This past year has been full steam ahead on new music ventures. Some of them were a surprise!
- My long time music producer partner John Ellis and I finished “The Story” – out now.
- I partnered with a long time music wishlist producer Tom McKillip and along with his wife Lynda we wrote five wonderful new songs that are in pre-production now.
- A US based music team that I worked with almost 20 years ago reached out to build a new project that’s exciting as can be – R&B/hip hop influenced country music like you’ve never heard before. We’re also tackling social issues in ground-breaking ways that country music has never done before. I can’t wait to share it with you!
Check out the sexy new single “Flicker” wherever you get your music – now playing on SiriusXM 171!
Also I wanted to share the story of how Flicker came to be –
for some time. With some prodding on my part and a keen attention to schedules, I was able to book a writing date with her! Next I booked a WestJet flight to Nashville. It was my second time down, and I was by no means a veteran Nashvegas traveler. My friend Beth Anderson was thankfully going to be there for a writing trip at the same time, and offered to set me up with a few other writing sessions and show me her favourite spots. Gold!!
could join- OMG OF COURSE HE CAN!! (I’m a huge fan). I asked Patricia if Beth could join us as well and we laughed that we hadn’t been in a 4 person writing session before – felt a bit like a big Motown writing room.
This crew of pro songwriters make it look so easy. Patricia came up with the opening scene – “baby take my hand, lay a blanket down by the ocean, we’ll build a little fire in the sand” every line we came up with fit seamlessly together and the imagery was exactly what I was looking for!
It’s a song about hickeys! I’ll bet you haven’t heard of this take on the country term redneck…
This fun lighthearted Bonnie Raitt “Something To Talk About” inspired song was co-written by myself and hit songwriter veteran Willie Mack. It reminds me of young love at the drive-in movie theatre. When things get a little too hot and heavy, sometimes it leaves a mark 😉
Find it on youtube, Spotify, Apple music, or wherever you listen to your jams.
Check out Lifetime Network’s “Sweet Mountain Christmas” this holiday season to see me performing my song “Year of Yes”! I’m singing on stage while the stars dance and fall in love in the foreground ❤️
“Mistletoe” (featuring Karen Lee Batten) is also heavily featured. The actors sing it! Super excited 🙂
I think every artist dreams of a music video as a major career goal.
For the past eight years, I’ve been lucky enough to get to play with an amazing group of musicians in the Vancouver based wedding dance band Cakewalk. We play great music, dance our faces off, and sometimes can’t even feel our faces when we play the Weekend’s “I Can’t Feel My Face”. Too corny? Sorry.
This time of year we have a bit of time between gigs to learn new songs and new dance moves. Do you have any suggestions of new songs we should learn? Here are some ways to get a hold of us:
I also write a fun blog about band life, events, and How-To’s on our Caketalk Blog
Here’s a shot of us on New Year’s Eve –