moving forward necessitates a certain amount of looking back. periodically checking your rear view is important, but keeping your eyes on the road ahead takes precedence.
i released my first solo record in 1987, and have recorded and released many since. and standing in the middle of 2016 it's clear that times have changed, life has shifted, the music industry at large has dramatically advanced, the CCM genre in particular has experienced a metamorphosis, and i, too, am different. as a woman of a certain age, 46 to be exact, a veteran of my industry i'm at a crossroads. how do i fit into this new world? which direction do i head? where should i go from here? what is next? why should i continue at all?
the last couple of years have proved arduous. uphill. leading up to the recording of my recently released self-titled album i'd felt so much confusion and anxiety.... dare i say depression? yes, i dare say it. but those songs finally came, those melodies finally rang in my ears and those words finally made their way from my heart to my head to my mouth. and the people God chose to put in my path to take my hands and push slash pull me to higher ground were saints and angels. some folks i'd known for years, some i'd only recently met. all divinely appointed. each with a message of encouragement and hope... that new beginnings were not only possible, but imperative.
so as i assess the current situation and contemplate my next move i've chosen to release this EP of 4 versions of the same song... my theme song!! it's never too late to dream new dreams, to have crazy ideas and attempt to bring them to life. don't let negativity or doubt keep you from trying. even baby steps count as moving forward. take them... and get up if you fall down. i've had my share of disappointments and regrets, things i wish i could do over. but you can't reverse-engineer your life... you can, however, pick up and begin again...
this song was written by myself, Jon Korszyk and Michael Wofford. Originally produced by Eli Thomson.
1. Blaine Stark// the first remix on the EP was done by Blaine Stark. Blaine is a fantastic producer/musician that i met in Montana 4 years ago. he's actually from CA but was visiting mutual friends in Montana when we met. he became, and continues to be, my daughters boyfriend/producer and a part of our family. in the four short years i've known Blaine, i've seen his abilities as a producer grow exponentially. i completely love the remixes he created for this project and am very excited for everyone to hear what he and Izzi have been up to for her new project as well
2. Solomon Ray// i swear i'm not biased when i say i think my son is AMAZING! honestly i wouldn't hire him just for the sake of hiring him because he's my son. he's completely capable of creating within any kind of musical niche. i've worked with him before, but he's grown by leaps and bounds in the last couple years. this thrills my heart and blows my mind as i think about what the next few years have in store....
3. Greg Hobgood// the 3rd remix was created by Greg Hobgood whom some of you may remember from a band called Prodigal Sons that used to be signed to Metro One. Greg has continued in his role as DJ and producer and as he is a legit music aficionado, i knew i wanted him to play a role in this musical endeavor. i love the 80's synth vibe he brought to the table... takes me back to my roots!
4. Brik Liam// though Blaine Stark created the bed of beats, the vocals that rest in them are all Brik. i 'met' Brik through vine. just happened upon him one night as i got lost down a rabbit trail of crazy-insane singers. he stood out. i started following him on other social media platforms and lo and behold turned out he'd been a long time fan! i reached out to him because i adore his vibe and voice. don't be surprised if you hear more from the two of us together in the future.
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Photography// Denise Bovee is the photographer that shot my album cover/artwoork photos for the self-titled release. though we have several mutual friends, we actually met via instagram! i LOVE her work, her heart, her eye. i'm thrilled to have worked with her again!
Wardrobe// this jacket. i've jokingly said this photoshoot started with the jacket... but actually, it's no joke. Paul Rizzo used to do my platinum blonde locks way back when. we too reconnected via instagram recently and when i saw a photo of him wearing that Gucci s/s 2016 men's silk bomber i immediately contacted him to see if he'd let me use it for a shoot!! my jeans are also men's, Hurley. oddly, my white T-shirt is J-crew menswear. the rad red shoes are from TOPSHOP.
HAIR/MAKEUP// my goddaughter Annabelle Brigandi... who is heading to Paris this fall to study and become a MUA... created the makeup look for the video for me. the red lip is now a go to. Jason Atkins has been displaying his handiwork on my head for the last year or more. the extreme platinum is his doing. it's a same-but-different look as compared to the Fearless season. this version/shade is much more white and i'm currently LOVING it.
CAR// the 1963 mint green Chevy Impala belongs to a darling couple from the church i grew up in, Anaheim First Church of the Nazarene. Jerry and Billie Boling also happen to have owned the old 40's car that took Brian and i to my senior prom in 1987.
COVER ART // though this project is only available digitally, we've of course created a cover. Izzi Ray...my daughter... is not only a remarkable artist/songwriter in her own right, but she's become quite the tech-savvy smarty pants and my go to creative collaborator. i asked her to come up with the cover art, knowing i'd love whatever she did. i do.