Hey Y’all! Wow! We are so glad you are here and can’t wait to share our lives with you! We also hope to have the opportunity to meet and get to know you!
Chasing Mae is brand new, but Heath and I have been playing music together since we were 13! I won’t tell you our ages but that would make us performing together for 19 years! 😉 We both gravitated toward one another at a young age because at that time we both discovered that we had a dying love for Matchbox Twenty…who knew…
Over the years we have seen each other through a lot of life…lots of good and bad struggles along the way. I also have the best of both worlds because Heath is married to my sister, so we are now truly family! You can imagine how confusing this can be with new people that we meet. 😉
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A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HALIE AND HEATH
Hey y’all, Halie here! I am going to start with giving y’all some background into my life then will hand it over to Heath.
Some of my earliest memories are of me singing and songwriting. I had two tape recorders and I would sit in my room and sing and record over different harmonies. It was a natural process for me and I had no idea how gifted I was.
I am also a Ventriloquist, so I performed all over our area for years! I was a little more shy back then but always loved the stage! The more people, the better!
Heath and I performed all over town and for different competitions in our area. Our parents would be so nervous because we never practiced till the night before, but always pulled off great shows! That is the way we still work best to this day!
Throughout college, I sang in plays, events and was also in a cover band that toured all during the summers. Those were so incredible years of my life that I will never forget. I thought I was at the top of my singing career at that time but little did I know, I was just getting started!
In 2012 I was on American Idol and made it to Hollywood! I had a great hope of how my music career was playing out. After Idol I was contacted by several record labels. My husband and I were going to travel to Nashville to meet some of them, but the unthinkable happened shortly after I just finished writing my first album.
My husband was burned from building power lines on May 22, 2013, from the horrible tornadoes that hit Oklahoma that year. I would love to tell you the entire story in detail, but it might take 5 websites for that. Long story short, he lost his life, was saved by someone he didn’t know, was rehabilitated in a hospital in OKC for 43 days, when the prediction of days was somewhere far in the hundreds. He is a living miracle!
My husband is a fighter. He is a survivor. I also found out I was pregnant on May 25, 2013,. This was a tremendous shock to us and the timing just felt horrible. I was scared. I was lost. I will never forget the song We Won’t Be Shaken by Building 429. I would sing this song every day when I went down to my room and just sob on the floor, begging for the Lord to give me strength and wisdom. My dreams of being on the big stage singing were ripped so quickly from my arms that my brain didn’t have time to catch up with my current situation at that time. I would never sing again…
I gave up music for 4 years. Something inside me just couldn’t bring myself to sing again, although every time I performed, I felt alive.
Mental illness was a key component to my removal from all that I loved, but I will explain that later.
It wasn’t until Christmas of 2017 that something came over me as we were spending time with family in Angel Fire, NM. I mentioned to Heath that we needed to start a YouTube channel and pursue our music. That was all it took.
We have been tirelessly working behind the scenes since then and can’t wait to see what the Lord has always had in store for us! I truly believe we were given these talents for a greater purpose and God has been patiently waiting for us to use them as He is the one that equipped us with these great talents that need to be shared with you!
I can’t wait for y’all to hear some of
My love for music started at the age of 13. For Christmas, I received an acoustic guitar that wasn’t anything close to being called “playable”. The strings were so far off of the fret board that pressing them down to make a chord was nearly impossible. However, that didn’t stop me from trying.
Living out in the country in the middle of winter left me with nothing but time to pick around on it. Apparently my parents got tired of listening to my horrible playing, because not long after I took a lesson from one of our neighbors who lived a few miles down the road. I’ll never forget taking him the guitar. He took one look at it and said, “……..Heath why don’t you just take one of mine home for a while until you can get another one.” As I suspected from the start, it was indeed a piece of crap.
He showed me three chords that afternoon and sent me home with his guitar and a chord book. I was instantly in love with playing the guitar. It was like magic to be able to take an instrument and make an emotion ring out of it from a simple placement of my fingers.
After I started playing, it wasn’t long before I started writing my own songs. This proved to be a great outlet for me during my teenage years and ultimately, beyond them. I was in a few different bands in junior high and high school that didn’t lead anywhere, but they were great experiences.
Somewhere in that time period (perhaps 14 years old) I started playing guitar for my friend Halie…..yes the same one. We were already friends and she knew I played guitar so we got together and the music seemed to come out of both us effortlessly. Most of the communication was essentially done with not much talking, as we seemed to be able to just know what the other was trying to say in just a few words.
We would continue to team up on and off throughout the years to come. Although, creating something permanent never seemed to happen as the timing was never quite right. Aside from that, I believe we both needed room to grow as people. Also…..we may have been interested in chasing teenage relationships. Having Halie as one of my best friends ultimately lead to me meeting my wife, which happened to be her older sister Corlie.
Although I was a couple of years younger than Corlie we hit it off and connected immediately. After she graduated from high school she went to college at Oklahoma Christian in Edmond, Ok. I, of course, followed. When got to college our relationship continued to grow. I tried out for a band called Summer Singers there that played top 40 and Christian music to camps all around the United States and earned a spot playing bass and guitar. However, while things appeared to be good on the outside I had hidden problems with addiction to alcohol which only proved to get progressively worse over time. Despite this Corlie stuck with me and we got married while living in Edmond on July 22, 2006.
We eventually moved back to our hometown and in August 2008 we had our first child. It changed our lives forever. We were forced to grow up and we loved it. Two years later we had our second child, and in 2013, we had our third.
I continued to work and Corlie bravely decided to be a stay at home mother. Again, things looked wonderful on the outside but on the inside my problems with alcohol were taking a serious toll on my marriage and my own health. Music continued to be a part of my life during this time although my passion for it would come and go due to my problems with alcohol.
Halie had tried out for American Idol during this time and received a lot of much deserved attention. She asked me to help her get something started musically and was receiving calls from various people for a promising career in it. We started writing and getting things together for her new music project but disaster struck when her husband, Josh, was in an awful electrical accident which understandably brought things to a halt. While she cared for Josh she found out she was pregnant. Needless to say we both moved on from our music dreams and continued along our own paths.
Eventually my family life and health got bad enough from my alcohol abuse that I knew it was time to quit. It was making me lose interest in every area of life including my family, music, and my own health. Giving it up has been the best decision I’ve ever made. My family life has never been better and my passion for music has never been stronger!
FINALLY, Halie and I have the timing right for us to pursue a project together and we are more excited about it then we ever have been. We hope to bring our own personal experiences to Chasing Mae to help and encourage others along their path. Our goal is to reach people wherever they are at, and hopefully make their day just a little bit brighter.
WHY DO WE WANT TO HELP YOU?
One of the most painful and heartbreaking experiences we can face is the fear or reality of not being good enough; of not being accepted for who we really are; of not knowing how we are going to make it through one more day.
We put on so many masks that say we are doing great when we are dying inside from past hurts, or present situations or even from future fears.
We want to help you discover your purpose. We want to help you love who you are. We want you to dwell so deeply and fully in God’s presence that you have no doubt of why you are where you are in life.
We love to sing and song write but we also love to share our testimonies so that you can realize you are not alone!
WHY ARE WE HERE?
You know, life is extremely short. We have let too many years slip by without fully sharing the talents God has so richly blessed us with. Now is our time because it’s His perfect time for us!
We would love nothing more than to inspire every single person we come in contact with. We have many stories to tell. Some that may make you uncomfortable and some that may relate to you in such a deep way that you walk away knowing you aren’t alone.
We want our music to uplift you and create a sense of well being deep in your soul.
If you ever need a hand or two, and have any questions, feel free to leave them below and we will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,
Chasing Mae email@example.com