So much is happening!

What a great few months!

Lee High School in Alabama is doing a choral arrangement of my song READY TO FLY for their graduation ceremony next month. Emerson College is performing a few of my songs for their course on new composers. A college senior at Luther College is doing my song cycle for her final project. I just finished a new song and I have a concert coming up in July in Asbury Park New Jersey. My home town practically! I am very grateful for all of the opportunities my music has brought me. Oh, and I finished a new song, which I am very proud of. Which has also prompted me to start the concept process of writing a new album. So….on we go!

NEW JERSEY CONCERT FINALLY!

I am happy to announce that I am finally doing a New Jersey Concert, at the lovely Tim Mcloon’s Supper Club in Asbury Park NJ. The show will be on Sunday July 8th, at 7pm. Doors will open at 6pm for dinner.

The show will run about an hour and fifteen minutes and will feature Nicole Johndrow, Erin Lindsey Krom, Joshua Dixon, Erik Sisco, Nikki Van Cassele and Vicky Modica.

Tickets are 15 dollars, and I will be posting posters and reservation information in the coming weeks.

Come if you can!

Reviews and things

Well it’s been a busy two weeks.

LOTS of teaching happening, which means lots of writing. I am now three songs into the musical that I am writing with 13 autistic children. It’s going really well. I CAN”T wait to see the finished product.

I just finished a show called GOLDEN GOOSE that I wrote for the Brooklyn Childrens Theatre. That starts rehearsals next week.

I was offered a job teaching this summer for the month of JULY at  Berklee Carol School in Brooklyn, and I am very excited about that.

I got a glowing review in NEXT magazine for my album “Cautiously Optimistic”. So that makes me happy.

I find out next week if I am nominated for any MAC awards. I was submitted for best ballad, best comedy song, best revue and best album. I would be so honored to be nominated in any of those categories. I finished the lyrics to a new song called I CAN BE that I was commissioned to write for a woman in Huntsville Alabama. I can’t wait to put music to it and see what it becomes. Lastly, we finished the choral arrangements for READY TO FLY which will be sung by Lee High School this May for their graduation ceremony. All in all, a busy few weeks!

Working with amazing people

It has been a great weekend! Followed by a great few days. I had the privilege of working with the beautiful Stephanie Gibson, who sang in my BIRDLAND concert recently. She contacted me because she had an audition coming up, and wanted to sing Ready To Fly. So, I met with her to review the song, and because I had the day off the next day, I offered to go with her and play the audition. I walked in, and played my song in front of Andrew Lippa, Susan Stroman and other incredible people. It was so much fun.

Then, I came home and worked with a student of mine who has an audition coming up tomorrow for the broadway return of Evita. She needed to learn a song from the show, and it was so much fun to work with her on the music. Then, directly after that, I worked with a good friend of mine who has an upcoming audition she has for Priscilla Queen of the Desert. I know a few people in that show right now, and I am proud of them all.

I realized today that I really love coaching singers/actors for specific auditions. I like coaching in general but I really love it when it is geared for a specific audition.

 

I am excited to read the write up about me in Cabaret Confessions this week, as well as hearing the radio interview with Kenneth Heiber ONE VOICE. I also have a few more exciting things that might be happening, but once they become actual facts I will announce them.

I started being a part of a creative cluster that meets every Sunday working through the Artists Way. It is something I did once before, and I am really excited about doing this again.

All in all, I have loved this week……

Two interview weekend!

This is going to be an exciting weekend for me. Since I released my album, I haven’t been interviewed yet….but this weekend I will be interviewed by Lena Nobuhara from Cabaret Confessions in Australia tomorrow night at 6;30…I will post when the interview will be posted. Then, bright and early on Sunday morning, I will be interviewed by Kenneth Heiber  for ONE VOICE, based out of South Africa with over 10,000 listeners per episode. It will be an hour long interview, where he will play my music as well as talk to me about my story and, I’m sure, a multitude of other things. He sounds like a wonderful guy so I think it will be fun. I will have to wake up much earlier than 9, so that I can get coffee in me, to be able to coherently speak to anyone. Ha.

Well, that’s it for this weekend. I’m grateful.