Little Miss Brianna

Brianna writes about how Sugarland holds a special place in her heart, and has even written a song for them. And if you haven’t seen it yet, she wrote a BEAUTIFUL poem about the tragedy in Indiana. (See below)

As I am writing this to you, I am listening to ‘Little Miss,’ and I can’t help but think about how many times I’ve listened to this song, and how I seem to learn something new every time I let the melody ring within me. That’s one of my favorite things about Sugarland and their music; I learn something new about myself every time I play one of their songs.

My name is Brianna and I am a senior at Illinois State University double majoring in graphic design and arts technology. I’ve thought for so long about what to write and how to write it, and I’ve chickened out every time from fear of letting out my secret. I grew confidence in seeing other people’s stories, so to anyone who has submitted a LMP story, thanks! =)

In the summer of 2008, I attended summer school at ISU, and lived in a dorm room all to myself. Not many students take summer classes, so the campus was practically empty. Everyday I went to class for a few hours, came home, and did my homework. I started writing poetry about various things that had happened to me in high school, because I was holding onto grudges sometimes, and I found that poetry helped me let go of the past. Those poems soon turned into songs, and for the entire summer, I went to class, came home and did homework, and wrote songs. Every day. Since 2008, I have written almost one hundred songs (92 to be exact), but I have yet to tell a single person about my dream of being a songwriter, until now that it is.

Three years is a long time to keep a secret, and throughout these past three years I’ve had days where I want to give up on this dream and stop trying to figure out ways to accomplish it, because in reality, I know the chance is one in a million, but I can’t help but feel like I’ll regret it later if I don’t try now. It’s hard trying to live out your dream when it’s a secret that you’re trying to keep to yourself.

So, this story brings me to Sugarland. Jennifer and Kristian are my absolute two favorite people in the entire world. I went to their concert in Bloomington, IL and when they first opened and I saw them and felt their energy, I couldn’t help but be completely consumed by their words and music. I’m heading to the Rockford, IL show next, and I can bet that it will only be another awe-inspiring experience. I admire their energy, their willingness to push the boundaries and to try new things, and their astounding vocal and instrumental abilities. What I love about them the most is how they seem to write a song about every single emotion or experience that I have been through. They have a song for me to dance to and a song for me to cry to, and several that fit in between. When I have had a bad day, the first thing I do is turn on Sugarland, and it somehow puts everything back into perspective. It fixes me; it takes all of the little broken parts and puts them back into a whole again.

I have adopted the infamous Sugarland heart symbol into my life. I believe that Jennifer and Kristian have a different kind of heart. They have this inescapable ability to take all of the stories from those who adore them (us fans), and put them into songs, and share them with us. They see who we are without really knowing us, they feel what we feel, and they open their hearts and let us in, and I hope that we as fans do the same for them. I feel as though I am finally ready to openly start to achieve this dream. I think it’s time. Sugarland’s lyrics have taught me well, and the song Little Miss in particular will continue to strengthen me and teach me new lessons everyday. That little heart with two wings means more to me than anything in the world, and Little Miss epitomizes me to my core. If there is one thing that I have learned from Jennifer and Kristian, and the anthems that they sing, it is to let your heart fly. Let it take you to new heights, to different places, on a journey that makes you who you are. I’ve written a song to Jennifer and Kristian called ‘Sugarland Heart.’ It’s a song filled with words that I would say to them if I could ever meet them. It’s about what they’ve taught me, and all that they mean to me, and what that little heart with two wings will continue to do for me. That Sugarland Heart is simply amazing.

The song:

The lyrics:

The words, you sing
They invade my soul, like you’ll never know
When I feel, so gone
I turn on your music and it proves me wrong
And I know that I’m loved, that I’ll somehow get up
From the place I’m in
You’re slowly teaching me how to smile again.

Because when I’m searching, to find my soul
You take all the parts, bring them back to a whole
When I’m broken you fix me
Tell me that it’s alright.
When I feel like the ends coming near
Your music’s like lending an ear
Helping my troubled soul find its way through the dark,
With your Sugarland heart.

My name’s, little miss
And I cry at night, hiding behind
My secret, dreams
That I silently wonder if I’ll ever achieve
But you know what it’s like, to spend your whole life
Trying to please everyone but yourself
I’m slowly getting stronger with little miss’ help.

Because when I’m searching, to find my soul
You take all the parts, bring them back to a whole
When I’m broken you fix me
Tell me that it’s alright.
When I feel like the ends coming near
Your music’s like lending an ear
Helping my troubled soul find its way through the dark,
With your Sugarland heart.

Not pretty enough, never been in love
Too scared to speak my mind.
But with Sugarland’s heart, I’m beginning to start
To learn how to shine my light.

Because when I’m searching, to find my soul
You take all the parts, bring them back to a whole
When I’m broken you fix me
Tell me that it’s alright.
When I feel like the ends coming near
Your music’s like lending an ear
Helping my troubled soul find its way through the dark,
With your Sugarland heart.

Brianna also wrote an incredible poem about the tragedy in Indiana. Absolutely beautiful.

One little heart, two little wings
A symbol of love, that strongly sings
Of raising your voice, when the darkness falls
Of lighting the fire, to be felt by all.

Seven angels fly, above overhead
Tears fall from the eyes, of the ones that were left
They pray for the strength, to get through every day
But even when it’s sunny, the sky feels gray.

The grieving is hard, the healing is rough
But you’ll make it through, surrounded by love
Shed all your tears, like rain to the ground
Because come one day, it will all turn around.

The haze it will lift, the sky it will clear
The anger subsides, and so do the tears
It’s not always easy, but you’ll make it through,
Because we see the strength, you don’t see in you.

One little heart, two little wings
A symbol of love, it strongly sings
Of raising your voice, when the darkness falls
Of lighting the fire to be felt by all.

Little Miss Mallory

Hi my name is Mallory, I’m fourteen and I live in Indiana,

I started listening to Sugarland in 2008 when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. I’ve always listened to country music my whole life listening to Shania Twain and Faith Hill. I remember when I heard “Baby Girl” for the first time on the radio. I was immediately perked up I instantly fell in love with “Dear Mom and Dad” what I used to call it! I was in first grade when Sugarland released “Baby Girl” in 2004! Everyone remembers “Stay” from “Enjoy the Ride” the 2007 Song of the Year! I’m not sure if I watched it or not, I was in 4th grade at the time. In 6th grade the obsession began, “All I Want to do” was so catchy and I was singing it a lot. I quickly purchased “Love on the Inside,” and “Twice the Speed of Life.” I listened to “Love on the Inside” every day! My favorite song was “It Happens.”

Whenever I needed motivation during this time I’d listen to “It Happens.” That was my song for about a year. My favorite part of this song is the chorus, “Ain’t no rhyme or reason no complicated meaning Ain’t no need to over think it, let go laughing! Your life don’t go quite like you planned it we try so hard to understand it. The irrefutable, indisputable, fact is it happens!” This tells us all when life doesn’t go as planned all you need to do is let go laughing! Laughing is amazing! In the booklet for “Love on the Inside” it says “Life is short. We are reminded not to take ourselves too seriously. Some days we can just take a step to the side and let go laughing.” I have a post note saying this on my bedroom door and by my computer.

2008 was the worst year of my life, and Sugarland was my shining light during this time. My mom was so fragile and sick all the time I couldn’t bare it. Nights after school I’d lock myself in my room with my Sugarland CD’s and sing my heart out. That’s what made me feel better! I sang and sang all the time. It made me feel better; when I sang “It Happens” I always had a smile on my face.

I picked up “Enjoy The Ride” one afternoon at Target and I fell in love with “Everyday America” that was my favorite song it described my community that I live in. “Joey stares at a trophy he took us all the way to state back in ’85. A shining moment and a dusty reminder, he never felt so scared he never felt so alive.” It reminds me of our sports team success at our high school. Our football team won state championship in ’84 and girl’s basketball state runner up in ’08 and ’09. The whole message to this song is so relatable.

July 23, 2010 was when my song changed. I switched my favorite song from “Everyday America” to “Stuck Like Glue” I was so excited for “The Incredible Machine” to come out in October. I was literally counting down the days! When the music video came out I immediately bought it, I’m so glad I did! One of the best music videos I’ve seen. Jennifer is now a crazy stalker lady, but we all love her anyway. (:

On August 20, 2010 I traveled to our state’s capital (Indianapolis) singing every Sugarland song on the way. Why? My best friend and I were going to see them in concert! Best day of my life, and all the stress was gone for awhile. I sang my heart out in the grandstand and was so excited to see Jennifer & Kristian in person! And of course Little Big Town opened the show; I’ve always liked their music too which made it even more fun!

That night I heard several new songs from the album, but the one that stuck out to me the most was “Incredible Machine.” This later defined the whole CD for me. That night opened my eyes.

Once I got home from Indianapolis my focus went back on my mom. Struggling still, and this broke my heart. I never talked about this to hardly anyone. Just a select few Aunt April, Natalie, and Rachel. Not many understood and every time all I got from someone was “I’m sorry.” This didn’t help me at all.

October 19th arrived and I heard “Little Miss” for the first time and I cried. “It’ll be alright again, I’m okay.” I often said “I’m okay,” or “It’ll be alright.” That song is relatable for anyone! I recommend it all the time to everyone I meet. If you’re my facebook friend you hear about Sugarland daily. The most important message in this song is that you are loved! This is just the beginning of my Sugarland journey, many more stories, laughter, and smiles are to come.

Thank you for shining down on me, Jennifer and Kristian.

Mallory (: