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.
I can’t believe November is almost here. Halloween is tomorrow, next week is the election, and before you know it, Thanksgiving! Already I’m seeing postings for contests and radio requests for holiday songs…how did this happen? 2012, I cannot catch up with you!
I HAVE been busy – last week I went to the always-wonderful Billboard/The Hollywood Reporter Film and TV Music Conference, met some great people, and heard a slew of inspiring panels. (I tweeted all through it, if you wanted to catch up!) also had the chance to perform at the AIMP (Association of Independent Music Publishers) showcase. The AIMP and the co-presenting organization, Planet LA Records, are some great people! I hope to work with them again, and I’m excited to move on with the great stuff I learned at the conference.
More than anything today, my friends on the east have been on my mind. I feel very relieved to know all my friends have pulled through the storm ok, but there’s been lots of damage and the Red Cross can always use your help. I texted “REDCROSS” to 90999 last night to donate $10 to the relief effort – if you want to help out, that’s an easy way to do it. Stay safe and dry, everyone!
I had a fantastic time at On the Rox last week playing a full set and debuting my West Hollywood song, “Welcome Me Home.” My band Mike Chiaburu, Tim Young, and Jorge Balbi Castellano really rocked it out Sunset Strip-style. To top it off, I was presented with a brand new XTone acoustic from ESP Guitars. She’s got zebra-stripe wood and she’s lovely. :) Thank you to everyone who came out – I hope you had as much fun as I did!
That's me, arriving early for soundcheck like a real rock star.
It’s a little quiet on the live show front while I get the next round of things lined up! At the moment I’ve turned my attention to the Boss Loop Station Championship – I’ve submitted my video and am keeping fingers crossed for finalist selection this week. And I’ve got new videos and a new EP in the works, so STAY TUNED!
In just about a week, I’ll be in NYC! I was there last year singing and playing on my friend Haviland Stillwell’s album, but I haven’t played a show there in quite a while. I’m happy to return to one of my favorite venues, Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 1), at 6 pm on Thursday, September 6. Last time I was there, I had a great time, and I look forward to the same. If you’re in NYC, please come say hi, and if not, tell your friends to come on out! I’ll be playing solo with my trusty looper, playing brand new songs and trying out some special new covers JUST for the occasion!
After an AMAZING weekend at the Sunset Marquis and enjoying the Sunset Strip Music Festival, Mike and I are back to work. We’ll be in the studio this weekend recording the contest-winning song “Welcome Me Home.” We’ll be celebrating the contest win and the release of the song with a show put on by the West Hollywood Marketing and Visitors Bureau folks at the Sunset Strip’s “On the Rox” lounge (upstairs, at the Roxy) on September 12. Details coming – save the date!
In the meantime, we’ll be taking a quick trip to NYC, and I was able to fit in a last-minute show at Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 1) on September 6. It’s been a while, but I hope this marks the start of much more frequent trips to NY. Hope to see you east coasters soon!
Wow, you guys. Thanks to your tireless work spreading the word, I took the voting round of the West Hollywood Original Song Contest – with 1,273(!) votes – and won the contest. I’ve earned some money that I’ll be able to put toward future musical projects (and there are a lot in the works!) and it looks like I’ll be going into the studio to record a pro version of the song soon! More on that shortly.
Apparently, spreading the word can be tiring – I’m a bit run down and had to cancel my show at Republic of Pie tonight. I’m sure I’ll make it there eventually! I do love pie. Stay tuned.
Next week – Thursday, 7/19, to be specific – finds me at Room 5 with Mike Chiaburu on bass and Kristen Gleeson-Prata on percussion. It’s a very intimate venue and one of the best singer-songwriter spots in LA, so I’m happy to return there and continue sharing new music with you. Tickets are available at the door or ahead of time here . Every show has something new these days – new songs, new instrumentation, new arrangements. And that’s good for me since, as the lyrics to one of my new songs says, I get bored easily! We’ve been having a great time and I hope you’ll come join us.