Dear Indie Girl,
I want to clarify some thoughts from my last letter.
Although I described the catalyst for this revelation in my life as that one bar in Ann Arbor, on that one night when my dad came to watch me play… the sum of my frustration with playing at bars, clubs, and venues like these does not stem from this one event. It had been building up over a period of time, and continued to build up after that conversation with my dad on the drive home. And the post was really talking about all of these events as a whole experience, not this one gig in Ann Arbor.
So, I’m going to share a bit more of myself and my background to maybe shed some light and make my intentions for such a strong declaration more transparent.
Many of you already know that I started writing and singing professionally in a duet with my sister, Aubree, when I was about 15 years old. We wrote Christian music, played for local churches and had a manager. If you don’t know, a concert at a church is a VERY different experience than a gig at a bar/club. One is an Event, the other is more or less background music. I fell in love with performing while playing regularly for church audiences who were attentive, and interactive. We didn’t have social media to fuel our interaction with fans, it was all live shows, and some of those fans have followed my career through various changing seasons, and continued their gracious support.
The letter I posted earlier this week, was really me expressing some birthing pains, if you will, for the next phase in my career. I’ve been feeling the tug on my heart to get back to my roots. After College, I felt the need to prove that I wasn’t just another CCM artist who fell into Christian music because it was expected or because it was all I knew. I wanted to explore my options and find other kinds of venues and audiences to perform for. And I did. And it made me a better writer, a better performer, and I think a more well rounded musician and person. It also, just about, burned me out. It’s time to go home.
The venues we’re lining up for the coming months are mostly churches, listening rooms, colleges and conferences around Michigan. I’ve also joined forces with Be Loud Promotions recently, a grass roots Christian PR/booking company based out of Muskegon and we’re in the process of booking a “Ladies Night Out” tour featuring myself and Katy Kinard for churches near Tennessee and then a follow up tour around the Midwest. I’m really excited about the changes we’re making and I feel more and more confident that it fits our music best!
I want to be clear that this move is not about naming some venues as bad, and others as good, but it’s about me trying to figure out where my audience is. For the past few years I’ve played just about wherever I was invited to sing, with few exceptions, mostly because I didn’t have a clear understanding of who my audience was and where to find them. This is about finding those places where my fans already are and building my career there. I want to say thank you to everyone who has supported my music through the years and has followed the Rising Tide wherever we go, even if you can’t be there in person, your support is always appreciated!
Love to you all,