Jingles, Pirates, Gossip Girls, and New Tunes!
The beautiful thing about working in the music industry is there are so many ways to make a living as a musician. One of my favorite jobs outside of performing is spending time in the studio. It's such a labor of love working out all the intricate details of a song. Pouring your emotion into a project, especially my own, is one of the most rewarding things I can do. Over the last few weeks I've had a blast working alongside some super talented musicians and collaborating on some really fun projects. I recently was called in to work with the lead singer of Bowling for Soup, Jaret Reddick (the voice of Chuck E), on a Chuck E Cheese spot. Most jingles I've worked on I have to stay pretty restrained vocally. Keep a straight tone, not too much vibrato. But this particular client wanted a soulful singer and I was able to completely let go and give it all I've got. I also got to play a pirate and mermaid for a communications commercial. That was definitely fun to do!
My producer, Josh Goode, pulled together a fun group of girls, Ellen Hinton (Ellen Once Again), Hannah Claire and myself, for a BGV (background vocal) session for one of his clients. BGV's are so much fun for me because I get to utilize parts of my voice I don't typically use during lead vocal sessions. Make sure you check out these talented ladies. Hannah just released a new album and it's worth every listen!
Outside of the studio I've played some great events. In the last few weeks I've shared the stage with Beyonce's percussionist and amazing musician Marcie Chapa, met the great Sir Earl Toon from Kool and the Gang, and took a selfie with Gossip Girl's Chace Crawford.
I've been in the studio writing and experimenting with a bunch of new sounds. Life has been quite interesting over the last few years and I feel like I have a lot to say. I'm looking forward to 2015 and the new songs I'll be releasing! Check out this snippet of an idea I was working on in the studio this week. There's definitely more music coming soon!