Callie (18) has grown up playing piano and singing. Since she was little both her grandmas have been her greatest role models and biggest fans. They have been influencing the way Callie sees, feels and experiences music. Throughout her life, Callie's grandmas have instilled in her the same love for music that they have. These two special women have not only introduced Callie to a wide variety of music through their experiences, but also built her character. For Callie, family and faith have been her greatest support team.
Callie’s parents can fondly remember the original songs she wrote as a toddler such as “ The Mommy Daddy Song.” Since then, Callie has been classically trained in piano and has dabbled with guitar.
To gain experience in music, Callie joined The Community Christian Choir at age 9, which continues to be both a place of learning, friendship, and encouragement. Here she learned the fundamentals of voice. It was at Choir that Callie saw immediate positive feedback from her peers and from her audiences. Shortly after joining the choir, Callie also began private voice lessons.
Callie has studied piano since she was 5 years old. Her teacher has been an invaluable source of knowledge not only in music theory and classical training, but in contemporary songwriting and of the practicality of a career in music.
More recently in the past two years, Callie has found songwriting to be a fun pastime. Her songs reflect not only her faith but the real struggles she has observed through her own life and in the world. In October 2012 Callie professionally recorded her first three original songs. Currently she is working to create a demo CD that she can use to apply to colleges and to share her love of music with others.
The first song she wrote was written for her dad, called “Hero.” It describes many of the characteristics she admires in her dad through the story of a fireman doing his duty as a father and responder. Callie surprised her Dad (and family) on Christmas Eve with this first original song. The next song she wrote, entitled “Coming Home,” descries the all too familiar story of the American soldier and how his family (and himself) deal with being far from home. The last song on her demo, “Worth Dying For,” addresses the personal issue Callie was struggling with: self worth and confidence.
Callie has continually received positive feedback from friends and family concerning her music, but being a fairly shy person in public, she has never reached out past her own comfort zone singing and playing piano for her family. Her passion has always been in music, and now Callie is looking to pursue her love of music more seriously to see if this is God’s plan for her life. She is currently serving on her church worship team and she is working on some new music.
Callie is thankful that singing and piano have pushed her to break out of her comfort zone as a performer and to build her character. She is grateful for each opportunity she has been given to perform, travel, learn, and meet new people. Above all, Callie is thankful for the gifts God has given her so she can make an impact in the lives of those around her.