NEW SONG | “But When I Do” Original by Kate Stedelbauer This is one of my favorite songs I've ever written. The concept was inspired by the fact that, quite frankly, I don't write about love often. It's sprinkled here and there throughout my catalogue of original music, but overall, love and relationships have never been a driving topic for me when sitting down to [...]

Christmas Music Mini Guide 2017: new releases, my favorite albums + HUGE Spotify playlist!

Friends, we've been through the lingering heat of late summer, the leaves changing, the the pumpkins, the candy, finally the turkey, and now, it's Christmas time! Today I've got my Christmas Music Mini Guide 2017 for y'all! Some people love Christmas music, while others hate it. Personally, I am one of those that's all for the cheesy, [...]

check out my Spotify playlists + new mini cover!

If there's one thing I love most about this new age of digital music, it's making playlists.  The possibilities are simply endless. There are playlists centered around specific genres, certain time periods of music, moods and feelings, subject matter, etc. - literally any category you can imagine, you can probably find a playlist for somewhere [...]

Music Monday: seeing John Prine LIVE!

This past Saturday night, I got to see one of my favorite artists live in concert, and left feeling incredibly inspired. Industry-renowned, Grammy-winning country and folk singer/songwriter John Prine stood on that stage, at seventy-two years old, and gave a performance that was even better than I could have imagined. The show took place in one [...]

NEW Original Song: “Off The Record”

Hey y'all, here's a new original song for ya!  Though all of my songs are personal, this one feels especially vulnerable because I wrote it as a reflection on the phrase "off the record", representing all of the things that we don't want others to know about us. I think at some point in everyone's [...]

Music Monday: a day at Aiken & Friends Music Fest!

As I write this, bundled up in my bed with my windows open, my pumpkin & marshmallow candle burning, and my Halloween socks on, I feel like fall is finally upon us here in Virginia. This past week turned out to be quite busy for me, and this coming week is going to be even [...]

Music Monday: fall in love w/ The Lone Bellow

New favorite band alert, y'all! From the very first time I listened to them, I knew I was going to become a fan of The Lone Bellow. Comprised of songwriter Zach Williams (guitar, lead vocals), Kanene Donehey Pipkin (vocals, bass, and mandolin), and Brian Elmquist (guitar, vocals), the alt-country trio is carried by an Americana feel, soaring [...]