2012 was a busy year with winning Song of the Year award (Kootenay Music Awards), music concerts, my day job, a little day surgery and Jesus Christ Superstar! The Tall Man film was finally released and the local screening at the Capitol Theatre was a memorable event, not only to see my own mug on the big screen with Jessica Biel, but to see so many local faces and our beautiful Kootenay area, it was a real treat.
In the the fall I began rehearsals for Jesus Christ Superstar, one of my favorite scores of musical theatre ever, and one of the most well known stories ever to be told. I had the privilege to be assistant director and play a few minor roles such as a decrepit leper, soul girl in a bad wig, and heartless reporter. I also participated in the first Canadian staged reading of “8″- the trial transcript of California’s Prop 8 that is still in litigation over gay marriage rights. Artistically speaking, it has been an personal amazing year; thanks to all who listened to the music, bought a cd, watched the movie, came to a concert or the play. It means nothing without an audience and other great artists to work with.
In March 2013 I begin rehearsals for Cabaret. Directing this play is a dream come true. Thanks to Sydney Black for asking me.
Happy New Year to all and may 2013 be a happy and peaceful year. May we stay cognizant of those who suffer and need our help; may we be ready to stand up for our rights and those less fortunate.
March 2012 – Ellison’s Cafe, Nelson, BC -Acoustic
July 1 2012 – Lakeside Park Concert, Nelson, BC – 7 piece band
July 14, 2012 – Kootenay Cultural Festival, Castlegar, BC – 6 piece band
July 28, 2012 – Benefit concert, Johnson Landing Slide, Nelson, BC – Acoustic
November 8-11, 2012 – Jesus Christ Superstar, Nelson, BC – live theatre
The song, Movin’ On, from my debut album, SOLO, won Song of the year, March 31, 2012. The event was so well organized, thanks to Chad at Quickshot and Kootenay Co-op Radio. The song was written by my friend Janet MacEwen and her friend, Liz Tansey, both of Toronto. I recorded their song in the summer of 2011 in Nelson BC. I had to make a decision on what to enter to the contest because I love so many songs of the cd – it was a tough call. I should have entered Album of the Year.
I was in awe to win and to be included with such a diverse group of artists. I am so thrilled to have my award sitting on my fireplace mantle. Thanks to everyone who voted! Now to get ready to do some summer festivals – onward and upward!Cheers.
http://kootenays.myezrock.com/Blogs/WayneAndJayne/blogentry.aspx?BlogEntryID=10317521 This interview is from November 2011. Plus CBC Radio has agreed to accept the CD for national play – very exciting for me. I will post what shows it has been disctributed as soon as I know. Cheers; big snow in Nelson today.
CBC has distributed it nationally so it could be played anywhere! Keep an ear out and let me know if you hear it. Thanks to the friends who have already told me they did.
As 2011 comes to an end I wanted to look back and say how thankful I am for the good fortune I have had. As a singer I was blessed to release my first album with songs I am honoured to sing, and musicians I count myself lucky to play with. It was an amazing experience. I am currently looking at summer festivals to play and to have the cd reviewed for national exposure. I will be featured in the spring in an INDIE online magazine Rising Magazine – that is exciting.
Videos of the latest concert in Nelson can be viewed on youtube check out my first compositions, Closer, co-written with Carol Street http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLZLmNgz5C8 plus three more videos. Movin’ On, written by my friend Janet MacEwen, and Liz Tansey, was a show stopper!
Happy New Year everyone, thanks for your support.
CD on sale cdbaby.com, itunes and Amazon.com
The cd release concert has happened. I took two days completely off any other work – did not rehearse with the band – I took good care of myself, listened to the music over and over again, checked certain harmonies and basically got mentally prepared to front a 7 piece band.
The moment arrived and I am happy to say I wasn’t overwhelmed with fear and nerves. I did a lot of relaxing and breathing – which I am fully trained in from my theatre background – and focusing on the music and my goal of everyone having a good time. From reviews so far, the fun was accomplished.
I want to thank a great band that had faith in me, wanted to be there, were so generous during the show. The audience for coming (nice big house) and dancing and clapping and asking for more! How great does that make a performer feel?!! The best!
Photos and video to come soon. CD’s at cdbaby.com, iTunes and Amazon.com
Thanks to everyone for buying cd’s. I hope you enjoy listening to the music as much as I enjoyed making it.
Thanks to Finley’s for their support and help to make the event a success.
Now to get the music out to the “world”! Here we go!
The band has been rehearsing for 2 weeks now. Last night we hit some great moments, it was very exciting to hear the songs come alive with a 7 piece band in the same room. When you record an album and each musician comes in separately, it is hard to get a sense of awe until it is all finished. Last night, as we stood (some sat) in a circle playing and singing as a unit, it felt great.
I have one week today to put all the pieces together. I hope all my friends in Nelson are coming to celebrate the music at Finleys next Friday night. I am so excited that my friend , Kim Adamson, is coming from Vancouver for the concert; yeh, Kim! Another good friend, and writer of Honeymoon’s Over, is trying to come from Vancouver for the concert also. Come to Nelson, Anthony!
Sydney Galbraith, Rick Lingard, Darren Mahe, Steve parish, Jesse Lee, Danille Corbin, Tim Bullen and special guest, Carol Street. – and me.
Digital Downloads at cdbaby.com. cd for sale at concert.
Hope to see you next week! Tickets at Finleys and Otter Books – 250-352-5121.