Well it’s really here. The day has finally come to celebrate the release of Return to Waves – hooray! I am so excited to play these tunes live with the artists who were such a huge part of the record: Paul Curreri, Devon Sproule, Matthew Shephard and Andrew Pressman. It will be a fun time for sure. If you live in the Austin area, please come join us. It’s an early Sunday show at Strange Brew in South Austin. Here are the details:
Sunday February 8th
Strange Brew Lounge Side
5326 Manchaca Rd.
Austin, TX 78745
New Website for Music & Art
We just lunched a new website for my music & art! The art section is coming very soon, and you will be able to see my oil, acrylic & watercolor paintings. A big thanks to my very talented husband Jason for doing all the hard work to create it!
I hope your February is off to a great start. Please feel free to write back with some updates on what is going on with YOU! It is fun to hear from everyone…
Lots of love,
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:
I hope you all have a beautiful year ahead of you. Happy 2015!
With Love & Gratitude,
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!!
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.
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,
…and off we fly!
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…
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
Tickets: 10 €
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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…
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….