I caught up with country music singer Curtis Braly to talk about marriage, music, and plans for the holidays.
You’ve just celebrated your 13-year anniversary with Jeff. How does the stability of your relationship influence your music and your career?
Well, relationships are not easy. They take work. I’ve learned several key things in the last 13 years that tend to help keep my relationship stable. A few of those would be:
- Do what you say you’re going to do.
- Be fair, even when you disagree or having an argument.
- Be sensitive to the other’s feelings.
- Be honest.
- Be appreciative.
All of those carry over to my music career. You have to have integrity and respect for the team that’s working with you to accomplish your goals. You have to be open to other’s ideas and opinions. You most definitely have to be appreciative to not only the team you work with but to the fans who cheer you on and spend their hard-earned money to come see you perform.
The Ruby Foundation is a new project for you – creating a youth camp to combat the impact of bullying. Is bullying something that you experienced when you were growing up?
Unfortunately and fortunately, I dealt with lots of bullying growing up. From about 4th grade throughout high school. Heck, even as an adult I deal with it at times. I say unfortunately, because the mental abuse and heartache it causes you – I would never wish on anyone. I say fortunately, because it’s partly to blame for the fuel that I’ve had to succeed and to prove everyone wrong who tried to make me think that I’m a nobody and unworthy of even being liked, let alone loved.
Why is a youth camp the right way to support young people who are struggling with bullying?
I felt like having a camp would bring kids together who are all going through a lot of the same life struggles. It’s an opportunity for them to see that they’re not the only one and that together they can help one another through the struggles to become happy successful adults who go out and inspire the world. It’s hard to accomplish anything solely on your own. As they say – it takes an army.
What advice or guidance would you give to someone who was experiencing bullying?
Talk about it with someone you trust. I feel like talking to someone has a great healing power all on its own. Remember, some of the most successful people in the world were bullied. You can grow up to become anything you want to be. You were put on this earth for a purpose and every moment in your life is preparing you for that purpose. Show love and compassion to those who are bullying you. I know this is the hardest of them all. However, love can conquer all things, and love always wins in the end.
Where will you be spending the holidays?
I’m excited to be spending the holidays with my family back in Texas. I’ve been super busy the last couple of years and haven’t had the opportunity to really spend some valuable time with family. Plus, I’m really looking forward to all the good cooking!
What are some of your goals and ambitions for the months ahead?
Not to sound like a beauty pageant contestant, but my goals and ambitions are to try and do my small part in making the world a better place. I’m going to try and do more things that make others feel happy, loved, and appreciated. I believe that if you’re good to people, people will be good to you. Sounds like a win-win to me!