As an artist on a major record label, when you release a single, a whole slew of promoters are just waiting to run around town marketing and promoting your song.
As an artist who is independent...well...you realize that your promotion team is just yourself. Luckily, I have been blessed to have my single reviewed on many websites (you can view all my press here) and have made some radio headway. And last week, I was able to have my first in-studio performance that will be aired over the radio!
Meet Richard from East Nashville Radio. (eastnashvilleradio.com)
Richard was kind enough to feature my song on his show "Ladies Brunch" that airs every Sunday.
After he featured my song, he asked me if I would like to come into the studio and do a studio performance. So I said, "Heck yeah!" (I probably said it more eloquently...but that's what I was thinking!)
I have to admit, I was a little nervous to play by myself, without the crutch of my band. But luckily, I had just had a show, so I was well practiced! I played my single, "This House Is Haunted" (you can buy it on iTunes!!) and then he said, "ok, what's next?" I had no idea I would play more songs! I ended up playing four original songs and then we had an interview where I got to share some of my story.
My interview will air sometime in the next week or so, so keep up with me on twitter (click here), facebook (click here), or my personal website (click here), to keep tabs on all my on-goings. Also, I will have a radio interview with Rockin Country Radio that will air on 7/30. So turn up that radio!
Once upon a time, there lived a bright-eyed, redheaded girl. She decided one day she would move to Nashville, TN to become a Country singer. Full of ambition and optimism, she walked down Music Row just waiting for her "big break" to come. She landed a day job working for Reba McEntire- the same job Faith Hill had before she got big- so she just knew it was only a matter of time before she followed in Faith's footsteps. One day, she was sitting at her desk, and a movie director walked into the office and told her she should star in his movie. The redheaded girl thought to herself, "This is it! This is what I've been waiting for!"
Sounds like a fairytale...right?!
Months went by, and the movie seemed to be taking longer to get off the ground than she originally thought. She went to meetings, and they kept telling her they would film the next week. Then the next week. Then, almost a year later, all the movie stuff fell off the face of the earth. The once bright-eyed girl still held on to her optimism, but her eyes were a little more used to the light.
At first, my life did seem like a fairytale. However, my story didn't end like I thought it would. In fact, my story is just beginning. I've had a lot of opportunities "fall in my lap" since the movie that didn't work out, but I've also had a lot of opportunities that did work out. I've found that the harder I work, the more opportunities I have. I used to see big music stars debut their first album and think, "Man, their success just happened overnight!" But, the truth is, there's a lot of hard work behind the scenes I didn't see, that I am just now learning. That's what this blog is about. It is my behind-the-scenes journey of being a musician. Come join me as I fill you in on the missteps, as well as the small victories. We can leave the fairytales to Disney.
Sometimes I think I'm crazy. But sometimes, I think I know exactly what I'm doing.