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!!
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.”
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:
Thank you for time!
WHAAAAAAAAAAAA???? Exsqueeze me? Baking powder? haha. Yup, you read correctly! After 90+ hours of recording over the month of October, my upcoming album, All We Ever Need, has been completely laid down! It was a marathon that literally came down to the last 5 seconds of time I had in the studio, and what has resulted is absolute magic! As we speak it is going through the mixing stages, followed by the mastering process, and I am so thrilled to hear it on the other end.
So many highlights throughout this experience. One of them was having the likes of master percussionist, Chris Couto of Kutapira (and many other groups), lend his skills on conga and djembe for a couple of songs!
Big thanks to all who played on this (Shera Kelly, Blake Williams, Darren Beattie, Chris Couto, and Jon Anderson), and for all who helped contribute to make this kind of album a reality. There are some wonderful surprises in store for you all :).