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Go get yourself a free download of "Tomorrow" (Tuff Gong Reggae Mix) that was recorded in Kingston, Jamaica at Bob Marley's Studio.
I had the pleasure of recording the track with legendary drummer Sly Dunbar from Sly & Robbie (Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Peter Tosh), Keyboard player Robbie Lyn (The Gladiators, Black Uhuru, Ken Boothe, Peter Tosh), Guitarist Wayne Armond (Chalice, the Wailers, Delroy Wilson, Jimmy Cliff), and Bass player Michael Fletcher (Shaggy, Shabba Rank, Maxi Priest, Beres Hammond).
Click below to hear the Reggae Mix and get a free download via Exclaim!
So I went to the Canadian Radio Music Awards yesterday at the Royal York Hotel in downtown Toronto. I was nominated but I didn't win. It's fine. Because "Lights" won. She seems like a good artist with a good song. I was happy to see her pick it up.
The room was full of the best of the Canadian music industry, when my name came up during the nomination, there was a good roar of applause and cheer. That was my consolation. It felt good to know that people in the industry knew and like what I'm doing.
I would have to say that the highlight of the awards show was Sass Jordan. She did a great job hosting the show. It's funny because her foul mouth "au natural" gives the first 5 minutes quite an awkward feeling. She's reading the script on the tele-prompter and embarks on this out of character lovey-dovy speech about "the music in our hearts" or something like that. She abruptly interrupts herself right in the middle of it with a smile: "didn't we cut this shit out of the script? come on! scroll down!" leaving the crowd half laughing, half in shock by her boldness.
What can I say, she's a rock n roller... Somehow, her personality reels you in and in a short time, you get on her band wagon and just roll with it. She made it fun! The TV version will probably be one long beep. :)
Anyway, it was a fun day and the food was delicious.
Better luck at the Smooth Jazz awards next month!
So on Thursday I went out to St-Mary and St-Hellen schools to introduce myself to the kids who are going to participate in our next Play It Forward adventure taking place in Hamilton in April.
The last show in Laval was all about strings.This time is all about voices. We are preparing a show with a choir of 300 kids. NO it is not a typo! I said 300, yes maam!
In this case, I really need the help from my good friend Nikki for this one because it feels kindof overwhelming. Nikki sings in my band and she is also a GREAT vocal coach. She teaches a lot of kids so that will come in handy. The plan is that we are actually going to be teaching the song "Shine" to 2 entire schools (150 kids each) in Hamilton and asking them to come up on stage with us the night of the show on April 2nd in Hamilton...
So today, I went around the schools with Nikki and walked up to each class to say hello and tell them about the Play It Forward project. We visited kids all the way from JK to grade 8. We got all kinds of response from class to class.
Most kids would ask if we were famous. Some asked if THEY were going to be famous after the show! One of them asked us immediately as we walked in if we had a nice house! One said, OH! That's you singing??? I though you were black! Some classes stared at us with a petrified look on their face while other classes attacked me for my autograph! We just had to be ready for anything!
We made some classes sing just to get them going in the feeling. One little girl was SOOOO into it, it just broke my heart. She had her eyes closed and was swaying her body to the sound of her grade 3 class singing "SHIIIIIIIIIIIINE!". After we were done the exercise, she scoots over to me and whispers to me with her cute little lisp: " I closthed my eyesth while I was sthinging and I sthounded almostht exactly like you Julie!" OH my GOD, she was adorable.
Anyway, needless to say it's going to be quite an event to have 150 of these cuties in a room and trying to get them to sing the same song all together. Heart warming... That's next Thursday's rehearsal. Wish me luck!
I'll keep you posted on how it works out.