As 2023 has come to a close I take a moment to pause and reflect. What would I like to share about my life? What’s been going on? What are my personal triumphs? What can I be proud of?
There are many professional accomplishments through my music with my Album “Magic Mirror”. The Single “Magic Mirror” celebrated enormous success on Radio Formats including Sirius XM Watercolors airplay and Year End Chart Reports for Top Songs of the Year. Billboard placed it at #36 Song of the Year, Smooth Jazz Network at #10 Song of the Year; SmoothJazz.com placed the Album at the #2 Album of the Year. Spotify and Apple music continue to stream significant numbers from my catalogue. Almost 10 million on “Perfect Sunday”, 3 Million for “Stronger Now” with “Fire & Water” added to a big playlist and already over 1 Million. Apple added “Magic Mirror” and already has extensive play on “Sun’s Out” and “Fly Away Butterfly”.
While “Magic Mirror” has been riding the wave of Contemporary Jazz Radio I’ve continued writing and recording new music. In February 2023, I recorded a new tune with Paul Brown in Los Angeles when I attended the Grammys 2023. It was great working with Paul again at Carmen Grille’s studio playing on his Yamaha C3. The Grammys provided me a chance to see old friends and make new ones at networking events surrounding the Grammys.
I was asked to Perform at the Berks Festival in Reading, PA and also to be an Educator in the Berks Arts Jazz Educational Series for High School Students during the Festival Week. It was a great experience and also lots of fun.
There were other fun Events that I performed at in the Spring and Summer; WSIE Virtual Performance (St Louis), Lake Oconee Wine & Jazz Festival (Ritz Carlton), Rialto Club Theater (Athens, GA) Battle of Bryon, Festival (South GA), Mountain Brook Jazz Festival (North Carolina), Elmira Jazz Festival (New York), Grayson City Amphitheater, Suwanee Dam Dinner (GA), Women of Jazz, Lyman Center, (New Haven Connecticut).
In July “Time Sensitive”, a Classical Recording from my Georgia State Senior Concert that I found in storage and restored was released in Digital and CD Format. It has works from Bach, Schubert, Brahms, and Prokofieff and is on all streaming sites as well as my web store.
It was great to work on Greg Chambers new Single “Just Feels Right” as a Featured Artist in August.. It has been received very well with Sirius XM Watercolors and other Radio Airplay. “Sol Ipanema” also went to Radio in September and had a great run on Smooth Jazz Radio Formats.
The new Single “Sunshine Yellow” featuring Peter White is set for release January 26, 2024. Work is continuing on other new songs as well working with Roberto Vally, Paul Brown, Dennis Johnson, Ragan Whiteside, Paula Atherton and more for a new Album release.
Personally I’ve been staying healthy, getting out more socially with friends, walking and hiking a lot, making new friends and driving a 16 year old around. While I didn’t go on any major vacations this year I spent a lot of quiet time in the mountains, with family and my dogs.
I’m extremely grateful for all the love and support from my fans, radio programmers and listeners and friends. Without this support it wouldn’t be possible to continue writing and recording my music.
There will be more details in the upcoming months of new shows, events and new works during 2024.
Until the next one,
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