Monday, January 10, 2011

The Law of Attraction

Happy 1/11/11!

Before I start talking about exciting things to come, I want to take a minute to reflect.  2010 was by far one of the most successful years of my career.  I moved to NYC, released my first solo EP, went on my first coast to coast tour with Tony Lucca and Ernie Halter, and proceeded to do tour for the rest of the summer with Jason Reeves, Brendan James, and Ingram Hill.  And in the process of touring, traveling, and recording I met some amazing people, and had some incredible experiences.

Now I've had a lot of crazy, what some people would call "small world"  experiences in my life,  but I refuse to believe things happen by mere chance. And, I've never read the book the Secret, but from what I've heard, I definitely buy into the message.  Furthermore, I'd go so far to say that it's these experiences that have shaped the corse of my life and career and here's an example of why:

Before I left on tour for the summer, Norma Garbo, my vocal coach in NYC, told me of a good friend and student of hers that I had to meet when I went to Nashville.  She didn't give me her name or contact info, but told me to remind her before I left for the tour that summer.  Of course, I forgot to tell her to remind me and left a few months later for the tour.

I arrived in Nashville halfway through the summer tour, played a great show, met some cool people, and ended up partying with some locals after the show.  One of them was this girl named Gabriella Caspi (definitely check out her music) who said she was a singer, working on songwriting both for herself and other musicians in Nashville.  She told me how she hadn't even planned on going out that night but some friends convinced her to go last minute. Not only that but she was going to leave before I played that night but she decided to stick around a little longer.  Turns out she was also from NYC so we were able to share our crazy music experiences in the city.  Before the night ended we did the super cool person thing to do, and friended each other on facebook, and I continued on my tour.

I'm sure you already know where this is going, but to my surprise she sent me a message a week later, and asked me how I knew her good friend/ vocal coach Norma!  Turns out, Gabriella was the girl that Norma was telling me about months earlier, and we had actually found each other without her help!

Five months later, I'm happy to report that Gabriella and I have not only stayed in contact, but we've become good friends, and writing partners.  I recently visited her in Nashville, and we were able to write a few songs, and record for my new record which is to be released in the spring of this year!

Call it coincidence, but it's experiences like this that have helped me along the way, and I really believe that I will keep having them.  Not only that, but I'm actually looking forward to it!  Bring on the new year!

Friday, October 15, 2010


Sorry for being MIA lately a lot has gone down in the past couple of weeks! Some great things have happened, and some bad. I'm going to keep this post short though as I have to run to sound check at Zydeco here in Birmingham, AL! I'm also going to be lazy and just quote what my mother posted on her facebook page to fill you in on what happened a couple days ago:

"Thinking about irony. My son moved to New York and I worried about him getting mugged. He went to Columbia and travelled all around the country alone in his car and I worried about him getting mugged. He finally came home to sunny safe San Diego, and he got mugged! The lesson... No point in worrying, what's going to happen good or bad will happen no matter where, so live and love every minute!"

I really want to discuss what happened to me more in depth, and get your feedback about this. So stay tuned! I'll be posting more soon! I promise!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Springfield, Massachusetts

So it's day four of the Jason Reeves tour, and it's been interesting to say the least! My apologies for the delay in posting a new blog but I've been stranded without internet until this very moment in the tour!

Before I get started, I was just notified that people from Connecticut are called Connecticutioners. Sounds like you wouldn't want to get in a fight with one of those people ;)  About two minutes after I was informed of this...a gentleman came up to me and told me that these people are actually called Connectic*nts and people from Massachusetts are called M*ssholes.  Just wanted to get that tidbit out of the way before I forgot ;)

So here's the quick rundown of the last few days:

The tour started off with a bang in Atlanta.  I picked up Kevin Daniel from the airport at 10am (PS never drive in this city during rush hour) and we cruised out to the venue Eddie's Attic.  I got to play for a sold out crowd and the venue was awesome.  Eddie the owner informed me that this was actually where John Mayer got his start after leaving Berklee in Massachusetts.  And he actually made a surprise appearance a week prior to us playing there.  Apparently, he just shows up randomly now and then and plays for whoever responds to his tweet.  Moral of the story...follow John Mayer on twitter.

The next show was in Charlotte, NC at a venue called the Evening Muse.  The sound in the room was amazing and the crowed was really enthusiastic, standing directly in front of the stage for the entire show.  The neighborhood that it is located in is actually really cool.  There are a bunch of restaurants nearby and music seems to be alive and well.  As I walked around, I noticed at least three other venues that had music that night.  If you ever find yourself in Charlotte, I'd definitely check this spot out!

Anyway, the show is now over here in M*sshole land ;)  and they're packing up and I feel slightly awkward hanging out on my computer, so I'm going to run but I'll be posting more very soon!!!

Tomorrow is round two in Vienna, Virginia at Jamin Java...can't wait!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

I have ADD...

Which is evident by the fact that I just started a blog, when what I really just wanted to check my email and prepare for my tour which starts tomorrow! It's normally around midnight when my ADD kicks into full gear, and next thing I know its about 3 or 4am and I'm wide awake. The good news; there's no such thing as a sleeping problem when you have no set time to be awake. The bad news; I have to be awake at 6am tomorrow to pick my friend up from the airport! Anyway, welcome to my blog. This is my first, and I hope you all enjoy updates of my adventures, which I assure you there will be plenty of! I just got back from a trip to Colombia, and I'm now on an east coast tour which starts in Atlanta, and ends in New York City. Once my tour wraps up I'll be in Chicago, Aruba, and Los Angeles (all within a week) So there you have it! Goodnight from North Carolina, and see you tomorrow in Atlanta!

sunset in Zirconia, North Carolina