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Whoa, 2015! You came in with quite a BANG!

Well friends, my New Year started out quite differently than most! I was on my way to play a New Year’s Day show at Radio Coffee in South Austin, where I was excited to share the stage with many friends & welcome 2015 with open arms…but sadly, two young fellows blew through a solid red light at a very fast speed and our cars collided, all in a split second. It was surreal and shocking, but I was so incredibly grateful that everyone involved was okay. The cars didn’t make it, but all people were alive and well – just banged up a bit. So these past days I have been healing up and taking it very easy. I can’t stress enough how very grateful I was to walk away from this and go back home to hug my husband and my little baby boy. Things like this really make you stop and appreciate life and not take it for granted. Oh, and I am feeling better & better every day! I should be fully recovered in just a couple of weeks.And coming soon…Return to Waves CD Release party FINALLY!

In happier news, I am so excited to celebrate the release of Return to Waves after all this time. CDs are on their way out to radio and such, and the band has been jamming in preparation for the fun event. It has been a blast playing these songs. If you are in the area & would like to join us for the Austin show, come out to Strange Brew Loungeside on Sunday February 8th at 6pm. More details on the show coming soon!

Also, another great album review just came in from Europe for Return to Waves! You can read it here:
InsurgentCountry.net

I hope you all have a beautiful year ahead of you. Happy 2015!

With Love & Gratitude,

Vanessa

Well hello…it’s been a while!

Since I last wrote, quite a lot has happened. We had a successful Kickstarter campaign (thank you all), then we finished the album and had it sent of to press. Right after all that, I had a baby! Jeremiah James Lively was born on April 14, 2014…I am including a few pictures of him below. It has been a wild adventure ever since. It feels like it has been forever & also just the blink of an eye at the same time…

I have been sending out all the Kickstarter packages, and we are finally at the very last ones (whew!) It took a lot longer than I thought it would, but I know everyone was expecting that and has been wonderfully patient. Now that the CDs are in y’alls hands, it is time to start thinking about the release. I am planning for a Fall release and will send the details as it gets closer. Until then, if you don’t have a copy yet and would like to get one, just let me know and I will send it your way!

This weekend I will be going to Topeka, KS for the Last Minute Folk Concert Series at UUFT. The show is on Saturday August 16th at 7:30pm. If you are in the area and would like to attend, you can purchase tickets here: http://lastminutefolk.org/next-up-for-last-minute-folk/

I hope that you are doing well. Send me an update or just write back to say hello! I would love to hear from you…

Have a great day!!

Vanessa

It’s a New Year with exciting new adventures!

Happy 2014!!

Wow. We are already 14 days in the the new year of 2014! I hope that everyone is doing well and feeling inspired for the year ahead. I haven’t written in a while, but we have been busy continuing to work on the next album and also getting ready for the new addition to our band (well, if he is into music that is…)

It has been a little crazy trying to do it all at the same time, but we are working hard to move forward and see about getting things all ready before the baby comes. We really will be needing to reach out to our community for support in this project now more than ever. We are keeping the budget low, and will be launching a Kickstarter campaign in just a few weeks to try & help offset most of the cost. If you all can help us to spread the word when this happens, it will help us keep it short & sweet. We just really would love to meet our goal and be able to move forward & release these new songs into the world, and share them with all of YOU!!

In the past couple of weeks, we have had an outpouring of love and support coming our way from all our friends, family & community. I am feeling so very grateful for all of you and feel excited to enter this new chapter bravely. Having so much encouragement really makes a huge difference in our lives and I only hope that I can give back to you all in some of the ways that you are giving to me. All I can do for now is send LOVE, say THANK YOU and continue to create songs & art and put it out there hoping it will have a positive effect in the world in some small way…

I wish you the best in the year ahead.

Love,

Vanessa

North Texas Shows / Baby on the Way / Recording the Next Album

BIG NEWS…
Good Morning friends!
As some of you may already know, Jason and I have a baby on the way! We just found out it is a little boy, and he should arrive late March. As we were walking along South Congress this past weekend, Jason’s dad found this gold bling with the male symbol on it, so I sported it all day in honor the boy.

…and so the album recording begins!
With this news, we decided to go full speed ahead in the recording of my next album. I am so excited about this project. Jason Lively will be co-producing & co-engineering with the wonderfully talented Paul Curreri who is a great singer-songwriter, producer and arranger, and also a great friend of ours! We start this Monday, and will be launching a crowd-funding campaign in the near future.

Heading to North Texas today for some shows

Tonight, Jason and I will be performing in Fort Worth atWoodshed Smokehouse from 6-9pm, then tomorrow night atThe Dallas Museum of Art at 9pm. Then on Saturday morning, we will perform at the Waco Downtown Farmers Market. We hope to see some of our North TX friends out there!

I hope that you are having a great week. Thanks again for all the love & support…we couldn’t do it without you!!

Have a beautiful day,

Vanessa

We are going to Europe today!

…and off we fly!

Hello friends,

We are heading out on a plane today to go to Europe. Jason and I are really excited to see some familiar faces and also meet many new ones! This tour is going to be a lot of fun, and also a whirlwind. We have show after show zig-zagging across Belgium, The Netherlands & Germany for almost three weeks straight. It will be a wild adventure…and we’ll also hop over to Spain for a few days of paella eating & seaside lounging!

Uncovering Stones (US Version) is sold out!

We have completely run out of copies of our last album Uncovering Stones. We will have download cards available from here on out for a while in lieu of reprinting the physical CDs. Also, CD Baby still has a few in stock, so those will still be available.

I am hoping to get back into the studio for another album later this year, so we will have that in hand sometime in the near future…but don’t worry, if you are in Europe, you are in luck! We have plenty of European copies to go around and will have them with us at all our upcoming shows.

I hope that you have a wonderful September…

Sincerely,

Vanessa

2013 European Tour – Heading to Belgium, The Netherlands & Germany!

Next week we will be heading over to Europe again for another tour. This time we will be performing in Belgium, The Netherlands & Germany. Here is our full tour calendar:

::: 2013 European Tour Dates :::

Thursday 12 sept 2013
CHAPEL FOLK concerts – Tilburg, NL
Venue: PARADOX
20:30 uur
Tickets: 10 €
www.paradoxtilburg.nl

https://www.facebook.com/Chapelfolk

Friday 13 sept 2013
CHER`S, Bornheim – Bornheim, DE
20:00 uur
Tickets: 9 €
http://chers.de/

Saturday 14 sept 2013
Huisconcert – Nieuwerkerk ad IJssel, NL
20:00 uur
Tickets: donation requested

Sunday 15 sept 2013
Het Keizerzhof – Turnhout, BE
16:00 uur
Tickets: Free
www.het-keizershof.be

Tuesday 17 sept 2013
The Blue Border Folk Club – Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant, NL
22:00 uur
Tickets: Free
https://www.facebook.com/BlueBorderFolkClub

Wednesday 18 sept 2013
Barrensteiner Whiskeybar – Grevenbroich, DE
19:30 uur
Tickets: 12,50 €
http://barrensteiner-whiskybar.de/

Thursday 19 sept 2013
Grolsch Song Night – Osnabrueck, DE
20.00 uur
Tickets: 6 €
https://www.facebook.com/songnight

Friday 20 sept 2013
Folk@22 Huisconcert – Landgraaf, NL

19:30 uur
Tickets: donation requested
http://www.folkat22.com/

Saturday 21 sept 2013
Where the Birds Fly – Düsseldorf, DE
20:00 uur
Tickets: donation requested
www.wherethebirdsfly.com

Tuesday 24 sept 2013
The Crossroads LIVE – Bergen op Zoom, NL
Vestzaktheater Het Zwijnshoofd
20:15 uur
Tickets: free
http://www.dutchrootsradio.com/nieuwe_pagina_4.htm

Saturday 28 sept 2013
Dendermond Huisconcert – Dendermonde, BE
20:30 uur
Tickets: donation requested

For more information on these tour dates, visit http://vanessalively.com/tour.html

FRANK, Kansas Road Trip, Casa Mariposa & Lively Productions NEW WEBSITE!

Hello friends,
I haven’t written in a while, but things have been going really well. I have been busy finishing the final touches on our upcoming European Tour that will happen in September. We will be heading to Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany & a quick trip to Spain! More about that as it gets closer, but if you would like to see our tour dates, visit our website

In a couple of weeks – on Thursday July 18th, 10pm – I will be performing in downtown Austin with the band at Frank. The lineup will also feature Roland & the Roots Riddem at10:45pm along with KP and the Boom Boom at 11:30pm! It will be a night full of dancing & lots of energy. Please join us for this event. We will have a few new songs to share with you too…I also have some performances coming up with La Guerrilla where I’ll be dancing, singing, and maybe even rapping – oh my! (The dates are also at my website)

The following week, I will be joining my good friend Devon Sproule on a trek up to Topeka, KS where she will play the Last Minute Folk Concert Series held at UUFT. The concert is on Saturday July 27th. I’ll most likely join her with some harmonies, and will be there to say hello to all my friends in Topeka!

Then after I get back, Jason and I will head south towards the border and play at an amazing venue called Casa Mariposa on South Padre Island. This will be a really beautiful night of friends, family and music. If you are in the area and would like more information, contact Sherrie at casamariposapadre@gmail.com.

Lively Productions has a brand new website…finally!

As some of you may know, Jason and I have our own design company called Lively Productions. We work with small businesses, independent artists and musician to help with graphic design, websites & more. We have been waiting to create a new website for Lively Productions for some time now…and it is finally here! So please go check it out and let us know what you think: www.livelyproductions.com

Latest European review for Uncovering Stones

We just got in another great review for Uncovering Stones! The text is in Dutch, but here are my two favorite quotes from the review:

“Vanessa Lively’s Uncovering Stones exudes quality, but is also one of those albums that you never get enough of.”

“All in all, I dare say Uncovering Stones by Vanessa Lively is one of the most underrated singer-songwriter albums of the past year.”

– Erwin Zijleman, De krenten uit de pop (The Netherlands)

To check out the full review and listen to selected tracks & videos, visit http://www.dekrentenuitdepop.blogspot.nl/2012/12/vanessa-lively-uncovering-stones.html

I am so happy to see the continued excitement and praise for the album!

I hope everyone has a wonderful close to this year and a great beginning as we head into the next…

In gratitude,

Vanessa

“La Voz Latina” will be featured in The Blue Rock Review!

I am so excited to share with you the news that my latest painting “La Voz Latina” has been selected to be featured in The Blue Rock Review, Volume 8, VOX! This is a wonderful book that is put out annually by Blue Rock Studio. Other artists featured in this year’s publication includeDanny Schmidt, Paul Curreri, Jonathan Byrd, Mary Gauthier & Tom Prasado-Rao. It is a compilation of poetry, essays, paintings, photographs and more. The release party will be held on Saturday November 24th at Blue Rock Studio in Wimberley, TX.

For event information, visit http://events.bluerocktexas.com/coming-soon/detail/the-blue-rock-review-book-release-viii/



For more information about The Blue Rock Review Vol. 8 & to purchase the book, visit http://www.bluerockfoundation.org/



Here is an image of the painting. I did this one this past summer while listening to the inspiring voices of Latin American female singers including Lhasa de Sela, Violeta Parra & Mercedes Sosa. I tried to capture their energy and bold, uninhibited voices in this piece. The emerging flower is a symbol of their brave lives full of creativity, breaking out of the box that is supposed to define the role of Latina women. I hope you enjoy it.


After a year full of shows & tours, I am taking the next couple of months to really focus on making some new creations. Since coming home from the European & South Texas tours, I have poured my energy into the creative process and have really been enjoying this quiet reflective time. I have been busy writing & finishing some songs that have been waiting patiently all year, and I am also taking time to paint. This week and next, I will be doing some co-writing through the House of Songs. I look forward to sharing some of these new creations with you soon….



Love,


Vanessa

10 Questions for Vanessa Lively – Austin Post


AUSTIN POST  |  10 Questions for Vanessa Lively
By Gabino Iglesias, Austin, TX

Writing a song is no easy task. Writing a good one is even harder. Writing a good song that has purpose, is in touch with the life experiences of others and makes people cry tears of joy is absolutely beautiful and rare. The songs that Vanessa Lively writes are in that last category. Her travels, pains, concerns, truths and joys are all in the songs that she puts in her records. With “Uncovering Stones,” her latest effort, the singer is doing that one more time. We sat down to ask her ten questions so that you could get to know this bilingual chanteuse a little better.

1. When and why did you start your music career?
I started my music career in early 2007. I had just come back home to the US after having lived in South America from 2005-2007, and upon returning, wasn’t sure exactly what to do next. I had recorded my first album while living in Ecuador, so after I came back I decided to just go on tour right away and see how that went…and it was great! I have been going down this road ever since.

2. How would you describe your sound to those who have never heard it?
Eclectic folk music with pop and world music influences. My vocals have been likened to Edie Brickell and Stevie Nicks, but my delivery is softer than those artists. Most of my songs either have a strong rhythmic pulse or go the opposite way to be very light and airy.

3. Who are your influences and why?
I have been influenced by so many artists, it is hard to name them all. Early on, my musical influences were The Beatles and Michael Jackson. As I entered my teens, I began listening to Bob Marley, Tori Amos, Ani DiFranco, The Indigo Girls, Counting Crows and Ben Harper. Each of these artists really touched me in a profound way and made me want to write my own songs. Probably the two most influential songwriters in my life have been Tori Amos and Ani DiFranco. They both had such a unique way of expressing themselves with music and voice and it really spoke to me.

4. How was the process of putting Uncovering Stones together at home? How does it compare to your two previous records?
Recording “Uncovering Stones” was such an amazing experience! We camped outside in the backyard while our house was turned into a studio for a couple of weeks. It was the best thing to just wake up, make a pot of coffee and get started on the recordings. We had everything so well organized ahead of time that by the time the actual recording was taking place, folks just popped in, recorded their parts and then made way for the next people to come over.

Working with Keith Gary as our engineer was so wonderful. He was incredibly fast, full of positive happy energy and a hoot to be around. We had a blast from start to finish. We would even eat all our meals together, take breaks together, hang out and laugh, and the whole album just unfolded before our eyes. It was beautiful. I actually cried during the recording of “The Lost Boys” because I was so moved by how the music came together exactly how I had envisioned it and it took me to the place I was when I wrote the song – my heart was crying for all of the Sudanese refugees who had to flee their homes during the long Sudanese Civil War.

My two previous records “Canto y Cantera” and “A Chain Unbroken” were also both recorded in a home studio environment. “Canto y Cantera” was done in our same house, but my husband Jason was the engineer and we recorded and mixed that one ourselves from start to finish. It was a fun project too. And “A Chain Unbroken” was recorded in England over the course of two months with our friends in the Manchester area. All of the session musicians were friends of theirs and so the textures were unique to the place we were recording and it was a very fun experience as well. Each album is very different and I feel that they are all acting as a snapshot into that time in our lives.

5. What made you decide to record “Canto y Cantera,” a record in Spanish with songs by some of the best voices in Latin America? Why did you put two songs in Spanish on the new record?
I was gearing up to do another full length album and starting to do the initial idea work for it, but then Mercedes Sosa of Argentina passed away. This was on October 4, 2009 (which is also the birthday of the late Violeta Parra). I remember it vividly. She had become such a special musical influence to me over the past few years. I was introduced to her music in 2005 before moving to Bolivia, and when I arrived in Bolivia, I soon realized that she was one of the most popular artists in the country. I checked out her CDs from the library and began listening to all of her recordings. I loved her energy and passion, especially for justice and human rights. So when she passed, I knew that I needed to put the full length album on hold and record a tribute to her life, her music and her passion. I sang a song called “Todo Cambia” throughout all of my changes that I went through in South America and felt it was a soundtrack to my time there. That is why I put that song on the album along with my other favorite songs.

With “Uncovering Stones,” I put two songs in Spanish on that album simply because I had written them and not yet recorded them. They are two of my favorite songs to sing and I feel that when I sing in Spanish, another side of me comes out. I lived in Laredo when I was very young and then grew up spending almost all of my summers with my grandparents in Brownsville, TX. My grandparents’ families both moved to the US from Mexico. My grandfather was Portuguese and my grandmother was Mestiza – a mix of Spanish and indigenous.

6. The songs on “Uncovering Stones” seem very personal but they ask to be shared; how was the writing process for this album?
My songs are always very personal, even when they are not about me! Sometimes I see friends and family struggling and I feel it so deeply, I end up writing songs about what they are going through, but in the first person. And the songs that are about me always have a big story behind them as well. That is how my writing process works – I journal every day and then when I am really moved, or seeing something clearly, I sit down and write a song about it. And I want nothing more than my songs to be shared. I feel like the highest calling for a song is to really speak to someone and touch them in a way that helps them through whatever they are going through. When I hear my songs have done that for someone, my heart jumps with joy! I love it!

7. What feedback from fans/critics regarding your work has touched you the most?
There has been so much said that has touched me. People say my music inspires them to live life fully, follow their dreams and be bold, honest and open. That to me is so awesome! I also have had people call me crying tears of joy and saying that my music moved them so deeply and they had to tell me…those moments are so precious to me and I feel grateful to be able to share my art in this world and have a positive effect on people.

8. Tell me a little bit about how we can save the world with your t-shirts and bag.
Haha! I had to go look up my website to see if that is where you got that idea from, and in fact it is there! Okay, so the reason that buying my handmade t-shirts and tote bags will save the world is as follows: I handpick barely worn, quality t-shirts from the thrift store, then I bring them home, screen print my own hand drawn design onto the shirt and bag, then turn around and sell my art. Barely any new material has been used in the making of these products and with the canvas shopping bags, you can save the earth one grocery trip at a time! I think it’s all pretty green and eco-friendly, don’t you?

9. What would you like for people to take from “Uncovering Stones”?
I would like people to feel joy, inspiration and compassion when listening to these songs. I think our world can use more of all this and so I hope that my songs have a ripple effect of love and goodness in the world to bring about more peace, understanding and beauty.

10. Could you describe the Austin music scene in one word?
Thriving!

Vanessa Lively’s music sounds like smart world music, which makes a lot of sense coming from Austin. It’s music that needs to be heard, shared and experienced. To get your hands on a copy of “Uncovering Stones,” or her two previous efforts, visit her website here, where you can also get one of her t-shirts. You can also connect with her on Facebook here to stay updated on upcoming gigs. In “Uncovering Stones,” Lively asks you to follow your heart; her music comes from her following that advice, go check it out.

To see the original article visit:
http://www.austinpost.org/music/10-questions-vanessa-lively