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A couple weeks ago I had the privilege of heading back up north to my old stomping grounds of Duluth, Minnesota for their inaugural North of Nashville showcase event. Such a tremendous opportunity and everyone was so incredibly welcoming- from the folks putting on the event to the attendees. It felt a lot like going home.
Anyways I just posted the full live video of my performance to the link below! Check it out and let me know what ya think! Cheers!
As spring draws to a close here in Tennessee music, events, and venues around the country are starting to see an increase in performances. First off- yay!! It’s really exciting to witness the art and life of this town seemingly reborn.
Yes. I’m heading back into the studio to work on three new songs to release later in 2021. With the delays and myriad issues 2020 posed to both music and the rest of the world I’m really looking forward to leaning into this season of creativity, production, and potential in the coming months and years.
Yes, I’m aware that I don’t post as often to this blog as I should… but as the great Sherlock would say “the game is afoot!” And yes things are happening that should increase my ability to share content here in the very near future! So if you haven’t yet subscribed… do it! (Especially if you believe in my music and career for the long term. Think investment here as I will not soon forget those who believed when it wasn’t popular. Cause yeah. Someday soon… it’ll be the New Thing 😉
As always…. thanks for joining me on this journey and following along with my story. I love you all!
(P.S Enjoy the full video of an unreleased song “Tennessee” above!) 🙂
Well spring is in full swing here in Nashville. Finally seeing thunderstorms and rain showers rather than storm warnings… which is a good thing lol. But I could do without the tornado warnings.
In a couple weeks I’ll be expanding outwards from Nashville and attempting to find some gigs in St Louis, Missouri. Rather exciting news! We’ll see how it all plays out but everything is an adventure regardless so it will be a blast I’m sure.
In more immediate news, I’ll be headed back into the studio to work out a couple more tracks. This time they’re definitely less extensive in the production side of things (I mean what isn’t… have you heard Gypsy Heart??) Anyways, it’ll be mostly piano and vocals… but we might decide to throw some strings and guitar cause hey- Why not? I’m crazy.
This week looking to set up a live video shoot to record a couple live band songs— it’s kind of last minute but if it works out I’ll be sharing it here! So make sure to subscribe to this really sporadically posted, hopefully entertaining, but always erratic, blog of my musical journey!
Well 2020 was quite the year! Crazy ride filled with ups and downs… New places, new faces, new friends, and lots of music and (of course) COVID. I’m really looking forward to when that word is as rare as the Spanish Flu. I mean seriously, it’s time we move on people… But I digress.
Anyways my scheduled release plan for music was set back due to the inability to promote via live shows, which is primarily how young artists in Nashville get their music heard. So after the release of Gypse Heart (which if you haven’t heard yet… Go listen!!! And if you have well then… Go listen again lol) I devoted a considerable amount of the time I had been focusing on networking and playing out to writing. So yeah, lots of new music that you all haven’t heard yet! *P.S if you follow my blog here you’ll get first access hehe* okay enough self-promotion…
As I’m looking at 2021 and trying to navigate this whole crazy music scene amid a post-COVID world and mindset I’ve realized that simply landing in the stream won’t get you to your destination. Sounds extemporaneous, I know, but let me explain. Since arriving in Nashville in the fall of 2019 it’s really easy to fall into the trap of simply being here… People, myself included at times, start to think that things are going to simply happen because of the fact that they have made it to the right town and are surrounded with the right people. But that’s not the case! Hard work is critical. But simply working hard without definite goals can be almost as useless as not working at all. For if the effort isn’t concentrated on distinguishable goals it’s much the same as trying to swim across an ocean by jumping in… But then just treading water hoping someone will throw you a rope. Now this may sound trivial to some, and indeed if you’ve already mastered the mantra:
If a man does not know to which port he is sailing
No wind is favorable…
Then you are already two steps ahead and I applaud you as well as encourage you to continue on. But to be fair this can be a hard concept for people to grasp. Especially when it comes to an industry such as music that seemingly does not have any definable milestones to latch onto as definite goals. The catch, though, is to create those goals. Study the lives and careers of those who have gone before and see their small successes as initial goals to emulate. Did they play small venues? Cover gigs? Writer’s rounds in Nashville? Start small and build. But don’t let the small wins become an anchor where you find yourself treading water… Forgetting that the goal is to swim across the ocean. Keep driving… Always looking for the opportunities to progress. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that the goal is just to survive until someone else lifts you out. No, drive. Progress. Build. Let 2021 be the year where you set definable goals towards a definite end. That end being a better version of you. Better music than you had before. Better lyrics than you’ve ever written. Yes, even playing bigger shows than you have previously. Excellent goals. But start now and set deadlines for accomplishing them. Aim for the stars… And you won’t find yourself crawling around in the dirt.
Whew! Okie dokie… that’s where I’m at on this January 26th, 2021! Trying to set definable goals and then act in accordance to accomplish them. By the way this is favorable in all walks of life. Not just music. So think about it and if you can add something to help here comment it below!!!
Cheers to you all! Hope your Holidays and New Years were fantastic and we’ll talk soon!
P.S Yes, I’m planning on releasing another single this year so stay tuned!!!
Wow. Where to start for this one. 2020 has been INSANe so far this year… global pandemic, murder hornets (?), riots, cultural awareness, black lives matter. There’s been a whole heck of a lot to process, understand, learn, and opportunities to grow.
This post is special for me as it is my genuine pleasure to announce my first wide release, cross platform single!!! Gypsy Heart is available wherever you stream music on July 3rd, 2020– There has been an incredible amount of work put into this track and I am so immensely excited to get it out.
This track is really personal to me and is one that I needed to release to both start the creative journey of my upcoming EP (yes it’s in the works), as well as get this tracks message off my chest. It’s a story of a runaway, of a Gypsy Heart, or myself. I hope you can both relate to the message as well as appreciate the musicality that (admittedly) took a ton of planning and work. Also, as in my case, hit the freeway, roll the windows down, and let it rip!!! By far that’s my favorite way to listen cause it’s a JAAAMMMM!
Whew! It has been a hot minute since I last updated this blog. Been a crazy past few months to say the least… Got the Coronavirus Pandemic, almost all shows cancelled, and live music becoming almost officially extinct. Starting on the upswing though so things are starting to look promising!
A couple days ago me and the producer I’m working with finished the mix on what will be my first multi-platform single: Gypsy Heart. I’m super ridiculously excited about this one and really looking forward to getting it out there and seeing how you all respond. I can guarantee it’s unlike anything else currently being released, one hundred percent original, and pretty personal to myself as well. It’s a song that I needed to release before moving on with some more… let’s say commercially viable options. But set down the date! 7.3.2020 – July 3rd, 2020 Gypsy Heart will become available on all platforms. The plan is to have a lyric video uploaded to YouTube to accompany it as well at the outset and then hopefully shoot a full music video to be released perhaps 6-8 weeks after. We’ll see how all that goes.
In other news here in Nashville life has slowed down tremendously due to the COVID Crisis. Still managing to write a lot and even getting a few virtual co-writes in, but focusing primarily on my own music to be released. We’ve already started pre-production on what should be my 2nd wide single release… And that one’s gonna be a hit. Lol, well I hope it is… 🙂
Anyways, that’s it for now… Cheers to you all thanks for reading and hope you’re doing well!
Well it’s certainly been a hot minute since I last updated ya’ll on my journey. My “New Beginnings” adventure has reached it’s next chapter as of August 5th, 2019 — I moved to Nashville, Tennessee! Wildly excited to be living in and participating at the music capital of the world. Life is craaaaaazy busy here… I’m averaging about 4-5 hours of sleep a night but worth it one hundred percent.
Some of the highlights are meeting so many incredibly talented people even in my few short weeks here. That “southern hospitality” is alive and well folks! Anyways I’ve been working almost non-stop since I arrive to establish myself within the music scene and make connections with as many people as I possibly can. One fella I run into all the time (also a ridiculously talented singer-songwriter) asked me how my “Networking Blitz” was going. He wasn’t wrong… I’m quite literally everywhere. Some nights visiting up to four venues a night to support my friends and make new ones. Building relationships has never been so fulfilling.
Anyways alright… There’s my update! Thanks so much for reading and keeping up with me and my music and if you’re around the area make sure to jump over to the Upcoming Shows page! I’ve got a number of Songwriter Rounds I have the honor of participating in with quite a number more in the works!
Cheers to you all and God Bless!