Listening, learning, soul searching, falling and getting up. These are all elements of my life experiences that I have tried to express through the music on this record. It was only when I graduated from college that I realized my musical education had actually just begun, and all I have been doing since is trying to learn and grow. The ability to live in New York City and be surrounded by quality music and musicians has opened my eyes, my ears and my heart to all possibilities of sounds and expression.
The title track of the record, “Ode to Heroes” is my way of paying homage to all the people and musicians in this world who have inspired me to get to this point musically and emotionally and to always keep changing and growing. Each piece of music on this record came out at a different time in my growth and each reflects a different experience, feeling, energy and way of loving the music that I hear and create.
Most of the music on this record was composed and arranged after the heartbreaking passing of my brother, Niki. It was his energy, love of life and my need to connect with him on a higher plane that propelled a lot of my writing and creativity. Although only one song on the record is actually about him (“Ghost Hawk”) there is a strong sense of power and determination throughout all the tunes that I like to think comes across as a result of his continuous guidance and influence on my life.
As a lover of many different genres of music, I wanted to create a record that I myself would love to listen to – a record where musical boundaries could be pushed or even broken and where people of different musical tastes could feel satisfied. My hope is that this record will convey my versatility and, of course my extreme passion and love for all types of music.
Your support and equal love for music is needed to help this project succeed. Your funding will initially help finance the studio time, the engineer, and the incredible musicians who will be in the studio with me. Later on in the process your funding will help with the finishing touches, namely the photography for the album artwork, the album design, the mixing, the mastering, the printing, the pressing, and the distribution. Whatever you can donate will help and will be greatly appreciated and cherished – even the smallest donations will help us achieve this goal! There are many rewards and thank-you prizes available in return for your help, which you can check out on the right side of your screen!
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