What a painter….

I have something very special to share with you. NEW MUSIC! I’ve always written music for YOU – with the thought that when the songs resonate and become yours, my mission is accomplished. However, I realize that my mission is never over. I recently wrote a song that I believe was meant for ME. Words I needed to hear, a melody that spoke to me from within…

Sometimes it takes a while to craft a song, and find just the right word and musical riff. Sometimes, songs are written through me, like this one. “My Favorite Artist” poured out in less than 5 minutes. I didn’t change a thing. In that spirit, it was recorded in one take. To keep it personal, it was recorded in my home by my husband, Chip, with some musical help by one of my best friends, Paul Trudeau. Produced by the three of us, I am beyond grateful for this song and experience. Huge thanks to my label mate, the amazing Rusty Young (POCO) for playing pedal steel that elevates the song and makes it even more special.

I hope you enjoy it and take it to heart. Please share it if you do!

 

G-d’s my favorite artist
‘Cause She’s got so much damn soul
Can’t try to imitate Her
I would never, ever be that bold

But I know She gave something
From the well within me it pours
I’d give all away for nothing
So come get what you came for

Come get what you came for

I talk a real good story
But I don’t know what the hell I talk about
I’m just shooting from hip of glory
Making art is making love that knows no bounds
Yeah making art – is making love

Come get what you came for
Come get what you came for
Just take it – take it all – I can make more
Come get what you came for

Don’t know where I’ll be tomorrow
Chances are, I’ll be gone
But I’m here now – with you – for a reason
And you’re leaning in for something like a song

So come get what you came for
Come get what you came for
Just take it – baby I can make more
Come get what you came for

G-d’s my favorite artist
G-d’s my favorite

Come get what you came for
Come get what you came for
Come on …..

Copyright 2018 Cindy Alexander/ JamCat Publishing

Inspiration

I have a new musical baby…

“Nowhere to Hide” is a stripped down, acoustic record. It was the first time that no one told me how to play, or how to sing. I was only told to stop thinking so much and just “do it.” And almost every time I wanted to fix something, I was told “No.”

The idea of this record originated from Kirk Pasich, founder and President of Blue Élan Records. He wanted to capture the raw, emotional connection of my acoustic performances that he’d been watching on stage for many years. The focus was to be on 1. me as an artist and 2. the songs, and not on production. Nowhere to Hide became a concept – the record was recorded live in single takes, where we played together in the same room. The only instruments involved were voices, a grand piano, acoustic guitars and dobro. Kirk set the stage, and allowed the musicians to do what we do best in an environment without restraints. Kirk was seeking the beauty of imperfection, not a slick production. Without a click track, the songs ebb and flow with emotion and honesty, and the push and pull of heartstrings.

There was a lot of love in the room. Everyone involved in this record is a friend, and is special to me. The relationships span the entirety of my career – from my first writing partner/band mate Paul Trudeau to my latest writing partner/producer Colin Devlin. To mix my past and present together in one room was a rare opportunity. Paul and Colin cover most of the tracks instrumentally and vocally, and we sprinkled the collection with appearances by my first producer, mentor and writing partner, Dave Darling, label mate superstar Janiva Magness, my touring sidekick and duo partner Ali Handal, my long time band mate Tina Trevino, my Blue Élan sister Scout Durwood, Randy Ray Mitchell – who I met when I first came on the scene and has played in my band over the years, Bernie Barlowe – who has graced some of my previous records with her gorgeous back up vocals, and a brand new musical collaborator, pianist Tyler Cash.

The songs were curated by Kirk in order to cover the span of my career. You’ll hear some of old favorites from my catalogue, a few new tunes, and two covers which were suggested by fans on Facebook!

I recorded “Nowhere to Hide” summer 2017 at Clear Lake Audio and Fever Studios, with owner/engineer Eric Milos at the helm. I met Eric when I recorded Deep Waters at his studio and felt so strongly about his work ethic and talent, that I insisted he be involved. For the final sonic touches, we turned to Grammy nominated mastering engineer Emily Lazar.

“Nowhere to Hide” will be released worldwide on January 5, 2018! However, pre-orders start Tuesday September 19th and come with immediate delivery of FOUR tracks – 1 from the record, and 3 bonus tracks unavailable anywhere else. Everyone who pre-orders will receive their goodies just before Christmas.

Can’t wait to share this very special record with you…. I’ll be handing you my heart.

I had to start packing for the next tour a few weeks ago because as you’ve probably seen on Facebook, school started this week and it takes every minute of the day to keep up with my kids. My 7 year old twin daughters started 2nd grade, and the biggest challenge so far has been: What to Wear. (And I thought that was MY issue!) Jette’s dressing in what I can only describe as Jazz Fusion Fashion and Perry’s look is Dinosaur Hip Hop. The first week is shaping up to be a great one – the kids love their teachers, we finished all the homework a day early and no one has lice. 😉

I leave Saturday to meet up with my Blue Élan Records label mate, Keith Harkin. Keith is well known for being part of the Irish band “Celtic Thunder,” but he has traded in the kilt for good ol’ blue jeans, singing his original material on the new record “Mercy Street.” I’ll be joining him in Indianapolis 8/21, Knoxville 8/23 and San Clemente 9/14.

In between dates with Keith, I have a lot more shows and home invasions (house concerts) so please check my tour schedule! I’m still booking home invasions throughout the year so don’t be shy – email or message me on Facebook! And be sure to watch my adventures from the road via the videos I post at facebook.com/cindyalexander.music.

Before you go, please check out my new video for “Heaven’s Wall”  by clicking here. It was directed by my super talented friend, Nicholas McCarthy (known for the horror film “The Pact”), with beautiful camera work by Boyd Hobbs. Produced by Stephanie Paris. The entire crew was phenomenal: Jessica Mahnke (Prod. Designer), Paul Losada (Playback/Sound), Andrew Shankweiler (Gaffer), Nick Perry (Key Grip), Alex Dumas (Swing), Preston Phillips (First AC), Camille Calvin (Wardrobe), Ashley Rudder for MAC (Makeup), Bree Moffet (Hair), Jacob Rachinski (Art Asst.), and Matteo Saradini (Post/VFX). Special thanks to Kim Ferry for consulting and Mary Ann Brown (Energetic Jewelry) for the gorgeous custom headpiece.

Here’s a little behind the scenes piece of trivia. If you wonder what Jette (my angel/ the heart that walks outside my body) is whispering in my ear…it’s “Love Factory”  I know what the video means to me – but I’m curious as to what it means to you!! Please “like” on YouTube and leave a comment if you are so inclined.  Thanks for the support XOC