The Josie Music Awards and Unforgettable Memories – October 2022 Wrap

Wow, I truly don’t have words for this month. I’m so grateful for the memories October brought me, from attending the Josie Music Awards in Nashville to celebrating a year since the release of Dear Diary and so much more. I can’t wait to share all the highlights.

My Weekend in Nashville for the 8th Annual Josie Music Awards

I’m still processing my magical trip to Nashville for the Josie Music Awards. My weekend was packed with adventures, and the awards show was beyond all my wildest dreams.

Demi Michelle and Luke Wood at the Josie Music Awards

I wrote a special blog post that shares every highlight from my weekend in Music City and experience at the Josie Music Awards. Definitely check that out here.

I created a video with all my photos from Nashville. I hope you enjoy it.

The Josie Music Awards gave me an opportunity of a lifetime. I’m so thankful for this experience. The memories I made in Nashville are golden, and I’ll forever hold them close to my heart.

One Year of Dear Diary

My JMAs nominated album, Dear Diary, turned a year old on October 15. I can’t believe my debut project has been out for a year.

Dear Diary Album Art

To celebrate Dear Diary turning a year old, I wanted to write about how I’ve changed since its release. It’s so fitting that butterflies have become a symbol of my brand because I feel like I’ve undergone my own metamorphosis over the past year. I wrote a blog post that explores the symbolism of butterflies and how butterflies have become meaningful in my life. I poured my heart into this reflection, so I hope you enjoy reading it here.

No matter how many records I create, Dear Diary will always be my first, and I’m so proud of this album. My journey of self-discovery and growth since releasing Dear Diary has been beautiful to experience, and I’m grateful my album brought about my own metamorphosis. I’ll keep on spreading my wings and dreaming.

“You Get What You Give” Held Number One for Two Weeks on Heart of Indie Radio

At the end of September, “You Get What You Give” hit number one on the Heart of Indie Radio Top 10. Many of my songs have charted, but “You Get What You Give” was the first to reach the top spot. 

After spending a week at number one, “You Get What You Give” held its spot for the first week of October. I’m so grateful for all the listeners of Heart of Indie Radio for loving this song.

Thank you so much to my Heart of Indie family for all your support. I love you all.

Round 2 on Little Known Tracks

I love doing podcast interviews, and even more, I love getting the opportunity to return to shows. My second episode of Little Known Tracks dropped on Halloween, and I’m the first guest to come back for round two. How cool is that?

Demi Michelle’s Little Known Tracks graphic

I truly enjoyed my chat with Sydney and Alex because they gave me the opportunity to talk about all the things I’m passionate about. I shared details about querying literary agents, participating in NaNoWriMo in November, Write on Track, and It Is What It Is. I also did a game of lightning round questions, and let me tell you, Sydney and Alex won the gold star for the most random questions ever. Do you want to know what I’d least like to juggle, what piece of furnature I’d eat, and more whacky and fun facts? Sydney and Alex ask all the “important” questions, and it was a blast.

My episode of Little Known Tracks is on Spotify and all other podcast platforms. I hope you enjoy it. Huge thank you to Sydney and Alex for having me back on the show. It was a fun time.

The Heart of Indie Radio Halloween Party

I’m honored I got to join Eddie again for our second annual Halloween show on Heart of Indie Radio. Unfortunately, I caught a not-so-fun cold traveling home from Nashville, so my voice isn’t great during the show. I still had a lot of fun, and I hope everyone enjoys the show.

Eddie and I played lots of bops and chatted all about Halloween, and it was a spook-tacular time. Grab some candy and listen to the show on MixCloud.

I’m looking forward to co-hosting the show again next year. I love Halloween, so I truly enjoyed this Frankens-tastic opportunity. Okay, I’ll stop with my Halloween puns now.

Speaking of Halloween, I dressed up for the first time since the pandemic. My costume should not surprise anyone. I’m a butterfly!

Demi Michelle and her friend Savannah dressed up for Halloween, Demi is a butterfly and Savannah is a sun goddess.

This is my friend, Savannah, and me at a mini Halloween party. Yes, we watched Hocus Pocus and ate Halloween-themed snacks. Happy Halloween!

Preparing for NaNoWriMo

Well, my friends, the time has come. I’m doing NaNoWriMo for the first time. November is National Novel Writing Month, and after preparing to write my third manuscript for two months straight, I’m about to finally write it.

This month, I took part in a super fun virtual conference called “Write a Novel in a Month with NaNoWriMo,” and I loved every minute. The conference gave me great tips, helped me spot holes in my story I still needed to fill, and overall, got me excited to write my book. The conference was the motivational kick-in-the-butt I needed, and I’m feeling super confident about taking the NaNoWriMo challenge.

For many people, drafting a whole novel at all would be daunting, let alone in one month. Though I’m a bit nervous, I’m mostly excited and eager. I’ve been planning my book for a while now, so I can’t wait to finally bring the story to life on the page. Wish me luck as I sprint my book next month. I’ll definitely write about my NaNoWriMo experience, so keep a lookout for that in November.

So, that’s a wrap on the October highlights. This was a fantastic month, and I’m grateful for all the memories.

November Sneak Peek

November is going to be a super wild ride. I’m releasing my EP, It Is What It Is, and my third original Christmas song, “Winter Cold.” On top of that, I’m doing NaNoWriMo and participating in a virtual writing conference. Then, there’s Thanksgiving and starting to decorate for Christmas. Everyone’s favorite elf is about to make a comeback! So, in short, if you need me in November, I’ll either be writing my book, doing interviews, or getting stoked for Christmas.