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Saturday, December 29th, 2012

It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since I inquired about the vacant lead singer opportunity with Waking Vegas.  December 29th, 2011, my friend Jen texted me to let me know 1, she missed me, and B, Waking Vegas was looking for a new lead singer and I should audition.  I was not interested, for reasons I will not get into here.  But she persisted and told me to check Budd Birdsall’s facebook page for details.

So, I went to check it out.  Sure enough, he had posted that the band was looking for a new singer.  I was definitely intrigued.  A little excited even.  So, I took a chance and emailed Budd to let him know my interest.  Here is part of that message:

“Hey Budd.

Jen C. reminded me you were without a lead singer and looking.

I am interested in auditioning.

Love, love, love Jesus Culture. Consider myself the rock chick.

Love me some 80′s! Totally.

That may give away my age… 41. Most people guess me at 28…

I will admit to one substance problem. Diet Coke from McDonald’s. You will always find me with one before a performance. Not room temp water or tea with lemon. Diet Coke from the drive thru. I really need to give it up…

What else? I am a Christian, if that wasn’t clear.

I own my own marketing company facebook.com/firecrackermarketing. I do live events and promotions. (I ran Radio Disney for over 5 years.) Performance is not an issue for me. I love the stage.

I have known since I was a young girl that I am called into the music ministry. Not sure exactly how, but I am. I have been told by several people that I have an annointing. I do not take my God given gifts lightly nor do I EVER take credit for them.

OK. Hopefully that is enough to pique your interest. You can ask Buffa’s about me. They might not have anything nice to say about me, but, what ya gonna do… Ha…

Thanks so much. I look forward to hearing from you. Or I will stalk you. JUST KIDDING.

Lesley”

The message was sent at around 11:30pm.  About 15 minutes later, I got this response:

“Lets talk very sooon like tomorrow …you call me I have had this week off and I will be sitting by the phone wanting for you to call my number is 810-555-1212 …PLEASE”

Well, I did call the next day.  And Budd was NOT sitting by the phone waiting for my call.  It went to voicemail.  Hmmmpf…  I was ready to talk then.  So, I sat by my phone waiting for his call.  Tick, tock, tick, tock.  Time just kept ticking on.  So, I did like every other patient person would do, I called again.  Voicemail a second time.  Seriously???  Ooof.  So, I continued to wait.  Finally, the phone rang.  It was Budd.

We had a great conversation as he explained to me his vision for starting the band.  I was more intrigued.  And excited.  Was I really going to get the chance to be the lead singer of a Christian ROCK band?

We set up an audition and he sent me some songs to learn.  Two of them I knew the other two I did not.  But I learned them.

I told very few people about my audition.  I really wasn’t sure how I felt about it.  On one hand, I was excited, on the other, unsure.  I did not want to get my hopes up and have it not work out.  I prayed about it.  I told God if He wanted me in this band to make it abundantly clear and if He did NOT, to make it abundantly clear.  I would accept his decision.

Audition night came.  I had already met Budd once before when he was with another group.  I was introduced to Aaron, the drummer and Enosh, the lead guitarist.  We chatted for a bit, then the jam session began.  It was soooo much fun to be rockin’ out to live instruments again.  It had been a while for me.  I loved it.  But I kept my poker face on.  I was calm, cool and collected.  With my diet Coke.

I gotta say, I pretty much nailed the audition.  I kept trying to watch the guys for their reactions, but they weren’t giving me much.  But it wasn’t like I had any competition.  No one else was auditioning, so, unless they hated me, which was highly unlikely, I pretty much knew I had the gig.

We agreed to have one more session before a final decision was made.  I left the audition more excited than I had been in a while.  I wanted the gig.  I still continued to pray though.

After the second meeting, I was invited to join Waking Vegas.  I immediately turned it down.  Ha!  Just wanted to make sure you were paying attention.

It has been a crazy year for me in so many ways.  Lots of ups and downs.  Stress.  Drama.  Even depression.  But I have loved being a part of such an awesome group.  My Vegas family rocks.  In all ways.  I now have 3 brothers who will fight for me and die for me, never let me feel alone…  (OK, maybe not DIE for me, but those are the lyrics.)

Aaron, Budd & Enosh (alphabetical order), I love you guys and thank you for bringing me in to the band.  You are the best BB’s ever!  I am looking forward to an amazing 2013.

~Lesley