Summer Tour 2019 

Hi all, 

I am heading out to BC for a month at the beginning of August and cannot wait to head out on the open road again. 

It's been 3 years since my last big tour. I'll be living in the good ol' van again and my dad has been working hard to make sure it will run as smooth as possible. There's something about BC that is peaceful for me. It's probably the nostalgia in me that sparks such joy and comfort . Being on the road through the mountains reminds me of my childhood family vacations. Walkmans and Archie comics in hand, we headed out to the hot springs, pulling our mustard and sage colored home behind us. It was always the oldest trailer in the park, but the 70s carpet cushions and smells were home. Although I won't be taking the trailer with me, the mountains and memories will still be there. 

A couple weeks ago, I found an old Dixie Chicks album at a garage sale. I'm not a big country fan, but I love the old stuff that used to be popular on the radio when I was a kid. I slid the disc into my car stereo and "Wide Open Spaces" came on. I knew the chorus but had never taken the time to listen to the verses. 

"Who doesn't know what I'm talking about 
Who's never left home, who's never struck out 
To find a dream and a life of their own 
A place in the clouds, a foundation of stone 

Many precede and many will follow 
A young girl's dreams no longer hollow 
It takes the shape of a place out west 
But what it holds for her, she hasn't yet guessed 

She needs wide open spaces 
Room to make her big mistakes 
She needs new faces 
She knows the high stakes 

She traveled this road as a child 
Wide eyed and grinning, she never tired 
But now she won't be coming back with the rest 
If these are life's lessons, she'll take this test"

 

I started crying. These were my words. This was my life. In that moment, I became ready for another brave step in my career. This was me. This is what I was doing and I needed to do it, not matter what happens. I need these wide open spaces. To pursue my dreams, live my life and be free.

 

See you in BC,

C

NEW VIDEO!  

MY NEW MUSIC VIDEO "ALONE" IS UP TODAY!

I wrote this song on my fall tour in 2017 driving through the mountains alone, longing for someone to share all my beautiful experiences with. 

To all of you out there feeling like you're alone in this world, this one's for you. Let's feel lonely together! 

 

Peace.

WHAT THE?! 

GUESS WHAT EVERYBODY?...I WON MY FIRST MUSIC AWARD!

I am honored to have won the Calgary Music Award for "Blues Recording of the Year" for my song, " Crooner Sing To Me." I never expected to be nominated, let alone, win an award for this song. Thank you to the YYCMA Committee for this award, to the City of Calgary and the music community for welcoming me in with open arms and to Russell Broom, Mike Little, Chris Bryne and Lyle Molzan for making this song sound WICKED! Thank you to Evergreen Sound and Brian Doerksen for recording and producing the song.

 

ABOUT THE SONG

This song was my first songwriting assignment at Prairie College. All we had to do was write a 12-bar blues. I went back to my room and wrote the first two verses. I have a background in Jazz and have loved Crooners since I was very young, so the imagery of being serenading by a Crooner was easy to conjure up and lent itself well to a sultry blues song. I didn't think much of the song going beyond this assignment but I enjoyed playing it for the class the next day. Later on in the year, I decided to finish it and perform it at an open mic with a full band. It was a blast! 

When the decision making process begun for my EP, I knew this song wouldn't make the cut because it didn't fit with any of my other songs, but I knew I wanted to record it as a single later on. That's exactly what I did and boy, did it pay off! 

 

I hope to have the chance to write more blues and jazz in the future, but for now I am enjoying the process of folk that I am on and always pull out the jazz tunes at my gigs. If you have yet to hear the song, have a listen on itunes or spotify!

 

Cheers,

C

FALL TOUR!  

 

I CANNOT believe my Fall Tour starts tomorrow!!!! 

It feels like forever ago since I started planning and although it took forever to plan, I still cannot believe it is here! In hindsight, it may not have been the best idea to start a new job, move to a new city and start a 6 weekend tour in the same month....but YOLO right? I am trying to make the most of my single years, where I have the time and freedom to travel every weekend and sleep in my car at any chance I can get. To be honest, I don't feel super prepared but I know once I focus and start playing, I will enjoy every moment! It's gonna be a lot, I mean A LOT, of driving and sleeping in my car may get colder and colder as the weeks go on but here goes nothing! (If you are wondering, I do have a lot of friends places to crash at...)

 

What are my hopes for this tour? 

I hope that I can see YOU out at the shows. I hope to make new connections and friends. I hope for stories that inspire songs. I hope for safety and the serenity of solo driving. I hope for sanity and phone calls with friends when I'm bored and lonely. I hope to learn and grow and become better at what I do, and I hope to move people with my songs; that they become a part of your story, just as much as they are mine. 

 

See ya on the road, folks!

Peace 

Fall Update! 

Hey Everyone! 

It has been a wild and crazy summer and I have been off the grid (aka I couldn't afford to keep my website online) but I am back and ready for a new year! I like to consider fall more of my new year than the actual new year because it is so full of change. The change in season, the start of school and the kick off to the much anticipated holidays to come seem to make September my January. So I'm kicking off the 'new year' with a TOUR! This baby took way longer to plan than I hoped or would like to admit but I am so glad that the planning is over and now I can tell y'all about it and get ready to hit the road! I'm a little bit insane because I will be teaching music during half of the week and touring during the other half, so there will be a lot of driving and a lot of late night chats with my friends on the road (with my headphones of course!). I'm glad I love the open road! 

 

In other news.....I have been nominated for TWO YYC MUSIC AWARDS!!!! WHHHATTTT?!?!?! I actually can't even believe it. I have felt so alone in this musical journey so far that it is so encouraging to be recognized for all the hard work! I must be doing something right!!! I am so thankful for the Calgary music community and am really looking forward to getting more plugged in in the coming year. I am still new to Calgary so this is a great step forward for me! Go YYC! 

I am also heading out to the CCMA's to play at a showcase! It is my first big awards weekend and although I won't be there for much of it, I am really looking forward to meeting some people and getting a feel for what all the fuss is about! Thank you OCL Studios, Porch Swing and all the other people who have made this showcase possible! It is such an honor! 

 

If you would like to follow my fall journey, follow my on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! If you can make it out to a show near you, please do! Your physical, moral and financial is HUGE and such an important part of my continued success and sustainability as an artist. 

 

Thank you for listening and we will see YOU on the road, folks! 

 

Cheers,

C