THE LAST WORD... it ’ Life is so frag­ile, I don’t want to miss


The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - THE LAST WORD... - WithShan­nonMol­loy

“EIGHT years of so­bri­ety has an im­pact on the way I feel in the world that I didn’t use to. It’s had an in­cred­i­ble ef­fect on my life.

I was sched­uled to go to Brook­lyn to do two days shoot­ing for Amer­i­can Idol when Ni­cole’s fa­ther died. The loss of Nic’s dad was just a huge, huge … I can’t even de­scribe what that mo­ment was like for our fam­ily. I was very, very close to Nic’s dad. It’s very fresh. It’s very re­cent. You lose a fam­ily mem­ber and you’re re­minded of the brevity of life and the fragility of it and how it can go very, very quickly.

I don’t want to miss any of it – none of it. I don’t want to miss any time with Nic or our fam­ily.

I don’t want to feel like I missed any mu­si­cal things, songs I could’ve writ­ten, and all that sort of stuff. I’m just try­ing to find a bal­ance to it all and en­joy it.

I have a lot of em­pa­thy for th­ese guys and girls singing on the other side of the Amer­i­can Idol desk, and I do feel what they’re go­ing through. When I was nine years old, I went on a show called Pot of Gold. Then there was another show called Have a Go, and another called Stair­way to the Stars.

For what­ever rea­son, my par­ents thought they were a good place for me to go to maybe not only hope­fully get a leg up ca­reer-wise, but also get some ad­vice and feed­back, which I cer­tainly did.

I was just think­ing this morn­ing, it’s un­for­tu­nate I haven’t been able to find any of those per­for­mances. Then I thought it may not be un­for­tu­nate after all. Maybe it’s a good thing!

I re­ceived pretty scathing crit­i­cisms in some of the TV shows I did.

I’ve also had ev­ery kind of in­sult and abuse hurled at me on stage (in the past). Some of it ver­bal, some of it phys­i­cal – lit­er­ally, things thrown at me.

Es­pe­cially grow­ing up in Aus­tralia, you play at some re­ally rough places. But it’s where you learn ev­ery­thing. I learned ev­ery­thing play­ing in clubs and slowly build­ing your way up. None of it threw me off my path at all. I also ex­pe­ri­enced huge amounts of re­jec­tion when I got to Nashville. I was 24 and I re­ally didn’t know any­one. I just showed up be­cause I be­lieved I was sup­posed to be there.

Some­one said to me once, after be­ing there for five years and still noth­ing re­ally hap­pen­ing: ‘Do you ever think about go­ing home?’ Never. It never oc­curred to me. I never ques­tioned it be­cause I knew I was in the right place and it would take what it took, and I just stayed the course.

First and fore­most, every­body has a call­ing and we just have to fig­ure out what that is and where it is. If it’s a real call­ing, I’m of the belief that ... if it’s what you’re meant to do, no one is go­ing to take you off that path.” AMER­I­CAN IDOL THURS­DAY AND FRI­DAY, 7.30PM, ELEVEN

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