As I write this blog post, 2016 is coming to a close. For the world, it’s been a year with it’s ups and it’s downs. However, for me I would like to think it has been a year full of lessons learnt and achievements.
Upon finally releasing my debut album this year, and working hard in order to promote it from the ground up; it’s taught me that you only get what you put in! I cannot express how proud I am of the record and how thankful I am for everyone that helped me with the album; from the conception of the idea, to the final press and mastering of the record. I still remember holding the first copy of the CD in my hands and screaming at the top of my lungs (these are moments that’ll live with me forever).
2016 was also a year of many ‘firsts’. Playing my music live acoustically has also allowed me to inject new meanings into songs and to connect with my audience on a whole other level. As electronic as my music may get at times, I will always be a pianist at heart. I got to meet one of my huge musical idols this year too; Jon McLaughlin. His songwriting and musicality has always been a huge inspiration in the way I compose and ‘acoustify’ my songs (that’s not a word but it is now)
At times when you feel defeated is when you have to push even harder. Someone taught me not to count my chickens before they hatch. That’s definitely something that I’m going have to put into action more in my life… Because I’ve always counted the entire freaking farm before I even get any animals (if we’re on that farm analogy still). Regardless, the point of this post is just probably one long-winded way of me saying thank you for a great year.
From hiking down steep mountains in the middle of nowhere, to getting covered in paint. From buying copious amounts of balloons, to doing some super intense cardio at 6am in the morning - I don't think I've ever had more fun. And I would trade all the sleep-ins in the world just to do it all again!
But as a year comes to a close, we look on the memories from the past year as moments which will forever be with us. And I have one last little gift to give you as the year ends; a remix of 'Love It' which I hadn't planned on releasing but now's a moment better than never right?
Thank you for my first sold out solo show. Thank you for supporting me at my shows. And most of all, thank you for listening to my music and showing your support.
I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store, and hopefully it means more music to come! Now it all depends where this next road takes us…Perhaps a new direction?…