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All I can say is "WOW"! The roller coaster continues, but it's mostly emotional. Sometimes it's almost overwhelming dealing with all the various issues that continuously arise while on this journey. These can be anything from musicians, to club and concert promoters, to promotion issues. Lately, there's been an explosion of activity on the Reverbnation charts. We've been working feverishly on promotion, and it's really paying off. I've gone from being ranked in the top 300 jazz artists in the country to knocking on the door of the top 100 - all in less than a month! All this activity, and the new CD is still in production. If there's this much support now, I can only imagine what it's going to be like once it's time for the new release. I remain inspired.
Why does it seem that just when you need it the most, technology rebels on you? I've been fighting to get my press kits done for the past few days. All I've gotten is problem after problem. If it's not the printer, it's the program. If it's not the program, it's the computer. Hey, I'm as much a fan of technology as the next guy. But when technology bites, it bites hard! Well, at least my I-phone still cooperates.
It's monday, 11/9. To date, I have a fanbase of just over 1,000. I am the #1 ranked jazz artist in Memphis. I'm ranked #226 and #168 in the world and nation, respectively. I was surprised to find out that I'm in rotation on 88.5 fm in Memphis. I'm also in regular rotation on 91.7 fm in Memphis. Leading up to the opener for Kem and Laura Izibor on 12/12, I'm also participating in a showcase at the Hard Rock Cafe, in Memphis. I'm also working toward a performance on a morning show for the local CBS affiliate. Good things are certainly happening!
Well, I logged on this morning to discover that I've made significant progress with interent promoting. I have over 1100 facebook friends, which will hopefully materialize into more facebood fans. Speaking of which, I'm approaching 100 facebook fans. This is an accomplishment, considering the fact that my page doesn't make it readily apparent that it's promotional in nature. I'm currently the #2 jazz artist in Memphis on the Reverbnation charts, and am making progress on the global and national charts as well. With just 7 weeks to go until my big debut as the opening act for Kem, I'm more focused than ever. I look forward to maing a major impact on the music scene.
I'm still in the process of prepping for the Kem concert. I played a gig last nignt with my band. It went pretty well, but the show still has to be tweaked. I've got a full rehearsal tomorrow. We've got to get the kinks out. It's a whole new band, so I'm trying to be patient.
You know, I've been at this music thing on this level for quite some time. I've been booked as the opening act for Kem, when he visits Memphis in December. While I'm so thankful for this opportunity, I can't help but wonder: Could this be my big break? I've been soooooo close before, and then nothing. I'm certainly doing my part to be ready, should this turn out to be all I hope it is. We shall soon see...