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All We Ever Need release show at St. James Hall a huge success!

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Photo by Nicoleta D

After 4 years of build up, writing, walking, rewriting, walking some more, collaboration, sweat, blood, tears, and laughter….all of it came to beautiful fruition at St. James Hall on Friday night.  Meet the cast of characters that helped me to bring All We Ever Need into this world.  From the left, Jon Anderson, Natalie Ramsay, Bre McDaniel, Shera Kelly, Darren Beattie, Me, Chris Couto, Colleen O’Connor, and Heather Hay!  What an honour it was to play to a packed house with this all star team.

I wanted to take a moment to thank all the wonderful supporters who contributed to the fundraiser, and to the Creative BC/BC Music Fund team for helping to make this project real.  With the new album in hand and properly launched, so starts the action of this project with all that was intended for it – increasing connection, building community, and growing the love!  Giddy up folks.  Giddy up!!

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All We Ever Need is here and available to the world!

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I am so thrilled to announce that my new album project “All We Ever Need,” after 4 years in the making, is out and available on every kind of music platform imaginable.  Below are links to a variety of sources where you can find it, listen to it, share it, purchase it, whatever your preference may be.  Just click on the below link to go where you want to go :).

Enjoy!

Album art above designed by Celestial Folk star – Bre McDaniel

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Another rung around the tree

If I were a tree, then today, I would magically sprout a new layer of external shell.  You could cut me in half, count the layers, and discover my age.  Pretty wild when you think about it.  Looking at the inside of a tree is like looking at a story board for a book or movie.  Every line/layer is packed with information, stories, emotions, lessons, and experience.

However, these layers don’t just show up on their own.  The ground holds the base of the tree stable, allowing it to root and grow.  The rain and surrounding micro/macro creatures do what they do to help bring nutrients.  The sun shines on the leaves, provides energy, encouragement, and advice on where to go in its life.  It takes a forrest to raise a tree :).

These last few years, I have opened up to the wonders of collaboration.  For a long time, I tried to do everything on my own, and definitely added some tough layers to my stump!  When I look back today on how much stronger I have become from focused/intentional work with others, co-creating, and admitting that I need help, I feel an overwhelming sense of appreciation and gratitude.

Thank you to everyone in my forrest!  If you are reading this now, you have had a profound impact on me, and the latest rungs I have acquired are entirely because of you.  They are the best I have ever had, and all I can say is thank you!  I couldn’t have got here on my own.

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Like a human bone that becomes stronger and more dense as a reaction to bearing load, so do

New live video for “Thank You,” entered in CBC Searchlight 2017!

Exciting news! CBC has just started their 2017 round of Searchlight, a national program that helps bring new Canadian music to your lovely ears. I have entered it this year, and have put in a new song and video in lieu of my upcoming album release “All We Ever Need.” The song is called “Thank You,” featuring the amazing Chris Couto on Djembe, and is one of the most dearest to my heart.  This is the video I submitted:

(Video filmed and produced by Kale Beaudry http://klphotograph.com)

Searchlight works as a mixture of judges opinions as well as crowd voting. You can vote once per day, for any and as many artists as you like. I am one out of 12 in the “Folk,” category for “Vancouver City.”

Click the “Searchlight Vote Now” picture below to vote for “Thank You.”
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Round 1 goes from today till February 27th at 3pm. The prizes for this are pretty special, and include mentorship, a chance to write a song for Canada’s 150, and some incredible performance opportunities with CBC’s festivals around Canada Day in Ottawa.

I am inviting you to participate in this journey with me, however far it goes. You can vote once per/day at the above link, and I appreciate all and any help. If you connect to it, or think of someone else who might enjoy this song and its message, feel free to share!

*For the Facebookers out there, feel free to join the EVENT PAGE  and follow along for some entertaining, humourous, and uplifting daily voting reminders.

Lastly, there are a few other artists that I know and have personally played with before that are in my category. They are well worth looking into. If you feel inclned, vote for them too. They are fantastic people, and amazing musicians, and you can vote for as many artists as you like:

Natalie Ramsay
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Thank you for time!

 

Bring your Soxy to The Roxy, Jan. 11th!

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Cool news!  I was invited to come play at The Roxy this Wednesday with some solid musical forces from around Vancouver.  I’ll also be making a special announcement to do with an upcoming music video about mismatched socks, so if you’d like to be a part of something very cool, come by the Roxy.

In lieu of this, I’m also doing a sock drive for those who could use some extra foot warmth out in the cold.  If you have some solo socks kicking around, and you don’t use them, bring them on Wednesday night, and I’ll make sure they find a good foot home.

Let’s have a good old Soxy night at The Roxy ;).

 

First song from “All We Ever Need” released on compilation album to support local food bank

I am so excited about this post today!  I am absolutely thrilled to announce the release of “Thank You,” the first song shared from my Spring 2017 release “All We Ever Need.”

The song has been added to a digital compilation album with 28 other incredible artists and bands in support of the food bank this Christmas.  This project was the brain seed of a special friend and musician, Luca Fogale, and I am so honoured to have my first track off the new community focused album put out this way.

29 songs by 29 artists, by donation, all going to a great cause!  Give the gift of music to your friends and family by clicking on the album cover below (A Bit of Light, Vol. 1) to purchase and help people out this season.

Happy Holidays all!!

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The Acoustic Guitar Project 2016 Success!

Wow……Thursday November 17th at St. James Hall – What a night!!  Still buzzing from a heart felt evening of incredible performances, impromptu jamming, and wonderful stories.

The Acoustic Guitar Project is the epitome of everything I love doing – Bringing a bunch of rad people together in a beautiful space through a form of shared creativity.  Nothing charges me up more than this!  Thanks to all the artists that brought this round of the project and night to life.  Here is where you can find them:

Sadie Campbell Music – http://www.sadiecampbellmusic.com/
Kristina Lao – http://www.kristinalao.com/
Joline Baylis – https://jolinebaylis.bandcamp.com/
Chicken-Like Birds – http://www.chickenlikebirds.com/
Tanya Gallagher – https://www.facebook.com/tanyagallaghermusic/

Thanks to all the great folks that came out to support the event, The Rogue Folk Club and volunteers for hosting the night, and to all the Sponsors (Corduroy Lounge, Eva Munroe, Float House, Tapestry Music, Craft Beer Market, The Rogue Folk Club) who donated a prize to the night.  The signed ukelele in the picture below (donated by Tapestry) was bought in the auction, re-donated, re-bought, and raised a good chunk of funds all by itself!  Rough estimates of door and separate donations are just over $2000 – all of which will be matched by the city, so the night is putting a minimum of $4000 back into repairing St. James Hall!  Amazing!  Also big thanks to Roundhouse Radio for the interview with Sadie Campbell and I.

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*This Sunday I am a part of another unique night at The Wise Hall downstairs lounge in East Vancouver, which will also be a fundraiser for St. James Hall.  This night, 12 artists will be sharing the stage, and covering each other’s music for an event titled “Second Hand Songs.”  It starts at 8pm, is $5, and will make for a very special evening.  Let’s keep the ball rolling :)!

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