Do shit you love.

Happy Monday everyone! 

Boy has it been a crazy month... where do I start? I went to summer NAMM for the first time and it was the most incredible, refreshing experience I've had in a long time. My good friend and guitarist Meg Williams helped me learn the ropes and showed me around the entire weekend. We got to sing and play a few originals and covers on the Cole Clark stage and Re-Axe Booth which was awesome! Those guys were so nice and eager to have us up there. We met a lot of new music professionals, tested products and one of the big highlights- I WON A GUITAR! 

I literally can't make this up y'all.

There was an open mic contest with D' Angelico Guitars that I signed up for. They had a big stage set up outside to perform on using their guitars, so I figured "WHY NOT!?". They mentioned that it might get rained out because it starting to rain so we never checked back in assuming it was cancelled (which it wasn't). The next day at NAMM, we came by the booth to see if they called all the names of people who signed up and I hadn't been called yet. They told me I could perform that day! Excited and nervous I go second on the list, and performed my new song "Daughter of the Devil" and the crowd was AWESOME! Later that day, I came by the booth and the two people who introduced me on stage were staring at me and waved me over smiling asking if I had gotten a text. I looked at my phone and saw a text that said "Jenny Teator?". I literally looked at it, confused, looked back up at them both smiling at me and the first words that came out after I realized was "SHUTUP, not uh?! Did I win it??!" And they said YES!

I walked away from NAMM with a heavy heart, new friends, and the experience I was hoping for PLUS some. I am grateful to the moon and back for the incredible guitar I get to play (it was a Bob Weir Signature Premier guitar pictured below). Time to get to work.

 

July 12th was my 27th birthday. That is so weird to type out and say! The number makes me feel old, (I know, its silly to think that), but my body tells me otherwise. I am proud to say that right now I am in the best shape I've ever been in! This past year I've really started to enjoy fitness and health and overall just taking care of myself. Self-love is a newfound concept I've grown to embrace and exercise since moving to Nashville. I finally did something for myself and it feels so good! Hot yoga has been a good stress relief for me too. I highly recommend it! :)

A highlight of this month was definitely my show at The Basement in Nashville. I got to play New Faces Night with full band and it was a FANTASTIC show and turnout! My new guitar arrived in the mail the day before and it was perfect timing for the show! You can check my Facebook page for the live video stream of the performance. That was my first full band show in Nashville and it was at one of the famous venues I'd always wanted to play! Definitely not the last time I'll play there. Things are rolling and I finally booked recording dates in August with producer Skylar Wilson and IM SO EXCITED! Stay tuned for my FIRST single ya'll!

As always, keep up to date with my journey through my IG account @jennyteator 

xoxo,

JT

 

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Worth the wait.

Hey everyone! What a crazy past two months... let's catch up.

TOUR: That was amazing. Sheridan and I travelled to New Jersey, Vermont, Boston, Hampton Beach and North Carolina for a house concert tour, a total of 8 shows. It was one of the most confirming, revitalizing experiences for me. As a singer/songwriter in Nashville, its very easy to forget how unique a writers round is. We are surrounded by them, play them, watch them, BREATHE them. But once, you take yourself out of that saturated environment and share that experience with people who have never seen one, its the coolest thing to witness. Their reactions, feedback, emotions felt and most of all their connection to our songs were evident. That is the most satisfying feeling for me as a songwriter when someone can relate and connect with the words of the song.

One of the guests came up to me with tears in her eyes and said, "Every lyric you sang was the next thing I wanted to say!"

Needless to say, my heart is full and we are excited to do this again on the WEST coast in California this fall. 

Recently, I had my FIRST full band show in St. Louis (my hometown) at Old Rock House opening for good friends Al Holliday and the Eastside Rhythm Band! What a treat that was... we had a blast on that stage and the crowd was AWESOME. To hear my songs come to life with a full band for the first time at rehearsal gave me goosebumps. Since I've been in Nashville, I've mainly just been playing these acoustically. I'm so excited to get into the studio soon to put some tracks out and do the damn thing! Patience, patience, patience. Like I always say, timing is everything.

Within the last year, I've noticed that certain things ARE worth the wait. I get high off of the hustle, the positive results from that hustle, and overall growth that I've experienced through it. The best part?: This is JUST THE BEGINNING! My beliefs have been in tune with my actions, which in turn has given me the happiness I've been waiting for. I can't wait to see where this journey leads. Stay tuned ya'll. Good things be comin! Keep up to date with my shows and announcements on my socials @jennyteator 

xoxo,

JT

"I eat Monday's for breakfast."

HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE! It's been a minute since I've written on here. All good reasons though, I've been staying busy with music, writing, making connections, friendships and growing in all areas of LIFE! I couldn't be happier. :)

If you haven't noticed from my Instagram posts, I am a big fan of entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk. I knew of him over the years but really started paying attention to his philosophy and posts right before I moved to Nashville. He's my spirit animal. He's real. He's optimistic. He's motivating, and there's no bullshit with him. That's MY GUY! Why aren't there more of him? If you haven't heard of him, go do yourself a favor and look him up right here:  https://www.instagram.com/garyvee

 The title of this blog says it all (and he says it a lot). He's all about positive vibes, putting in the work, and for god's sake STOP COMPLAINING. I think we are all guilty of it, but its good to have that reminder every now and then and he continues to promote what I've been trying to preach.

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The last month was particularly rough for me with two deaths, trying to find a house, plan a house concert tour AND rehearse for it amongst other life events happening. This meme perfectly depicts how I felt:

LOL! I love memes so much.

ANYWAY- no complaints over here, I've stayed busy and have been juggling all the things I WANT to be juggling. This is exactly what I asked for and the hustle is real. 

But the hustle feels so good. 

It's kind of addicting and exhilarating...

Especially when you see the results. That's the most satisfying part! Good things are happening ya'll. Stay tuned. Next up: House concert in Georgia this Friday! STOKED! Talk to you soon,

Always keep up to date with me on my

Instagram: @jennyteator <3

xoxo,

JT

Life Really is Like a Box of Chocolates

Dang, it's been a few weeks since I've checked in. Lets catch up!

Two weeks ago, I was able to take some time off and drive back home to see baby Wylder, the newest addition to the Gaston Carroll family. What a dream he is. I've been babysitting his 2 year old brother Jasper since he was a few months old! They are my second family needless to say. Just before I took the trip, life has been...well, like a box of chocolates according to Forrest. I really didn't know what I was going to get into. Luckily, the timing of everything yet again felt right. I met a few people who began to start motivating me again. Who I could learn from, experience things with, musically and emotionally.  At the time, I wasn't looking for it but they came into my life when I needed that booster. 

When my grandpa passed, I took some time off musically to work on my body, mind and soul. I wasn't inspired, or motivated mentally to write a song or play. I thought I'd immediately turn to my guitar for an escape, but surprisingly, it just wasn't there for me. I did yoga for a week straight, and fell in love with it. My body thanked me as well. I work at Nashville's tallest rooftop bar as a cocktail waitress and I absolutely love it. They are long shifts, but the money is good... too good. So good that I am able to get away with only working 2-3 shifts a week. That was so important to me because I came here for one reason: music. I couldn't just work my life away, so I made sure that I found a spot to give me the freedom to do so- and I did. The time off was much needed and enjoyable but...it's time to get back to the grind.

I feel rejuvenated, healed, and overall, happy again. (YES!)

I woke up yesterday with a fire in my ass, I was ready to get shit done. Here's what I accomplished:

  • I booked a show in Rochester, New York in September
  • I found room lighting and a better camera to shoot my next video coming up. (stay tuned!)
  • Secured another performance in a few months I was asked to participate in (secret for now)
  • Sought out vocal coaches and got one!
  • Worked out
  • Did a shit ton of laundry
  • Cleaned my entire apartment 

#stayproductive

I can't stress this enough. It is the absolute best feeling when you can stay productive working towards the end goal- which for me is always knocking off things from my to-do list- and finish the day with results like above. It keeps you motivated and positive when you know you put the work in and you see it fall into place. I'm back in it, and I can't wait to show you all what is next. For now, I need to prepare for my American Idol audition!

Keep up to date with my adventures in Nashville through my snapchat: jenmariestl

Cheers ya'll! 

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This, too, shall pass.

Those words have never resonated with me, until recently. I fell in love with the phrase. It's a good reminder that everything is temporary, good and bad. As much as I post about how happy I am here in Nashville, which I am incredibly so, there have also been times of sadness sprinkled in. Life just... happens. I normally would start off by saying "Happy Friday ya'll!", but not today. Today is an emotional day. A day of mourning.

As I walked into a local coffee shop this morning to meet with Skylar, a new friend and hopefully prospect producer, I received the news that my grandfather had just passed away. He was 93 and just had surgery for a blocked valve in his intestines. He was recovering well, but today something happened internally and with the blink of an eye everything changed. I didn't know what to do. I began to weep, but quickly realized where I was as people started to stare so I stopped myself (barely). I then see Skylar and of course the cordial greeting was, "Hey! How are you?" I was almost speechless, but managed to carry on the conversation being upfront about it all. At that moment, I was just glad I had someone to talk to and he's continued to show that he is a caring person, on all fronts. So, thanks Skylar.

The weeping happened as soon as I got to my car. Oh, it all came out. Flashes of memories with him were racing through my mind, especially the more recent ones of when I visited him in February of this year. Overall, it was a very foreign feeling to me. I've never reacted to death like this. I couldn't help but wonder, why? My grandma and other relatives passed away years ago when I was younger, naive and maybe didn't realize the importance of life or what death can do to someone's emotional state. I felt guilty. That I didn't feel for theirs like I did today. That I didn't weep like I did today. My heart never ached like it is now. What does that mean? Was I just heartless then? I hated myself for even remembering my lack of emotion then compared to now. The saying, "You were just too young to understand" just doesn't cut it for me. I wasn't that young, I had a brain, I knew how emotions worked, or so I thought. I was sad but nothing like the reaction I had today. All of these realizations and thoughts crossed my mind within seconds. 

Growth. Maturity. Life. These are the answers to a lot of my unanswered questions that I've come to accept, realize and embrace. These are the words that my parents probably used when trying to explain things to me growing up that probably went in one ear and out the other.  I've grown so much in just the last year experiencing pain, heartache, companionship, opportunity, success, independence and most importantly, clarity.

Clarity: "the quality of being certain or definite."

I've never been more certain of where I need to be. I've never been more certain of the reasons why I feel the way I do today. I'm certainly not going make the same mistakes twice. And I definitely know that this pain too, shall pass. Grandpa, may you finally rest in peace with Norma. You are a true hero. To all of us. <3

Paul Teator 1924-2017

WWII-101st Airborne, Korea-7th Infantry Division, IBM-World Trade, Retired 1984