It's been a good summer.
Playing in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
It’s been a good summer. I played about 16 shows, from small ones for about 20 people, to impromptu busking sessions in downtown Toronto, to several private shows for the guests of the Via Rail train “The Canadian” (a trip that goes across Canada from Vancouver to Toronto - I was the ‘artist on board'), to a headliner spot for the City of Port Coquitlam’s Summer in The City festival, to a show at a summer camp for over 200 teens. That one was awesome! So many thanks to Centauri Arts Camp. I used to go there when I was little! You guys will always have a place in my heart! ...Besides performing, I shot material for a music video while I was on the amazing Via Rail train “The Canadian". Thanks to Via Rail and the crews. You guys rock! You made me feel so welcome and so appreciated. It was such a pleasure to play for you and all the guests whilst enjoying the beautiful Canadian views. I’ll never forget witnessing the Rocky Mountains pass by through those panoramic windows… I made many new fans and friends, and for that I am so grateful. And I must say, the food on board was DEEELICIOUS!
Playing to 200+ kids at Centauri Arts Camp 2014
Now, as the summer comes to an end, I am writing, writing, writing! Lots of new songs in the oven! I’ve also been working hard at my part-time job to save money to move to Nashville for 6 months (January - June 2015). It’s a long journey and there are many bumps in the road and the mountain at the end of the journey is really big (insert more metaphors here)! …Basically, this dream of mine is crazy. As a songwriter and artist, the odds are stacked against you! There’s just so much competition. But when it’s in your heart, it’s in your heart. I love what I do and I love the difficulty of it. There’s a certain excitement, a certain magical fire that fills you up when you try to achieve something that’s nearly impossible to achieve! …I don’t know what the future holds. I don’t know if my dreams will pan out. But do any of us? Life is weird and unpredictable and all you can do is work hard, enjoy the Now and strive to make the most of what you’ve got! Well I haven’t GOT a lot of money - no big budgets for videos or million dollar recordings, no money for radio promotion (did you know it costs a ton of $$$ to get your song played on radio - even the big stars have to pay a 'radio promoter / tracker' whose job is to persuade the programmers to play the song). I haven’t got a major label deal or a #1 song on Country radio. But I’ve got passion, talent, and a love for songwriting. I’ve got little victories like my songwriting awards, and successful youtube videos like my cover of Some Nights. I’ve got many opportunities to travel and write with other writers, meet with people in the business, and play shows. Opportunities that many people would love to have, but don’t. And I’VE GOT YOU GUYS. My little fan-ily (get it? fans? family? = Fan-ily) …All of you who have listened to my music over the last few years and shown your support online or in person. I am thankful for the encouragement you’ve given me. Can’t thank you enough for enjoying my songs, for your likes and comments, for believing in me… Here’s to a great summer and here’s to what’s next! xoxoxxx