I am one of the lucky women who got an official showcase. Me! The intimate crowd seemed to dig my vibes, and Shawnee Kilgore, my dear friend who has witnessed my musical growth from ground zero to present, said I "oozed confidence." Right back at ya, sister! She sang back up with our friend Alyse Black's band last night and they nailed it. My friends are rock stars and so am I. And so can you. Lets do be do it. :)
Speaking of rock stars, I met Elvis-loving rock icon Suzi Quatro. She was on the show Happy Days, and gave the keynote address at the conference (sprinkled with off-color one-liners.) I want her to adopt me. I had dinner with a powerhouse group of women- Charlie Faye (a record spinning singer-songwriter who works with the same producer as me, Daniel Barrett), Erin Ivey (urban folk singer-songwriter, who was trained by the same voice teacher as me, Mady Kaye), Jennifer Houlihan of Austin Music People (who recently brought Austin the new Red River Cultural District!), and professor of mythology Kathleen Hudson who runs the Texas Heritage Music Foundation. WOW!
I also got to connect with Julie Chistensen, a singer who recently toured the world with Leonard Cohen. One of my dreams is to sing back up. I love singing with others and have a natural ability to harmonize. Musicians need multiple streams of income, and I hope to make back up singing one of mine.
Julie is a huge inspiration to me, and here we are together!
Namaste y'all! I'm off to a pumpkin carving party. :)