Rock N Roll & Real Estate
Music is such a universal language. Thousands of Chinese speaking fans crowd a stadium, singing Taylor Swift songs at the top of their lungs. A diverse group of musicians gather together to raise money for a charitable cause. Children of different colors from families of varied socio-economic status dance in a park, listening to a silly song about a hippopotamus. Music creates a bridge for those that would, otherwise, never be in the same place at the same time and may think there would be nothing they have in common. No matter what kind you enjoy, you are not alone.
Me, I like rock n roll. I like all genres, really. But my go-to is rock n roll. Good old classic rock is my favorite – I have my sister to thank for that. I put the top down on my convertible and turn up Classic Rewind on Sirius XM. Then my phone rings and I have to pull over to take a call from a client. Sorry, Boston, real estate has to take priority right now. How do these things go together, you ask? Let me give you a little background.
I have been so fortunate to have music in my life since before I can remember being alive. I started dancing. Then I was singing and dancing in front of the mirror in my bedroom. I took piano lessons and worked with various vocal coaches. I sang in church, did musical theater, and performed in groups, ensembles, and bands. Then something I could have only imagined, happened. I began to share the stage and perform with some of the artists I had grown up listening to. I was able to tell Eddie Money that his was the first rock n roll concert I attended – he said he liked my hair (it was pink, purple and blonde at the time) and that our vocals sounded great. Rick Springfield appreciated that we took the time to learn the French lyrics in “Don’t Talk to Strangers.” I got to sing opposite Mike Reno on “Almost Paradise,” a duet that I used to belt out in my room back in the day. And though I was singing, too, I was in awe of Paul Rodgers the entire time. The list goes on and I can say, now, that I can even call some of them friends. It’s quite surreal being “recognized” in an airport by a rock star – isn’t it supposed to be the other way around???
So, that’s the CliffNotes version – if you’d like to hear more, I’m HAPPY to tell you about my close encounters with Aerosmith and the time Steven Tyler kissed me!! Anyway, I wanted to give you the background to catch you up if you don’t know my story. I still sing. I still get to perform with rock legends and up and coming artists. Unfortunately, as fun as it is, it doesn’t pay the bills. Honestly, I got my real estate in 2004 to do just that – pay the bills. But I quickly fell in love with the career. Now, 16 years later, I am so thankful that I still get to do both. A lot of people ask me how I do it all. I even had a prospective client be outspoken enough to say he wouldn’t give me his business because I obviously was looking to get a country record deal and wouldn’t be able to get the job done. Ummm, well, if you know me at all, you know that did not go over well with me. First of all, no offense, but I am not even a country music fan, let alone want to sing it day-in, day-out. Secondly, I have been a top producer in real estate for many years and have no plan to lose that title. As much as I didn’t like his ignorant comment, I did understand how he could have that perception. I hid my music life from my real estate life for a very long time because I didn’t know how to convey that I really can do both. Until this man’s comment rang in my ears. I had wondered if people had the thought but no one had verbalized it to me. For that, I am thankful. I rebutted. Do you play golf? Or anyone you know play golf? Wow, it sure does take a long time to play a round of golf – like 6-8 hours – during the day, when most people would be working. The strange thing is, so many CEO’s, company President’s, and hugely successful people I know play golf. Some even travel, out of town, with friends, just to play golf! And guess what? They still manage to take phone calls, run their company and be at important meetings. Mic drop.
Music has been good to me, and still is. I get to travel to sing and have a lot of fun. My gigs are almost always in the evening and rarely am I away from home for more than one night. If those CEO’s can play golf, then I can sing. I have taken calls from stage at sound check and negotiated deals on a tour bus. Do my clients care where I am if I get them the house of their dreams or sell their home for top dollar in record time? I doubt it. I call it “Rock N Roll & Real Estate.”
If you follow me, you’ll hear more about it. No more hiding. I love my careers and I love the success that I have had in both. My clients are a priority and they know they can count on me and my team to get the job done and do it well. Stay tuned for more Rock N Roll & Real Estate.
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur baby, Tyler, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.