Tammy Rochelle: Freedom In Paper Lines

In Best Practices, creativity, Curiosity, Music, Music Business, Musician, nashville, People that Rock, Songwriting, You HAVE to on July 26, 2010 at 6:00 am

Tammy Rochelle, "Liberty Spoke To Me"

In going where you have to go, and doing what you have to do, and seeing what you have to see, you dull and blunt the instrument you write with. But I would rather have it bent and dull and know I had to put it on the grindstone again and hammer it into shape and put a whetstone to it, and know I had something to write about, than to have it bright and shining and nothing to say, or smooth and well-oiled in the closet, but unused. ~ Ernest Hemingway

North Carolina native Tammy Rochelle has gone and seen and done.  Since an early age she has dreamed and believed more than the eye can see or ever imagine.  In the depth and breadth of her dreams was tucked the music and lyrics to her life story.  In addition to a zeal for all things creative, Tammy has a desire to learn and experience life.  Her quest to be written into the epic story of the world increases possibilities all while making dreams close enough to touch.

Interstate 40 took this dreamer from the shores of the Carolinas to the heart of Music City where she has been ever since.  Her first stop was in Eastern Tennessee for the foundational years of college where she began her journey as a songbird.  Previous to this point in her life, creativity came in the form of poetry, piano playing and singing in organized choruses.  As she connected with other students, they encouraged her to learn the guitar as well as pick up the pen and start combining her musical and poetic history into songs.

Landing ultimately at Belmont University, Tammy began to see her creative dreams take shape.  She recorded her first two albums with the help of fellow students in the studios on campus.  These rough beginnings were fundamental to her discovering who she was musically.  Since then, she has recorded 2 more albums in and around the Nashville scene.  In addition to recording albums in the studio, Tammy Rochelle has become a seasoned artist with 9 international tours through Europe, Canada, Australia, and Africa.  These experiences no doubt make her a well-rounded soul primed to put that journey into song.

A common thread in her story has been collaboration with other artists, writers, musicians, and dreamers.  “You are going to need someone else’s help.  So you need to be willing to help others along the way.”  Being an independent artist certainly has it’s challenges and Tammy realized early on that there is strength in support.  While in Eastern Tennessee she and a few friends were a part of the Holy Zealot Nation.  This group was a collective of artists, songwriters and musicians that would tour and play out with one another.  This experience was the first of many that helped her appreciate and celebrate the talents and passions of others.

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