Oh the beauty, and the innocence of a six year old child! Too young to be self-conscious, or care what others think, and free enough to sing the song of her soul. Such insight of a third grade teacher who would take that little girl from her first-grade classroom and share her gift with the second and third grade classes. Equal was the wisdom of her first grade teacher who supported this, knowing the importance of self-esteem.
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This is where it all began for her, some years ago. Knowing as a child, that this gift of music was one of her Divine Purposes for Being, she would step up on a make-shift stage that she and her younger sister would create, so that she could "sing forth her heart". Never having experienced a concert hall or a crowd, there was no way of knowing what that might look like, yet that is what she remembers envisioning. "I would close my eyes, and there I would see people's faces, and heads as far as I could see."

Now she knows exactly what that looks and feels like.

"Music was a very big part of my life, having grown up in a large family with 5 siblings who were also musically inclined. Both of my parent's families could not have survived without music in some fashion. Back then, they produced home recordings. There's something about the nostalgia of picturing them sitting around in a huge living room with the record maker/player. My influences while growing up were the older country singers and later in my teens, the folk singers sang my songs. Everything I would hear, I would think, "I wish I would have done that song!"  I would listen to any album that I could get my hands on and if it was a singer that I resonated with, I was writing down the lyrics and running off to my room to put the words to guitar chords that would fit my vocal range. Major influences in my teens were Judy Collins, Joan Baez, Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, Melanie, Linda Ronstadt, and later on Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Pam Tillis. Although I couldn't sing like Janis Joplin, her version of 'Me and Bobby McGee' was the absolute best, as far as I was concerned. That song came to me quite naturally at the age of 13, and to this day, it is still one of the songs that I perform the most.  I even re-recorded it, including it on my album The Wind Beneath My Wings.
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"Oh the joy of choosing to live, and be blissful through sharing one's Divine Gift. What magic in being that Divine Star rather than choosing to orbit someone else's. Such a gift that I receive as you allow it to enter your heart and life so that I may live my ultimate dream... my ultimate reality.  There isn't one single performance that I am not honored to do and that doesn't come with such a depth of Gratitude for EVERYONE involved - the sponsors, promoters, media, musicians, sound techs, and most of all those who choose to take time out of their busy schedules to share a few moments of their time with me, as I deliver my gift of music and the spoken word.  My Deepest, and Highest Gratitude goes to the Creator of ALL THAT IS - I call my co-Creator God!"
 
Blessings of Peace,
Joy and Love to All.
Cathy Bolton