Gratitude to MadLife for inviting us to their stage last night to share our originals and covers with listening ears. Brent McDonald, Shaun Foti, and Greg Shaddix..
In the northern quainter parts of Northwest Georgia at a place called The Farm I had the special opportunity to perform for my good friends J.J. and Schoeny Jones.
Tucked away in the quiet hamlet of Lake Toxaway, North Carolina, I had the opportunity to share my music with a full band for family and friends in this serene part of America. A special thank you to the Ures for the invitation, and to everyone who came out with listening ears on the Fourth of July. It was a fond occasion, and we hope you enjoyed the show.
Last night I was very happy to share the bill with Asheville's Ashley Heath and San Francisco's The Singer and The Songwriter. Smith's a favorite staple of mine, a venue I used to play at many years ago, and it was wonderful yesterday to have family, friends, and fans with listening ears.
Thank you friends for joining me last night at Fire Stone!
Even campfires enjoy company, and little music on the side. Far off the beaten trails of interstates and two-lane Main Streets, I spent Friday evening with the offensive line of the North Carolina Panthers, playing covers and originals as the sun gave way to dusk. Thank you John Nichols for the invitation, and I wish the Panthers success as they commence a new season.
Sometimes you just need to get away. And where better to escape than above the ripples of a quiet lake at sunset. This past weekend I was invited perform with a full band for a family, their friends, and neighbors, celebrating the Memorial Day weekend and ushering in the summer season. For hours under the Georgia pines we enjoyed a hearty meal, watched boats glide by in the clear distance, and played songs that turned back time. Thank you, Whitney and David, for letting us sharing the occasion with you and your family. The places music takes you.
Taking a moment to thank you.. family, friends, and fans.. for coming out last night to support me at MadLife. It was a great night of music, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to share my originals with listening ears and some of the most loyal fans.
After a busy last week of back-to-back shows in Georgia and Alabama, it surely is nice to catch my breath under the Florida palms. Visiting relatives and friends in Fort Myers and Weston, I am reminded why the sunshine state is the destination for escape, relaxation, the beaches, and retirement.
For those Maxwell fans out there, Friday night at Venkman’s Atlanta was a train back to 1996, the year he released his masterpiece record, “Urban Hang Suite.” In collaboration with ATL Collective, featuring a very talented lineup of vocalists and musicians, I was invited to perform two of Maxwell’s songs, Ascension and Lonely. For all the love and warm reception, I want to say thank you, and I look forward to doing it again.
This past Saturday I was invited to perform some classic throwbacks on the campus of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. Thank you, to Wanya Moore and the event organizers, for having me play for the second year in a row. Vitas Healthcare's annual occasion to remember mothers with the stories of their daughters is very special, and I'm grateful I was able to take part.
Friday night was a travel to the late nineties when American R&B singer released his masterpiece album "Urban Hang Suite."
For all the love at MadLife this week, family and friends.. thank you. This past Wednesday I placed as a finalist at MadLife's 3rd quarterfinal showcase. It was a great lineup of talent and I am looking forward to performing in the finals on May 24th, 2017.
This past Saturday, just north of Atlanta, my close childhood friend Joseph Hsiao got married. Some of you out there might know that Joe and I played in a band together when we were in high school. How far we have come. I want to say thank you, Joe, for inviting me to perform at your wedding, and I hope I didn't embarrass you too much with the personal vignettes from the days of our youth. It was a beautiful wedding, and how cool that you got Mark McKay from WSB Atlanta to be the emcee. Wishing you and Vicky the best in your lives.
At the InterContinental Hotel this past Friday, the one off Peachtree Street in Buckhead Atlanta, we started the music in the restaurant lobby shortly after nine o'clock. Little did I know, on the other end of the hotel, a large group of folks, mostly from Cleveland, Ohio, were finishing up a conference. I guess it was the music in the air, or maybe the cocktails at the bar, but minutes later dozens from an organization called The Sophisticates joined us in the lobby and, well, they danced the night away. Thank you to everyone who hung out with us, signed up on my newsletter, and made our night one to remember.
This past Wednesday I had the opportunity to take part in a singer-songwriter competition at MadLife State and Studios in Woodstock, Georgia. For my set I performed covers and originals, and I want to express my gratitude for all the love in the crowd. It was a great lineup of local and touring acts, and I'm grateful I was selected as a finalist to advance to the quarterfinals on May 10th.
I'm happy to announce that I am back in the studio recording my next record. After two trips to Los Angeles, and more time going through old songs collecting dust in the catalogue, four or five of them have been speaking to me lately. Over this week and the next I will be laying down these songs at Spotlight Sound Studio in Atlanta, Georgia, my hometown. Stay tuned for my CD release party later this year!