Sunday, December 18, 2016

Do You Have Room

This Holiday season Kenz was asked to sing Do You Have Room twice.

Once for our new ward's Young Men/Young Women Christmas Activity.
And then Emily Briggs if she'd sing in for her ward in Suncrest for their Christmas Program.
She worked with a new accompanist Paul Tonks.  It turned out beautiful
Of course I didn't film the actual performance since it was a sacrament program 
but I did film part of the rehearsal.  
Such a pretty song!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Kenz turns 20

Kenz got to sing at a YM/YW activity on her birthday.  
She and Wyatt drove from Provo and ran over to a neighbors house so that she could sing Do You Have Room (Kim Granger accompanied).  
This was the first time Wyatt had heard her sing.  
She didn't get to warm up and struggled a bit (she will hate that I said that) but it was still beautiful.
Then she came home and opened gifts.


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Concert of Hope

Kenz was asked to perform at a Memorial Concert honoring 2 students 
(click HERE to read about the accident)

Kenz met the darling three students that survived the crash before the concert began.
Lauren Fenton's mom takes a picture with Kenz before the show.

Kenz spent a lot of time trying to decide what was appropriate to sing.  
It was supposed to be a night to celebrate yet both parents and students were invited.  
The National Parks were there to get the crowd dancing and singing 
- which they did and it was AWESOME!
So Kenz decided to keep her set a little more reverent... so to speak. 
A big thank you to Sarah Davies (Piano Place) for accompanying her on piano. 

Kenz started with The Dreamer since she loves the song's message and it is up beat.
She mashed up Saturn and Here Comes the Sun knowing that those two bands were favorites of the two students who died.  
And closed the night with Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

I was proud of her performance.  
Her heart was so touched by the families and she admitted after 
that she struggled to keep her emotions in check -
 wiping away tears and trying to clear her nose to be able to sing 
in the middle of all three of her songs.  
Some performances mean a little more... this was one of those.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Haight Ashbury

Found the nearest music shop to be able to cross "jam at Haight Ashbury" off the bucket list.  so much music history happenin

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Traverse Mountain with John Lindahl

John Lindahl (X-Factor) 

Note from Kenz:
major talent from this kid! Soon fun to meet you. Sorry I called you a hottie twice during my set. 

John Lindahl - Wayne (97.1) - Kenz

Want You Back - Jackson 5

Delicate Art - Kenz Hall Original

Wayne is awesome!!!  We can't wait to see him again

Concerts Pictures: Ryan Sellers

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Singing at a Mission Farewell

Kenz sang with her cousin, Jessica Allen, at Sam Allen's mission farewell.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Trip to LA for a New Job?

Kenz has been offered a FANTASTIC opportunity to work in LA for the next few years. 
She was invited to come out and see if it was a good fit.
She was there from July 19-22
I was in St. George with my boys so Grandpa Earl (my dad) filled in for me.
She absolutely LOVED the job and can't wait to get started.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Draper Days - The Piano Place

Kenz teaches Guitar at the Piano Place.
She has a bunch of kids that she enjoys teaching.
This year they got to be in the annual Draper Days Parade.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Miss Draper Pageant Performance

Kenz was asked to sing the National Anthem and an original song for the 
Miss Draper Pageant.

She has always been so grateful for the support 
she has received from the Draper community that she happily accepted the invitation.

She got there at 3 pm to sound check but none of the sound guys were there.  
No biggie.

She got there at 6 pm to sound check and it was a pretty chaotic moment.  
Those that have worked with Kenz know she doesn't really need a sound check 
and can do a lot of her sound all by herself.  
So that is was she chose to do.  
She decided not rely on the sound tech but just use her own amp and mic. 

After getting all set up back stage 
and assigning someone to help her get her equipment on stage for her, 
she came out to chat with me.
She kept saying... "I have a bad feeling about this."  
I reassured her that it was just National Anthem nerves talking.  
She does NOT enjoy sing the National Anthem.

The show started and she sang the anthem (in a key she had never tried before) but sounded GREAT!  
(She had her note in her head and then someone tried to talk to her before hitting the stage and her note was gone.... 
This & the fact that she is a perfectionist when it comes to her music is why she doesn't like singing this song.)

Then I started getting text from her.
K: "Mom.  Is something burning on the top right corner of the curtain?"
Me: "I don't see it but I can smell it."
K: They're calling the fire dept.
I found it.  
It's actually on the other side.
Lights on a curtain.
I don't want to go on until it's fixed"
Me:  "it'll be fine"

And she is announced to come and sing.

It sounded great.  
A mash up of her original song One Good Reason 
(click here to listen and/or buy
and the classic Stand By Me.  
Half way through the song,
 the audience is laughing and she has no idea why. 
Broke my heart.

Note from Kenz:
Congratulations to Miss Draper 2016 and cute Rachel Parkinson (Miss Draper Teen) and everyone else involved!  And shoutout my special friends who joined me on stage as well. 

By the end of the song, she figured it out. 
Several firefighters decided to walk behind her as she was singing to check out the fire.  
Our sweet Mayor Troy Walker apologize profusely 
stating the firemen insisted on taking the quickest and straightway route to the fire.

She did her best to cover up the crazy moment but was still horribly embarrassed.
She had planned to stay and try to sell some of her merchandise after the pageant 
but made a quick exit with a few tears in her eyes.

I personally was SO proud of her 
grace under pressure 
(I would have said "fire" but there have been way to many jokes and puns about this one. - again poor kenz).

I know someday she will laugh about this one.  Maybe not today but someday.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Miss Draper Workshop

Kenz was asked to speak to the girls running for Miss Draper about Staying True to Yourself.
She shared her experiences with American Idol and about the internet.
She also encouraged the girls to embrace their weirdo and
Stay Rad

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Union Middle School Anti Bullying Week

Kenz was asked to speak at Union Middle School for the Anti-Bullying Week.
She talked about Inner-Bullies (self), Bullies at School, and Cyber Bullies.
Her main message was "regardless of what the outside world demands, stay true to yourself."