Here are some other things worth mentioning so far this year...
I am still performing exclusively at Seasons 52. I ran into serious vocal fatigue issues in late 2013. Singing 5 hour shifts four nights in a row each week will eventually catch up with you, no matter how many breaks you take! I decided to quit my Wednesday nights and I'm now there Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 5-10pm.
I will be featured at the Home and Garden Show at Duke Energy Center on Sunday(s), March 2nd and 9th from 2:30-5:30pm. I was so excited that they invited me back! Last year, I performed in the afternoon on March 3rd and was scheduled at the same time the following week, but my water broke about a minute after I sang my last song on March 3rd, so I had to forfeit the second booking. I am absolutely thrilled to be returning 26 pounds lighter this year!!
As some of you are aware, I auditioned for the NBC TV show, "The Voice" on 2/02/14. Many of us had high hopes for me turning some chairs and all that good stuff. Well, first you must realize that attempting to "turn chairs" is something that happens in Hollywood - your whole family gets flown out there and that is actually Round 3. I went to Nashville for Round 1. I didn't mess up, nerves didn't get the better of me, I gave a performance that I am very proud of, but I did not get called back. I'd like to tell you a little bit about my experience, because it was actually quite positive.
I got to hear about 50 singers - none of whom made me feel threatened - which shocked me, especially in Music City (Please know that this is not coming from a place of conceit, but a newfound confidence) In fact, when I practiced my song in front of other singers, there was quite a reaction. So, by the time I got to the audition room, I was absolutely ready and excited (surprisingly not very nervous). There are ten rooms, one "random" (not famous) judge per room, and contestants are admitted in groups of ten per room. I was in THE last group of ten people...for the YEAR! (Nashville was the final city for The Voice auditions this year) Maybe they'd already heard enough?? I don't know. I am a big believer in "everything happens for a reason."
As the weather Gods would have it, we had to stay the night in Nashville due to a snow storm...and this is where it gets good. I ended up singing four songs at Troubador's on Music Row that night and... I LIT IT UP!! I had the room in the palm of my hands, all eyes on me with each performance, people were coming up to talk to me upon exiting the stage, etc... It was liberating! I am so used to being behind a piano that I had no idea I could preach it to a room like I did that night. In a nutshell, I failed at the thing I'd set out to do in Nashville, and yet I came home more confident than when I left!!
During the 4 hour drive home the following day, I received an email from "Music Dealers" that one of my songs has been submitted to a client as part of a playlist for possible licensing. It dawned on me, that I am right where I should be. I am a singer/SONGWRITER. I get to do what I love for a living. I am not in a race against other artists, I am on a journey to be the best artist I'm capable of being. My experience in Nashville offered me a clearer glimpse of my full potential. I am absolutely rejuvenated with motivation and inspiration. Thank goodness for adventures like this :-)
I get to the studio when I can...still plugging away at my sophomore album. It's coming along slowly, but I don't want you guys to think that I've given up! What can I say? Lola just needs her mommy!!
GREEN TIP OF THE MOMENT
If you are planning on planting Broccoli or another cruciferous edible, you can get started just as soon as the snow melts - before starting your earliest plants of the season. These greens like it chilly. If you plant them early enough and then let them fully mature, you can get two sprouts - one in the late Spring/early Summer and one in the late Summer/Autumn/early Winter. I never plant mine soon enough. I always end up with a garden full of wilting fruits and veggies...other than the broccoli and brussels sprouts that are finally coming around in November!! By this time, I'm tired/cold/whiny/over-it. So, I have yet to enjoy home-grown broccoli. Maybe 2014 will be the year!! Good luck with this! LOL!!
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