Onward and Upward!

Hello all!  It has been a real rollercoaster fortnight since my debut EP Five Shades of Me was released world-wide on 1st May 2013!!

Firstly I'll just provide the direct links to the music stores to purchase/download my EP:

CD Physical Copies:
My Website
CD Baby

Digital Downloads:
My Website
iTunes
Amazon
CD Baby
Bandcamp
Spotify

So!  Since releasing my EP I have received a lot of excellent feedback!  I love hearing which song is your favourite so keep it coming, thank you!!  I have sold a few hardcopy CDs as well as digital downloads, both from my website and iTunes so far!  I also took the proactive approach of forwarding four CDs each to all the capital city community radio stations around Australia (can give you a foot in the door to the commercial larger radio stations)!  Since then I am receiving high rotational airplay on Edge Radio 99.3FM in Hobart, receiving airplay on Huon FM in Hobart plus a 30 minute interview that featured on Friday 10th May at 10.30am (podcast to come), and receiving airplay on FBi Radio 94.5FM in Sydney in four separate shows (see Photos on my website for list of shows)!

I have also received two requests to perform my songs at three separate events which is very exciting and motivating for me!  I was just planning on being the songwriter but since the release of my EP, and recent personal experiences, it has made me realise that I need to take nothing for granted and just go for it and do the singer-songwriter thing!  As such, I now have an Upcoming Gigs page on my website so you can have a look at what I've got coming up, and maybe try to make it long for a performance or two if you can!

Another highlight this fortnight was that my song Bare was shortlisted to be in the running for the opportunity to co-write with Allan Rich! Allan is a two-time Grammy, Academy Award and Golden Globes nominee whose songs have sold over 65 million copies, including Whitney Houston's smash from the Bodyguard, Run To You!  I will find out on 15 May whether I have been selected for co-write.  Being that I am in Australia, it would be a three hour skype session co-write and would be a dream come true!  I'll keep you posted.  Just for being shortlisted, I received a 'Rising Star' award on the SongU website that I am a member of (an online songwriting university created, run and mentored by professional songwriters!).

As part of the promotion of the EP, I am hoping to bring a greater awareness to the effects that serving overseas in a warzone is currently having on the soldiers and their families from Iraq and Afghanistan.  My husband suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression (he served in Iraq in 2004/05 and 2005/06) and it has had an effect on the whole family.  My EP is very much about my experiences,observations and emotions surrounding this issue.  PTSD is something that has affected all soldiers and their families from all war throughout the times, and after the way that Vietnam Veterans were ignored and provided with no support, I hope to change that.  Even now, there is more support than there used to be but it is still taking too long to provide that support (usually after diagnosis), and there is not enough focus on prevention and providing support right from the beginning, not just for the soldiers but support for the families too, right after the servicemen and women return from a warzone.  There is still no where near enough support coming from the Defence Forces or the Department of Veteran Affairs, it is mainly through the Veterans and Veterans' Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and again, usually after diagnosis!

I have just become a member of the Partners of Veterans Association, which is a National body, that is trying to reach a larger audience and let the younger generation know that there is support out there.  I will be performing at an event that the Tasmanian PVA will be hosting in July, singing my songs and sharing my experiences with others who have been/are going through the same thing.  If anyone would like to find out more information about the PVA, please send me an email and I can get you in touch with the lovely ladies that run the Tasmanian branch of the PVA!

I still have so much that I want to do in relation to this EP launch.  I want to video a live accoustic version of me singing Bare for my YouTube page, I want to contact some more radio stations and try my luck at some of the commercial stations, I want to submit my songs for licensing and recording opportunities with many music supervisors, and lastly i would love to promote myself locally, get more gigs and collaborate with Tasmanian musicians in particular for both songwriting and performances!  I also had a wild idea of applying to be the entertainment on a cruise ship, how amazing would that be!

That's all for now.  Thanks again for everyone's support!  Please share my music, website and blog to help spread the word (I am an independent artist and I rely on word of mouth, shares, emails etc!).

'Til next time...remember that...

Music is Love is Life!



1 comment

  • PJ Millhouse

    PJ Millhouse

    Out of adversity comes beauty and courage, you are both Tess. x

    Out of adversity comes beauty and courage, you are both Tess. x

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