November 2015 Newsletter

Greetings my friends and I hope the fall season finds you in a place of gratitude, peace, and creative thinking!  I know I have so much to be thankful for in my life right now and I want to share a few of those things with you today.

Upcoming Show - UNDER THE COVERS LIVE!                               

This coming Saturday, November 14th, I will be presenting a very special concert at Vox Academy.  I will be performing all 16 songs from my latest album, "Under the Covers" in a 2 set format.  As many of you know, I have been studying voice at Vox for over 4 years.  Vox is a unique and special place serving the needs of Portland through healthy vocal exploration and instruction, as well as providing healing outreach to the community.  I am also a member of the Healing Voices Choir at Vox and we do several outreach performances throughout the city each year.  Vox is a 501(c) non-profit organization.  As part of giving back to Vox for what has been such a blessing in my life for the last several years, all proceeds from this concert will go to support the continuing mission that Vox provides.  To learn more about the mission of Vox Academy, please visit their website at

I am so lucky to be joined in this special performance by Saffire Bouchelion, Conifer Linde, Charlie Kersch, Linda Jo Reinhard, Laura Stahman, and David Unitan.  We will be filming and recording this performance and have made arrangements for special lighting, and a fantastic "Black Box" viewing experience.  I am so looking forward to this event next week and I hope that all of my Portland friends will be able to join me!  Following are the event details:

When - Saturday November 14th, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Location - Vox Academy
Address - 5101 SE 17th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97202
Suggested Donation - $10 - $20 benefitting Vox Academy
Event Link -


Reverb Nation:

I am excited that since the release of "Under the Covers" I have been making nice traction on the Social Media/Indie Music site ReverbNation and as of this week I broke into the Top 20 (#13 as of today!) of local Portland Artists.  Check out my page and Fan Me!  :)  I will be honest in that I don't perform with rankings in mind and I do take this with a few grains of salt.  That being said, it is kind of fun to be gaining a little exposure and getting to connect with some new friends and great musicians in the Portland area and around the world!  You can view my ReverbNation page at



Recording Tech Nerd Out!:Zoom

For those of you that like to discuss and read about the technology behind recording audio, I wanted to share a little about our plan to record my upcoming show at Vox.  As you may know, video camera's do leave a little to be desired in terms of their ability to capture a good audio representation of a performance.  There are many factors that play into this such as ambient room noise and inability to isolate individual tracks.  For this performance, we plan to use two Zoom H4n hand-held recorders shown here.  One will be taking an audio feed directly from the mixing board, and one will be recording the ambient room experience from the back of the room.  The plan is to then dump these audio tracks (recorded at 44.1 kHz/24 bit resolution) directly in ProTools where I can combine these and do a little post processing to form the audio track for the video.  Hopefully we can capture some good audio performances from this method and even release some of these songs as Live Tracks and make them available for digital download!  Another method would be to run each individual track into ProTools on site and record each that way.  Based on our event budget and space constraints, we are going to try this method as preliminary testing seems to be yielding a good result.  One thing I learned here is that you need to attenuate the signal coming out of the mixer (a Peavey XR8300 in this case).  For anyone reading this with experience or advice on this live recording method, please reply to this e-mail as I would love to hear your feedback!  To learn more about these recorders, visit the Zoom website at

Thank you for reading this months newsletter and I hope to see many of you at the Under the Covers Live show next week.  Please lend your support by sharing the links below with your friends and family, and for those who celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you have a safe and positive experience!  Finally, if you need musical entertainment for your upcoming holiday party or event, please reply to this e-mail and I would be happy to learn about your needs.  I can provide a variety of original and cover material as well as many holiday favorites! 

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