About a year ago I was 21 and working full-time at a salvage yard in Monroe, GA making just enough for tuition and rent. At the time I was playing every weekend (thanks to Big Foot Music Group!) all over the southeast in my 20+ year old Volvo. It was going great, I was finally buying some new gear and found myself opening for some pretty incredible artists…then my engine died a horrible, horrible death. It was shortly after (while riding my bike to work in the rain) that I had the brilliant epiphany of becoming a cruise ship musician. It would be perfect. I wouldn't have to drive, I could play for hours everyday, and could save up enough to not have to scrape by to get through school. So, I found an agent and emailed him constantly until he gave in (thank you Andres Velilla!). Despite my Mom's understandable warnings that the job was a trap and I might be sent to Saudi Arabia and sold, I finished up the semester, packed my bags and headed to Miami. Luckily, I still have never been to Saudi Arabia and for the past year I have had the incredible honor to be working for Carnival as an acoustic Soloist. To say this job is amazing would be an understatement. I play three to four hours everyday and get to experience some of the most beautiful places in the world. I found myself with free time that I filled with writing songs, making videos, and writing articles for the Examiner.com about awesome new bands people tell me about. This month, by some miracle, my YouTube cover of Kenny Chesney's 'American Kids' found its way to Kenny himself and he not only shared it on his Facebook page, but included it in a national press release (http://kennychesney.com/news/news.php?uid=236)!!! If that wasn't enough it was also picked up and played on Sirus XM The Highway. I thought I had exhausted my good luck for the month, but just last week I found out I made the top ten in Sara Evans 'Slow Me Down' Cover contest! It's so amazing to watch people get as excited about my music as it makes me feel. Why I entered this contest... I took advantage of a three week break about six months ago by recording a live acoustic album in Athens, GA. The album was a fundraiser for a friend of mine's much needed jaw surgery. I was completely floored by the support I got for that album and it made me start to really think about finally recording in a studio. I love playing with just me and my guitar. But the more I write and play, the more ideas I get for what I want behind me. I have all of these ideas for a sound filled with a marching snare and driving bass, but it stays stuck in my head until I find a way to show it to you guys. It would be beyond a dream to work under Sony with some of the best in the business. Great music is always born from collaboration, and I would love the chance just to talk with some of these guys that have worked with some of my favorite artists of all-time. Thanks for reading all the way to the end! If you'd like to get in touch with me the best way is sending me a message on my Facebook page, which I check all the time. If you don't have a Facebook, feel free to shoot me an email at Booking@AngieKeilhauer.com, I would love to hear from you! "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined"