IMG_8751_2Reagan Boggs’ third solo album, Quicksand, reached 35 on the Americana Music Chart in its third week of release. It remained on the chart for 20 weeks. Empty Glasses is a follow-up that proves Boggs is an artist that is here to stay. The album was produced by her long-time guitar player, Dave Coleman. It showcases twelve original songs, and as a daughter of The Crooked Road and resident of the Birthplace of Country Music, she has added a rendition of her favorite Carter Family song, “The Storms Are on the Ocean.”

Lee Zimmerman of No Depression wrote, “Reagan Boggs’s style comes from the same wellspring of heartfelt emotion, bittersweet reflection and bleak back porch desire that birthed great singers like Loretta Lynn, Kitty Wells, Dolly Parton, and Emmylou Harris. Her voice is filtered through a mix of hard wrought emotion and soothing sensitivity, the kind that breeds great balladry and stirs the senses simultaneously.”

She grew up in the tiny town of Pound. Her family’s home was tucked away in a “holler” outside the small mining community in Southwest Virginia. The normal routine of girl-talk and slumber parties were uncommon for Reagan since a social life did not exist. The fact that the home was inconvenient for company wasn’t the sole reason; rather, concerns of an unpredictable, alcoholic father with an angry temper and a violent nature made for a lonely childhood. In the midst of daily brawls between her parents and frequent nighttime escapes with her mother and siblings from her home, she found solace inside music.

With the exception of a few cover songs, Reagan now has six albums of her own songs under her belt. She is a two-time Mountain Stage performer and was featured on the PBS broadcast of Song of the Mountains.

She also uses her vocal talents to narrate audiobooks. Check out her titles on Audible.com and iTunes.

Find her albums on CD Baby


Note from Reagan: 

I like to think of myself as a multidimensional person. I’m a Mom, IT Business Intelligence Specialist with multiple college degrees, writer, singer, musician, audiobook narrator, Professional Certified Life Coach, amateur photographer, self-taught “Cake Boss,” wannabe fisherman, and avid kayaker.  I prefer not to be labeled by what I do, but rather how I live my life. These aspects of me boil down to the fact that I have a passion for learning, and I love to create and put a voice to people’s feelings and experiences.

I grew up in a holler (hollow) called Bowser in Pound, VA. My father was an alcoholic, and my mother was a stay-at-home mom. I experienced violence and fear daily, which I’ve recently learned resulted in causing me to have CPTSD. I think if I had not found music, my life would have turned out very differently. If you look at the stats for my region, the chances of me becoming a meth head, having a string of children by different men, my support provided by the government, and probably being tied to an abusive man, was very high. Having a dream, having a place to write and get my thoughts out, having something to fill all the alone time, having something that was my own – this “thing” that helped me see my situation as temporary – I had bigger, better things to do. I just had to make it out of there.

My guiding philosophy is, “Never let your past determine your future.” I have overcome the feelings that come from being poor, feelings of being unintelligent, quiet, shy, phobias of speaking with strangers or talking on the phone, fear of travelling on my own – I faced those things because there was something I wanted more. Music has taken me to some amazing places and no doubt been my savior. I had to step up push myself outside my comfort zones and fight all those nasty voices in my head and just make things happen. I was fortunate to have the support and not have to go it alone. I have yet to make it on CMT or be signed to a major label, but this was something bigger than that. If you met the person I was at 18 versus who I am today, you would understand. I wasn’t starting at square one, I was starting at -100. I know there were fears and rationalizations that were a little too strong to ever let me take the risks that I needed to, but at the same time, I have done some incredible things, and I feel blessed and grateful to have been given a key that would open the door to that life. I am not done. Through coaching I’m able to turn around and help folks up the ladder behind me.

Someone asked me once what I would want people to say about me at my funeral. Here is what I came up with:

“I was born with an inner wisdom – an old soul that, even though I wasn’t externally shown the road, guided me. It gave me the intuition to migrate to the path and the things that would shape a life  - A life where by experiencing pain, I could put a voice to the pain of others, use my wounds to heal the wounds of others, by knowing darkness, appreciate the light and help others find it. Even though there were many times I felt like a coward, I was truly courageous, and I did not give up and accept a fate of defeat. I was open to love and uncertainty, and I used that to learn who I was and how I wanted to be in the world. By doing so, I could leave it just a little better than I found it.”

I’m currently writing for my next album, which I’m planning to release next year. I continue to navigate the ever-changing waters of the music business through trial and error and persistence – and just have a good time doing it.

I am also a Certified Professional Coach and Energy Leadership Master Practitioner. To learn more visit rbcqualityoflife.com