With 2017 coming to a close we have so much to look forward to in the new year ahead. Now is a great time to stop and reflect on this past year. Where did you start, what have you achieved, and most important- what have you learned along the way? For some inspiration, check out the career advice below from our favorite country music stars (like Carly Pearce and Haley & Michaels). And be sure to listen to the Winter Playlist featuring tunes from all of these artists to keep the spirit alive through the last few days of 2017.
2017 Reflections & Advice
Best career advice from 2017 came straight from the “Girl Boss” instagram page which quoted “If you’re building something that’s never been built before, No one knows the answer.” That’s incredibly true for me and not being able to know the journey ahead as a singer. It’s always better than you could ever imagine, but it can be scary in the process. I was able to really put music into the world that was me this year which feels amazing.
“You’re not better than anybody else, but nobody is better than you.” Its so important to not compare yourself to other people because everyone is unique and special in their own way!
“To always have fun and enjoy every minute of being up on stage. Because if you’re having a good time, the audience is going to have a good time!”
“Stay true to your roots. Never forget where you came from, what you learned from your mama and always be 100% true to yourself.”
The best career advice I received in 2017: “When All else fails, Give Thanks.” Gratitude is such an important part of any career. And any happy life, for that matter. But when you’ve been hit with “no” too many times in a row it’s easy to focus of what’s not going right. It’s easy to get swept up into the comparison game with your peers. But there’s no quicker way to fall further down the rabbit hole of negativity. And when you STOP. Give thanks for each and every blessing you can see around you, they start to multiply rapidly. And you start to see more and more opportunities and ways to create opportunities. So even when I have felt like something was a setback, (this year more than ever before) I have practiced figuring out how to be thankful for it – or what else in my life I can be thankful for. It helps get my mind straight so I can continue focusing on what I need and want rather than what I don’t have.
“The best career advice we’ve received this year was to stay focused on the present moment. It sounds simple, but it’s very easy to get caught up in the past or future. When we really started living in the present and pouring all of our energy into whatever we were working on in the moment, it helped us navigate not only the music business with more pleasure, fulfillment and ease, but also to write and produce music that is true to who we are as people.”
Sarah Darling – “Winter Wonderland“
Abbey Rowe – “Miss Wannabe“
Haley & Michaels – “Me Too“
Carly Peace – “Hide The Wine“
Christina Taylor – “That Girl“
Natalie Stovall – “Wine or Whiskey“
Brett Eldredge – “Glow“
Steve Moakler – “Suitcase“
The Reklaws – “Hometown Kids“
Kelsea Ballerini – “Legends“
Josh Gracin – ‘Nothin’ Like Us“
Matthew West – “Silent Night“
Amy Grant – “To Be Together“
Chris Tomlin – “Noel“