Metaphorical Remotes & A Year of Bliss  

Hi! 

Haley here. It's literally been over a year since my last blog post. (Gasp!)  

I know, I know. I'm ashamed. But I've spent this past year playing over 50 shows, meeting Taylor Swift, performing at Klipsch Music Center, writing album #2, recording album #2, getting a band together, and planning out an enormously exciting 2016.  

Sometimes life spontaneously decides to move in fast forward. I've found that bliss coincides with a faster moving clock and despondency is fond of slow motion. I'm really disappointed with the way that works out, but maybe it's so in our sad moments we have more time and head space to reminisce about the fast forward moments. Regardless, this has been a year of fast forward featuring me desperately scrambling to find the pause button. There has to be a balance somewhere. There has to be a play button.  

I suppose I have two options.
  
    1) Spend a lifetime stressfully navigating a metaphorical TV remote.  
    2) Stop looking forwards or backwards. Look around.  

I think I'll take the second option. (Or at least try my best.)  

How about you?  

xo,  
Haley 

Happy Anniversary Haley Jonay!  

Moments ago I was cyber-stalking myself on YouTube (no shame) and I stumbled across my very first video I’d ever posted anywhere of myself singing and playing guitar. It was my cover of “Safe And Sound” by Taylor Swift, uploaded to YouTube on January 24, 2012. (Link to video at bottom of post) Exactly three years ago today. That was the day I decided to go by my first and middle name: Haley Jonay. Of course this caused a massive tsunami tide of nostalgia, elation (much better than deflation if you know what I mean *wink wink nudge nudge*), happiness, and above all: pride. Pride for how far I’ve come as a singer. Pride for how far I’ve come as a guitarist. Pride for my awkwardness not being as awkward. Pride for all the smiles I’ve seen. Pride for all I’ve accomplished in the past 1,095 days. Pride for all I’ve overcome in the past 1,095 days. Pride for staying true to myself. Pride for the fact that if I were to meet thirteen year old Haley Jonay and tell her of what the next three years would bring, she would be enchanted, awestruck, terrified, and proud…in the best of ways.

Never would I have imagined writing my own music, let alone recording and releasing a full length album. The idea of performing to an audience of dozens was a seemingly unreachable fantasy, little did I know I would soon play to a crowd of thousands. The thought of people connecting with my music and lyrics was that of a dream, and now it is reality. Never would I have guessed that I would not only meet my idol, (Ed Sheeran) but sing a duet with him. The idea of headlining my own concert, with my own band, at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino with 500 of my friends, fans, and family (all the same thing) was beyond my wildest dreams. You see, it is a marvelous thing to know that I would make my thirteen year old self proud. I think of all the rejection, all the hate, all the times that I thought I would never belong, and rejoice in the fact that I’ve found this beautiful kingdom where even at my loneliest, I’m never alone. I’ve met so many genuine souls in these three years. I’ve met some that aren’t so genuine. I’ve made friendships that will last a lifetime and then some. I’ve created my own never-ending storyline. I’ve lived life with an open heart and mind, which always proves to be the right decision. With the help of all of these things mixed together, I’ve found the most important thing of all: myself.

Tonight the Real Scene TV coverage of my Album Release Concert airs on NBC after Saturday Night Live. Talk about something that would make 13 year old Haley proud, because it definitely makes 16 (almost 17!) year old Haley ecstatic.

Thank you to each and every person that has supported me and my music in any way, shape, or form. You know who you are, and I most certainly know that I’d be nowhere without you.

So Happy Anniversary Haley Jonay. Three years down, infinity to go.
 
Love,
Haley Jonay

MY FIRST VIDEO EVER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUY5eI-_XQ8 

My Album Release Concert!!! 

December 21, 2014
When I was nine years old I went to the Hannah Montana concert with my mom. I was absolutely awestruck by the symbiotic relationship between the artist and audience. All of those people went to be entertained and make memories. In turn, Miley Cyrus aka (spoiler alert) Hannah Montana got to pursue her passion and share the magic of music with the audience. It's a huge circle, quite similar to the circle of life. *cue Rafiki and Simba* Except it isn't a circle of life and death, it's an awakening. So maybe it’s not a circle at all. Maybe I just wanted to make a Lion King reference. I don’t know. ANYWAY. Music awakens a part of us that we usually didn't know existed. A lyric can change a point of view or a melody can change a state of mind. Since I was a little girl, I've dreamed of being the artist on stage, looking out to my very own audience for whom I can share the magic of music with. On December 19, 2014 my wildest dream became a reality. I headlined my very own Album Release Concert at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. (EXCITEMENT.) Not to mention, I HAD A FULL (absolutely insanely talented and incredible and amazing) BAND. AND it benefitted Helping Hands for Freedom. AAANNNDDD I had super fantastic opening acts (The Kenan Rainwater Band, Carson Diersing, and Brenna Faith). AAANNNNNDDDDDDDD all of my friends, family, and fans (all the same thing) were there to support me. On a scale of 1 to 10 the entire thing was a 1738202947126213900713. I want to give a HUGE shout out and thank you to my partner-in-crime, manager, and dad Jim Foreman. Without him, none of this would have been possible. We built this event from the ground up, and I couldn’t be more proud of the result. Love you Dad! A big thank you to my Mom for being my 24/7 support system and best friend. Love you so much! Thanks to Amber and Zac Brooksher for dedicating your time, intelligence, and love. xoxo Thank you to my entire family for loving and supporting me. Thanks to my AMAZING band: Darrick Day, Jay Olson, Joe Boelinger, Dan Bilger, Kenan Rainwater, Hannah Groves, and Carson Diersing. This wouldn’t have been possible without your incredible talent. Thank you to Jim Mackie, Jim Brown, and everyone at Indiana Grand Racing and Casino for providing such a magnificent venue. I’m honored to be a member of the family. :) Thank you to Helping Hands for Freedom for being so super supportive of me and my dreams. Thank you to the incredible sound and lighting engineers. Thank you to Dave Wallace, Seth Rainwater, and Thomas Dove for capturing my dream in action. Thank you to Erlewein Mortuary and Craven, Hoover, and Blazek Attorneys at Law for being so generous and kind. Thanks to RealScene TV. Thank you to all radio, print, and visual media that covered or promoted this event in any way. I’m eternally grateful. Thank you to Khris Hale of Infiniti Images for the album artwork. Thank you to The Kenan Rainwater Band, Carson Diersing, and Brenna Faith for being super talented and awesome. It’s an honor to share the stage with you. I wish I could send a fruit basket or shiny car or a (insert something extravagant and fancy here) to each and every person who played, helped with, loved, enjoyed, or supported this event or my CD in any way, shape, or form. If you fit one of those descriptions: I'm forever in your debt, you amaze me, I'm so grateful to have you in my life, you are above and beyond, and thank you SO MUCH. You are a legend. It's nearly impossible to wrap my mind around the fact that you chose to spend your time and hard earned money on me and my music. It blows me away in the best of ways. I tear up when I think about how beautiful and kind you are. I'm so lucky and blessed. This is only the beginning of something glorious. I don’t know what the future has in store for me, but it’s the best feeling to know that you’ll be by my side. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year! Be merry and bright, let it snow, and remember: The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.
Love,
Haley Jonay