I’m Karen. It’s nice to meet you.

I like to say it started with a Taylor Swift song.

I was 11 years old, riding in the car with Dad, probably making a grocery store run, when he turned the radio to the country station. Naturally, not being a fan of country music at the time, my reaction wasn’t very pleasant, but it just so happened that right at that moment, the song that was coming through our mini van speakers was a song that would change my perspective on country music forever.

“When you think Tim McGraw..I hope you think my favorite song.” Taylor’s voice echoed through my mind for the weeks to come, and I quickly became a fan, researching her music and story. When I learned that she wasn’t much older than me and wrote her own songs, I started begging my father for a guitar so I too could write my own music. My dad had encouraged me to join the church choir when I was 7, so I was familiar with the singing end of things, but writing my own songs was a whole new kind of excitement.

Christmas morning two years later, I received my first acoustic guitar. I wrote my first song in about half an hour that evening. A song about a guy I thought was the cutest guy ever but he only had eyes for one of my best friends. (Cliche, I know) But the therapeutic relief I got from writing out my frustrated feelings and putting them into a song was unlike any feeling I had, I was hooked.

When I was 16, I did what I would consider to be, my first “real” gig. I had been pestering my father about taking to me Nashville, the magical land of all things country music, and his request was that I perform in front of an audience at least three times before we headed to Tennessee. I saw a flyer in my favorite bookstore for a competition called “Got Talent Spokane?” it was going to be held at the Bing Crosby Theater, one of the best music venues in town, and the winner received $1500. I sang a song called “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry, and somehow…ended up winning. I now consider that song to be my lucky song and perform it at every show.

I’m 21 now, and I’ve had crazy experiences including singing my original music at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, opened for Terry McDermott, and even met and sang for some of my inspirations including The Band Perry and Danielle Bradbery. It’s been a crazy journey so far, but I’m definitely enjoying myself. My goal is to be a story teller. I want to share my stories and experiences and inspire others through my music. I believe in dreamers, because I believe people who are crazy enough have big dreams are brave. And to me, crazy, brave people are the best kind of people.

My name is Karen McCormick. Thank you.