Posted Wednesday March 27th, 2013 at 12:05pm | Comments Off
Scenes from COLLAB, Summer + Fall 2012.
Collaboration is a powerful force. It’s how I became a songwriter and it’s what got me onstage. I’m a singer first and foremost. While my instrument sounds good acappella, it does me best when paired with another musician. This is also the case for many of the talented singers I train every week.
Finding a creative cohort/performance partner is nerve wracking and time consuming. Upon my arrival in San Francisco, I dealt with an array of strange Craigslist encounters and had myself transiting all over town to meet up with prospects who never turned out to be the right fit. Funny enough, I met my bandmate in the most obvious place– My vocal coach’s studio.
It was a conversation I had about this very subject with my friend, musical colleague, and piano instructor, Ciara McAllister that led the two of us to create a performance workshop specifically for the clients in our respective studios. COLLAB is a “collaboration lab” and safe space where participants perform live, experiment and grow together as artists with hands-on guidance from Ciara and I. Singers are paired up with pianists to form duos, singer/songwriters share their original songs and singer/pianists work on inspired cover tunes. The finale happens in the form of “COLLAB: the performance”, a live showcase of each artist’s selected musical piece. Sessions ran this past summer and fall for four weeks each and were absolutely incredible!
Words to describe COLLAB: creative, intense, camaraderie, open, supportive, exciting, powerful, magic.
I am thrilled to offer this workshop and be part of such an inspiring group of artists!
Posted Sunday February 3rd, 2013 at 12:03pm | Comments Off
Hey, cool cucumber!
Yes, YOU CAN PICKLE THAT, but do you know how wonderfully good for you cucumbers really are? As an avid cucumber water drinker, I was happy to learn that:
#1 – Cucumbers are 95% water which means they are majorly hydrating (Hello, SINGERS!)
#2 – The phytochemcials in cucumbers will kill bacteria in your mouth (a.k.a. bad breath). Press a slice to the roof of your mouth for 30 seconds.
#3 – Full of B vitamins and electrolytes, cucumbers can help boost your energy and relieve a headache.
#4- Thanks to their naturally occurring fiber and high water content, cucumbers help the body flush itself of toxins.
#5 – Cucumbers are extremely alkalinizing. Consuming foods that are alkaline help maintain the body’s ideal pH balance.
Bottom line, I feel a difference when I add more cucumber to my diet. My thirst is quenched faster, my skin looks clearer (Yay for natural, non-toxic beauty!), and I definitely notice a healthy energy spike (Especially, if I run a few through my juicer making it a base for some tasty green juice). Slice some into your water glass (or julienne it into your water bottle) and see how you feel!
Posted Tuesday December 4th, 2012 at 1:25am | Comments Off
BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE! And it’s that time of year when my band, KARMACODA heads into the studio to get creative with a fave holiday cover tune. We chose the Frank Loesser classic, BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE because it’s a great duet and one that we thought would be fun to turn on it’s head and change up. We reversed the traditional vocal roles (I took over as “enticer”), went minor on the key, and gave it a downtempo feel. Hope this adds a little sparkle to your celebrations as 2012 comes to a close!
The band and I had such a great time partnering up with director Luis Otavio Feldens, photographer Greg Slick, and makeup artist Krysti Lozinski to bring you this dark, dreamy ride through a moonlit forest and night garden. Check out stills from the making of the video on our Facebook page.
To view in HD quality, be sure to click “720p HD” on the bottom right of the video. Enjoy!
Posted Monday January 9th, 2012 at 3:35pm | Comments Off
Repair + Beauty- Karmacoda (Live Acoustic HD)
I love January simply because it’s a fresh start. The sun is beginning to stretch its light out a bit longer and I’m out from under the cover of winter’s darkest nights. Action plans for my music and studio are forming and taking their first sips of air. I feel alive in a 2012 kind of way.
It’s quiet space that brings me clarity– Getting away from external chaos and going inward. This sentiment is where the lyrics of Repair + Beauty stem from. The band and I stripped down the album version and added a new ending for our live, acoustic performance at The Dolby Theatre.
“I’ll leave a light on/I’ll leave a light on for you, babe”.
Posted Thursday December 22nd, 2011 at 2:27am | Comments Off
It’s no secret that Joni Mitchell is a genius. She also wrote my favorite Christmas song. River is somber, aching and beautiful. It is a dose of reality amidst the hustle and bustle– A stock-taking moment as the year comes to a close. It gets me every time. In it’s reflective mood, I find memories, warmth and spirit.
My band, Karmacoda and I couldn’t help but cover this tune. Wishing you and yours a river to skate away on… Happy Holidays!