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Reflecting on a Decade

The trending #10yearchallenge inspired me to reflect a bit on how my life (specifically my singing life) has changed in the last ten years and I realize that in some ways as a singer I've actually returned to where I was ten years ago. 
The photo on the left is me playing the role of Belle in Beauty and the Beast. It was 2009 and I was a senior in high school. I didn't really know anything about singing (I hadn't studied voice or music formally) and I truly had no concept of how I was doing what I was doing. I sang with joy and freedom, as simply as if I were just breathing. The photo on the right is me performing at The Duplex in NYC in November 2019. While at this point I knew a great deal about singing and had spent countless hours working on technique, I wasn't thinking about all that, and again was singing freely. 
The ten years in between these two photos was quite a different story. The decade of the 2010s was largely defined by struggle, both vocally and artistic…

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