A video she posted of the performance on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTQTNJcZXsc) shows her shaking as she stood up to receive a round of applause. When the performance was over, Courtney said she put the video camera down and shed tears of joy.
"Kelli is a talented and passionate young writer," Farm Hands' bass player Daryl Mosley said. "Other artists have already contacted her wanting to hear her songs. And the Farm Hands are very happy that we've been able to help open some doors for Kelli."
Courtney received several compliments from the band's strong fan base in Nashville. She was able to spend time with the band and make some good contacts within the industry while there. As for an explanation of how the trip was for her, she says, "Everyone keeps asking me that and all I can say is, it was awesome."
In the time since she submitted her contest entries, and since she made the trip to Nashville, Courtney has continued writing. She has a few more songs that are nearly done. Lyrics come easily, but putting the music to it is the challenge. Courtney was busy writing a new song the night before our interview.
As Radyo Flyer's bass player and singer, Courtney has lined up a couple of gigs in July. The band will play at Tuesdays in Indianola on July 8 and a music festival in Strawberry Point on July 25. Throughout this time, she will continue to put her songwriting talents to use, telling stories of things she knows and those she appreciates in life.