Wow! This summer has been such a whirlwind. I am finally sitting down to update you, which has been a long time coming.
Many of you know that I am in the process of my very first self titled record.
Sometimes, the path is wildly windy and crooked. But it's still there. And I am walking with one foot in front of the other, trusting that each step will arrive when needed.
The record part is done, yes. And I am deeply proud of it, and I genuinely can't wait to get it into your ears.
That being said, I am enormously grateful for your patience in hearing it as I do what I feel is best to get it out there to as many ears as possible.
In case you are curious::
I am looking for the best options for hiring publicity. With that, I need to gather some more material beyond the record to have a powerful launch (more videos, pictures, and develop online presence) which takes time and more resources to complete.
I have found several very exciting options, and now I am just preparing a graceful launch so this music can fly.
I so appreciate your patience as I put together the building blocks that are needed to make this happen. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.
Now to tell you a bit about my exciting summer so far!
I was recently a finalist (1 of 10, out of 400) in Telluride Bluegrass Festival's Troubadour Songwriting Competition in June. It was such a profound experience for me. I don’t know if it was just brought on by allergies, but I was tearing up constantly. I was sharing my own music that I have worked so hard on for an audience of around 12,000 folks.
On the way to Telluride, my car got a flat tire. I couldn't believe how fast the whole ordeal was. Everything was handled in less than an hour. My dear friend Alexis accompanied me there, and she reminded me of this quote by Paulo Coelho: "When you want something; all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it". First, we randomly stop at rest stop, and on our way back from the bathrooms, we realize we had a flat. In an instant, Alexis spoke to a kind old Coloradoan man that gave us directions to the nearest Big O Tires and 2 other fence painting workers changed our tire for us. I sang one of my songs for them while they worked....they knew we were on our way to Telluride. All of that completely filled my heart (and my tire back with air so we could be on our way!).
The first day of the competition, I sang two original songs for the town of Telluride and a few really amazing judges. I made it to the second round with 4 other women! It was nice to see so much female representation. That day, I got to sing one of my songs on the main stage. I think the view of the Telluride Mountains is even more beautiful from the stage if you can believe it. Before I sang, I put my hands up in the air, taking it all in.
The next round on the following day, I sang two more of my own songs, and felt more alive and connected to them than I have before. I was finding the deepest parts of myself and sharing them for others to witness. It felt so damn good. I knew that even if I didn’t win, I wanted to sing from that deep well inside of me that wrote these songs.
After that last round, the winner was announced. Emily Scott Robinson took First and I came in Third! It was wildly honoring and wonderful. I made some beautiful connections with the other 9 songwriters and I am excited to see where that takes us.
Also, the whole weekend, I was able to be backstage somehow and had such a great time meeting new friends and connecting with other musicians. I hope to be back again soon!
This next month in August, I have also been picked as a finalist (1 of 10/400) in the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriting Competition. I am so excited to keep sharing my songs, building a wider audience so that more people can hear what I have written.
If you would like to come and hear me play, I will be performing at 10:30 on the Main Stage on Friday, August 16th with the other finalists.
I will also be singing an IN THE ROUND either on Saturday or Sunday. Check back on my website for details.
I wish I could explain how immensely full this all makes my heart. No matter what I am singing about, getting to share my own songs feels like an absolute gift. Thank you for listening, thank you for your patience, and please come to one of my shows if you’re around, would LOVE to meet you!
More soon <3
Hello and Happy New Year to you all!
I hope the first few days of this new year have been filled with wonderful moments.
2018 was an incredible year for me. It was my intention, last NYE, to fully dive in to what makes me uncomfortable. And after setting that intention, I realized that I was in for a wild adventure. I brushed up against all of my insecurities and doubts and trudged forward anyhow. But what I found in committing to this, is that when decisions are made, it seems like the whole world conspires in favor.
I raised over 25k from friends, family and strangers to help create my EP that will be released sometime this year. Because of this, I was able to work at a top-notch studio, Goosehead Palace in Nashville, with a stellar production team and world-class musicians. I still am whirling from the experience.
My EP is almost finished. The final touches are being put on the music, and we will be sending it out to be mastered soon. There are still quite a few more steps, but I will definitely keep you posted on all of the major events and shows coming up.
I can’t thank you enough for your support and encouragement. I can’t wait to share more music with you this year.
For those of you that follow my indiegogo- thank you- and if you still are interested and have not yet pre-ordered the record, you still can! I could always use the support in the final steps of getting these songs out there!
Click here: bit.do/alexawildish
Just a little update on my most recent trip to Nashville, if you’d like to continue reading <3………………………………….
This last trip to Dan Knobler’s studio, Goosehead Palace, helped to give this EP all that we could. The first day, Russell Durham, my friend, co-producer and string- arranger, arranged gorgeous strings for a quartet to play on my songs. The quartet was Russell on first violin, Kristen Weber on second violin, Betsey Lamb on voila and Austin Hoke on cello.
The next day, Ethan Jodziewics added deep resonant upright Arco bass to the tracks. As I was hearing all of the layers come together, I was so deeply moved by the imagery that these musicians created in my songs.
On the third day, Ruth Moody, of The Wailin’ Jenny’s, sang back up vocals for my songs. I can’t tell you what a dream having her sing on this record was for me. She’s one of the most lovely singers I can think of, and I have admired her work for years. It was all so surreal, having an influence of mine sing back up for me!
Just a little side story here- when I was 17, I saw the Wailin’ Jennys play at the Sandpoint, Idaho festival. They opened up for Nickel Creek. I had never heard anything so beautiful in my life. This was the first time I was introduced to this genre of music. I was in love with their record for years after, modeling my vocal tone after theirs. Their Celtic inspired music really hit me in a deep place of knowing. I felt something click inside of me, even though I had no experience writing or playing my own music at the time, I felt like that’s the direction I need to go in. My compass was facing my truest north. My dad bought a mandolin after that concert because of Chris Thile’s genius skills, and gifted it to me. That concert completely shaped my passion for what I do now. I told this all to Ruth, and she received this so gracefully.
On the final day, Phil Sterk played pedal steel and wrapped up the over-dub sessions. Someone once said to me that Pedal Steel sounds like the music of the angels, and I couldn’t agree more.
I am thrilled with how these songs are developing. They are each so unique and they tell a story from my life. It feels so exhilarating and daunting to be releasing these songs this year. Even though this will be done on a much larger scale than I have ever tackled before, I trust that the path is already paved, and I am just moving along, one step at a time.
Much love to all of you.
*more information on the first trip at alexawildish.com, under blogs*
We have finished the basic tracking for my upcoming EP!
What a dream this has been. The process of working with some of the finest musicians, engineers and production team I could have ever asked for has been such an epic journey.
There was such profound momentum leading up to the week I spent in Nashville, that when I arrived, I felt an effortless ease of surrender wash over me. I was amazed at the efficiency and genius that was occurring with these incredible humans I had called into this project.
Here is a breakdown of the production team and band that have already contributed to the project. In December, there will be a string quartet added, some pedal steel and some vocal harmonies by one of my greatest musical influences (I will announce that soon!).
Producers: Dan Knobler *studio owner* and Russell Durham
Engineers: Jacob Blumberg and Dan Knobler
Drums: Jason Burger
Acoustic Guitar: Jordan Tice
Electric Guitar: Kris Donegan
Bass: Sam Howard
Keys: Danny Mitchell
Octave Mandolin/ Violin and Viola: Russell Durham
And many other add ins by my incredible producers.
Each of these people have worked with some of my heroes. Not only that, their beautiful spirits helped to create that sense of ease I was looking for. I genuinely can’t wait to share what magic was created at this time. I am so honored and privileged to be able to make music. Thank you for your continued support. You can still pre-order the record on indiegogo.com at bit.do/alexawildish,