Drumroll, please… (why, thank you, Jorge!)
We’ve got a show date! We’ll be playing Friday, March 14, 8 pm at Venice’s Witzend. It’s such an awesome venue – every musician I talk to loves it, and when I sang there with my buddy Kim DiVine I loved it, too. So I know you’ll have a good time lounging, eating and drinking there while I serenade you. The full band – Tim Young, Jorge Balbi, Mike Chiaburu – will be joining me, and it’s just going to be very special all-around, I think. Save the date – or even get your tix now! I’ll see you soonish my friends!
Hello all! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are having a very happy new year so far!
We’ve been quite busy, and I’m very grateful that “Piece of Your Heart” has been getting radio play from college stations across the country, from Boston to Colorado. It’s even been nominated for a best album award from one of my favorite stations, WYCE (from my former stomping ground of Grand Rapids)! My song “Stay” currently plays every Tuesday on Women of Substance Radio, and with the album now on Rdio and Spotify, you can hear it just about every way you like to listen to music!
What you haven’t heard yet are these songs played live! We’re currently cooking up a great show for you, and will be announcing new dates very soon! Stay tuned.
For those of you who’ve been asking about physical copies of the CD, you can now order them on Bandcamp. Thanks to everyone who’s been listening and and sharing the music!
Hello friends! Thanks to those of you who have been checking out the songs on SoundCloud – I’m so glad you seem to be enjoying the tunes. Every single comment and “like” means lots to me, and I’d love it if you’d help me get the word out by sharing the music with anyone you think might like it! You can also, of course, support by buying the EP on iTunes, where it’s now available. My friend David Garcia swears it’s the best $5 you’ll spend all week, and who am I to contradict a smart dude? :) Happy weekend, and more news soon.
I’m very happy to announce the release of my new EP, “Piece of Your Heart.” Our first single, “Stay,” is now on SoundCloud and we’ll be rolling out more songs over the next couple weeks (follow me on Facebook or Twitter for the latest)! The full EP will be available on iTunes November 4, but do check out the tracks we’re releasing in the meantime. I hope these songs make you smile, and ideally, bop around your living room. Listen, enjoy, share!
AND: I must thank the amazing dudes who made this thing happen - Mike Chiaburu (bassist/producer), Jesse String (engineer/producer), Jorge Balbi (drums), Timothy Young (guitar), and Reuben Cohen (mastering).
It has been a crazy few weeks, including some marathon recording sessions spread out over 5 days at Kingsize Soundlabs in Silverlake, Hobby Shop in Highland Park, and some vocal tracking at our engineer Jesse String’s home studio. I have, of course, loved every minute. Every second! (except for that part where I tripped on the sidewalk outside the studio and almost broke my toe. I’m a clumsy one). The talent – and especially creativity – of everyone involved has been really inspiring to me, and I feel like I’ve been pushing my voice into new territory. Certainly out of my comfort zone, and I think that kind of scary = good. I’m energized and excited by it all. I hope that, when it finally comes to your ears, you’ll find it exciting, too.
What with various travel plans and other life-craziness within our team, we’ll have to finish up odds and ends and moving into mixing at the beginning of August. Surely we will begin releasing the tracks and will have a show to celebrate in the fall here in LA, and hopefully, some other spots across the country! Stay tuned.
I have not hit the road in a while, but I’ll be flying down to Ft Lauderdale this week for the Driven Music Conference. Happily, I was selected for a showcase on Saturday night during the conference. That show will be at Revolution Live in Ft. Lauderdale, and tickets (just $5) are available to the general public for that. And as an extra bonus, my parents live in South FL, so I’ll get to see them while I’m down there, too!
When I’m back in town, I’ll be gearing up to go into the studio to start recording my EP. Mike and I have been hard at work on demos for all the songs. We’re approaching things a little differently than we have before to reflect my new, loop-based songs, and I hope you enjoy the result. More on that soon!
I’m thrilled to be singing and playing with my friend Haviland Stillwell at her show tomorrow night at Rockwell in Los Feliz. We’ll be singing some fun covers (Florence and the Machine!) and we’ve even turned one of my songs into one sassy duet. You’ll have to come to see which one! There should still be some tickets available – we’d love to see you there!
After that, it’s back to prepping for my EP. What with creating vocal loops and playing tiny keyboards and all sorts of other craziness, it’s a bit more complicated (and super fun) process this time around. But things are really coming along, and I’ll be sure to keep you posted on a release date!
Hey all! Well. I don’t know where my time to plan out 2013 went. Here we are almost to March and 2013 JUST KEEPS HAPPENING. I spent January doing all kinds of things – including lending my voice (just my voice. You’ll see what I mean later) to a political satire movie musical (YES) and writing a song for an upcoming indie short film. News to come soon, I hope, about all of that.
Also in January, I was thrilled and honored to be one of very few selected by the John Lennon Songwriting Contest/Educational Tour Bus to perform on their stage at this year’s NAMM! (For the uninitiated, that’s not an unfortunate conflict but rather the lovely National Association of Music Merchants. They have a giant conference very year). You can even see a really fun video of my performance on their YouTube page.
And then, just for fun, I wrote a Valentine’s Day song and recorded a demo of it. It was for MY valentine, but you guys are all kinda my valentines too. So: enjoy. With rehearsals beginning for my next EP, there’s LOTS to come this year. 2013 here we gooooo!
I have some friends whom I think would listen to holiday music year round. I’m one of those old-fashioned “wait ’til after Thanksgiving, PLEASE” people. But, Thanksgiving happened: here we are. Holiday music time!
To that end, my song “This Christmas” will play Tuesdays this month on my beloved Women of Substance Radio during their holiday music block, 11am-2pm PT/2pm-5pm ET. As many of you know, the song was inspired by my friend Brian Grimm, who lost his battle with cancer 4 years ago (!) now. He was a force of positivity always, someone I always felt better for being around. This year has been one of great ups and downs for me (probably everyone, right?). I’ve had my own struggles with health this year – far less than what Brian had to deal with, but I sometimes find it hard to follow his example and stay positive. This song, for me, is a reminder to keep trying.