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!
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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*