Long time no see… no talk, not much
of anything at all! I know it has been a quiet year or so for me, and I'm
sorry if I've left you hanging! But, I thought I'd update all of you and give
you a little explanation.
I want this to be simple and
informative, not loaded and heavy, because the fact of the matter (and first piece
of news) is that I am officially free and independent again! Woohoo!
Even though it may sound ironic to be so happy to get out of a deal, but you heard
it first from me. And the story, goes a little like this.
moved to Nashville in the Fall of 2007, and the following April I was presented
with my first big music biz opportunity. A year and a half into writing for
them I signed a record deal with Rykodisk. For the next two years I toured
my booty off! It was probably during this time when most of you met me or
heard of me. Got to open for Elvis Costello, Train, Amos Lee, REO Speedwagon,
When I went to start working on my followup
album to Honest Words I couldn't seem to reach an agreement with the label on what
material would go on the record. I wasn't willing to compromise on what is
MY work. So, I proceeded to find a way out of there. After I left my
record deal, my publishing company became what I would call complacent. I
felt that I was being left to myself to figure everything out. And I certainly
couldn't do it by myself.
So, I did the only part
of this whole thing that I really know how to do and went into the studio.
That's when I asked for the support of my fans. The Kickstarter campaign helped
me big time… but the remaining 70% of the money I needed to finish, produce,
and duplicate the EP wasn't coming to me. No moving parts of my "meg
mccormick music team" was able to find any more financial backing, so things
just came to a screeching halt. I was never able to get physical CD's, or
fulfill a great portion of the rewards of the other backers… and that's been
breaking my heart! Anyway, I'll get back to this in a moment.
my publishing company showed that they weren't able to put themselves out there
financially (or otherwise), it became obvious that I needed to get out of there
as well. I couldn't stomach the fact that I'd be writing, and turning songs
into a company that might put them in a computer file somewhere, not pitch them,
not take them to the next place. Granted, I signed this whole contract with stars
in my eyes, so it's my responsibility, but I just never expected to leave my record
deal after one album and have to wait out an 18 month grace period without any financial
compensation. I had a naive outlook and just wanted to get into the big time!!!
As you can imagine, I immediately had my
attorney start working to get me out of this deal. It took until August of
this year (2 years after Honest Words was released) to get indie again… but
it finally happened. And just in time for me to go perform at Austin City
Limits Music Festival in Austin in under two weeks! Ha. I'm ready to
get everything rolling again, but once again, (and honestly, now more than ever)
I need your support.
About a year and a half ago,
my fans funded a tour and a portion of the cost of the EP. The rug got pulled
out from under the whole project, so I was never able to finish and fulfill the
backers rewards. Quite honestly, I have been in work-your-booty off, recession
mode ever since. I have had a couple of day jobs, including Eddie's Attic,
a club in Atlanta. I need to focus on my music once again and perhaps with
your help that will be possible.
If you're so inclined,
I am accepting donations to help fund the trip to Austin (for Austin City Limits
Music Festival). Feel free to use the PayPal
link, or purchase a digital copy of the
EP on Bandcamp
and purposefully overpay in the amount that
you would like to contribute.
Thank you for your love
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