I didn’t realize how long it’s been since I last updated. Yea it’s been a LOOOOOOOONG time, BUT in those 2 years I’ve been very busy writing new material and recording it. I have been working on a new 4 or 5 song EP titled “Last One Standing”. If I could sum this demo up in one word, I would say it would be “Rejection” : We’ve all been through it! I kinda wrote all these songs with the same themes, without even really meaning to. It wasn’t until I had all the songs lined up for recording when I actually realized they all had the same underlying theme. I think it really focused on those around me who were going through relationships that were rejecting eachother, but also the rejection that I had within myself (me towards myself, friends towards me, or the record companies toward me). We all have our low points where we want to sulk, and feel sorry for ourselves, and that was my songwriting process. But then comes the recording process, when I get to play/sing/document my art and be creative. That is when I get to let all of those bottled up emotions out and create something beautiful. It isn’t until I release it, I let all of those emotions go , and hopefully they’ll reach someone who’s going through the same thing to let them know they’re not alone.
I think this demo will really show how I’ve grown as an artist. My writing is maturing, my voice is maturing, I’m being more creative with the production. With the last demo (Break of Day) I felt like I was locked in a closet for the whole process , and I was only let out to do vocals, and then I was locked back in that closet for the rest of the process…even though I wrote most of those songs by myself (11/4 out of 5 were cowritten), that is how I felt. The sound was very much molded by the people producing it, and not that it sounded BAD , it just wasn’t neccassarily 100% ME. Most of my acoustic tracks were either erased or buried very low in the mix as well…but it was a learning experience and for that I am grateful.
With my new demo, all the big decisions were pretty much made by me, from the writing (every track on this cd is solely wrote by me), to the song editing, to pre-production, to which producer and studio I wanted to work with, to the mixing, to the order of the songs on the CD, to the album art….Now just because most of all of these decisions were finalized by ME, this does not mean I wasn’t open to opinions, or ideas. I could not have done any of this without the help of my amazingly supportive family, my boyfriend/keyboardist Steve, the guys from Hey Tiger (Wayne, Josh, Jim) and Pigeon Club Studios in Hoboken, and Marc Ribler. It was a very artistically satisfying experience, and I can’t WAIT to share all of my hard work for the past year with you listeners! I can say that this demo is 100% ME….
There is still a tiny bit left that has to be tracked , and then it is on to Mastering… and then Packaging…it won’t be much longer. Sit tight, it will be well worth the wait ! I PROMISE!!
I just wanted to write to ya and inform you of the events that are taking place cuz I figured I haven’t in awhile. Well it’s nothing TOO major but good news is good news, and I felt the need to share with you all and keep ya in the loop ! 🙂 So here goes…
October has been a pretty busy month for me….I finally got into the studio and started to rehearse the band n stuff with some of the guys from the band Hey Tiger…they ROCK btw. Wayne Dorell is producing , and he is awesome! He has a really good ear, and he is taking things in the direction that I had pictured my stuff to go in and I think things are really gonna be great once the final product is done.
There are going to be 4 tracks, fully produced…most of you who come to my shows I’m sure will know what will be on the demo, and those of you who don’t ….I think you will be pleasantly surprised! Hey for those of you who DO come to my shows…you will STILL be pleasantly surprised because one of the songs that will be on there, I have NEVER played live YET! So you will still have another new song to look forward to ! I will be in the studio this whole weekend workin on instrumental tracks and overdubs, and we have some nice touches to add too, but I’ll keep that a surprise as well ! :-X
The other night I played at the Saint for the Asbury Music Awards Showcase…I was nominated the 3rd year in a row for Top Female Solo Acoustic which was awesome to find out ! And it was also a pleasant surprise to find out that I was nominated in another category this year for Top Female Vocalist! And that showcase will be held at the Wonderbar in Asbury Park on Oct. 18! Winners are announced at the Stone Pony on Nov. 11 , I believe…..
Aside from that bit of awesomness…I was asked to open up for a signed artist , Danielle Evin. She is on Sony/BMG…so that could be a really cool opportunity to open up for someone who is signed!
That will be at the Saint on Oct. 12!
Well there’s my news for ya ! I am excited and things are going pretty well aside from tryin to get rid of a little cough 🙂 . I will try to update again with any new information as far as when my NEW material will be available for FREE download!! yes that’s right folks…the new CD is FREE!!! I’m taking votes on what I should call this new collection of songs…lemme know what ya think.
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