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hitting 2012 with some extra special goodies

The 2nd half of 2011 was pretty incredible.  I  had the privilege of opening for Surfer Blood, VHS Or Beta, Kevin Barnes from Of Montreal, Awesome New Republic, Grand Buffet and shared the stage with dozens of other noteworthy local acts including Circus, Telethon, Andy Matchett and The Minks, Stockholm, Yogurt Smoothness, and more recently The Tenant and Ancient Sun (All worth checking out).

In November, I hopped on a cheap Southwest flight to L.A. for another Taxi Road Rally (Songwriting Convention) where I met more amazing artists and industry people – and caught up with the friends I made last year.    That conference is seriously worth every penny of my membership –  and once again it came up at a time when I needed a short break from “The City Beautiful”.

This past Monday night I released  my FIRST OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO for my single, “One And Only” –  just after releasing my 7 song Self-Titled EP on November 25 – Black Friday.  I am really proud of both.  But of course without trying to sound cliché, I absolutely could not have done it on my own.  The EP took months to write and re-write as well as multiple studio sessions to get it just right (Huge thank you to Greg Shields and Mike Stebe at Sound Lounge Studios).

The music video, to quote the Director, truly was ” a labor of love”.  The 13 hour shoot involved over 30 people.  The cast was full of local talents: Andy Matchett, Katie Peters (Circus), John Didonna, Jennifer Bonner, Jessica Mariko (DRIP), Kyle Raker, Nick Corcoran, Darci Ricciardi, and Will “Mainswitch” Campbell.

We had an incredible camera team including a volunteer crew of 8 from Full Sail University.  Most everyone involved in the project donated their time and really believed in it – which nearly brought me to tears at the end of the shoot, that and I was exhausted.  Of course we went over budget but the end result was worth it, and luckily The Orlando Repertory Theatre was more than gracious to allow us to practically take over the entire building that Sunday at no additional charge.

I am so thankful to all of my actors who brought so much life to this video and to my crew for working their asses off to keep things moving forward.  And I’m especially thankful to Director/Editor Scott Wilkins, and Richard Dine – Director of Photography, for making this video look beautiful.

If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out here.  I promise it will make you smile.
This last month of the year – I have no plans to slow down – I open for Le BLORR on December 22 in Vero Beach and I end 2011 at the Downtown Melbourne New Year’s Eve Street Party!

This past year was pretty damn good, so naturally 2012 is going to be UNREAL.

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january =ing INSANE month, but i still stopped to enjoy ‘The Pauses’.

I NEED A HAIRCUT

I would like to start off by saying, EEEEEEEEEEEE GAH!  My schedule this month has become insane!  All of it is wondrous, so I’m not complaining at all, but the craziness of it literally just hit me today as I was going over my mental list, which by the way also includes me getting a haircut… my bangs are driving me bananas.

The first two weeks of 2011 went by incredibly fast and these last two, I guarantee, will probably blow by as well.  “What’s coming up?”  you ask… well I’ll tell ya! With bullet points!

  • Playing a show tomorrow night @Tatáme Sake Lounge, SAT JAN 15 / 9pm
  • Releasing brand NEW SINGLE, Never Done This, week of JAN 17
  • Filming a live performance at FULL SAIL with the BAND on JAN 20
  • Audition in MIAMI JAN 21
  • Interview with ORLANDO LIVE @ City Arts Factory on JAN 27
  • Shoot with Photographer Mark Harmon on JAN 29 …Location TBD
  • And oh yea… the bangs are getting cleaned up on Monday 😉

And on top of all that … I’ll be in the studio writing/recording my sophomore release, and working on several Music Video concepts to be filmed this Spring.

Phew!!!!!

These past couple of weeks have been relatively laid back in comparison to what is to come, but I have been plugging away in the studio… and let me tell you … I am GRINNING EAR TO EAR over these new tracks.  “NEVER DONE THIS”, which was written in just two hours during the Taxi Road Rally with Sergio Ruelas, Machael Hazani, and Duff Watrous, is hands down my new favorite.  Chris and I started  working on the recording in December and it sounds SICK.  I will get the final Mixed/Mastered version on Sunday – and then I’m gonna let it fly!

The other tune we are working on is a fun indie dance tune, titled, “ONE AND ONLY”, nothing serious about it,  just a little something to replace a frown with a big grin. 😀  I keep waiting for Chris to roll his eyes at me in the studio… but he seems to be enjoying himself despite the challenge of getting his head into it. Goal is to have the entire sophomore project released by March!

Other than studio time, rehearsals, and day job stuff – I managed to catch a cold (I’m all better now) and catch The Pauses at Backbooth.  They are a local indie rock band that  delivers some sweet tunes against a colorful, homey backdrop complete with a  “window”  with a brightly animated green grass and blue sky landscape with school buses, bunnies and other random puppet passer-byers.

It was their CD release party and they seemed to bring out a fairly “plugged-in” group of locals, many of whom I’ve met over the past year. It was a good night, lots of laughs and lots of familiar faces.  In fact the lead singer of The Pauses looked very familiar to me – so after the show I stalked her out on Facebook and sent her a message.  It turns out that Tierney Tough and I used to work at the same cafe years ago (small freaking world).  Giving me yet one more good reason to have attended that night.

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