My 2nd Piano Album: Details Announced!

It’s official…  I’m releasing a second piano album this summer.  As promised last week, I’m revealing the title: Out of Ashes.

When I first discussed my intentions for a second album in June, I didn’t know how I could ever again make another album as good as Airborne was.   I had no title, theme, or storyline for this next album, and I was at a loss as to how to move forward without a plan.

So many artists struggle with the so-called “sophomore album.”  You have your whole life to make the first album, but for the second, you maybe have two years—plus, you’re burned out from making the first album.  Could I ever throw myself into a second album the way I did for my first one?

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Starting a New Chapter!

I’m excited to say that I have just been brought on as a composer by the production music library Musinc!  From now on, anything I write and record, once accepted into the library, will be available for licensing for film, TV, and other media.  The material from Airborne is already in the catalog.  There will also be opportunities for filmmakers and music supervisors to commission me to write custom pieces.

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The Next Step

It’s amazing how much can change in a few weeks’ time…  I’ve moved to Nashville and started college.

Up to this point, my posts had running through them the consistent theme of being a teenager and trying to figure out how to make good recordings and compositions on my own—and often getting in over my head with my undertakings.  However, now I have the ability to learn from some of the best of the best; I’m not on my own anymore.  But I don’t know what that will mean for this blog.  For that matter, I’m still figuring out what that means for me. Continue reading “The Next Step”

Studio Diaries – Airborne, Part 2: The Rubber Meets the Road

I didn’t want to do this, but I’m pushing back my Airborne album release to July 19.  I’ve changed my plans, but I haven’t changed my mind—I’m still making an album.  I’m going to push through these roadblocks and move forward. Continue reading “Studio Diaries – Airborne, Part 2: The Rubber Meets the Road”

Is This Real? Audio Engineering in Nashville

It’s great to be back!  So much has happened this month.  I’m in shock right now.

Firstly, those crazy music school auditions are over.  They went well, as far as I can tell, but I still don’t know for sure if I got in.  We’ll see in a couple more weeks, I hope.

But that brings me to my main piece of news–I didn’t audition as any kind of composition major like I had thought I would.  I’ve changed my mind again, and now I’m a music minor majoring in Audio Engineering.

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My Heart Beats: The Final Chapter?

Wow.  Just, wow.  I know I haven’t posted anything in a couple weeks, but I’ve been insanely busy mixing and mastering My Heart Beats and rehearsing for the release party.  So now, the album is finally out, and Lily and I performed to a packed house last night at the launch party.  It was incredible.  It was one of the best nights of my life.

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Exciting News: I’m a 2012 GRAMMY Camper!

I have been selected for GRAMMY Camp Los Angeles and GRAMMY Camp New York in the Engineering for Audio & Video track!  It’s incredible.  It is such an honor and a blessing to be given this opportunity.

At GRAMMY Camp, I will be learning more about the music industry, and I will have the chance to learn from top industry professionals.  The Los Angeles session will last for ten days, and New York for eight.

Check out the official press release for more info:

http://www.grammy.org/recording-academy/press-release/jun-12-2012-257-pm

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I’m sure of what I hope for

When people ask me, “What do you want to do for a career?” and I tell them that I’m a music producer and composer, they always look at me like I don’t know what I’m talking about.  They always seem to be thinking “That’s nice, but don’t you want to eat?” and they often ask about my “backup plan.”  But the way I see it, if I don’t go all out, I’m definitely not going to make it.  I work as hard as I can and dare myself to fail harder.  If I had a backup plan, I would already be admitting my failure.  I know that God has called me to music as a career, and to not believe it will work out is to say that I don’t trust God.

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