OK - you can officially string me up by my toenails for being out of blogdom since August. My life has been utter chaos, and it's time to fill you in.
Within the last week, some great possible developments have come about with the music. Keep in mind all of these are 'possibilities' and I'm not making grand announcements here, just talking about stuff that I think you will be interested in hearing about, especially after my prolonged absence! :)
First of all - drum roll - the long awaited booking agency has finally entered stage right! Through Hometone Records (check them out - great Columbia-based record label/promotions company) I've gotten the opportunity to work with Sound Mind Booking out of St. Louis, which is going to be a wonderful opportunity beginning with a possible spring break tour and an extensive tour in June starting in the midwest, heading up to New York and circling down the east coast to finish in Nashville. This is a huge step in the right direction for promoting my music and taking it to the next level. Through this same booking agent I may have the opportunity to compete in a wonderful north Hollywood showcase for female singer-songwriters that might enable me to be seen by TV, film and label types.
Locally, the Hilary Scott Band has some great gigs coming up like a two-night-stand at Uncle Bo's in Topeka, Kansas, a huge blues fest in September, another appearance at Jim Curley's Mountain Music Shoppe and Knuckleheads, all favorites. We recently were chosen from Sonic Bids to compete in the Wakarusa Winter classic (national competition happening in several cities across the US) at the Blue Note - we made connections with the festival which may eventually lead to a booking there.
I've been asked to appear as the feature artist on the radio show Homegrown at the Lake of the Ozarks this weekend, which is also a tremendous honor.
Recently, my mother got in contact with a friend of hers from many years ago, Keith Colley, who is incredibly successful as a songwriter for Sony and who has many years experience in the music business. He has agreed to become a mentor of sorts for me in terms of polishing my songwriting, possibly helping me direct who I send my material to and how to present it.
In Nashville, the songs I completed several monoths ago with producer Matthew Wilder are in their final stages of production, mixing and mastering. Matt has said several people with whom he is working have shown interest in the material - this could lead me to several different types of opportunities and is very good news.
I even received an e-mail from someone who probably found me on My Space, and who has a successful (ie label, promotion, distrbution, touring, opening for major acts, playing the best festivals, radio play, etc.) three-girl-fronted band and who needs a replacement for the singer/violinist who left the group. I don't know if I'd be exactly what they are looking for but it's great how, just as my good friend Steve once told me, when the opportunities start to pour in they don't stop - it's an AVALANCHE!
I know the above comments are vague, but that is all they can be at this time. Details to come - but the good news is that all the years of hard work start to pay off and as more opportunites present themselves I realize that there are multiple paths that can lead to success. Patience and readiness are the keys!
I apologize for being silent for so long. Forgive me, and let's blog again soon, OK?