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.