Next Friday evening (January 17th), I will be playing at a showcase event called RAW. RAW hosts showcases throughout the world featuring local artists from painters to fashion, music and street performers.
As an incentive to perform, I must sell 20 tickets by THIS Friday. I have currently sold 4. If I do not meet the quota, I have to pay out the rest.
Tickets are $20 each and I will be on stage around 8:30. The event is taking place at The Palace Theatre. If you like to come, click here to purchase tickets. If you can't make it, you can still buy a ticket help support the event (and me!).
Hope to see you there!
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,
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!
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!