2023 - the year of the gigging artist (so far)
I can't believe we are in May already! It seemed like it was only yesterday when I was sitting in my dressing gown brainstorming goals while we were staying in a lavish apartment in Ballarat after doing a NYE gig with the Treblettes. Goes to show that time flies when having fun.
I feel as though 2023 has been the year where I have embraced the music industry head on to say the least (let me bring you up to speed). In January, one of our regulars left the Treblettes, and I had to step up and take on more gigs (which I am not complaining). As well as that, I took on another job doing 1 hour shows for nursing homes, performing a range of songs from the 40s, 50s and 60s (and now the 70s which I am now in the process of researching) and it has been so heartwarming to see the range of residents smiling and singing along, one in particular started crying when I was singing "Tennessee Waltz", which I hope was a good cry).
Since joining the Treblettes, other opportunities have opened up. I have been rehearsing material as a backing vocalist for an upcoming tribute show on two musical legends: Tom Jones and Neil Diamond. I've had a few rehearsals with the band, and they are sounding amazing, and we have a free event, where we will be filming for a promo video that the manager will be sending off to various venues and agencies, at Musicland (details on "Dates" page). Entry is free so I would love it if you could come along and see the calibre of talent we have been working on.
As well as this, I have also been filling in for a band called "The Rockin Tones" who are a classic rock 'n roll live band performing hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s. I've had my first gig with them in Albury last month, and I am excited to be performing with them at Club Kilsyth and the Healesville Hotel later this month (see "Dates" for more information).
In terms of teaching, I have just finished my one year teaching contract at my local school where I have been filling in for a teacher who has just come back from her maternity leave, and instead of continuing on with extended teaching contracts, I have decided to focus on making 2023 the year where I can focus more on being a fully paid gigging artist. I still teach one on one singing lessons through the Andrea Marr Music School, and I still run the student showcases that we offer to our students every year (this May's showcase, I will be doing a performance tribute on Goth/rock band, Evanescence and Amy Lee - whose voice I emulate the best - check details on "Dates" page)
This transition to being a gigging artist has not been easy, especially with someone like me who always doubts herself and wonders whether she deserves a chance to follow her dreams. I am just so blessed to have a supportive husband, an encouraging singing teacher and wonderful friends and family who try to support me in any way they can - which makes my journey all the more achievable. My goal for 2023 is to perform 100 paid gigs (I've just had a look at my planner and I have 58 booked so far, (incl the ones I've already done) and although the goal may seem unattainable, I am still determined to give it all that I have.
Thankyou for your support, whether it is coming to my gigs, listening to my music or even simply reading this post. I will try to post more regularly, now that I have more time to work on my art, otherwise you can always follow my posts on Facebook and Insta (I haven't worked out Tik Tok yet).
Love and music