A Southeast Texas born and raised Artist who finds balance between work and play. Since the young age of 5, Courtney has loved music. She started singing in church with her family and was educated in music through middle and high school years until continuing her search for more musical knowledge as an adult. Her first professional performance was with the Texas Renaissance Festival as an independent artist in 2004, the same year she graduated college. After 5 years of teaching mathematics she spent a few months of self study and became a certified music teacher. She has taught music both privately and in public education and has enjoyed many other opportunities since, including her present position as music director at her community church. Her debut album, "Simple Things", was released November 2015 and her most recent work, "Tattered", was released November 2018.
Being she was raised on bluegrass, gospel, classic rock, country and folk, she has a broad range of musical interest. Her music is an eclectic mix of country, alt rock, Americana, spiritual and folk. She writes about her real life experiences and of those around her and likes to claim her music is a lot like Southeast Texas weather. "If you don't like it now, something is bound to come along
that you will".
Courtney was inspired by her first ever listening room experience when she opened for Bob Schneider at Courville's of Beaumont Texas in 2016. She has been hosting house concerts since 2018 in an environment her and her husband call, 7 Oaks Event Garden, with hopes of opening a true listening room venue by 2020. She has hosted performers like Redd Volkaert, Brian Pounds and has music planned up until November where her father, singer-songwriter, James T. Hale, will close out this years series.
Watching her father write and play music all his life, being a singer songwriter herself in an area of Texas that needs more venues for original artist has been her inspiration in advocating for the art and the artist.
Her motto is "Just because you aren't a rose, doesn't mean you can't bloom as a dandelion".