Between working full-time, and tending to her 5-year-old son, she managed to crank out 71 songs in the band's official library.
"It hit me that life is so short, and if you're going to do something, you have to do it now," Whaley says. "More importantly, what do you leave behind after you go? I want to leave music behind, not the regret of not having done it."
Whatley's songs can be found on her blog, The Smiths Project.