I am writing to you from my studio/study/garage space when all is quiet here in South Austin. Fall seems to have officially arrived and the air feels fresh & cool. This is my favorite time of year…
Me & Miranda after a song healing circle
I have been quite busy with various projects these days (besides motherhood!) and would love to share with you some of what has been going on. Recently, one of my friends & fellow songwriter Miranda Dawn invited me to be a part of this great workshop that she created. I facilitated a song healing circle with her, and we connected with people who were grieving the loss of loved ones, which was the theme of this particular event. As part of the workshop, the participants were led to freeform write and together we wrote a song for each person using their words. The amount of love and support that was present was just incredible. I left the circle feeling uplifted and renewed. It was such an honor to be a part of this.
Miranda and I will be giving another workshop this Sunday in South Austin. If you happen to be in town, I encourage you to come to the event. The theme is Family Connection and Communication, but is really open for anything. There will be a new moon in the sky, and our focus will be on renewal, hope and new beginnings. Visit http://www.redwolfhealing.com/ for more info.
Singing “Circle Game” with Shawnee
This past weekend I was a part of a great lineup for a Joni Mitchell Tribute Show. I sang the song “Circle Game” with Shawnee Kilgore. The event was a fundraiser for Kerry Polk, who is a fellow songwriter dealing with some health issues. It was such a beautiful show with so many amazing voices singing Joni’s songs.
As some of you know, I am also a painter. I have been teaching painting classes and have some really fun events coming up soon. I give lessons at schools, homes, breweries & more! If you would like to attend one of these classes, or want to host one of your own, please email me back to chat.
Check out my latest music video – we filmed this in South Padre Island, Texas (special thanks to Jason Fry & Jason Lively for the footage, Sherrie Gomez & Carolyn Reilley!) It was edited by Paul Curreri (who also produced the album, so it is very fitting…) I hope you like it!
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:
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!
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!
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!
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…
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.
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.