Hola! I cannot even believe I missed a whole year (2016) without writing one blog post. It just goes to show that when you think life is incredibly busy...it can definitely get even busier! And that's exactly what happened to me. Let's do a quick recap of 2016: Artist Meghan Linsey (runner-up on NBC's THE VOICE) put out her solo EP "Believer" which I'm excited to have co-written 4 out of the 6 songs, one of which was the 1st single "COUNTERFEIT". The EP garnered rave reviews from Rolling Stone, The UK's The Daily Mail, Entertainment Tonight, Perez Hilton and many other major media outlets. There's no rest for the wicked and after touring to promote the Believer EP we immediately started writing for the yet-to-be-released 2nd album. The first single, "EXES AND FRIENDS" was released in November 2016 along with an epic video that features internet sensation Doug The Pug and the bad-boy from The Bachelor, Juan Pablo, as Meghan's love interest....now that was FUN!!! We worked hard and Meghan lost a whole bunch of weight (and I lost a few lbs, too!) following the NutriSystem plan, which brought about the opportunity for Meghan to be a spokesperson for NutriSystem. We did an incredibly fun photo shoot and commerical shoot in Clearwater Beach and you can currently see Meg in the national TV ads.
Along with trips to NYC, LA and Nashville in 2016 I also started doing inspirational speaking to groups entitled, "Dream Big...Why Not" which follows my journey from struggling to become a professional songwriter to signing a major publishing deal and the lessons in perseverance, synchronicity and giving back and how they all integral elements of success. My daughter, Haley, started her freshman year at UW-Green Bay and spent the summer playing all over Wisconsin and Michigan which included shows at Summerfest, Country USA, Porterfield Country Music Festival and being chosen as the ONLY opening act for artist, Chris Young at the Labor of Love, a benefit for Veterans, not to mention recording a band album in early 2017. Being "momager", booking agent and stylist has kept me very busy and I couldn't be more proud of the amazing artist AND amazing person Haley is becoming.
So, I took a bit of a rest beginning around Thanksgiving (and hunting season here in our neck of the woods) through Christmas. We're just starting to ramp up finishing the new Meghan Linsey album to be released this year. In fact, I will be hopping on a plane in a few days and starting the ball rolling for another year of writing and as head of creative for Bold Music Group LLC (which entails...well...everything LOL). Managing Haley's band and, of course, just living life to the fullest every step of the way. My final words for this blog...yeah, you've heard them before but they really are worth repeating...DREAM BIG...WHY NOT!?!
Cheers to you in 2017!!