Just a Girl, Her Guitar and a Dream
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We all had childhood dreams.
Some of us dreamed of being a pilot, doctor or teacher, while others had more artistic dreams like being a dancer, musician, artist or author. Too often, life got in the way of really pursuing those artistic dreams.
I grew up playing in rock ‘n’ roll bands. But let’s be honest: it was my lack of real musical talent that kept me from pursuing the dream of being a rock star. Instead, I started a career and a family. I still played guitar, but my audience and bandmates were often my kids.
My daughter Kylie had childhood dreams too. Like many children, she did well at school and said she wanted to be a teacher when she grew up.
She also played saxophone in the school band and participated in many talent shows. At first, she would sing while I played guitar. By eighth grade, she had put together her own band. And by high school, Kylie was lighting up the stage on her own, doing the talent shows solo. Just a girl, her guitar and a dream.
Kylie attended Boise State University and planned to major in elementary education, but her real dream was to be a musician. After two years of college, I got the call most parents don’t want to receive.
“Dad, I’m quitting college and starting a band!”
Thankfully, Kylie was blessed with real musical talent and a passion to pursue her dream.
She and her friend Molly Fiorentino formed Steady Rush, a pop duo. Together they wrote and recorded original songs and performed hundreds of shows. Her mom and I were able to help too—not playing in the band, of course, but by being their number one fans, passionate marketers and dedicated stage crew.
Last year, they moved to Denver, hoping that a larger music market could get them the additional exposure they need to get to the next level. But no matter where you are, getting a break in the music business is hard. It takes more than just talent to make it. You need persistence, hard work and—oftentimes—a little luck.
In early 2015, that four-leaf clover arrived. Upon hearing of American Family Insurance’s plan to feature local bands in its Dream Fearlessly radio ad campaign, I thought it was a perfect opportunity. I wrote an email explaining how excited I was for the new campaign and asked if my daughter’s band could be considered.
Within 24 hours, Steady Rush’s dream of being on the radio became a reality! Featuring the single “Wrecking Ball” from their debut album (available on iTunes), the girls’ ad is making waves on 11 stations across Colorado and Idaho.
Whenever I hear Steady Rush on the radio, I’m excited and proud. After all, what father wouldn’t want his daughter to dream fearlessly?
Mark Hartman is an American Family Insurance Agency Sales Manager in Eagle, Idaho.