Welcome to Tanja Crouch, A Change of Heart

Hello, I’m Tanja Crouch and this is my blog about A Change of Heart 

First, let me tell you how to navigate my name: Tanja is pronounced “Tan-ya”—as in, “If you go to the beach, the sun with tan ya”. The “j” really throws people.

I am an avid goal setter. I usually revel in change; new beginnings. However, in 2011, my boss, friend and mentor of over twenty years died suddenly. It has taken me a few years to realize the deeper impact this loss had on my life. I was sad, angry, depressed, discouraged, and really angry.

She was a mentor to me, of women working in a male-dominated industry, particularly when I first met her in the mid-1980s. She was a friend who encouraged (or downright shoved) me to make positive changes in my life. Her death also was the end of my career in music business (I chose to leave, even though I was offered a job for life), and a lifestyle that included traveling around-the-world on business, and sometimes pleasure.

It is time to be grateful and move forward, making positive changes, to have A Change of Heart.

This blog is about my journey to a happier life by experimenting with change. I am blogging about my experiences in the hope that you might find inspiration to make a positive change in your own life.

More about me…



I grew up in LaGrande, Oregon–a small town in eastern part of the state. I attended BYU (where I met Kevin, my husband and best friend). We lived in Los Angeles for a decade before my job took us to Nashville. In Tennessee, we found our son, Cory. He was fifteen when we met him. We adopted him a few months later.

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For most of my adult life, I worked in the music business as an agent, manager, publisher, and VP of Roy Orbison Enterprises. Between stints at the Orbison estate, I created and produced a documentary for Bravo! and wrote a few books, magazine articles, and blogs.

Currently, I manage a recording studio and post-production sound facility. Our clients include the series Nashville, Granite Flats, Veggies in the House, and features Insurgent, American Sniper, Jem & the Hologram, Animal Crackers, American Ultra, Crimson Peak, Divergent, Dolphin Tail 2, and music clients Carrie Underwood, Michael W. Smith, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Jennifer Nettles, Harry Connick Jr.,Tim McGraw, and Faith Hill, to name a few.

I love studying the scriptures and helping others see how they apply to our lives today. I have taught early morning seminary to high schoolers for 5 years and currently teach a New Testament class for adults.

Today is July 4, 2015–Independence Day! (Lucky coincidence.) I will launch my blog on Monday, July 12, 2015, posting every Monday. Once I get the hang of this, I plan to also post mid-week. My goal is to bump that up to 4 days a week by the six-month mark. You can check back here or receive my musings via email (there is a sign up box on my home page and in the comments section).

Please join me for this journey to A Change of Heart.

I’m glad you stopped by!


  1. I cried when I read the story about your son, why? Because it is almost the same as my story. We fought for 2 years to adopt our son Chris. We had already adopted his brother but social services said he was a bad kid and they did not want him to hurt our family. Finally a call came when Chris was 15. He had just got kicked out of his 17th foster home and they didn’t know where he would go. They asked Do you still want him? My answer was a big YES!!!! We adopted Chris when he was 16. At 17 1/2 he ran away back to his birth mom who had him stealing for her and running drugs. He ending up in prison where he sits today for being caught with marijuana and for stealing. We talk to him a few times a week and send him his gifts when we are allowed. He is due to get out in May 2016 and just like you we will be there waiting for him like you said that’s what forever families do. I look forward to seeing updates on your family.

    • Thank you for sharing your story, Debra. I am inspired by your diligence and love toward your son. I hope the time until you are reunited with your son will pass quickly. Thank you for your example.

  2. I was moved by your story about your son. Although my daughter is my biological child, I went though the drug thing and jail with her. It takes real parents to stand by their children. You are his real parent, the word adoption means nothing. It took time, patience I didn’t know I had, faith in God, and a deep love for my child and we got through it. She is a beautiful, loving mom now and doing so well. She makes me proud everyday. Your sin will do the same as he grows up and he will be an outstanding example of love shown by his parents. God bless!

  3. Tanks,
    Hello there! My name is Dylan Smith. I read the story about your son, and felt moved to contact you. I am adopted as well. I too have AD/HD. I too sadly, have been to prison. I would like to speak with you if you have the time. Maybe I can offer some insight into what He might be going through, and how you can help. My email was included. Please feel free to contact me anytime.
    I look forward to hearing from you.

    If you don’t, I understand. It’s all a bit personal, but I truly feel the Lord got me through all that for a reason. Maybe I can help? Maybe I’m His help? I don’t know.
    Anyways, again, thank you for opening up your personal life and being so brave.
    Hope to hear from you soon!

  4. As a person who aged out of the fostercare system after 14 years in the system back in 2003 , I have to say thank you for having given a chance to your son that you adopted, so few people are willing to give a chance to older foster kids. People like you make a world of difference for kids who get put through hell in the system.

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