Erin is currently serving a service mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Vancouver, Washington. She began her service on September 18, 2013. Just before she left, she recorded the vocals to this CD. She has performed with her family in the “Ranch Hands” Band and with the “Sagwitch Basin Boys” Band from Avon, playing fiddle and singing lead vocals. Erin has been blessed tremendously and wanted to share this talent with you. After her mission, she plans to return home and attend school at Utah State University and major in Communications Disorders as a Speech Language Pathologist.
Erin suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury in a horse accident on July 23, 2009 while volunteering as a horse wrangler at the Aspen Ridge Boy Scout Camp near Preston, Idaho. She spent a week in the Primary Children’s Medical Center in the Neuro-Trauma Unit. Once she returned home, she was determined to pick up where she left off. She jumped right back into school, and worked hard to overcome the learning challenges associated with brain injuries. We are grateful to school personnel and many others who helped her succeed, and especially those who helped her overcome some hearing difficulties. At the time, she was singing lead vocals for the band, but felt that she could not sing anymore. As it turned out, her brain was not processing things normally, and what she heard sounded bad to her. Because of this, she was fitted with a device by the school audiologist that she wore in her ear to filter the sounds coming in, and helped her brain process things correctly. With time and healing and some voice and violin lessons, this difficulty improved, and she no longer needed the device.
Erin worked hard in school to succeed, and was very blessed because of her inner strength and determination to do all that she could to uphold very high spiritual, social and moral standards. She is kind and a young lady of high qualities. She graduated from Mountain Crest High School in Hyrum with a 3.8 GPA while taking AP and USU Concurrent Enrollment Classes. She served as a State 4-H Ambassador during her senior year. Her high school activities included: 4-H, FFA, Cross Country, Track, Ballroom Dance, and other volunteer activities.
As we discussed the title of this CD and the songs that would be included, we felt that the Title Track of “How Can I Keep From Singing?” best describes how Erin feels about her life. She feels blessed in so many ways, and grateful for her awesome recovery and life in general.