The big news is that my debut album, The Night We Couldn't Say Good Night, came out in 2019 as I entered my fourth decade, having only come back to performing a few years prior. I had been very involved in theatre and music in my teens and twenties but left when I broke my legs in a car accident, and then had my hands full with young children. It was a three-year process to prepare and manage all the elements from composing, writing lyrics, massaging arrangements, rehearsing, mixing, mastering, obtaining publishing permissions, securing copyright for original material, investigating publicity and radio tracking options, booking gigs. Having had a few years between where I worked in marketing and business development and corporate communications sure helped, but wow! Artists sure wear a lot of hats these days!
Having never released music to platforms and radio around the world, you can imagine... it's a scary proposition! Will people listen? Will it get played on the radio? Will jazz publications listen and write good reviews? It has been such an encouraging success, but more than that, it was the push I needed to grow my musical knowledge, confidence and administrative/marketing skills in countless ways.
Rehearsed and recorded in New York City with exceptional musicians and production team, I am so grateful for the support and momentum it's given me to perform locally and across Canada! Nowadays, I'm splitting my time between Victoria and Vancouver, with more freedom to travel for gigs and workshops as the kids grow up and my husband has more flexibility to help with them.
I'm starting to work on new lyrics and securing funding for the next project. Don't be shy now, stay in touch via social media, or send me a note and let me know you're listening. The next more formal concerts will be in June at Hermann's and Frankie's with special guest, NYC pianist Ray Gallon. There are other gigs on the west coast in between, and I'm exploring whether I could take the music to other countries once the threat of the coronavirus has passed.
Make sure you're subscribed to my e-newsletter so I can send you a note and hopefully we will connect soon!