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states.Whenschoolwaschallengingthedrivetosucceed remainedintact.IntimesofstruggleandstressHuffcontinued tofindhersolaceinmusicandasshedidhermusicalability seemedtogrowalongwiththedesiretopursueit. DuringherjunioryearofhighschoolHuffsvocalcoach encouragedhertobegintowriteherownmusicnotingthe importanceofsongwritingandmusicianshipthatisrequired intodaysmarket.Astheendofherhighschoolcareer nearedHufftookthatadvicetoheartandbegantotakeguitar lessons.SoonaftershewroteherfirstsongentitledSoldier Song.Thisfirstsonghitanervealmostimmediatelyasthe timelysongwasinspiredbyastorytoldtoHuffaboutayoung wifesayinggoodbyetoherhusbandjustbeforeheleftfora tourofdutyinAfghanistan.Themusicvideoassociatedwith SoldierSongwasanofficialselectionatthe2014GIFilm FestivalinWashingtonDC.ThelyricstoSoldierSongare inspiredandwouldseemtobewrittenbyonefarolderand wiserinyears.AsIinterviewedChristieHuffIwaseagerto findoutfromwheretherootofsuchdepthcame.Certainly strugglingwithalearningdisabilitycanmakeapersongrow incharacterandcompassionbeyondtheirpeersbutperhaps therewassomethingmoretoHuffsstory. Indeedtherewas.Songwritersmusiciansandartistsoften bynaturehaveahintofsadnesssorrowortragedysomewhere intheirpastthatseemstoignitethefireofcreativityand adrivetoexpressfeelingswhethertheyrecognizeitor not.InHuffscasewhenshewasnineyearsoldChristie andherfamilyfoundthemselvesinthemidstofabattleall toofamiliarinourworldandyetcompletelynewtothem. ThoughithappenedoveradecadeagoChristieHuffnow remembersquiteclearlythedayshelearnedhermotherwas battlingbreastcancer.MyDadpickedusupfromschooland theywerelikewellwehavesomethingtotellyou.Youknow somethingwasoffsookayweknewsomethingwasgoing SusannahC.HicksisaLosAngelesbasedwriter.Hickshas writtenfornumerousentertainmentandnon-profitcompanies includingSAVN.tv.In2014Hickshour-longteleplayThe SummersSisterswasfilmedonlocationinCharlotteNorth Carolina.CurrentlyHicksisworkingtocompleteherfirst fulllengthplayTriteandhasseveralotherpilotsanda bookofessaysindevelopment. on.Andtheysaidmomfeltalumpinherbreastwewentto thedoctorandgotitcheckedoutandshehasbreastcancer. WheneverIheardcancerIthoughtohgoshmymomsgoing todie.IdidntknowwhattoexpectIwassoyoungIdont thinkIreallycomprehendedtheeffects. LookingbackHuffisrightfullystunnedbyhowwellshe andheryoungersisterdealtwiththetransformationoftheir motherassheunderwenttreatmentandchemotherapy.Huff hermotherandheryoungersistertraveledwithacaretakerto Californiawhilehermotherreceivedtreatment.Foranychild watchinghermotherbattlecancerisalife-alteringexperience. Somechildrenwhenfacedwiththepossibilityofdeathof aparentandtherecognitionoftheuncertainnatureoflife liveingreatfear.Othersappeartobecomeratherfearless.It seemsthatforHufffearlessnesswasignited.Watchingwhat hermotherstruggledthroughasshedesiredtobetherefor herfamilywatchingherfightforherlifeandwatchingher recoverinstilledthetruthinHuffthatonecanovercome.In factattimestheimpossibleisverypossible. CurrentlyChristieHuffislivingoutanimpossibledream whichisturningouttobequitepossible.Huffhopeshermusic inspirespeopletoloveandtoliveintheknowledgethatone canovercomeevenwhentheyfeeltheyareonlyhanging onbyathread.Itdoesindeedgetbetter.TodateHuffhas recordedtwoalbumsinNashvilleandisnowinthemiddleof recordingathirdinLosAngeles.TolearnmoreaboutChristie Huffyoucanvisitherwebsitewww.christiehuffmusic.com 12 WWW.FLIPMAGAZINE.NETJUNE2015