My third EP, Release The Ghost, is ready for your listening and purchasing pleasure! Find it on Spotify, Amazon, GooglePlay, iTunes, and loads of other streaming sites! You can even follow along with lyric videos on YouTube.
Good Man! Goodness I love this song. It's such a rocking sound and really makes me want to get up and dance. My producer, Kyle Caprista, and I wanted something to round out the album - something big in sound, gritty, a little sexy, and definitely something everyone would immediately start tapping their feet to.
Kyle started playing the main guitar riff and we both started coming up with lyrics. This song is about questioning the things you think you know, the things you've been told, and going with what you believe.
I can't wait to share the full track with you because there's a really cool breakdown where I get to do this sort of devilish spoken-word rap. Such a change of pace!
I hope you enjoy this clip. Next week the album releases!!
Best of You was a song originally written back in 2010 after my last partner and I broke up. At the time it was my longest held relationship and I felt as though I had given it everything I had. I put so much into it, and in the end got nothing in return. It was a devastating breakup for me as I had been lied to so much throughout all of it. It made me question what was real. If I could give my best , but never see the best of you.
I've been playing this song for years and once my producer, Kyle Caprista, listened to it he mentioned how it felt incomplete - he wanted to hear more of the story and be with the song longer. So, we reimagined the structure and I wrote lyrics for a new ending.
Now, seven years later, my perspective is so different about how that relationship ended. Yes, it didn't end the way I wanted it to, but it brought me into the next chapter of my life. A chapter which would include a deeply profound, rewarding, supportive love, marriage, world wide travel, and the encouragement which would give way to strength to persue music as a full time career.
If you want to hear the (sort of) original version, you can listen to it here.
Introducing the second sneak preview of "Maureen", the second track off my upcoming album, Release The Ghost, coming out October 5th.
I have been trying to write this song for a couple years now. A person very near and dear to my heart passed away from cancer a few years back and I was positively wrecked by her passing. She was my singing teacher, piano teacher, and all around best friend for most of my life. I called her my second mother. I helped her put on plays at her house, I was even her 'office assistant' and would clean her house and reorganize her office -- anything to spend more time with her and help her out.
When she was sick, we would spend every Monday together while she got chemo treatments. These moments were so overwhelmingly sad, but also I was so blessed to have extra time with her while knowing what was on the horizion. We talked in depth about all the many things I wanted to do in life, if Tyler and I would get married, have kids, travel the world -- all things that I have done since she has passed. Her passing has really been the impetus for me doing a lot of things with my life.
Once Maureen passed, I wasn't sure how I would get on without her. I thought I would be swimming in my sadness perpetually. But eventually, days start passing and not all hours are filled with darkness. I started feeling her with me in all the small things, hearing her laugh, how she'd sing-song all her sentences to me. The darkness turned to sweetness. She's always with me, she's carried in my memories of her.
Once this song was fully finished, I felt like I had released a bit of her ghost - the part that I was holding on to and needed to let go of. That's a lot of the reason why this EP is called Release The Ghost.
I hope you enjoy this little preview of the song and I hope it grows to mean as much to you as it means to me.
Before I left on my year long adventure traveling around the world, I worked with friend and producer Kyle Caprista to come out with my third EP. On October 5th, 2017 "Release The Ghost" will be coming out and here's a 1 minute preview of the first song off that album, called Keep The Rain.
Funny story about how this song came to be. Kyle and I were writing this song one dreary, rainy night in SF. We were perched up in my living room, drinking a little too much tequila, and Tyler (my husband) was trying to install a new security camera outside our house by drilling clear through the wall. Kyle asked him, "how will you keep the rain from pouring in?"
Something inside me clicked - it sounded so perfectly poetic. I started furiously jotting down the lyrics and singing the hook, "How do we keep the rain from pourin in, pouring in, pouring in?"
The song was finished by the end of the night and it's practically been stuck in my head ever since.
I hope you enjoy it!
Episode 2 of #AcapellaApril was a riot to film. GOODNESS this song is tough! I should do a blooper reel of all the times I cursed after fudging the melody. There's no forgiveness when have to get it in one take!
I'm really proud of the video. But more importantly, I'm incredibly excited about this series. I'm so amped up about the music I am making lately. I'm writing a ton of new original music, and I want to share it with the world. The only problem there is, my network is only so big. I need YOU to help me grow it. If you like my original tunes, and/or if you like my cover tunes, please SHARE them!
Special thanks to Mike Enders, of Accidental Bear, and Andy Heitz for suggesting "The Story" by Brandi Carlile. I can't wait to film the next song. What should I sing next?
Introducing #AcapellaApril, where you suggest songs for me to sing, and I deliver videos! The first episode is "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers. (Suggested by Jon Moga)
This whole series is rooted in my need to grow, independently, as a musician. The biggest delays I experience revolve around my self-doubt that I can't do it alone. Well, I'm making the affirmation that I can.
Since I taught myself how to play guitar, I am not always confident in my ability to accompany myself. I rely a lot on my musical pals to help me with every aspect of my music creation: playing the music, recording, sound engineering.
This month, I'm doing it myself. I'm going to learn to stand on my own.
I'm already so excited by all the suggestions for what to sing this month. I am going to try and do as many covers as I possibly can. As of now, there are 23 eclectic suggestions including some incredibly challenging & unexpected ones like: YMCA, Bohemian Rhapsody, 9 to 5 by Dolly, Rosenrot by Rammstein, the Golden Girls theme song, and Hyperballad by Björk.
I'm not sure if you guys are confident in my abilities, or are just pranksters, but I'm up for the challenge!
Tonight, I am going to record "The Story" by Brandi Carlisle. If you know this song, you'll know how incredibly beautiful and difficult it is to sing. Thanks to Mike Enders (of Accidental Bear) and Andy Heitz for both suggesting it!
You can check out the #AcapellaApril playlist on Spotify, if you're curious what's in store for April.
We spent some of 2013 and 14 recording this three-song EP at Tiny Telephone Recordings in San Francisco. We released it on October 25th at Milk Bar in San Francisco. It was a riot of a time, considering it was also my 30th birthday party, and the last time The Brigade would perform together.
A bitter-sweet event, sure, but ultimately it was a highlight of my life and career. We played to over 100 people. There were strangers in the audience who were singing my lyrics right along with me. Afterwards, I was asked to take pictures with people I had never met. A little glimpse of what's to come!
Pretty excited about this year, so far. It's been filled with lots of writing sessions, and from that, new songs. Here's one of those called "I Have". It's got a great groove to it and people seem to really love it. Every time I've played it live the whole room is rocking.
Here's my latest song, Storyteller. It tells my story of falling in love.
Come watch it played for the first time on stage, TONIGHT at Hotel Utah Saloon. Jeb Havens and I will be co-headlining & I'd love to see you there. It's been too long since I've sang for you.
Show starts at 8, I perform from 9-10, but have cameos in Jeb's set which goes from 10-11. Tickets are $10.
Love and warmth,