One Tree Hill

Highlights of 2011

2011 started with a broken collarbone and a new album and is ending with new exciting album on the horizon. There were many highlights throughout the year… here are a few.

Voices Three

It always gives me enormous pleasure to play music with quality people at a great venue while raising money for a very worthy cause. For me it’s the best win/win situation, so starting the year with that was very satisfying.

One Tree Hill

Having a new song placed on One Tree Hill was so exciting. I think it is the highest profile TV show I have been played on so far and I am very grateful to Crucial Music Publishing for getting me that placement.

Vancouver Island Music Awards

This was probably the biggest highlight for me. Not only did I get the award for Female Songwriter (which meant more than you can imagine), but I also took home the Artist of the Year which blew my mind!!! And even better, I had my family there to celebrate with me.

Vancouver Island Musicfest

This is always a highlight for me. Not only do I get to talk a lot of rubbish with the very funny Todd Butler, but I also get to introduce some really amazing musicians onto the main stage. Looking forward to it again next year!

Conferences

I love all the conferences I go to. I always get something out of each one but The OCFF stands out because I got to be a music licensing mentor and found that I really like imparting the knowledge I have, and the Taxi Road Rally, where I got to be on the Member success panel which was an honour.

Exclusive

I had a big decision to make this year. For a while my main publisher, pigFactory has been wanting to sign me exclusively but I was hesitant as it was a big step. Finally in November I decided to take the leap of faith and am now exclusively represented by them. It has certainly uncomplicated my musical life and they are wonderful!

New album

Through my new arrangement with my publisher, we are moving in a new direction and I will be recording a new album in the new year. In the past I have produced most of my music. This new album will have a fabulously cool producer working on it with me and I am so excited to get to work!

So those are my highlights on 2011. I still can’t believe that I get to do what I do. When I arrived in Canada I thought it would be cool to play some local venues. I never imagined any of this and I will always be grateful to everyone that helps to make it happen.

I hope 2012 will be a wonderful year for everyone 🙂

New Video for ‘Love Is’

Last week I did some thing that I should have done ages ago… I got a professional to do a music video for me.

I met Paul Christopher through my trustee photographer, Karen McKinnon. I had always shied away from using a professional as a) it is expensive and b) I was worried I wouldn’t like the result. But if he was godd enough for Karen to collaborate with then that was good enough for me! Their collaboration for an engagement video was so classy, that I thought the style would transfer well for a music video for a love song.

So we met 2 weeks ago despite a sudden dump of 2 feet of snow. I knew that the song ‘Love Is‘, from my new Treehouse album, was going to be on ‘One Tree Hill‘ on January 25th, so we had 2 weeks to get organized, film and then do all the editing and rendering which is so time consuming. I wanted to have something on youtube for after the show aired.

We got together last week and spent 4 hours filming tons of footage. I am no actor and I had to sing the same song over and over again… with feeling!!! Paul was so easy going that it was easy and even when I got a bit grumpy when we were filming in the freezing cold and her said ‘Okay, let’s do it again’, he didn’t lose his cool. I tell you, I would make a terrible America’s Next Top Model contestant… and not just because I’m 5 ft and old!

I was very grateful to Karen for letting us use her gorgeous studio with that wonderful red wall… and for having the heat nice and high!!! After we were done I was confident that Paul had enough footage to work with and left him to it. The One Tree Hill episode aired on the 25th and they played the whole of my song with vocals that you could actually hear from time to time over the dialogue between Julian and Brooke in a very romantic scene! We got the video up on youtube by the 26th after a few youtube synching problems. But it’s up there and it’s lovely. I look about 10 years younger… so obviously I am ecstatic! And I love the way it flows and the colors… especially the red. LOVE it!

So here is the link to the youtube video!! I hope you enjoy it! And Paul… which song shall we do next??

Love Is – YouTube Video