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Editor’s note: Atlanta’s artists face uncertainty in the age of coronavirus. To help us all connect, we’re offering this series. In each “In Our Own Words” post, an artist will share their experience, strength and hope as we all navigate a new normal.

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I got home March 3 from a three-week tour of California. I went from 100 to zero and that was a real difficult transition. I was in a bit of denial at first, my upcoming shows weren’t canceled yet. Then they started getting called off one by one, and it was scary going from expecting X amount of money to zero amount of money and wondering how I’m going to pay my bills.

Today, I’m going to go sing a few songs in someone’s front yard. And I’m doing streaming shows and that connection has made me feel better.  People are very generous about tipping, and I’m still able to do my job. It just feels like you’re singing into a void instead of to a roomful of people. But I’m very grateful for the internet and people on the internet who are sharing these moments with me.

I have good days and bad days. Every day it seems like I’m reminded of something I can’t do. I’m a rebel and when somebody tells me I can’t do something, then I want to do it. When the sun is shining, I try to get outside and ground myself. I’ve stopped watching the news. It made me sad and neurotic. I feel like I’m living in a little bubble in my kitchen by the refrigerator. 

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