Dance Moms Dancer

One of the coolest things about having a song on a show that's so popular with a young fanbase is learning what else that fanbase is into. Yesterday I not only learned that someone had made a nightcore remix of my song, I also (frankly) learned what nightcore is! Originally created in Norway, nightcore is a regular recording sped up and often accompanied by manga or anime. It's a deliberately electronic/manipulated sound which is ironic since I swore I'd only work on acoustic music this week. Whoops! ;)

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I'm proud to say my song "Take Me Home" was used on Say Yes To The Dress Atlanta... when she said yes to the dress!

Picking out the right wedding dress often comes down to trusting your instincts and in a way, this song did too. I wrote "Take Me Home" after an inspiring but overwhelming trip to LA where I was fortunate enough to meet with several people in the industry about my music. (Having someone say a few kind words about your work while overlooking the Hollywood Hills is not exactly a low point in your life!) I came back full of ideas, suggestions and more options than I could sort through. Ultimately, I decided to strip this song down to its basics and take a risk with an unplugged pop ballad.

Looks like I got it right! ;)

I’m happy to announce I’m (finally) playing another hometown gig this week! I’ll be performing at Outpost 168 in Cambridge, MA this Sunday (8/21). I’ll be busting out some oldies but goodies with some excellent local ladies that rock, including my recent collaborator Lydia Marsala Primate (of Br1ght Pr1mate) and Leah Driscoll (Billboard Charting singer/songwriter of the hit dance single “If This Is Love”).

It’s an early show starting at 6:30 and advance tickets can be purchased at

Outpost is a super intimate venue so advance tickets are suggested since it could sell out easily!

I'll be a guest on WEMF's "Sterlingtology" radio show tomorrow afternoon between 11 AM- 1PM. We'll be discussing local music, rock & roll influences, what we've been up to and I'll probably get the chance to plug my new song.

If you'd like an early sneak peak of my newest song, called "Shame" (co-written with Lydia Marsala Primate of the renown chiptune music duo Bright Primate) check it out here:

P.S. After much deliberation I've decided to give bandcamp another try. There is so much speculation about iTunes ceasing downloads that I wanted to give my fans and kind supporters another way to download music. But you bet I'll be making sure all the monetary transactions are done just right!

Because consent is the sexiest thing of all, I'm dropping a new song for #InternationalWomensDay: "“True love with no demands/Freedom and no commands/Safe with you every night/Only love no need to fight”.

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I’m back from a week in NYC at the CMJ music business conference with lots of stories to share with you and any “music people” in your life. Aside from girls’ drinks overlooking the Empire State Building, pizza at Grimaldi’s and an afternoon trip to take a few shots of Lady Liberty, there was still plenty of time to hit the pavement.

I learned so much I made my first vlog. It’s a three part series about CMJ as well as how to rock any creative event, even if you have to fake it till you make it. (Trust me, I know a LOT about that!) I even made a few predictions about where the music industry is headed. Bet you a NY pie that I’m right (at least some of the time!)

To watch me discuss streaming, online music profiles, fanbases and do’s and don’ts check out

Again, I’ve never vlogged before, so let me know your thoughts!

Every artist wants to make a difference. If someone doesn’t want that, they aren’t really an artist. They’re some weird larger than life combination of hairspray, slick moves and knowing just the right people. A strong breeze could blow them over because they don’t really stand for anything. Somewhere in the middle of rehearsals, driving to gigs, booking contracts and constantly doing far more logistical work than we ever envisioned, it is very easy to feel like anything but an artist.

That’s why it’s extra special when something you created seems to have a personal impact on the people affected by it. Royalty checks and re-bookings are nice, but this is what you live for. I’ve been blessed with such a special moment I would like to share with you.

My song “Ghost Town” was used on an episode of last season’s Dance Moms on Lifetime. It aired for 2 million people in the US (about 1.999 million more than my gigs are usually for, so let’s just say it was pretty awesome!) Fan videos, downloads and streaming royalties have followed, but what I’m most excited about paid exactly 31 cents:

My first sale in South Africa.

Why the heck does this matter when it doesn’t even round up to a buck? Because I somehow managed to get a relatively political song onto a mainstream TV show that was later re-broadcast in a country once known for apartheid. The dance routine set to the song was called “They Don’t Want My Kind Around” and portrayed a fallen angel of sorts that society had devalued. And someone in another part of the world was moved by it. I will always be thankful to the show for helping me be part of an artistic moment that will hopefully empower underdogs well… everywhere!

 You can watch Lifetime’s clip here:

Or check out this moving fan video of a home dance clip from the US:

And remember: when you dream… dream BIG.

One year ago I “Pulled A Beyoncé” and dropped Red Line Blues as a surprise.  To thank everyone for their support, here's a new tune called "My Own Way".  I suggest playing it loud.  ;)

The idea for "My Own Way" came to me in a very unlikely place: my high school's cafeteria.  (What, that doesn't suggest eau de glamour to you?!)  I had bravely returned to good ol' Boston Latin to volunteer as a mentor to current students interested in the arts.  While the day was super rewarding, it forced me to remember some teenage memories that the only good thing about was that they were old!  I've got at least as many embarrassing stories as anyone, but speaking with teens who were both attracted to and nervous about a career in the arts made me all the more certain about going for what you want in life.  Some of my peers back in the day probably thought I was crazy or that I'd just end up becoming a degenerate in addition to a weirdo, yet here I am. 

Best wishes to all new grads and the Class of 2016!

If you know them, you love them.  Make Way For Ducklings are a fictional bird family that inspired the title of Robert McCloskey's classic children's book.  The ducklings and their Mama shut down the city of Boston with their stubbornness, proving they can walk- or waddle- anywhere they want.  (Now THOSE are some city peeps!)  The bronze statues are a top attraction in the Public Gardens, and tourists and locals visit year round.  Occasionally, they are anonymously decorated with santa caps, red sox shirts or other fun treats.  It's an adorable mystery!  Lately they've been fully glamorized with spring bonnets.  Cuz why the heck not?!

Well, I must take after their stubbornness cuz I'm still making music (ba-DUM-tsh!)  No, seriously folks, I still am making new music and would love to share it with you.  I've got a new song called "Take Me Home" that you can listen to at

I learned a lot during my winter week in LA and tried to incorporate some of the feedback I received into this tune.  It's more laid back and acoustic with the vocals up front.  Maybe I'm on to something, or maybe I've got Bird Brain.  Let me know what you think!  Again, cuz why the heck not?!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all my party people.  May your craic be mighty and your shoes stay dry when it rains.  (Cuz if it didn’t rain so much, Ireland wouldn’t be green.  D’oh!)

I hope everyone is having a lovely time, or at least can sneak in some fun once the work day ends.  I’m working on a new acoustic indie tune I hope to share with you soon but had to take a break to hit the famous (and infamous) South Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade.  From Storm Troopers to Step Dancers and a whole lot of green, we had it all!  It rained on our parade but we kept on dancing to welcome our newest guests, Boston Pride and OUTVETS.  With that controversy settled the Mayor and other VIPs were able to rejoin the march, leading to epic high fives and green beads everywhere… until we got three more inches of snow and broke the all-time winter record, so then there was white everywhere AGAIN.

All that dancing and crazy weather required some hearty food so I would love to share my authentic Irish beef stew recipe with you.  It’s somehow been “reposted” on the Guinness website.  How funny… I swear I didn’t see it there first!  ;)

Ireland has always been an inspiration to me.  In 2007 I stayed alone in Dublin and ventured into the North to see the Giant’s Causeway.  I didn’t fully understand what it would be like to hit the two separate countries in under 12 hours and was surprised when my cell phone lost signal the second I crossed the border.  I had to convert my Euros to Pounds only to change them back again later that day.  Also the (ahem) uniquely Irish sense of time kicked in when my tour that was supposed to end at six PM did… still in Northern Ireland, meaning I had another several hours of no phone and sparse correct currency required to get back to Dublin around midnight.  (Sorry if I put some new grey hairs on anyone’s head that night!) 

It was a crazy adventure and I anticipated I would be too exhausted to do anything the next morning but amazingly, I woke up with the entire song “Just Rain” in my head.  I fumbled for a pen while all my instruments and recording gear were on the other side of the world but I captured enough that I could record the song the following year, only to watch it truly make an impact over six years later

Ireland is a magical land and I work in a crazy business.  Thank you for sharing the rollercoaster ride with me!

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