A dream come true

5 February 2009

bmrAbout eight years ago, when I was still fresh out of college and a new face in Denver, I was out at a club called The Wave when Thea Austin [Snap!, ‘Rhythm is a Dancer’, ‘I’m Addicted (You’re The Worst Thing For Me)’] showed up and sang her hits to a packed and appreciative crowd. I was star struck! I couldn’t get over the fact that she was in the same room as us and that she was only a few feet away! I was screaming “We love you!” and singing along when she started pulling a few people up on stage to dance with her… and I was one of the lucky ones. She even passed the mic around every now and then so people could sing a line from her songs and after I got my turn, she said “ooh, that sounded good” and I’ll never forget that.

Fast forward to PrideFest 2004, I was at a club called Serengeti when the featured performer came on and I didn’t recognize her at first until she started singing her hit song, ‘You Set Me Free’, which is a favourite of mine! It was so cool that she was there and I was star struck again. I had written about 5 songs by that point and I made 50 demo CDs to give out that weekend. I was lucky enough to see her the next day walking around and pulled up the courage to say hi to her and give her a CD. She was so sweet about it and wrote me a letter of thanks, which I proudly posted on my fridge for 2 years [and I still have that letter].

Those moments were truly inspiring and I was so grateful for the sliver of attention that I got from them – it meant the world to me.

So with the release of DJ Bill Bennett’s Big Muscle of the Rhythm, I can’t express how exciting it is to have my song ‘Tonight I Dream’ on there, along with Thea Austin, Abigail, Suzanne Palmer, Inaya Day, Sean Ensign, and more. Bill Bennett fine-tuned everything on that album, including special interlude tracks and some powerful transitions that bring the songs together to create the full experience. I love how he transitioned out of ‘Tonight I Dream’ to merge into the next track, giving the lyrics a new twist. It is one of the few albums that I repeatedly listen to from start to finish [all of the songs are so catchy!] and I listen to it often during my workouts. It’s an amazing album, and it’s a dream come true to be a part of it.

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