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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Play it Forward


Kenz was invited to be a part of this amazing line up.  
David Devaney asked if she would be a part of a Benefit Concert at The Stereo Room,
 all the money earned would go to an artist in need.  
She didn't know the artist personally but did a little research 
and couldn't pass up the chance to be a part of something so amazing.
The line up was incredible.  
The TALENT was superb.  
The kindness of the musicians was impressing. 
David Devaney and his wife, Krista, are INSPIRING.
They put this concert together in one week.  
Hoping to get the word out.  
THE WORD GOT OUT!!  
People filled the seats... & the floor & the hallways.   
 Standing room only.  
Some of the audience knew who would receive the money and many had no idea.  
I LOVE our COMMUNITY!!  

David Devaney welcomed the audience and introduced the performers.

 Stuart Edge sang 2 songs. Then John Allred.  
He asked if Kenz would sing one of his songs with him.
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Take Me to Church with John Allred



After John was Kenz


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Oh Darling - Beatles




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Creep - Radiohead



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Who's Loving You - Jackson 5
(Thank you to Aimee Vargus for taking pictures)


Then Nate Smeding, Nate Turley, Rilee Nicole, and James Dawson WOW'd us all.
Jarom Rasmus Hulon briefly explained that he had recently decided to change his path in life and serve a mission for the LDS church adding that once he made this decision "all hell broke loose." (which usually happens in my opinion).  Then he sang. 
Before the last performer, David emotionally announced that Jarom was receiving the money.   
David gave credit to his beautiful wife, Krista, thanking her for allowing him to make her vision a reality. 
 It was awesome.  
Jarom was speechless, humbled and honored.
Amber Lynn Stoppel performed and the night ended with one more song by ALL the performers. 

This was a night I will NEVER FORGET. 
A sold out show for someone in need.  
I hope if you read this post that you click on the names highlighted 
and see what amazing people live in our community 
that are doing wonderful things with their talents.  

And then many took photos - Including this fun "selfie"!

Visit Jarom's blog to learn more about his experience and journey. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Fox Interview Life a Year After Idol

Kenzie LOVES Annie Cutler!
Click HERE to see the video













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5:45 pm Teaser!!  We watched this over and over and over.  Too Funny!





LDS LIVING Article

LDS LIVING - click HERE to see the magazine.
Click HERE to read the entire article.

Eighteen Mormons on Reality TV 
Who Stood for Their Standards.

American Idol

16 Mormons on Reality TV Who Stood for Their Standards
You can’t talk about Mormons on reality TV without mentioning American Idol and David Archuleta. However, the famed singer wasn’t the first Mormon to compete on the show. Carmen Rasmusen Herbet made it into the top six during the 2003 season of American Idol. During the show, her modest dress standards repeatedly put her at odds with the show’s wardrobe stylists. In fact, a stylist was quoted in Us magazine as saying, “She has a fantastic figure, so [her religious guidelines] are restricting.” But Carmen stood her ground every time—an impressive feat for a teen in a high-pressure showbiz environment. “I really think I found strength beyond my own,” Herbert says. “I wanted to do what was right. I wanted to dress modestly. I was taught to stay true to my values and stay true to myself—even after I went out into the world.”
16 Mormons on Reality TV Who Stood for Their Standards
Five seasons later in 2008, LDS singing sensation David Archuleta was also criticized for his values, in particular, his humility—skeptics thought it was an act. Immediately, David’s friends came to his defense. “People just didn’t understand how David could be shocked when the judges complimented him,” says Dean Kaelin, David’s voice coach. “People thought, ‘How could he not know how good he was?’ Not only does David have a beautiful voice, he is just a good, good kid. That was a shock to America. People couldn’t accept that he was just a humble kid.”


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19105David Archuleta: Still Making Headlines
After his success on American Idol, David Archuleta saw tremendous success both in his music career and out in the mission field.  In addition to his mission to Chile, Archuleta continues to stand for his beliefs and inspires through his music and his considerable charitable work.  
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Though Archuleta lost to David Cook in the show’s finale, he’s gone on to have a successful singing career—and even put his work on hold to serve a two-year mission in Chile. He returned home with honor in March of 2014. Other Mormons on the show include LDS singer Brooke White who competed on the same season as Archuleta and endeared herself to the judges and fans when she explained that he’d never seen an R-rated movie or had a drink of alcohol. She was eliminated after making it to the top five.
16 Mormons on Reality TV Who Stood for Their StandardsAnd just last year, Latter-day Saint Kenzie Hall had a shot at performing on the show after being selected to advance out of 40,000 applicants. However, in a surprise twist, the show eliminated five of the 15 female contestants without ever allowing them to sing for America’s votes. Though disappointed, she told the Deseret News, “All along, I knew I had to rely on my Savior because He sees the bigger picture. And I had a good experience, I think, because I kept to my standards, and I’m proud of that.”
Photos courtesy of LDS Living; Deseret News. Left: Carmen Rasmusen Herbet. Right: Kenzie Hall. 



Thursday, January 1, 2015

Shout Out to Shabby Apple

Kenz "frolicking in the snow in (her) new Shabby Apple skirt.

Give them a look HERE

#showyourshabby 

Skirt found HERE

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Helping with Stuart Edge

You all know that Kenz LOOOOOVES being in the recording studio. 
Stuart Edge invited Kenz to help with harmonies on his upcoming EP.
Kenz was HAPPY to head to Audio West to work with Stuart, John Allred, and David Devaney
Click on their names to learn more about these talented men. 


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Dallas Nelson's Farewell

Dallas Nelson has been called to serve an LDS mission in South Carolina.  He asked Kenz to sing at his farewell.  She knew exactly what she wanted to sing... except the piano music was in the wrong key for her.  We knew who we needed to call.  Mr. Jake Justice.  Click his name to learn more about how BRILLIANT he is!!! 
He met Kenz on Saturday and looked at the music, added a few scribbles, and played it beautifully.  They ran it twice.  
This was their second run through
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Got to church a few minutes early on Sunday and ran it one more time then performed BEAUTIFULLY!!!  
I am so grateful for people who say YES when they are asked to serve and share their talents.  I am also very grateful others are INVITED to serve.  This is the first time Kenz has been asked to sing in sacrament meeting.  No one thinks to ask her.  I was a proud and thankful mom today.

Monday, December 22, 2014

What's Your Notion?

If there is an elephant involved, she wants it.

Check out Notion Threads HERE
Get the shirt HERE