I remember correctly, the first workout my pale, skinny, cut-off wearing, body performed was the leg press. Why we started there?
As Jansen and I drove an ATV through a wooded area in Palmer, Alaska, she turned to me and said, "Look at where we are right now and where this music career has taken you. To think, sometimes you question whether you are doing the right thing."
The song lyrics above were inspired by Romans 7:15, "For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate." There are things I do and ways that I react to certain situations that I hate, yet I continue to fall short time and time again, always left with a feeling of guilt.
Jansen and I have been married a little over two weeks now and married life has been awesome! There is nothing better than waking up next to your best friend every single day. Sure, its only been two weeks so those of you who have been married for a while are probably rolling your eyes, but at this point in time, we are loving life. I'm not perfect and neither is she, but that is what's going to make the rest of our lives together so interesting! Lets get real, it would be extremely boring if I married someone who agreed with everything I said.
When I was away on my last trip, I decided to take a new approach to songwriting. Normally, when I try to write I sit down with the intention of not getting up until I have a song or part of a song written. However, I noticed that I kept getting stuck and couldn't get any ideas flowing. Frustration was my number one enemy. Just as an experiment, I decided to sit down and write with no expectations. My only goal was to put my pen to a piece of paper.
The top 12 rounds of The Voice hold a very special place in my heart! During this part of the show I had the opportunity to sing “Jealous” by Nick Jonas, which I think allowed me to continue in the competition and really lit a fire under me. After watching Monday’s episode, I have a feeling some of the current contestants are feeling what I felt after my top 12 performance!
Tuesday nights episode got started with Blake Shelton repping a blonde hair wig, inspired by Adam’s hairstyle. Adam had to laugh as he asked Blake what was on his head. Blake responded with a quick, “Exactly!” Nice one Blake, but let’s let Adam have the blonde hairdo. I don’t think you pull it off too well.
As soon as I saw the opening credits, I was reminded of the nervousness I would feel before each show and all the events that would occur on the day of a live episode. There is truly nothing like it. Again, congratulations to all the contestants that are competing in the Live Playoffs. Before you know it, some of you will be standing on stage during the finale wondering how you ended up there. Time flies when you’re having fun!