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November 12th, 2010
Hello Pretty Ones!!!
I have lots of updates to share since my return home from my summer in Europe. It was a fantastic time seeing new places and meeting new people, and I am so thankful for the experience! It's nice to be home & settled back in, though, and back into my normal routine. There have been some exciting things happening!
One of my goals in life has been to get my foot in the door with song placement in film. That goal was realized in September when I was contacted by an agent in Hollywood who was representing film director, Nick Stagliano, who wanted to use one of my songs in his independent film, Good Day For It. He had heard me perform a couple of years ago when I was touring with Matthew Ryan when we were in New York/Philly. The song, "Bad Timing," to be used in the film is from my second record, "Shoot the Sky." And, Matthew Ryan scored all of the background music for the film. I'm not sure of the release date, but you can view the movie trailer with this link, Good Day For It. I look forward to seeing/hearing how it all fits together!
One of the projects that I worked on this past Spring was for my friend, Brian Ritchey, and his new release, "No Way Out of This House." He hired me to compose and record all of the strings for his entire record. Brian sent me his songs and allowed me complete freedom to arrange and record the strings from my home studio. There was a tremendous learning curve involved, but it was helpful as the trial and error with his project steered the way with finishing up my new record, "Make Everything Bright." His record is absolutely beautiful filled with vibey, artistic & stunning songs. It is a concept record, songs written in consecutive order to a real life character. It is dark, yet illustrious and hopeful. Last week, I spent multipule hours transcribing all of the parts for stringed instruments so that we could perform the record in its entirety for his record release last Friday night at The Basement here in Nashville. The show was a success and tons of fun. Brian's long term plan for the record is to have a playwright transcribe the story/plot for a performance drama/musical.
This coming Monday night, November 15th, I will have the pleasure of opening for Canadian artist, Corb Lund at the Exit Inn in Nashville. Showtime will be at 8:30 PM.
Lund has been named Roots Artist of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association for the last five years running and was again nominated this year. He collected the Roots and Traditional Album of the Year trophy for his album Hair in My Eyes Like a Highland Steer at the 2006 JUNO Awards (the Canadian Grammys), and took home a CCMA Album of the Year award for the set as well. His ambitious 2007 song cycle Horse Soldier, Horse Soldier! was nominated for the prestigious critical accolade, the Polaris Music Prize.
In the new year, I have plans to promote the new record, "Make Everything Bright" with a tour starting in the South. I will have those dates listed on the website in the next couple of months. Also, plans are being made at the moment for a Spring tour in Norway with Amelia White and Mando Saenz. It will be a Nashville Songwriter "in the round" format. We hope to hit a few more countries while we are over there....more to come on that!
The website if finally up to date! There is a current biography, new photos, blog page, a store with all of my records and t-shirts and a fan page that includes quotes from various fans with their thoughts on the new record. You're already here...so, just keep on surfin'!
Thank you for your time and please stay in touch!!!
Peace & love,