Past CMA Fest Blogs:
Susie Brown- http://jencita.tumblr.com/post/24446527851/susie-brown-appreciation-post
Mallary Hope- http://jencita.tumblr.com/post/25326277108/cma-fest-week-mallary-hope-appreciation-post
Amos Heller and The Agency- http://tmblr.co/ZgL93yNizAua
My Week with Kristy was pretty awesome. :)
I should probably mention how I became involved in knowing about her and her music, well obviously other than American Idol Season 7.
One of her managers is Shawn Pennington who also manages Thompson Square. He wanted me to get involved and help promote her so I told him I needed to check her out and get to know her better. I mean you can’t really promote someone you don’t know. :) So we have been tweeting and chatting a bit before CMA fest so in a way it was like meeting up with a new friend. :)
My first time seeing her would be Thursday night at the Thompson Square Concert. She was one of the opening acts. I was hoping I would be able to recognize her in person… You know how you see people on tv or online but then when you take them out of that environment and just throw them on the streets with us common folk… you never know if you will be able to point them out! lol
Well Thursday was the first night at LP field but I decided to skip, even though I could of gone because The performances didn’t start until about 1030 or so and Thompson Square didn’t go on until midnight. buttttt i wanted a good place in line and I was after all first in line. :) There was an 11 year old girl by me too, Grace. I wasn’t sure if she was one of my twitter followers or not. See I kept seeing people who I think followed me on twitter but not sure… Like they would say hi to me and I would say hi back and act like we were old friends… but they never said who they were… or I would see people who I think recognize me from twitter and wanted to come say hi, but got shy or something and just didn’t. lol well as it turns out, I don’t think she did follow me or she wasn’t even sure. I don’t think she uses twitter much. but she had a little sign on notebook paper and she wrote on their I love t2, Shawna and Keifer and I’m your #1 fan. lol it was cute.
Her dad was there and he does work on guitars for a lot of people, including Keifer and Even Grant and other members of Taylors band and just a whole bunch of people. Grace was telling me she got Keifer’s number out of her dads phone lol!! I don’t think she”s used it though. lol So We pretty much waited in line for idk like 2 hours maybe. which seems rather long and boring. But I totally wasn’t bored at all! I had seen some of T2’s and Kristy’s Team earlier.
I saw Lesley (her other manager) and she introduced me to her mom and told her that I should be on pay roll for them. :)
then as it got near I saw Kristy walk in! She looked so pretty!! I tweeted her!! lol I just saw you! and she tweeted back and asked where and I said going into the wildhorse saloon. and she laughed.
Later Shawn walked by and said to me “of course you’re first in line.” hahaha What Can I say… So we finally got let in. Grace and I headed right to the stage. We were off center, on Shawna’s side <3
It was a lil bit before they got started and I saw Kristy by the tables and I went over to say hi. I was just standing by her b/c she was talking to someone and then she turned and said “Jencita?!” haha I guess I’m pretty recognizable :) I don’t really remember what happened after that. I think I gave her a hug. lol I have the worst memory. My brain also shuts off when I meet someone for the first time. however, I think it went something like she said it was nice to meet me? in person? Anyway I do remember she said she would be hanging out around there for a lil bit because her family was there. I went back to the front of the stage and a lil later Shawn told me to go tell Kristy it’s time to work. So I took grace over and I went and told her and then she said ok and headed back stage.
there were about 5 acts before T2 came on, and Kristy’s was the shortest?!?! WHAT EVEN??!! Not cool… not cool. lol She did great. I really liked the beat and music and you’ll be wanting to put “I don’t Care” on repeat. I recorded it for you. I also love the Country look she has. Not many Country singers actually dress country if they are female. They go for the more glamorous look. But Kristy shows you can still look sexy while looking country. :) - I feel slightly awkward saying that But idk how else to put it! lol
You can also watch her entire performance here:
Seriously though!! Watch it!! the music is Amazeballs :)
For More pictures go here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.189602941166669.39994.189457157847914&type=3
The next day Kristy had a performance at the Bic Soleil Stage at 11am. So I got there a lil early and got front row Center stage. What Can I say… I’m her best fan and we just met! lol I’m just a pretty much amazing fan lol.
I tried to get some good pics and recorded one of her songs about the Military. I wanted to record more but I was having too much fun jamming out! :) It’s hard to sit still and record a song when there’s good music going on. :) I took lots of pics though :) I hope you enjoy some of them. :)
For more Pictures go here:
Here she is singing Airborne Ranger Infantry
After her set she came over and signed and took pictures. :) I brought My American Idol book. lol I tweeted her a picture of it before so she said “you brought the book.” lol I Got a picture with her too. :)
Here we are :)
Later that day Kristy had a singing at the Carl Black booth which was outside in downtown. It’s not something you needed a wristband for or to stand in a hopeful line. They had name tags with a number on it. I guess once they are all passed out or the time of their singing is up then they are done. So I went to go see Kristy again and while I was waiting there was a T2 Cut out!! haha :) I sort of took a picture with it
and Later had Lesley and Shawn take one with it too. :) Lesley is also Kristy’s manager and she works with T2 as well. :)
P.s. i do have shorts on under that… I would just like to point that out!
So I got a personalized picture of Kristy. This one was her official photo so I said “now we’re official.” and she said we were definitely twitter buddies and she tweets me more than anyone. I said same for Shawn. lol :) She’s so nice and sweet and she’s really pretty and she sings awesome too. :) I’m so excited for her album to come out and I hope that some of you will check it out? Maybe? I mean when have I ever let you down with my musical choices? :)
Look how cute our picture is!!!!!!
So as it turns out Kristy had a fashion show with Wrangler the next day! So I went to that :) I was up front center so I could record this video for y’all :)
Then I hung out with Shawn and Kristy’s mom. :) Shawn introduced me and told her a lil about me and then they were trying to come up with a name for me. They kept saying I’m more than just a promoter and needed a title. lol Shawn finally came up with Duchess of Artist Advocacy. Put that on my resume! boom! lol
We took a picture for Susie Brown with her Golf ball, since Shawn is obsessed with Golf lol
After she got off stage she took a few pics with people and the girl who took mine sort of covered the flash so it turned out funky? or cool? unique? lol
Kristy had to wait awhile before they all went on stage for a group type thing. Shawn was over there talking to her. She was peaking out through the curtain. I guess to hide her outfit? lol When they were done her mom said I could go over and say bye. I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it for Kristy’s signing thing the next day b/c Charlie Worsham was playing at the same time. So I was kind of sad because I’m honestly not sure when i will see her again. She has to launch her album and promote it and maybe do a radio tour or something? I’m not really sure right now. But it could be a long time again so I was kind of sad. It was fun going to the events and getting to see her and interact with her and see what a true and genuine person she is.
That’s one good thing I love about country Artists. A lot of them are so friendly and honest and true, not all of them are that way. I’d like to think I have a pretty good judge of character… I also watch people before I decide if they are good people or not. usually everyone just starts off as a bad person until they can prove otherwise. lol Can’t be too safe right?! :)
Well Kristy definitely proved to be good people :) It’s definitely been awhile since Idol and that can be hard for people. To show that they have more to offer people than what that show gave them. She stays very active, training horses and riding. She is on a show called Goin’ country and she hunts and hikes and does all kinds of stuff! It’s really quite incredible. :) She loves God and she treats her body right and doesn’t smoke or drink which I really admire. Not that it’s bad if you do. Just certain people choose not to. We don’t need that in our lives or to have a good time and i respect people who make those choices. :)
Shawn was heading to the airport after the show and Kristy’s mom said i could go over and say hi to Kristy. I was being kind of shy. lol So I gave her a hug :)
As it turned out… Kristy’s signing was from 2:15pm-3pm and Charlie went on at 2:45pm and it was just down the street so I decided I would try to do both. So I got to the convention center Early and sort of just wondered around. The person in charge of the line before Kristy said to just check back there and if there weren’t a lot of people they would just take us right away.
So I was waiting and then they asked if I wanted to meet Jaida Dreyer so I said sure why not and I went through her M&G line.
Soon it was Kristy time! Lesley was there with her and I was glad because Lesley is so nice! I enjoy seeing her too :) :) :) :)
I was 3rd in line to see Kristy. :) I had her sign a picture of herself for a contest I will be having later to help get her promoted. :) I made her a fan twitter which you should all follow! Its called @CookLees and I will follow you back on it :) I also made her a fan Facebook account www.facebook.com/kristyleecooklees
The good thing about fan accounts is that they post more about the artists then the artist does. So i pretty much just find new pictures/videos/articles and post them for everyone to enjoy. Artists themselves don’t have time for all that and even if they did they probably only can have certain things on their official pages. That’s the great thing about being a fan page! Anything goes! as long as it’s positive! So if you want to stay up to date with Kristy then follow her fan stuff!!
I also will be getting a signed copy of her new album when it comes out to give away on her fan sites! So there are perks involved. :) Shawn said he’d get that album for the giveaway. :) Maybe he can get me one too ;) hahaha
So I wanted a lil bit different of a picture since we already had 3 this week, so I decided I was gonna sit on her lap. :) She patted her legs and then it was so funny, when I sat down all these cameras got whipped out and people started taking pictures of us! hahaha. I guess we are pretty adorable and it was definitely my favorite picture with her this week <3
I was really sad to leave, honestly. When you go from seeing someone everyday to possibly not seeing them for a year or so… it’s torture! At least we have media ways to keep us connected. :) I thanked her and Lesley for everything and my week with such great people ended. </3
it was definitely a week to remember. One that can never be repeated or replaced. I’m truly thankful for everything and I’m so glad that I am able to be a part of the lives of such great artists in even a small way. I can’t tell you how awesome it is to have them know who you are and to have them appreciate things you do. :)
I’m thankful to Shawn for getting me on board and I’m thankful to Kristy for being open to having me and for being so kind. :)
So you should all follow her on twitter @Kristyleecook15 and be ready for a great album coming out soon! The single should be out next month I believe. Im really excited for what’s in store. Who knows where the road will lead, I’m just thankful to be able to see where it goes.
I would also like to point out that you should connect with artist while they are on a smaller scale and do things like promote them. You never know when someone is going to take notice or that… when their management and team notices and you get to spend time with your favorite people. That is truly priceless. :) If there’s one thing I learned this week it’s that no artist is too big or small to not notice you.
I had two other artists say they’d seen my tweets or ask if I was on their twitter. (Little Big Town and Sunny Sweeney). So you never know who will notice and if you do truly feel passionate about artists then promote them to no end. :) (Note if they are already huge they probably don’t need a lot of promotion and your efforts although appreciated aren’t needed as much as smaller artists).
So get on board! Check out new music and don’t be afraid to fall in love with someone new. When you close your mind to new things, you can be missing out on something great that might change you for the better.
I know Kristy is going to have a wonderful ride and I hope to see more of you on board with her great music. Don’t make me say I told you so ;)
Thank you again for a wonderful and unforgettable week. I love you <3 :)