(originally scheduled for 3/5, but postponed due to snow)
It’s been a few months since I’ve played an original music showcase. In the meantime, I’ve been writing a bunch, so this is a perfect opportunity to debut some of my new tunes!
This show should be really cool because I’m sharing the bill w/ two great women singer writers, Alexis Cunningham and Melody Rose. Plus our friends at That Magare helping us get the word out. (btw look for a new interview w/ me at That Mag in March!)
And to top it off, this show is the same week as my birthday, so we may be celebrating before and after 😉
If you know me or my music, you know that I don’t write very many love songs. Call me unromantic, that’s okay. I just seem to gravitate towards other topics because the world seems to be filled w/ so many love songs.
But this Valentine’s Day, I’d like to share a song I wrote for my fiance. I actually wrote it to propose to her…and yes it worked!
At first I didn’t want to share this song w/ the world because it was just meant for my fiance and I. But then I thought about it some more and wondered if other people would like it almost as much as she did. Plus she was glad I made a recording of the song (points for me!)
I’m looking forward to getting on the road again this coming week. This will be my 4th trip to perform the Southern States this year. This time I’m playing a fundraiser for a friend of friend in Charleston on Saturday, 11/15. It’s open to the public and details are on graphic. You can also RSVP here.
While I’m down there, I’m going to make a stop in Georgia to play a few tunes at Eddie’s Attic on Monday 11/17. Such a great venue!
Last year I set out to raise money for a new record. I did it right from this very website, just using my existing mailing list and social media reach. The response was awesome!
What began as a “record” evolved into a very different project. Since the way music is consumed these days is so vastly different than even 5 years ago, I decided to change w/ the times. Instead of a record, I decided to give my backers (people who contributed to the campaign) a new song ever month.
I began delivering new songs in May of this year. As I write, I’ve released 5 brand new songs as well as a 10 song live record. Not bad for 5 months!
What dawned on me was that I had a bit of writers block… and I didn’t even realize it! 2010 was the last time I “officially” released anything. That’s waaaaaaay too long to be silent!
Since I feel accountable to the people who gave me money to make new music, I’ve had no choice but to produce. I’ve had to let go of my perfectionism, my fears and anxiety and just get the new music out the door.
It’s been stressful to say the least, but it was what I’ve needed for a long time.
So today I write to announce that I will be doing a Kickstarter campaign to gain more backers, in other words…
I want more people to hold me accountable,
I want more people to give me feedback
And I want more people to care about this project!
So get ready, because I’m on a mission and there’s no stopping me now!
Thanks to the people who backed my last fundraising campaign, I’ve been writing and producing new songs every month. It’s given me the motivation, accountability and the funds to be able to deliver new fully produced songs each month. But these songs have been exclusively for my campaign backers.
So I decided to take my favorite new song and record a youtube style version of me performing it solo acoustic. The song is called “Taking My Turn” and it’s about just that… taking action.
I’m really happy with the way the video turned out so I decided to enter it in the Guitar Center Singer Songwriter Contest this year. The grand prize in an EP with Grammy winning producer Don Was and a performance on the Jimmy Kimmel Show!
You can help me get a shot at this by sharing the link below. Post it to social media, email it to people, and share share share!
Everyone who has contributed so far is invited to attend this Saturday’s show @ Meloldies Cafe in Ardmore, PA for FREE! Not only will you get to see me perform some BRAND NEW SONGS, but the fantastic Matt Cusson, all for free!
For the last 8 years, I have made my living as a musician. Taking the leap of faith to leave the security of my day job and go after something that I’ve always wanted to pursue, was exhilarating. It’s still a roller coaster ride today! Through it all, I’ve had the support of my Family, Friends and Fans. I can honestly say, without that support, I’d be back to the grind, dreaming of playing music and what could’ve been…
I’m writing to you today, 2 records later and about 1,000 shows under my belt, with that same excitement I had in the beginning of this journey! Whether you have been with me since the beginning or have just recently begun to support me, either way I’m sure you’re aware of my commitment to my craft and the passion I have for my music. That is why I am asking YOU to be a part of something really special.
Help me make my next record!
I have an amazing opportunity to potentially tour 14 States in 2014. This year I was selected to showcase in front of approximately 180 different colleges throughout the country. One of the showcases took place last month and went incredibly well! The next one happens in November and most of my 2014 tour dates will be posted before the end of the year. Now I need a new record to hit the road with!
You may or may not know the costs behind recording. Here’s a quick list of some of the costs involved.
Digital Distribution Fees
You can see that this is an expensive process and without a record label, this goal could be out of reach for most independent artists.
This is where YOU come in.
YOUR name goes on this along side mine.
YOU share in the excitement of this process and the progress we make.
YOU gleam with pride knowing you helped make this happen.