I hope this post finds you healthy and stealing as much happiness as you possibly can during this global crisis. My heart goes out to everyone at this time, as we are all struggling in our own way. Lend a hand when you can. Ask for help when you need! Community is so essential at moments like this (and always, really).
I'm doing my best to add a little light to the world in the ways I know how. I've been participating in some livestreams and doing some live performing on my Facebook and Instagram pages, so check that out if it would make you smile! Below is a link to a recent live radio show I did called Live 'N' Kickin' Orlando hosted by BK Andersen. We had a great time!
Hope all is well in your neck of the woods! I've been a busy bee working on a lot of gigging and music-making. Happy to get to do what I love every single day. I wanted to update you all on something new that's in the works. Well...somethings plural. Right now, I'm working on recording and releasing 3 new singles. It's been an awesome collaboration with Dreamwalker Music Evolution (dreamwalkermusicevolution.com). My good friend and mandolin player, Matt Juliano, has also been a huge part of it. One of the songs is a cowrite that we made together! And proof that Matt is capable of writing a sappy love song. Haha! Don't take his scowl too seriously.
The first single that will be released is an uptempo song called "Love Me With Wings". This one is really special to me, and I'm loving how it's sounding! The song is about loving someone so much that you give them freedom to be themselves and do what they have to do. It's a song for anyone who has ever had a long-distance love. It's for anyone who believes that love returns when it's ready. That love isn't about control but allowing things to be. It's my way of expressing my truth, which is that we are never truly separate from the ones that we love. Love connects across any obstacle.
I'm so looking forward to you all getting to hear some new music from me soon!
I was so excited to be chosen out of 44 awesome submissions to play a show at The Abbey as part of the Tiny Desk Orlando Favorites taping for WMFE 90.7, which is the local NPR station! You can watch the replay of the entire show via the links in the article I'll link here.
The Orlando community has been so good to me! I hope you enjoy the music and the interview, and let me know what you think.
It's been a hot minute since I posted on here, and I figured it was time to break the silence. I recently did a guest appearance on the podcast "That One Creative Show", and I'm really excited about it! I love Manny's mission, and he has facilitated some cool conversations with creatives from various fields. To hear my featured episode, click here!
I'll post again soon to let you know more about what I've been up to!
Around March of last year, I was feeling pretty low. I was 3 months out of college with a Theatre degree and no job despite auditioning for many. It felt like all I was facing was rejection - in my personal and professional life. I was talking with a friend about my music. I was crying, saying, "Sometimes, I wonder why I bother. What I'm doing doesn't mean anything. No one's listening." She grabbed me and hugged me and looked me in the eyes. She said, "No. Don't ever say that. What you're doing matters. Look at me and listen. It does matter." Well, exactly the next day I got offered a performing job that I didn't even audition for. And if you told me then, I wouldn't have believed you, but less than a year and a half later, I heard a song I wrote on the radio for the first time! What if I had given up then? What if I didn't have a dear friend to encourage me?
My point here is this: it matters. You matter. Your work matters.
Thank God I had someone in my life in that moment to remind me of those facts. Recently, that same friend was feeling similarly about her own journey. Why am I bothering? I got the opportunity to give her words right back to her when she needed them.
There is so much white noise telling us that we can't, or we won't, or we're not worthy of the life of our dreams. That's some bullsh***, y'all. Every person is inherently worthy. You have the talents and passions and dreams you have for a reason. Don't ever let the world convince you that they are worthless. Sometimes, life calls for us to keep chugging along even when we can't see the dawn breaking. Keep the faith. Keep chugging! You will see the rewards of your hard work and dedication, and it will come to you in mysterious and glorious ways. I know this for a fact, because I've lived it. I am living it!
Sending love to you wherever you are in the world!
Hey y'all!! Super excited about all the radio airplay I've been receiving lately. Truth be told...this is the first time any of my music has made its way onto the radio, and I've been writing for 12 years. Yay for life's victories! I'm feeling very grateful to the people of Rockabilly Radio who have chosen to play some of my tracks, to Jerry at WPRK who has given me some spins, and to George Gray of Pirate Radio 104.7 for interviewing me and playing my music.
If you want to hear the replay of DJ bacpac's show where she featured "Die Smilin'" in her Women in Rockabilly segment, click here.
If you want to hear the full interview with George Gray, click here.
Today is the day! You can listen to my new EP, Timeless, on all digital music platforms. I'll put all the links for that below. You can also purchase a CD from my store right here on my website. If you buy the CD through my website, I'll even sign it for you. Woohoo! T-shirts will be available for purchase soon, as well.
But wait...there's more! I released a live music video for my song "Die Smilin'" today to go along with the new EP. So much excitement over here! Check out the music video by clicking here.
Thanks to everyone who is supporting me during this time. I hope you enjoy the music!
You pour your heart, soul and guts, your time, money, energy and faith, all your love for someone into this thing, and suddenly, it's there in your hand.
You've given birth to this incredible creation. You think you'll feel such pride, such joy and accomplishment. And instead you're paralyzed with fear. What if they don't like it? What if they do? Even more frightening, what if they don't care? What if this thing that means the world to me is met with deafening silence?
I feel the fear. I give my creation to the world anyway. From the moment I wrote the first song on this album, I've been slowly stripping my armor off and allowing myself to be seen. The last bit of chain mail is falling to the floor, and it's a relief on some level. But I'm left completely vulnerable. Grateful to be singing my songs. Thankful to know the man who co-wrote this music without even knowing. He helped me find my voice again by the simple act of believing in me.
I'm hopeful that my stories will touch others in a meaningful way. There are so many emotions! Please hear me and feel the love that flows through this music. That's all I ask.
My good friend Abigail (the same one who played upright bass for the album and is an all-around superstar) wrote a wonderful article about the upcoming album and my thoughts on rockabilly, Elvis and more. I cried when I read it! I'm so incredibly passionate about everything we are creating right now. Please check out the article, comment, share - all that good stuff!
We hit an important and exciting milestone for my upcoming EP, “Timeless”. WE ARE DONE WITH THE IN-STUDIO TRACKING! Woohoo! What does this mean, you ask? That means that we have finished recording all the parts for the songs that are being done in the studio. Four songs still need to be mixed and another recorded and mixed, but this is super exciting, y’all!
Photo taken during a vocal recording session
And we have something else really special planned. We are going to do a live video and bonus live take of one of my new songs right in my apartment…surrounded by Elvis stuff!!! The music I am most influenced by is the music of Sun Studio. When Sun started in the 1950s, they didn’t have the technology to do what we do now, where musicians can come into the studio separately and layer their tracks over what’s already been done. If they made a mistake, they couldn’t just punch in to the spot where they goofed and try from there. They had to get a usable take in one sitting without stopping or do it over and over again until they did. We’re going to try our hand at it! I can’t wait to see how it goes.
I want to share some pictures from the making of the album with you, and I want to take this space to thank the incredible people who have worked with me to make some music magic on this EP.
First of all, I have to mention Matt Juliano. He has worked tirelessly to learn an entire genre of music he has never played before and then write mandolin and guitar parts to all my songs. He didn't even know what rockabilly was a few months ago, and now he is making my songs rock in the best way. I'm so grateful!
Matt's studio concentration face
A picture of Tony and Dane working on a song
Tony Mickle offered to play electric bass for one of my songs, and he was able to add a particular brand of cool that he brings to all his performances! He and Matt are a part of a local Orlando band called Beemo. Please support them by checking out their website and keeping an eye out for their album, which will be coming soon. www.mynameisbeemo.com. They have taken such great care of me and introduced me to the Orlando music scene. I have so much love for these guys!
I'm also lucky enough to know the most badass upright bass player around, Abigail Cline! We went to college together and are very good friends. She survived a trip to Memphis with me Elvis fangirling all over the place. That is true friendship! Haha. You will hear Abigail's bass skills on four of the songs on the EP, and I am just honored to know her. She is a multi-talented artist. In addition to playing bass, she writes her own singer/songwriter music and composes theatre music alone and as part of an up-and-coming composer/lyricist pair called Pekar and Cline. Please support her by checking out her website, buying her music and/or following her work on social media: www.abigailcline.com.
Abigail slapping that bass in the studio
Other studio musicians who have brought my music to life in ways I never could have on my own are Brandon Miller (bass guitar), Gerald Law II (drums) and Andrew Williams (electric guitar). I feel so blessed to be surrounded by such professionalism and joy. These guys really love what they're doing, and they are damn good at it! Please support them by checking out what their music at the below links and by booking them if you ever have a need for a studio musician.
I couldn't write this post without mentioning Dane and Christian of Wholehearted Productions. They treat their artists with incredible respect, and they have helped bring all my visions to life. Making my kind of music is a step out of their comfort zone, but they have gone on the journey with me, never backing down no matter how many times they've asked me, "What do you want here?" and I've replied, "I don't know." If you are local to Orlando and are looking to record, please consider their services. You can find them at their website: wholehearted.productions.
WE ARE MAKING IT HAPPEN! I can't wait for you to hear what we've been cooking up.