Chrissy DePauw

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MY BEST LIFE

I was married to music all throughout my twenties. It was exhilarating and I had some pretty cool things happen like songs in major motion pictures, college tours and sharing stages with some A-list artists. I then got married to the super handsome bass player of The Ivy Walls. I sang on a lot of songs on his band's albums. I even had a duo project of my own named ArtPeace with the most ridiculously talented Grammy and Oscar nominated songwriter Taura Stinson. But when things kept not panning out the way I hoped, the feeling of defeat set in and I slowly started putting music on the back burner. Several years just flew right by. Then my niece was diagnosed with Leukemia. I dusted off my ukulele and started singing her favorite songs to her in the hospital. Her eyes would light up and I started to remember why I loved to sing. When we would receive scares with her health, I would think to myself if anything were to happen to her I don't think I'd ever want to sing again. Then the worst happened. It was truly one of the most devastating things I’ve ever experienced, but an interesting thing followed. I got a surge of energy and desire to live my best life, and a HUGE part of living my best life is making and playing music. Its just that now included on my set list are some “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and “Baby Shark” because I know my little angel is listening.

The true beauty of music is that it connects people.
— Roy Ayers
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