Sitting here, writing now… I’m still in shock. Just last week, I was in Mexico on vacation and while going through emails, I saw one congratulating me (and Mark Zubek) on being the winners of the 2016 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in Pop for Session 1. At first, I thought they sent it to the wrong person (because previously, I was under the impression that I made “Finalist” and that was it) but then I clicked on the link and lo and behold, it was a picture of my face plastered on their website. Well, that’s definitely me and that means, we definitely won. The crazy thing is we get $8000 worth of music gear and come March 2017, we will battle it out with the Grand Prize Winner in Pop from Session 2. The overall Pop Winner will then go up against the overall winners from all categories in which the Song of the Year is chosen… and the Winner of the Song of the Year means a cash prize of $20,000. *jaw drops* Yup.
“I’m so excited! I just can’t hide it! I’m about to lose control and I think I like it!”
-The Pointer Sisters’ “I’m So Excited”
Until next time!
I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted but I have a valid excuse. I’ve been stupid busy working on everything-to-do-with the music video for, “Put It Down on Me.” I’ve been brainstorming the visual treatment, potential locations, reaching out to everyone that can help me, working with my A-Team (Sim), filming my Kickstarter video… it’s been insane. I mean, I need more minutes in a day. Seriously.
Here’s a pic of me and my home girl Sim (AKA Sim-Simma-Who’s-Got-the-Keys-to-Mah-Bimma lol) when we filmed the Kickstarter video 🙂
Anyways, things are falling into place! We have a cinematographer/editor, potential locations (just waiting on the green light), a visual treatment (and a back-up one), potential choreographers, even wardrobe… we’re just waiting for funds.
Stay tuned for my next blog post with my Kickstarter link 😀
The beginning of the year means a fresh start and while some people don’t believe in “new years resolutions,” I’ve always seen it as more of a setting-the -tone for the rest of the year kinda thing. My 2016 was pretty awesome, especially in the singing-songwriting department: I won Grand Prize in Pop for the John Lennon Songwriting Competition, I was a finalist in the Unsigned Only Music Competition, my second single Frequency was recorded and produced, and I started writing for my acoustic EP set to release early this year.
I posted on Instagram recently that I was going to focus on two things in 2017: make a decision and just do it (aka don’t waste time thinking and thinking and thinking… *yawn*) and take every opportunity I can get.
This year, you can expect the following from me:
(1) an acoustic EP will be released and I will perform in/around the GTA
(2) my music video for “Put It Down on Me” will drop and
(3) I hope to work on another single.
I’ve also been looking at securing a career within the music/entertainment industry, checking out grants for artists and looking at opportunities for growth and guidance in my singer-songwriting career from industry professionals.
It’s going to be one heck of a ride and I’m so glad you can join me on it.
I can’t wait!!! *happy dance*
“Live without pretending, Love without depending, Listen without defending, Speak without offending.” – Drake
It’s true. Growing up, I was never good at expressing myself verbally –specifically when emotions got in the way. Maybe that’s why I liked singing so much. I could express myself in a way that I liked and felt more comfortable with, even though I was plagued by stage fright. Sometimes, when I’m rattled (read anything but “calm”) I would be up in arms and it would be even more difficult for me to get my point across. As I got older, I got better at expressing myself but I still had difficulties. Then one day, I found another outlet to express myself emotionally -songwriting. I realized that sometimes, if I felt a certain way and didn’t know how to respond in the heat of the moment, that when I sat down later to write out my feelings, I could figure out what truly bothered me. I needed to take the time to reflect. That’s when I could knead those feelings, words and thoughts into a song that I feel could truly express myself in the best way possible.
That’s why speaking will never be my forté, I’m a way better songwriter 😉
This past year, I’ve entered “Put It Down On Me,” in four separate international songwriting contests. I wanted to keep a record of where I’m currently standing so an update seemed fitting 🙂
- John Lennon Songwriting Competition 2016:
Finalist, Grand Prize Winner in Pop (Session 1)
- Unsigned Only Music Competition:
- International Songwriting Competition:
(no placement till Feb 2017)
- USA Songwriting Competition:
Keep your fingers crossed for me!