Exactly one year ago today, I performed at my first open mic. I have since had the privilege of playing over 60 shows, meeting hundreds of new people, learning from some of the most intelligent individuals I’ve ever met, and experiencing things I would have never even dreamed of just a few months ago. I truly cannot thank enough all who have helped me thus far. It has been a crazy, fun little ride this past year and I cannot wait for what’s to come!

In addition to my family and friends, in no particular order (except for the first one), a HUGE thank you goes to:

My parents, The Philadelphia Songwriters Project // Dena Marchiony, Andrea NardelloUp the ChainCasey AlvarezThe New York Songwriters CircleChris Caulder MusicFort Washington School Of RockBroad Street Music Group, Jay Levin, Ross Bellenoit, Sean Svadlenak, Rob Shaffer, Jeff Hiatt, David Wilcox Music, Tyler Ward, Passport NYC // Molly Hott, Jonathan Finegold, Helen Leicht’s Philly LocalWXPN, Frank Cunningham, Phillysocial.com, Chico Huff, Fred Berman, Jaron Olevsky, DAVID POERobby HechtBeth GoldwaterGravity Given Productions, LLC, Brian Malouf, Hometown Heroes WSTW // Mark Rogers,WFMZ // Eve TannerySoundstage – WCHE 1520 AM // Nicole ZellRock on Philly, Philadelphia City Paper, Musikfest // ArtsQuestPhiladelphia Folk Festival //Philadelphia Folksong Society360 Mag // Vaughn Lowery, Tunes for Tots WorldwideThat’s So PhillySteel City CoffeehouseHoward Pitkow Photography, Donn Frank, Pottstown Mercury, Ed Condran, www.SkylerTunes.com, and so many more… I sincerely apologize in advance if I have forgotten anyone!

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