It was almost exactly three years ago that I recorded my debut album Awake Again, which much to my delight and surprise reached #15 on the Folk DJ chart in January 2017. Last week I was back in the studio with FJ Ventre and Jon Shain, the same dynamic duo that recorded and produced that first album. This new project features nine original songs, some written just after that first release, and some very recent. I can hardly express the joy I felt in the studio, and immediately following — I was on quite an emotional high! A lot has happened in the last three years, and all those experiences added up to more comfortable and confident recording sessions. I’m very fortunate to have several talented friends and my dear sister contributing to this album — Barry Gray, Leah Kaufman, and Laurelyn Dossett lent their beautiful voices, and my sister added her expressive and lovely violin. I wish I had more photos to share — I was so engrossed in what was happening in the studio I completely forgot to take them! A few more talented instrumentalists (including FJ on bass) will add their touches before we head into the mixing phase.
If all goes according to plan, the album will be released in early spring. Here’s a peek at one of the songs on the album, “Midnight Prayer,” with Jon Shain on the cuatro. Thanks to Kevin Keister for the video!