One of Bailey Hefley's first memories was as a three-year-old, telling her mother that she wanted to be a country singer. As a five-year-old, she took the stage for the first time, singing Shirley Temple's "Baby Take a Bow" at her kindergarten talent show. As a teen, Bailey was ready to begin fulfilling her dream of country stardom, drawing inspiration from heroes like Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, and Shania Twain, whose Live VHS tape captured her imagination.
What makes Bailey's journey so remarkable is shortly after her singing debut, she began having debilitating seizures. "Bailey's seizure medication helped quell the episodes," says Bailey's mother, Lisa Hefley, "but left her in a state of perpetual lethargy."
When Bailey outgrew the seizures at age 13, she remembers, "feeling awake and alive" for the first time. "I'd spent years observing, taking everything in, and longing for the day I would feel like myself again."
"I recall so clearly the moment I felt the fog lift. It was as if someone had cleaned the windshield of a car that had driven cross-country — twice. It was that dramatic. Every sense was brand new; I felt like I'd been given superpowers, and maybe having that 'observation incubation' was a gift because I value every little thing. I was given a new life that day, and I've never looked back."