I'd love to say that I have always dreamed of becoming a singer/songwriter from the time I was a little girl, but for me, it definitely didn't happen that way. Actually, I had always thought I'd follow in my father's footsteps and pursue a career in engineering. Throughout high school I took classes that were geared toward engineering, classes that would help prepare me for college. The summer after I graduated, I was getting ready to move away from home for the first time, into my dorm at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Just before I left, my dad made a last minute gesture. He decided to send me to school with his old acoustic guitar--the same guitar that he had taken to college with him years earlier. At that point I didn't really know how to play it, but I gladly accepted, because I knew that it would make me feel better to hold it when I was feeling homesick. Over the course of my freshman and sophomore years, I took my dad's guitar out and played it every time I missed home. By the end of my second year I had taught myself how to play, and started writing my own songs. On a school break, one of my family members sent me a link to a songwriting contest hosted by CMT (Country Music Television). I decided to enter the contest and thought it would be a fun way to fill up some of my free time. I submitted my first original song, called, "The Only One," along with a homemade music video. "The Only One" ended up in the top 64 finalists of over 2,000 applicants. I didn't return to college after that. Instead, I moved home and began to pursue a career as a songwriter and performer. It had always been my dream to follow in my father's footsteps, but I realized that engineering was not the only way that I could do that. Like my father, my true passion lies somewhere else…in music. In the past couple of years I have been passionately pursuing my newfound dream. My song, "Johnny Depp," has been receiving airplay from commercial, local and college radio stations all over New England, and scattered stations across the US. This past year I received the "Songwriter of the Year" Award from the Massachusetts Country Music Association and recently received the "Country Act of the Year" Award from the New England Music Awards, as well as the "Song of the Year" Award from Limelight Magazine. I still can't believe that I strayed from the "life and career plan" that I had set for myself since grade school, but I'm thrilled that I decided to follow my heart. I couldn't be happier.