Chloe- I've sent a couple of letters to you, but I've heard from reliable sources that you're on here every so often- so I thought I'd post a letter to you here. The original letter was submitted in a competition that has since been canceled. Thanks to Saint Dwight, I have the chance to meet you in Tucson in November. I hope I get to meet you, but if I don't, I'll settle for you getting this letter.
Chloe Agnew means life to me. There is almost no word for the kind of peace that comes when her soul flows through her voice and into another heart. Her music is a surreal kind of magic that I couldnít just hear; I had to breathe it in. It contained a special strength that helped me find myself, and suddenly I was safe. There was a point in my life where I nearly lost everything. I escaped through Chloeís music and came out relatively unscathed. At a crucial time in my life, Chloe wrapped her voice around me and saved me. I knew then that I wanted to sing. I wanted to put my pain, my joy, and my very essence into my voice so that I could express what I could not say with my words. I identified with Chloe so well. We were the same age. It was almost as if she used her achievements to show the rest of us girls that we were strong, and we could do it.
I attended my very first Celtic Woman concert in April 2009, after listening to their music for four years. I donít believe I blinked at all during the concert. Chloe smiled, and again I felt connected to her. It was as if we were good friends. After the concert I was inspired to pursue more of a career in singing. I began private voice lessons. It was so hard at first. Breathing is very difficult for me due to asthma and a heart condition. Every single time I wanted to quit and didnít feel I had the strength to do my best, I thought of the work that Chloe has done and the air poured through me again. Today, I still use Chloeís music to get me through. Whether it is a particularly rough day, or Iím waking up from a nightmare, Chloe is there with her music to soothe me. When I meet her Iíll tell her thank you. Although she may not ever know how much she has helped me, Iíll thank her just the same. Chloe, you deserve every blessing that reaches you. Remember that all of us love you, even though we may not have met (yet
). Thank you so much for all of your hard work.