February 14, 2020 @CarnegieHall
There are certain perfect moments in time where the energy you feel is more magnetic than anything you’ve ever felt before. A moment where everything you’ve worked for in your lifetime comes together, and you’re introduced to the best version of yourself for the first time. A moment where the vibration of the sound waves are so honest that your entire frequency actually shifts.
On Valentine’s Day, I made my Carnegie Hall debut with @TheNewYorkPops, conducted by @stevenreineke. To a sold out hall, I sang the songs of my greatest heroes and inspirations on the world’s greatest stage, one that has been graced by everyone from Tchaikovsky, to Judy Garland, to Pavarotti.
I began with Joni Mitchel’s ‘Both Sides Now’ - one of the songs that I’ve always gone to in order to feel things, but one that I’ve never sung on any stage anywhere. Singing it for the first time, I discovered those sides that live within you and within you with me.
I then had the gift of something more familiar. A song that I taught myself to sing and one that’s been with me since childhood. ‘I Will Always Love You’ - written by @dollyparton, but I grew up on Whitney. Whitney was the woman who shaped so much of me as a singer and an instrument until I discovered that I had the tools to be able to experiment enough to find a voice of my own.
And then I sang my own words. I got to sit down at the piano and for a moment, I got to be my own hero. I sang a song I wrote - ‘The Nothing’ - which was arranged and orchestrated by Steven. In that moment, I played and sang my own song with a full orchestra on a stage I’ve only ever dreamed of from the other side.
I shared the stage and sang with two artists I respect so much. @mandy.gonzalez and @thealexnewell. Thank you Steven, Eric, and the New York Pops for this night.
I may never have the words to describe it. And I will certainly never be the same. A standing ovation in the middle of the act. A dream that not only became real, but was more magical than I ever even envisioned it would be.
This was...the greatest night of my life. 📷: @LukeFontana