With a fresh and energizing sound, Stephanie Boyd’s debut album Touching Sky will put a smile on your face and a skip in your step. Unique lyrics, heartfelt vocals and top quality production will inspire and uplift you. With brand new original songs and a novel take on some favorite hymns, this CD will stay with you every day of the week.
Growing up in New York, Stephanie was drawn to the power of music from a young age. While she was originally trained in classical singing, Stephanie always gravitated towards more upbeat and modern music. With her debut album, Touching Sky, Stephanie combines her love of traditional messages with fresh music. Since moving to Utah, Stephanie has worked closely with well-known artists including Jenny Phillips, Tyler Castleton, and Michael McLean. She was also featured soloist with Sally DeFord. She has a master’s degree in environmental science she and her husband have enjoyed building and selling businesses together. Stephanie is married with four children (and one on the way!) and likes to read, garden, run and bake fun birthday cakes.
Guest Post – “I used to be as big as my foot”
Yesterday, as I was driving in the car with my 6 year son, we began talking about babies and how they begin so small in their mom’s tummies. He didn’t quite believe me and asked a lot of questions. He looked down at his strong little body, and said incredulously, “So… I used to be as big as my foot.”
Looking at how big he was now, it did seem funny and a bit unreal. But yes indeed, we all started out teeny tiny small and grew over time. My son was so impressed at the growth he had made since being that small. He looked at the hands that can pull him up the monkey bars and the legs that let him run with the big kids. He was truly amazed with his own progress.
How often do I think about being in the womb, being teeny tiny small and how much I’ve grown? Pretty much never. I am focused with my future and my goals and all the experiences I want to have. I am a runner with (modest) race goals, a mom with hopes for each child, a reader with an endless list of books, and a gardener with plans for a great harvest in the summer. I am also a singer and songwriter with big dreams. I have been singing for years, but am newer to songwriting. Music flows in my veins and surrounds me all day. I work and rework songs and am always thinking about ideas for lyrics. But writing songs is not easy and fluid for me. I find it hard to translate my lofty thoughts into a concrete phrase. I feel like the words from The Sound of Music: “How do you catch a cloud and pin it down?” I have written songs I am very proud of, and then start to worry I will never write a fun, fulfilling song again. I fret about the future and what might happen. But maybe I should remember when I used to be only “as big as my foot,” musically speaking.
I started singing around the house as a young child as I imagined being Ariel from The Little Mermaid, but I didn’t have a big loud personality. I was typically shy and reserved and lost in my own thoughts. As a teenager I drove my sisters crazy singing harmonies to all the songs in the radio, but was still scared stiff of singing in front of an audience. I felt very driven to sing and develop this talent, but broke out in a sweat before each performance. Today I can pretty much sing in front of people with no problem. What was the magic pill to take away the anxiety, you ask? Nothing magic at all… I just did it. A lot. I felt more comfortable at church, so I performed there. And I simply did it many, many times. I sang numerous songs while being choked up for the first 30 seconds, just squeaking out the notes until I could settle down. I used to pray and pray my annoying nervousness would go away, and that I would grow and be confident and polished. Well, that prayer wasn’t answered in those early days, but it was answered. Through years and years of pushing my boundaries as a singer and simply working consistently, I am no longer “as big as my foot!”
So when I start to fret over the big wide future and what it holds for me as a songwriter, or a mother or anything else, I can just take a big breath. Hard work, consistent pushing and a bit of prayer can carry me through, just like it did before. In my life, I may not be full grown, but I can look back and see I am bigger than “a foot.” The future is uncertain, but I know I can work hard and keep going. Sometimes that’s enough. And I can smile and celebrate that.
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