2017......What an amazing year it's been for me. I released my debut album of all original material Nola to Noho in May. In June I played to a full house at The Parlor Room in Northampton, MA for the album release show. I have gotten radio play on college stations around the country as well as some radio play in Europe. This makes my heart swell. The album and individual songs got some great reviews from No Depression, Skope, and Paste Magazines. And to top it off I will be playing First Night Northampton this New Year's Eve with my band, something I have wanted to partake in for a long time.
Though all the above sounds great....and it is, don't get me wrong!......album sales have been slow. It is a tricky time to be an independent artist. Sure you can listen to my music for free on Spotify, Apple Music, etc..... but that really doesn't help me or any other independent artist make ends meet. Artists tend to get less than a penny per stream....yes you read that right! So the best way to support independent artists is to buy the album! Otherwise, it will be difficult if not impossible to keep creating them. I think music streaming services are a great way to discover new artist that you may like. The best thing to do from there is to buy the music. I don't mean to sound like a negative person, I just want to educate folks on how streaming music services can help promote and hurt independent artists. With that said you can purchase the album here, or on any major online music retailer.
I want to thank all the people involved in creating the album, all who helped in its visual packaging, and the friends and fans who came to the album release show and purchased the album. Your support and collaboration have meant more to me than I can write on this little blog. I can only hope to be able to make more albums in the coming years with your support, expertise and encouragement.
I wish you all a beautiful and successful 2018 and a happy holidays!
My next upcoming show will be First Night Northampton, Dec 31 at 4:00PM. I play at First Churches in Lyman Hall. Tickets and even information can be found here.