Wow. Thanksgiving has come again! Time sure flies when you’re having fun. And “fun” is a word we could all use to describe our experiences at Country Music #CMchat.
The other night I noticed a trend during our Twitterview Community Questions when Jessica Northey asked what we are thankful for this year. Our cadre all included #CMchat as something for which they are grateful. This didn’t just include the opportunity to write about country music, something we all have in common, but it included the incredible friendships and bonds that have been built among those of us who make up the team here at #CMchat.
I often refer to Jessica Northey as a wheel that has an abundance of spokes. That is no different here, as Jessica is truly the epicenter of #CMchat. Everything she is, everything she stands for, and everything she has created with her own two hands is why each of us is here and why we have one other and the friendships for which we are so appreciative. To put it quite simply, Jessica is the magnet that attracted us all to #CMchat and, on a daily basis, she is the glue that holds us all together.
What you all don’t see behind the scenes is the tremendous amount of respect, gratitude, and trust Jessica shows her team. She includes everybody in decisions, she hands all willing members opportunities, she goes to bat for us in many ways when we aren’t even looking, and she never fails to say a giant “THANK YOU XO!” or remind us how much we are loved by her. If you’re lucky, a boss like Jessica will come along once in a lifetime and each of us feels blessed to have had that boss enter our lives.
With that being said, Jessica Northey, the Country Music #CMchat Cadre wishes you a very Happy Thanksgiving and would like you to know what we are thankful for this year, since we wouldn’t have any of this if not for you:
Tiera Bolt – The best things in life happen unexpectedly. That’s what happened when the blessing of #CMchat fell into my lap! The past five months of this experience for me have been rich in learning, developing meaningful friendships, and connecting with country stars and fans alike. I’m so incredibly thankful to Jessica for reaching out to me, believing in me and taking a chance. Above all else, relationships are irreplaceable and priceless. Each relationship I’ve formed through this opportunity is what I’m most thankful for! THANK YOU, LOVE YOU!!!
Scotty Bredin – It’s not every day that an opportunity to help chase your dream falls in your lap (or your inbox). It’s crazy to think that it was just a few Aprils ago that I was first introduced to Chat and the journey that ensued. I have a saying about the industry – ‘it’s not what you know, it’s who you know’. If I said I expected the person on the other end of an email to provide me with all that you have, it’d be a white lie. I can’t reiterate enough how thankful I am for all that chat has provided me. THANK YOU for this opportunity and for all the help/mentorship you provide.
Jammie Chasteen – I am so thankful for the friendships, opportunities, and community that #CMchat has brought to my life in such a short amount of time. THANK YOU, Jessica, for letting me into this crazy awesome country loving family. It’s an honor to be able to work with you and learn from your expertise. I’m so excited for what 2015 is going to be for all of us!
Scott Colvin – For the longest time, when people asked me what I did for a living I’d say, “I’m a writer, who hates writing.” I found little to no joy doing it for so many reasons. And then Jessica Northey came into my life. She provided me with a tremendous opportunity to join her amazing #CMchat family, which continues to grow (we may need a bigger house). In my short time here, I have never felt so appreciated, and dare I say loved. Jessica, I am so thankful to be a part of this. Your guidance and friendship means the world to me. You have truly brought back my joy of writing AND being part of a team. Thank you. As for that team…The Cadre…it’s such a pleasure working with and befriending such a talented group of people. I feel lucky to know you.
Taylor Davids – This year I was offered one of the biggest opportunities of my life thus far. I was offered an internship with Jessica Northey and #CMchat. I could not have been more excited to take this offer and still am just as joyous! Everyone works so hard to put together what we put out!! It’s like a puzzle- every one has a piece and everyone fits together to make it work! I am so extremely grateful to Jessica for what she has done for me and what she is doing for others!! She gave me a chance on something I may have never gotten otherwise, and I thank her for that! I’m thankful for all of my #CMchat crew and the friendships I’ve made! I believe people come into your life for a reason at just the right time, and this year it was #CMchat. Thank you to Jessica for being a rockstar always and to everyone else on the team, because TEAM work makes the DREAM work!!
Bailey Dombroski – There is always so much to be thankful for this time of year, but I am so thankful and blessed this time around to be a part of such an amazing group at #CMchat thanks to you, Jessica! It is always hard for people to see what potential young people can have, and you take a chance and let us have time to shine and opportunities that we would never have otherwise! I am so thankful for this incredible opportunity and the chance you took on me working with you! It has already been so much fun, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds! I am so thankful for you, Jen, #CMchat and the entire cadre! This is the best place to be a part of, and I am super blessed and thankful for you!
Kaci Mueller – Thank you Jessica and the #CMchat crew for giving me an incredible internship opportunity and for believing in me along the way. This Thanksgiving I am especially grateful for the chance I’ve had to work for the site and for the awesome friendships I’ve made. Can’t wait to see what’s ahead for #CMchat!
Nicole Piering – This time of the year is always great for reflecting on what we’re most thankful for. While I’m always thankful for the obvious things – friends, family, food – this year, I have an extra blessing to be thankful for, and that’s #CMChat. Since joining the “cadre” earlier this year, I have been presented with experiences, opportunities and, most importantly, friendships that have exceeded my wildest dreams. Thank you Jessica for allowing me to be a part of this crazy ride, thank you #CMChat for being an outlet for my ramblings and thank you to all of my fellow “cadre” members for being equal parts talented, insane, passionate, hilarious and unique. I love you all! Happy Thanksgiving!
Ashley Robinson – This time of year is often one of reflection of things to be thankful for and one person that is at the top of my list is Jessica Northey. What she has so selflessly given to me is a friendship that I cannot find words to express my gratitude for. Her passion and enthusiasm for LIFE is contagious on every level and to be associated with her and CMChat is a dream come true. The work the team at CMChat puts in to make it a success is a constant motivation for me and I just hope Jess and the gang know how thankful I am from the BOTTOM of my wil’ heart!
Jen Swirsky – I am thankful for the creative, sarcastic, and brilliant people I am virtually surrounded by every day. You each make me up my game and challenge myself regularly. I am thankful for the unique opportunities that have come my way and the experiences I have had; we only live once and I am so blessed to have checked things off my bucket list at the hands of #CMchat. I am thankful that I get to be on this ride with Nicole Piering, someone I have known since 2002 … way before your love, guys (get it, NP?). And, of course, I am incredibly thankful to my best friend, my big sister, my partner in this country music universe, and so much more, Jessica Northey. I just want to say what seems like a way too small “thank you” to Jessica from the bottom of my heart. You are my pillar of strength, my voice of reason, my occasional voice of illogic, and somebody who supports me and believes in everything I do. You mean the world to me, and for all that you are, thank you. I love you (long time). AND, to our readers/followers: thank you to you if you are reading this! Because of you we have had an amazing 2014 and we couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you! Our readers/followers are the best!
Brittany Vance – I’m thankful for so much this year. I’m thankful for the lovely Jessica Northey and her faith in me and my dreams. I’m just a small town girl from southern West Virginia, dreams are very far and few between where I come from. Jessica has not only been a friend but also a mentor and role model. I’m also thankful for my fellow cmchat friends who inspire me and support me (and make me laugh so dang hard sometimes!) I’m thankful for country music and its ability to make me smile, laugh and sometimes cry. Last but not least i am thankful for all the readers who read my stuff and continue to help me grow as a writer. I look forward to many more memories with Jessica as well as #CMchat.
Tyler Winters – I’m thankful for my family, friends and the #CMchat family. Also thankful for Jessica Northey for giving me the chance to ride this crazy train that is Country Music Chat with her. You’ve already created such a great team and are on the verge of turning #CMchat into an absolute powerhouse!
The Country Music #CMchat Cade wishes you all a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING! We are so thankful for your support this year. And, again, none of this would be possible without the blood, sweat, tears, dreams, ideas, and visions of Jessica Northey. THANK YOU for bringing us together and taking us under your wing (oh, you know, just a little bit of turkey humor to close). WE LOVE YOU!
Thank you to Scotty Bredin for the amazing graphic!