What a busy summer it has been! As always, much to my dismay, it is flying by! Between summer classes and my internship, my time is occupied, but well spent. I’ve been spending three days a week interning at Baltimore’s NBC affiliate, WBAL-TV. I am a Mass Communication major at Belmont, so I’ve been waiting to finally have real, hands on experience within a newsroom. What an education my time at WBAL has been! The best part is going on assignments with professional reporters are learning from them what it takes to put together interesting, informational news stories. Hopefully by the end of the summer, I’ll be able to post some of my reporting work up here for you all to see!
Don’t worry, I still have some music news! Anyone in the Baltimore area should come out to the 8 x 10 on Friday, July 26th. I’m opening for a talented local artist named Jenny Leigh. It’s going to be a fun show with some new material…and of course I always love meeting new friends So mark your calendars!
Happy Summer! Stay cool!
What a whirlwind last few weeks it has been! It’s crazy to think that in just two weeks I’ll be halfway through college. It seems like just yesterday I was a freshman in high school, fresh out of America’s Got Talent. How time flies…
As some of you may know, I am a Mass Communication major at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. I love Nashville and feel so blessed to have adapted so well. Nashville is a very good substitute for my beloved Baltimore. However, for the first time in two years, I will be spending the summer in Baltimore. I am excited to finally get to be with my family for a prolonged period of time. I applied for a number of media-related internships in the Baltimore area and am proud to announce here first that I will be an intern this summer at WBAL-TV Channel 11 News! The station is Baltimore’s NBC affiliate (just like the channel America’s Got Talent is on! Coincidence? Fate? Probably both). I am thrilled and honored to have this opportunity and will be sure to update about the work I am involved in. I’ll probably post a video or two, also
Oh, major PS, do any of you all watch The Bachelor?! I am a HUGE fan and especially enjoyed watching this past season with Sean! For those of you that follow my Twitter (@julienneirwin31), it is no secret that I love me some Sean. Well, today he showed up in Nashville and I got to meet his handsome self! He was every bit as gentlemanly as you might imagine! Below, you will see me positively giddy over meeting him. Heck, who wouldn’t be?!
Love you all! Happy Spring!!!!
I am writing this blog post on my second to last day of being a teenager. It is strange to think that in two days I will embark on arguably the most important decade of my life — my twenties. I am leaving behind the carefree time of my teen years and entering the decade in which I will graduate college, start a career, probably fall in love and get married, live on my own for the first time (outside of a college dorm), buy my first car on my own, possibly live in multiple states, maybe even have a baby (not until the end of my twenties at the very least!!). So much will happen in this decade and that is very exciting, and also very daunting. I’m sad to leave behind my teen years, as soon, there will be no excuses anymore. I cannot fall back on the fact that I am “young”. I will have to make it on my own. I have full confidence that I can do just that, but that doesn’t make the thought of it comfortable. To think of all of the very adult things I accomplished in my teen years (America’s Got Talent, a tour with country music legend Kenny Rogers, musical performances and talks all across the country) as well as all of the “normal” things I did as a teenager (prom, football games, class president, etc.), I am happy with what came out of my teen years, and can only be excited about what the next decade will hold. It seems like so recently I was thrilled about turning 13 — oh to finally be a teenager! I sure hope my twenties do not fly as quickly as my teen years. I can only imagine and be excited about what I’ll be writing in my blog post on the eve of my thirtieth birthday. Here’s to the memories I will soon make!
In closing, thank you all for sticking by me now into my twenties! It’s amazing to think all of the changes that took place in the last few years. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun!
Wow! Well time has just escaped me! I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve updated!
It’s that time of year where you’re in the midst of the doldrums of winter dreaming of sunshine and warmth. I think if Nashville is going to be as cold and gloomy as it has been, then for goodness sake, please at least SNOW! Anyhow, I’m not going to bore you all with conversation about the weather.
Things are well on my end. I’ve been very busy with a new semester of challenging classes. I’ve been applying to internships like crazy. Cross your fingers for me! I’d really love to have one for this summer! I’ve been really getting into song-writing. I used to drag my feet at the process and find it hard to enjoy, but I am so glad that that is changing. I’m excited to see how my music develops because of this new found enjoyment with song-writing. In my last blog post, I posted a video of a song I had just recently written. If you all haven’t heard it, check it out in the post below and tell me what you think! It’s a little sample of some things I’ve been working on!
Hope you all are making it through the winter blues! What helps you through the blah-ness of winter? Hot cocoa? A good read? Maybe you love winter and ski/snowboard? Let me know because I’ll take any suggestions on how to get my mind off of summer time
I know this time of year is crazy. We’re all rushing around to buy gifts, bake cookies, while still trying to soak up every minute of this special season. The hustle and bustle can really swallow us up, but I wrote a song that really applies to the attitude we should all have this time of year. Please watch the video below that shows my brand new song that I wrote with my friends Melissa Bollea and Bill DiLuigi.
And please SHARE SHARE SHARE SHARE SHARE That would be the perfect Christmas gift to give me!
Enjoy your time with your family! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TA7ZLhbJMYY ( <———WATCH THIS VIDEO!)
PS, so glad y’all lived past today
I hope you all had a restful Thanksgiving full of many blessings! I spent mine back home in Maryland with family. I’ve noticed that the more I am away from them in Nashville, the more I appreciate the precious time we get to spend together every few months. It gets harder to leave every time, yet as soon as I am back in Nashville, I know it is where I should be.
I do have an exciting update for those in the Maryland-Virginia-DC area! I’ll be singing the National Anthem at the University of Maryland Men’s Basketball game vs. Virginia Tech on Saturday, January 5th! If you can make it out. I’d love to see you!
Also, on another note, I realize that my blog is updated roughly every month. If you’d like more to-the-minute updates from me, please follow my Twitter @julienneirwin31. If you can sift through my sports tweets, you will find some good information on there Plus, I’d like to hear from you! So if you’re craving a little bit more information from me, check it out!
Have a wonderful holiday season! Keep me posted on all that you all are up to, and I will do the same
See you at the UMD game hopefully!
Tonight was one of the nights that reminded me how blessed I am to be in Music City! My attorney holds a big party each fall to benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation which supports leukemia, cancer, and AIDS. The party is a huge success every year (in fact, this year it was moved to a bigger location!) and because of its successes, famous songwriters that my attorney represents perform. The line up is always an A+ list, and this year did not disappoint. This year’s line up was Jon Randall, Jessi Alexander, Don Schlitz (yes, you read that right, Don Schlitz), and ironically, Tracy Lawrence. They all performed their hits which collectively include “The Gambler”, “The Climb”, “When You Say Nothing At All”. and “Whiskey Lullaby.” I was especially so excited that Jon Randall and Jessi Alexander and also Tracy Lawrence were playing for a few reasons. Firstly, I was happy to see Jessi and Jon because I saw them as a little girl in Baltimore. They opened for Trisha Yearwood and I was instantly mesmerized by Jessi’s voice. Tonight, she was even better than I remembered. I talked to her afterwards and was touched by her incredible kindness. I was also excited to see Tracy Lawrence because he is who I opened for this summer in Wichita. I never got a chance to meet him at the show, so I went up to him tonight and introduced myself.
I will never take for granted being in a room with such exemplary people. These people are my idols! I have been so incredibly blessed in so many ways and I never want to lose sight of that. Nashville, Belmont, and my family and friends have opened so many doors for me. It’s up to me now to work hard to make all of my dreams come true –whatever they may be.
This phrase ^^ has been stuck in my head recently. It’s been my motto of sorts. I’ve always been a girlie girl. Ever since I was young, dress ups and Barbies were my favorite toys. Somethings never change, except I prefer to use myself as the doll and try a million different outfits on myself. While it may seem like what I’m talking about has nothing to do with this blog, but it really does relate to it. Dresses, glitter, and pink are all things that make up me. Music, cowgirl boots, the Baltimore Orioles are also all things that make up me. With all of the stress of school picking back up, it’s easy to forget the things about yourself that make you uniquely you. The six examples I listed above are just a tiny fraction of the many special interests I have that create my personality. I’m writing this particular blog to motivate myself to not lose sight of all of the things I love, but also for you to do the same. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day problems that arise. Let’s all vow together to not let them get the best of us as easily. I’m going to be using this post as a reminder of this. Give yourself a mantra if you can, some wise words that can pick you up when you’re feeling down….maybe even try going to my home page and playing my songs. They might lift your spirits
At any rate, we’re three days away from fall…Happy Autumn everyone! And drop me a line if want to. I love hearing from you
Can you believe summer is winding to a close?! Well, maybe not for people still in school. Y’all have another month left. For me, summer pretty much ended on Wednesday when school started back up for me at Belmont in Nashville.
It’s so funny, when meeting new people on campus I keep wanting to say “Hi, I’m Julienne, I’m a fresh…I mean sophomore!” Sophomore feels good. It sounds more accomplished and more settled in to life at Belmont. While I’m little apprehensive about the paper-writing to start up, I am excited about the classes and all of the activities in which I immerse myself. Also, it’s wonderful to be back in Nashville full time to focus on music again! I’ve got some shows coming up in September and October at the Hotel Indigo in Nashville. Keep checking here and on Facebook and Twitter for updates about that!
Hope you all had a great summer!!
As if this summer had not been great enough, this past Saturday I sang the National Anthem at the Baltimore Orioles game. For most people, this would be an exciting night, but for me, a HUGE Orioles fan, “exciting” doesn’t cover it. This was my third time performing the National Anthem at Camden Yards, but it was by far the most memorable due to some interesting/comical/legendary circumstances.
Saturday’s game was special because the Orioles were commemorating former star, Eddie Murray. Among him, other Orioles and, frankly, baseball greats included Ken Singleton, Ozzie Smith, Jim Palmer, Brady Anderson, famous Orioles manager Earl Weaver, and Cal Ripken, Jr. I was initially thrilled to just be sharing the field with them in a pre-game ceremony, but I ended up partaking in so much more. As I’m sure you may have guessed, moments before the pre-game ceremony honoring Eddie Murray was set to begin, monsoon-like (no, I’m not exaggerating) drenched the stadium and near-sold out crowd. The Oriole dignitaries and I rushed back into the stadium to seek cover. Because there was no word on how long the rain would last, I ended up seeking shelter with some of my Oriole heroes for the next three hours! Earl Weaver told stories of seasons past and his famous dislike for the umpires, Cal Ripken, Jr signed a few autographs…it was outright amazing! Finally, as I said, after THREE HOURS the rain delay ended and the crowd returned to their seats. I performed the National Anthem with such pride for Baltimore (where the Star Spangled Banner was written), my Orioles (since I had just heard so many incredible stories from the players themselves!) and for my country. It was an experience I’ll never, even forget. Now I’m hoping to at least be in attendance (or possibly sing the National Anthem hint, hint? ) if the Orioles actually make the play offs this year!