For every individual you see on the stage or screen, there are hundreds who are, in some way, linked to and responsible for that success. They are, either directly or indirectly, a driving force without whom none of it would have been possible. And while it would be impossible for me to thank each individual who has had even the tiniest of roles in shaping my life and career, the list below is some of those who, in many ways, have shaped not only my career but my life as well.
To my Dad, who passed away on March 6, 2013. I miss having you here to laugh with, encourage, and inspire me. Most of all I miss having you here to lean on, especially when the storms come. I miss you more than you can imagine.
To my Mom, who still resides in Virginia, and has never wavered in her support of a career full of peaks and valleys which began nearly 25 years ago. I will never be able to repay her measure of love and understanding.
To my wonderful family and extended family.
To Jay Pontius, who took me under his wing at age 6 and brought me out of my shell.
To Don P. MacMillan, who introduced me to the theatre.
To Professor Charles Hayes, who encouraged me to pursue this dream.
To Jeanne Nicolosi, who was the first to take a chance on me in New York.
To Joel Ewing, who taught me to sing when I foolishly thought I already knew how.
And to Sara Seigla, the dearest friend I could be blessed to have -- you are not just a friend; you are my family.
I would also like to extend a special word of thanks to the following individuals:
Jack Stein, Andy Belling, Richard Sherman, Cindi King, Dale Dawalt, Rick and Caroline Veale, Paul O’Neill, Bob Kinkel, TSO and Atlantic Records, Henning Pauly and ProgRock Records, Robert Depp, Garry Purdy and Momentum Talent, Stacie Vanchieri and Modelogic Talent, David Lee, The One Way Singers, The Kingsboys, Prof. Paula Kalustian, Dr. Rick Simas, Dr. Terry O’Donnell, and Wyatt Seigla.
And to the extraordinary individuals no longer with us: Jim Hamill, Jerry McGlown, Bob Eaton, George Younce, J.D. Sumner, and Robert Sherman.
May God bless you all, now and always.
Through Jesus Christ Our Lord, all things are possible.
Copyright 2013. Jody Ashworth. All rights reserved.