SHE'S BACK; NEW FESTIVAL; NEW RESIDENCIES (FALL 2021)
Hello from the end of 2021!
Weird that it's been a year since I've had a proper blog post, but I promise I've been just as busy as ever. I keep going back and forth with this blog: should I just post news and keep it straightforward? Should I get personal and talk about feelings and emotions? Should I post goals? I've thought about starting a completely separate blog for music business stuff (almost like a book for anyone wanting to start gigging: frustrations, challenges, sending emails, dealing with double bookings, finding songs to cover, etc.) I don't really have any kind of plan, but I guess I'll start this one off with some news.
THIS SATURDAY and SUNDAY I will be participating for the first time at the Frank Brown International Songwriter's Festival (FBISF). Along with over 200 songwriters from all over the globe, I'll be sharing stories and singing original songs for the weekend (one of my performances is at the famous Florabama main stage... so, I mean, that's pretty dope). Of course, in my life, something bad always gets in the way, and last week BOTH of my gigging guitars started giving me problems. My Taylor's bridge randomly started peeling off, and my Breedlove needs new wiring. Gibson is still in the shop being repaired so.... hopefully I can get one back before Friday! Haha. In the meantime, I'm using my old Fender Sonoroan which - surprisingly - sounds better than I remember. It's kind of silly looking though, but if I have to use that at the festival, then so be it.
I have three performances at FBISF, which are all listed here.
I've been keeping up with my grind of around 25 gigs a month. I have a few new residencies:
Crabby's Bar & Grill every Monday, 6-10
Big Easy Bar every Saturday, 1-4
Clearsky Cafe every Friday, 6-10
And starting in 2022, I will have:
The Bistro every 1st Saturday, 8-11
The Nona Slice House every 2nd Saturday, 6-10
Keel & Curley Wine every 1st Sunday 12-4; every 3rd Saturday 5-9
Coco's Crush Bar every other Tuesday (starting January 25th), 8-12
And... I think those are the only consistent ones! I still have every 1st Tuesday at Sunset Grill @ Little Harbor (and I'll be adding 3rd Tuesdays through March). Of course, there will be other venues scattered about, and as always, you can find the full schedule on the Live Show Schedule page.
It's been like pulling my own teeth trying to get myself to write new songs. I'm not sure what the hold up is. Stress, uninspired, self-conscious, etc. I don't like anything I write anymore. I need to change that, and one of my goals for 2022 is to spend at least an hour a day working on a song. It doesn't have to be perfect and it doesn't have to be finished, but it needs to at least be started. Starting is always the hardest part for me.
Anyway, I hope everyone is having a wonderful year, and I hope everyone has high spirits for the upcoming one. Feel free to reach to me via social media to see what I'm up to (clearly, my blogs here are few and far in-between at the moment. Just another thing on my list I need to keep up with!)
Much love to y'all <3
NEW MUSIC VIDEO RELEASE SCHEDULED (FALL 2020)
Happy Fall everyone!
Only a couple months left of 2020, and I'm still trying to cram as much stuff in as I can (because, what else is there to do?). I am happy to announce that my official music video for "Brave" has WRAPPED, and is schedule to release NOVEMBER 6, 2020! The video will premiere on my Youtube Channel at 2pm.
It was such a wonderful experience - I was able to connect with two of my best friends who I hadn't seen in forever, and I made new friends along the way. The video was directed and filmed by Blake Cortes. We shot the video in downtown Tampa on a sunny Monday morning, right on the rooftop of a parking garage. I was nervous, but luckily the crew was so gentle that I was able to enjoy the experience and worry less about myself. I've never done anything like this before, so I really hope you all enjoy the video.
The idea to film a video came about while I was visiting with Joe Cosas (producer/engineer of my 2019 "Brave" album). My intention was to meet with him to discuss plans of starting another album - my single "Theodora" had been gaining momentum both in the U.S and in Europe, I was getting airplay and media attention. I won't say that he was discouraging me, but he really was wanting to know why I was trying to rush another album when I didn't even have a professional video out. He then started looking up all the artists I love (Eric Hutchinson, Daphne Willis), and said "Oh, look, they all have these cool professional videos, too." I did NOT want to do a video, though. Like, AT ALL. I hate looking into cameras, I am a terrible actress, I hate my face, my teeth are crooked, etc. This idea terrified me. However, making a music video is the one thing I haven't done. I've done radio and television appearances, released albums, released a single, and played large stages and festivals, but I have no music video to attach to anything. I made the decision to do the video, not just for my "music career" or whatever, but so I can challenge myself to actually try new things. The song is about being brave, right? This video is beyond my music - it's about consistently putting one foot forward and keeping myself busy with new projects and ideas. There's no way I can possibly grow if I just stay in my little comfort zone. I need to push myself to create new projects for myself, which is what this music video was for me - a creative project that kept me busy. Now, I have yet another piece of professional content available :)
Sorry for the rant. I'm still nervous about this, so that was me mostly convincing myself why this project was worth the time.
Anyway, head over to my Youtube on November 6 and check it out! Thanks for the support everyone <3
NEW SINGLE RELEASED (SUMMER/FALL 2020)
My goodness, how is everyone! I hope that everyone has been holding up during this shit-storm of a year. I have been holding up the best I can - I've just been talking it day by day.
So, after NAMM, I settled back home to return to my shows and write new music. I wish I could say I wrote a lot during lockdown, but I didn't. I have like, three new songs, so I guess that's better than nothing. I DID, however, release a new single! The song is called "Theodora", and it released July 31 on all major streaming and purchasing platforms (Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, etc). I am really excited that I was able to get the song released! I will be striving to release music as much as I can.
The single has been getting airplay in the UK, as well! So far, it has been in rotation on stations in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Germany. I have a full list typed out on my PRESS KIT page (under the "Appearances/Media" section). I also had the pleasure of doing an interview for a UK-based magazine, "Northern Revive"! It's really awesome to be able to still be involved with music despite the shutdowns.
In other news, I was nominated again for Tampa's Creative Loafing "Best of the Bay" in two categories! I am up for Best Singer/Songwriter and Best Vocalist. Big thanks to whoever made that possible :)
NAMM 2021 has officially been cancelled, which is a huge bummer! Year after year, I managed to get my hands on more opportunities (endorsements, networking, performing at larger venues, etc). I only hope that momentum keeps up once everything goes back to normal. I need to stay positive though!
It's been a rough year for everyone, but I am so thankful to have the support from you guys. I am brainstorming ideas on how to reach more people and create new connections. Maybe I should start a newsletter? A Patreon? We shall see, but I am just happy to be able to continue doing what I love to do. If anyone reads this, please feel free to shoot me a message or reach out through social media. I'd love to connect with you <3
Take care, y'all!
WINTER 2020 UPDATE
Hello loves! Time for another seasonal update!
I started 2020 off with returning to Tampa Bay's Morning Blend! The show airs Jan. 6th at 10am. I discussed my new album, and my upcoming trip to....
NAMM 2020! In addition from being at the Elite Acoustic booth, I'll be doing an exclusive performance at the Yamaha Stage (Marriott)! The show will run from 2-2:40pm, and I'll be doing all original music from the new album, and a few new tunes I've written throughout the year.
On the 17th of January (day 2 of NAMM), I'll be doing another showcase at the House of Blues in Anaheim (near Disneyland) called "Dawn of a Decade". I'll be joined by five other incredible acts from all over the U.S to perform original music. The show runs from 7pm-1am and is free to the public.
In addition to my recent endorsements, I filmed a live full - band cover version of Jefferson Airplane's "Somebody to Love", and it came out great! Huge shoutout to Katie Talbert for your wonderful videography skills, we had so much fun filming this video.
As always, I am continuing to write new music, and I even have plans to release a single within the next few months, so keep an eye out for new music! Thanks to everyone for making this job so much fun - I love y'all!
SUMMER/FALL UPDATE 2019
Woah - it's been about 4 months since I've updated you (with good reason!) Fortunately, my absence has been because of how busy I've been over the summer. A few things:
- The album is doing great! Copies are selling at shows, and I've already gone through the copies that were in stock on Cd Baby. I'm gaining online listeners as well on Spotify, Google Play, Apple Music, etc.
- On July 27th, I was invited to open a show at Jannus Live in St. Pete. This venue is HUGE and it's the biggest stage I've played (right next to the one I played back in 2016 at Coachman Park for the Live Love Local fest). Sponsored by WMNF 88.5 (a Tampa-based independent station that showcases local artists and events), the show was a 50th anniversary tribute to the legendary rock band, Led Zeppelin. With two of my most beloved bandmates by my side, we opened the show with 3 songs - it was a very mellow and stripped down set (perfect for opening the show).
- I've been playing a few shows that are beyond my typical "gig" spots. A few notable residencies I've picked up are:
* Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (both on the Hard Rock Cafe and Council Oak Steakhouse stages)
* Straz Center (along the Riverwalk)
* Tropicana Field for the TB Rays games
* AC Hotel Tampa (Marriott)
* Tampa International Airport
* Jannus Landing (upstairs from the Jannus Live stage)
- My media presence has been gaining attention as well! I've been doing several podcasts and local radio interviews about the new album. You can find the full list on my ELECTRONIC PRESS KIT under "Media Appearances".
- Currently, my album is being played on various stations across the U.S: Texas, New York, Georgia, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Florida. Even more, the album has gotten airplay INTERNATIONALLY in Canada and Australia.
As always, I'm continuing to write new music, and I'm playing roughly 25-30 shows a month. I couldn't do it without everyone's support, so I thank everyone who has been keeping up with me. I can't even begin to explain how blessed I am to be able to do what I do.
Keep in touch everyone :)