I’m Going To Disneyland!!
Well, close enough. I cannot tell you how excited I am that we finally get to release this EP. Here’s a quick “Behind the Music” for ya…We began playing “A Whole New World” from the movie “Aladdin” last summer at festivals. It quickly became the crowd favorite and one of the more memorable moments of our show. Our fans kept telling us to record our version and we finally found time to make it happen.
Our guitar player Nick (nickbaumhardt.com) is a producer/engineer in Nashville and he brought his recording gear out on the road. We tracked and recorded everything ourselves, had it mixed by Ainslie Grosser and mastered by Dan Shike. We chose our four favorite Disney songs from our favorite movies and made them our own. :)
We didn’t know what to call the EP and weren’t sure if we could pull it off, so we started out calling it the Sweet Secret EP (for no particular reason.) Then we affectionately referred to it as the “Disney EP” (creative) for simplicity reasons. Unfortunately, copyright did not allow us to use that title so we give you the “A Whole New World” EP. We chose this name because this song was the original inspiration for the whole project.
We are releasing it to iTunes on July 26, 2011 and will have special copies w artwork to sell at our shows. I hope you love it as much as we do and I hope it takes you back to a happy place in your life. Enjoy!
Why We’re NOT at Your Festival
One of my favorite things about being in a band is playing summer festivals. Festival season is great not only because of the huge crowds and crazy fans, but each show is like a mini family reunion for the bands. Most of us have many friends in different bands that we don’t get to see throughout the year, so it’s a party for the bands as well as the fans.
In our first couple years, we played every festival that would have us, regardless of money or routing. We were young, in a van, making zero money, but it didn’t matter because we were living the dream. Growing up in Arizona, we didn’t have huge Christian music festivals to go to and had no idea how amazing they were until we started playing them.
The past couple years have been a bit different. With the economy being down, fewer people can afford to go to festivals, promoters make less money, and as a result have less money to pay artists. This is nobody’s fault, it’s just a product of a down economy. Promoters still have to bring in headliners to get people/sponsors to come to their fest, but this is where most of the budget is spent. They simply don’t have enough money to get the amount of artists they want.
Because of our overhead (personnel, travel, etc) we can’t play certain festivals. Some offers would not even cover the four of us to fly in or pay for gas. While we would love to play each and every festival, we cannot afford to at this time. We have to be invited by promoters to play and some have told us they can’t afford to have us this year. It’s unfortunate, but we understand. If we missed you this year, hopefully we will see you next year if not sooner. :)
So here’s me, 2 years old with a present that I’m hoping was wrapped by a cousin or friend because it’s pretty sad and not a care in the world. Life has certainly changed over the years, but I wouldn’t trade out some of the birthdays I’ve had for anything. Tomorrow is my birthday, so I was just thinking of some of the memorable June 9ths I’ve had.
My job is give and take. I’m able to travel and see the world, but I am also forced to spend many days (and birthdays) away from my family. A few years ago, I performed what was and still is the largest show in our band’s history at EO Youthday in The Netherlands on my birthday. That was quite an amazing and nerve-wracking present. 36,000 crazy Dutch people singing me happy birthday is a memory I will never forget.
Last year on my birthday I was sitting on the banks of the Zambezi River in Zambia, Africa recapping the last 10 days of a trip that changed me forever. I got to see poverty like I’d never seen it and at the same time, hope like I’d never seen it. It was another unforgettable birthday.
This year, I have a “hometown” show here in Phoenix the day after my birthday so things will be a little more low-key. I do get to be with my family, so that makes this one of the best birthdays ever as far as I’m concerned. :)
140 Characters is not enough
I have Facebook friends and I have Twitter friends and Stellar Kart fans on both sites, but sometimes it’s impossible to give details without blowing up twitter feeds or multiple posts. I’ve had a blog on and off in the past and I have no expectations of this being any more consistent, but it seems to be the easiest way to share content with the universe. So here goes.. :) Enjoy.