September Makes Me Want to Sing!

 Saying the word September always makes me want to sing. I think its because “September” is in so many classic songs … “September saw a month of tears ..” – Tim McGraw by Taylor Swift “Wake me up when September ends” – Green Day and the classic “Strawberry Wine” by Deanna CarterI still remember when thirty was old. My biggest fear was September when he had to go”. And now just typing this out I realize how sad the references to September were but this past month has been amazing which I’m about to explain below.

Sept started out with an amazing trip up to Hamilton Ontario for CCMA week (Canadian Country Music Association and Awards). Headed up North with my friend miss Ajaye Jardine – in a 2019 Ford Mustang Convertible that Enterprise so generously upgraded us to! Our first stop was in Newark Ohio to play Barrel & Boar with our amazing friend Timothy Paul. Honestly never a dull moment playing there and we absolutely love all the new friends we’ve made up there.

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Ajaye and I

The next day we drove the rest of the way to Hamilton and the CCMA adventures began! I played three showcases over the week and met so many amazingly talented people who I now considered fab friends. It was so great to see familiar faces and create awesome memories with new peeps – Already counting down the time until next year!

It was amazing playing the three showcases because they were all different and special. The Thurs night showcase for the Alberta Country Music Association kicked everything off and it was great to see all my friends that I had spent time with in Red Deer Alberta for the awards back in January. Friday night I was honored to be a part of the Diamonds in the Rough showcase and be able to hear the amazing talent spread far and wide across Canada.

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Diamonds in the Rough Showcase

I also took part in the Diamonds in the rough songwriters round where I showcased more of my songwriting side with tunes that I had written for other projects.

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Selfie before the Awards gala
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Gala Awards Night!

Of course every showcase included “Chasin the Ace” which was my theme for the whole trip! (More about CTA below!)

Heading back to Nashville I had so much of a clearer vision of my music career and goals that I am now setting along the way to launch it past my wildest dreams! I played shows in Nashville at Ole Red, Margaritaville and the Cambria Hotel True Venue. Had some phenomenal writes and demoed a few new tunes. I also built a team around me to help launch and release CHASIN’ THE ACE ….

Mark your calendars! The moment we’ve all been patiently waiting for … OCTOBER 19TH 2018 “Chasin’ The Ace” will officially be released across all platforms!

I am so so so excited about this tune because I not only co-wrote it with my amazing friend Lynn Tessari but I also had the pleasure of Co-Producing it with my phenomenal producer Simon Gugala who produced my first album. You guys are going to be floored by the production here and we’ve had so many amazing compliments across the board on it already! Also… CTA made it into the top ten songwriting competition in Nashville and was reviewed by a major songwriter through Ole Publishing .. Not a bad start to this little tunes big future success 😉

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At the Ole After Party

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Love ya

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Hello New Year!

I hope everyone is fabulous and enjoying the fresh beginning of 2018!

My year has already started off in the fast lane as I have been
playing new writers rounds, lots of shows in Tennessee and
Kentucky, my parents visiting Nashville and had the honor of
attending the Alberta Country Music Awards in Red Deer Canada while also squeezing in a quick trip to the beautiful Mountains in Banff.

I am so grateful for all these opportunities and what being in the fast lane has taught me is learning how to slow down and pull over to the slow lane now and then to give myself some self love and peace in order to be able to fully give to my creative side and music. I’m telling ya, catching on to this new balance is only going to mean great things for this year!

My parents visited Nashville for a week in January and it was so awesome for them to see the new apartment and add a little decor here and there. No matter how old you get, mama will always add a homey touch.  We took them to Pinewood Social here in Nashville for dinner which was a great experience! If you haven’t been yet make sure to add it on to your to do list for your next trip… They’ve got a beautiful bar in the middle of the room where they make specialty cocktails, a barista style coffee shop in one of the corners, bocce ball in the back yard, a pool and indoor bowling lanes. It just equals a great time!

I was in Alberta for less than 24hrs when I jumped on stage at
Shotz Lounge in Spruce Grove on Jan 26th for an all ages SOLD OUT show with my fab guitar player Cody Yost! Thank you to everyone who made it out. It was so great to see the kiddos singing and dancing along!

Cody and I at the show

Now the ACMAs were AWESOME! It was my first trip up for the awards weekend and I am so thankful I went. Met a lot of amazing talent up in that neck of the woods and made lasting friendships. I also had the honor of getting to jump up on stage with my friend Lynn Tessari to sing our song “Chasing the Ace” during the songwriting showcase.

Lynn and I at the ACMAs

The next day I got dressed up in my brand new black pant suit, strapped on my sparkly pumps and had a blast at the awards gala.

After networking and hanging out with everyone in Red Deer it
was off on to another #adventuresofmemily roadtrip to Calgary where I got to take in an awesome class at my besties new fitness studio Crush Camp.

Mandy and Emily
Emily and I after Crush Camp session

I am so proud of Emily and all the hard work she put in to her dream facility! I encourage everyone in the Calgary area to stop by and try out her state of the art workout. I felt so recharged after the hour!

We also decided to take a quick trip out to the beautiful Lake
Louise in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. We skated on the frozen lake, had a hot coffee and admired the beautiful mountains

Snow Bunnies!

(they were a little clouded over at Lake Louise but beautiful when we drove through Canmore so I’ll attach some of those photos as well)

I’m really looking forward to February and keeping you guys
posted on all these adventures as they unfold
Keep smiling!

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