I’m thrilled to announce my first tour WITH A FULL BAND!! I’ll be joined by the Muskox Riders on The Last Pun-tier Tour from June 28 – July 7! I’m so excited to share the stage with phenomenal acts like Harper’s Farce, Michael Thomas Howard, Teal Rogers on aerial silks, and Mossy Raven.
It’s funny how I always forget what silence feels like. I’m currently sitting on the floor in my producer’s brother’s old bedroom in Erie, Pennsylvania, listening only to the drone of a ceiling fan and a perturbed bird outside the window. It feels amazing.
This weekend was FAR-West, a conference in Bellvue for musicians, venue owners, house concert curators, and booking agents to gather together and connect. I was invited by Alaskan musician Karrie Pavish-Anderson, who is not only one of the most talented singers I know, but also she’s simply the loveliest person to be around. We traveled to Bellevue together from Fairbanks, and when we met up in Fairbanks, we realized we didn’t even know if the other person had siblings or not. But it didn’t matter; it felt like we had been long-time friends. And we got the sibling thing straightened out pretty quickly.
The weekend is a blur. I didn’t have much concept of time because we were in a hotel the whole time and a full-night’s sleep was impossible, so I just stole naps when I could. Workshops were from 9am-5pm, then the main showcase stage had a show from 7-10pm, and the “Private Guerilla Showcases” (for the particularly shy gorillas) were on two floors of hotel rooms from 10pm-2am. I had 8 showcases in 3 days. Craziness.
I was worried it was going to be a weekend of networking bombardment and a hurricane of business cards, but the community there was so kind and encouraging, it was more like summer camp than an episode of Survivor. Karrie and I stayed at the hotel on the “PGS” floor with two other wonderful songstresses, Mindy Dillard and Amber Ikeman. We named our room the “Ladies’ Lair” and it was a kind little refuge amidst the chaos, a perfect place for heart to hearts and tea drinking.
So why am I in Erie, Pennsylvania? I’m embarking on an adventure with my dear friend and producer Mike Adams to finish recording my album, “Simple Things”. He’s got a car resembling a storm trooper that we are going to drive to Nashville in a few days, then drive back to Erie and hop on a plane to LA to finish vocals and overdub some final touches before hunkering down with the incredible Jordan King for final mixes. IT’S HAPPENING!!!!! Excited feels like a word I’ve been using too much, but I can’t believe the emails, phone calls, skype sessions, and spreadsheets are finally manifesting into reality.
Thank you so much Rasmuson Foundation for making this all possible with your generosity. I’m simply in awe and cannot wait to share this music.
I am thrilled and humbled to announce I have been selected for the 2016 Individual Artist Award from the Rasmuson Foundation! I can’t express how grateful I am for this opportunity to create the art I want to with the people I love. It is an honor to share the roster with these incredibly talented artists I am proud to call my peers. In other words… YAYYYYYYYY!!!!!
To every struggling artist out there, KEEP GOING!! Great things can happen if you keep working hard, making authentic art, and don’t let the doubt win. Thank you Rasmuson Foundation for supporting Alaskan artists and offering these life changing opportunities.
What a crazy weekend! Shot footage for the “Boobs” music video, which mostly involved me wearing all the scarves I own, boxes of Raisinets, and frolicking in the snow in a sun dress. I may have also waltzed in a coffee shop with a “Caution Wet Floor” sign. Anyway, it’s going to be a really fun video and I’m very excited to share it with you all hopefully in the relatively near future! Will post pictures and promo clips soon!
Also, had the best recording session of my life yesterday at Herd Studios in Roxbury. Got to work with some incredible musicians, including Avery Ballotta who brought me to tears with his quartet arrangement for “Lost and Found”. Just gorgeous. I can’t believe I get to work with these people.
After the session, I proceeded to eat nachos and not even pretend to care about football. BUT THAT HALF TIME SHOW WAS SO GOOOOD. Seriously, though, I don’t know how I am even the same species as Beyonce because that lady is UNREAL.
Thanks so much for reading! Will write again soon.