I'm lucky enough to be married to my best friend. Cliche? Maybe. True? Most definitely. He is wise, kind, sweet, hilarious, giving, selfless, humble, and easy on the eyes...no one in this world knows more about me than he does. We met in August of 2008 after both of us went through some heartbreak and divorce. The attraction and connection was immediate and we got married in March 2010. We put our stuff in storage, I resigned from my teaching/coaching job and we hit the road. You're probably wondering "what does she mean by hit the road?" Well, Trent is a singer/songwriter. A very talented singer/songwriter. A touring singer/songwriter. So, by "hit the road," I mean we loaded up the 2005 Honda Pilot and traveled the country. Praying and living by faith, we went to churches, colleges, youth groups, and coffee shops so that his music could be shared.
Rewind: Trent was part of the duo Monk and Neagle. They had the #3 and #5 songs on the CCM radio charts. To make the long story short, he began touring solo. And during that time, is when I met him. He was hurting, heartbroken, and put-out with the music business. He quit. He quit music all together. Music is who he is. Music is what he does. It's a God given gift. Being the supportive girlfriend (we weren't married yet), I tried to understand. He began doing carpentry work. Then he enrolled in culinary school. The whole time I wanted him to be happy, but KNEW he wasn't finished. While this time in our lives was hard, it's where he gained some much needed perspective and it's where we grew as a couple. His heart was renewed and was reminded why he started music in the first place.
Fast Forward: We toured. We prayed. We laughed. We cried. We prayed some more. We decided to move and settle down in Nashville, TN. Isn't that where musicians are supposed to go? Even if the rest of the family is in Texas? Yes. (Try explaining that to my parents. That's another story for another day). We moved in a blizzard, almost ran out of gas, had a couch that wouldn't fit in our tiny cozy apartment, and sometimes wondered how we were going to pay bills. Peace. It's one of the hardest things to describe. We know we're doing what we're supposed to do. And with that, comes peace and joy. While living in Nashville, Trent has recently recorded a new album. A much needed project. The songs are wonderful and need to be heard. With previous success PLUS a new record, you'd think this whole touring thing would be a piece of cake. It's not. This is a two person operation. We are the ones that email and call those churches, youth groups, coffee shops and colleges, and it breaks my heart for my dear husband when they don't get back to us. He allows himself just a moment of "what am I doing" "why aren't people responding" and then that's it. He'll go back to writing music...soulful, acoustic-pop, with a message. A message that needs to be heard.