“Here Right Now” Release on March 19th
On the first day of spring, March 19th, I’m finally releasing the first single. To pre-save “Here Right Now,” click HERE OR click on the image below. Once the release is live, visit this link again to follow me on Spotify and save the single to your library.
I will be sending out a special newsletter on the day of the release to share more with you about the making of this song, what it means to me, the people who helped me grow it, and the special happenings I’ve coordinated to celebrate its release.
I can’t wait to give you “Here Right Now” and I hope you’ll help me share this gift with as many folks as possible.
SAT, MARCH 14
Free (no cover)
FRI, MARCH 27
Raven’s Nest Coffee House
Free (no cover)
On February 14th, Tanner and I (as Wine Thief) spent our St. Valentine’s Day making music together for a sold out show at Johnny Monarch’s double-decker bustaraunt in Marshall, VA. “The music was right on point,” said Mary M. “Wonderful, warm, and romantic.”
On Febuary 15th, I opened Desert Rose Winery‘s new season of live music with support from a few special guests. Students Valerie and Alyssa joined me for a selection of songs, and Tanner joined me for a set of Wine Thief originals including our newest, “More of the Same.” “I really loved the new Wine Thief song. The melody was really pretty! And the lyrics too of course,” said Venla S.
On February 16th, I accompanied my voice student Alyssa Amster for the James A. Bland Music Competition in Washington, VA. Alyssa won first place in the vocal category of the competition with her “upbeat, charming” rendition of ABBA’s “Mamma Mia” (Blue Ridge Independent). Read more about her victory here: Warrenton teen singer wins Bland Music Competition. She’ll be competing to win the next level of the competition on March 8th at Culpeper Baptist Church.
On February 21st, Tanner and I (again, as Wine Thief) hosted our third night of music at Raven’s Nest Coffee House in Culpeper, VA. Once again, our community absolutely filled the room with warmth, kindness, and happiness. Audience remarks: “Loved you guys so much. The whole café just had this electric feeling.” … “Love you guys. You’re killing it right now.” … “You guys sound great. I’m happy we came out.” … “So glad to finally see you guys perform! Such a great place with a great group!”
On February 27th, I taught the final session of my first songwriting clinic at Contemporary Music Center in Haymarket, VA. When asked for feedback last night, my students’ only “negative” remark was that they wished the class wasn’t ending. They wanted to know when I’d be hosting another workshop, and the answer is – mostly likely soon. The CMC support team was respectful and professional, the class space was cool, clean, and organized, and the students were open and invested. They’ve given me plenty of reasons to keep putting together clinics/workshops at this venue.
On February 29th, we played our first show as Wine Thief at Headmaster’s Pub in Sperryville, VA. On the way home from the gig, we marvelled at our luck; we get to make original music together for our friends in some of the coolest local spots around. Thank you to our friends – old and new – who came out and made the night so special.
Thank you to the venues who hosted me, Tanner for his partnership in Wine Thief and in life, Valerie for her work promoting our events, everyone who came out to a show this month, the CMC team and students for making the songwriting workshop an enjoyable teaching experience, Alyssa for making me proud, and all of my sweet family and friends who supported me personally throughout the month.
Words I cared enough about to write down this month:
“Emptiness is clarity. Make space for vision.”
“When you are matter-of-fact about who you are, the space between expectation and disappointment collapses.”
“Recognizing arrogance as a response to self-doubt will help you have compassion for everyone.”