Been A Long Time
When we are aligned with Spirit, doors open!

I’m excited to share that “Been A Long Time”, The Official Music Video is featured in The Huffington Post!

Journalist, Mike Ragogna, the “Music Biz Vet” is doing an exclusive premiere of the video in his column on The Huffington Post. I’m open to new possibilities and excited about how God will use my music and grateful for this opportunity to let my light shine to the world!

The reaction to the video has already been amazing! I’m hearing things like, “The emotions are overpowering; you feel it in the music and in your voice and in the scenes” and “It truly brought tears to my eyes and reminds me of family”. I am so inspired! I’m inspired by the love that comes full circle and directly from the heart.

My songs are a form of prayer and “Been A Long Time” is my prayer for you. I hope you experience the healing power of music and are reminded of what is really important in life — the people we love and how we can make a difference in the world.

Read the article and WATCH THE VIDEO!

 

Only 2 and 1/2 weeks until the “Been A Long Time” Release Party at El Cid in Los Angeles!

Join me on February 16th and be a part of this spectacular night! I can’t wait to see YOU and share the songs, stories and the inspiration behind them!

Release Party on El Cid’s Calendar

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I’d LOVE to hear from YOU, to hear your thoughts and feelings about the video! It means a lot to me, so don’t be shy!

Been A Long Time

I’m so happy to show you a preview of the “Been A Long Time” single cover, which will be released on February 16th! I just love it and it’s so fun revealing each part to you!

The photo shoot for “Been A Long Time” was last October on a unique property called, Casa Encantada, nestled in the coastal hills of Malibu. I found Casa Encantada through good friend Apryl Lundsten, who is getting married there this year. It was perfect location for my shoot because it has lots of rustic charm. My photographer Albane Navizet and make-up artist Sara Chameides hiked up and down the three acres of hillsides to find perfect spots to shoot. With lots laughter and fun we were able to capture the feeling and inspiration of the music in the photographs.

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The Release Party is less than one month away! Remember to SAVE THE DATE! February 16th at 7:30 p.m. at El Cid in Los Angeles. Everyday, with the planning of the night, pieces are falling effortlessly into place; I truly feel Spirit at work! The evening is going to be spectacular and I want you to be a part of it with me!

Watch the Trailer and please share it with friends!

 

Save the Date! February 16th

I’m so excited; the release of the video and single, “Been A Long Time” is finally on the horizon! We will celebrate with a premiere of the video on the big screen at El Cid in Los Angeles! Put this on your calendar now and start inviting friends! After the screening of the video, I’ll sing for you, backed up by an amazing band! I can’t wait for you to hear all the new songs and share the stories and inspiration behind them.

Here is story and inspiration behind “Been A Long Time”

Who is your anchor? Who is the person that connects you to family, to love and to the earth?

For me that person is my Grandpa Ray Rosander. Grandpa Ray was a simple man, a farmer, but he taught so much about life by his example. He had a friendly, easy-going way and a deep spiritual love of life. He wasn’t tied to material things. He was proud of his small domain and the ability to provide for his family.

I went through some tough years. I lost myself in an abusive marriage and was left filled with self-doubt and fear. Connecting with Grandpa’s memory has been healing. I’m reminded of what’s really important in life and that I am surrounded with love. Grandpa Ray was someone who could always be counted on to be himself and writing “Been a Long Time” allowed me to connect with my authentic self and remember who I am.

Producing the music video for “Been a Long Time” brought the song to life in an even more powerful way. We used old film clips of Grandpa Ray interwoven with current shots of my Dad as the farmer. The story, location and music came together effortlessly. I truly felt Spirit at work.

“Been a Long Time” is my prayer for listeners. I hope that you may experience the healing power of music and be reminded of what is really important in life.

Of who anchors you. Of the person that connects you to the earth, to family and to love.

Mom directs FBC choir

When I was a little girl; I loved to sing. I especially loved singing with my Mom and spending time with her. Mom shared with me the music in her heart and I took to it instantly. We had “music time” together, and she taught me songs, “On The Good Ship Lollipop” is one I remember, Shirley Temple being a favorite. I loved the feeling of singing, the physical sensation of my voice lifting and soaring up to the high notes. I also loved that singing allowed me to dream and fantasize and tell stories. I loved singing harmonies with Mom. She later told me this was unusual for such a little girl, to hear and sing those harmonies, but I was enamored with the sound and it came naturally. I remember in first grade, my teacher Mrs. Smith taught us patriotic songs like “America The Beautiful”. I wasn’t shy at all and let it rip, singing loudly above the other children and loving the feeling of letting my voice soar.

Going to church was a big part of my family’s life and I am so grateful for this part of my upbringing. My Mom was the choir director and had me singing solos at a very early age. I don’t remember the exact title of the song, but remember singing at a Sunday evening service, “Oh be careful little feet where you go…” and I wasn’t nervous at all, it was just fun! Singing at church was such an amazing experience and the songs came into every cell of my being. A deep knowing took place: a soul connection with music and God. I learned that singing could be a prayer and lift spirits, of those singing and those listening alike.

A few years ago I came across a picture of my Mom directing the choir at Elk Grove First Baptist Church. This is such a gem of a picture, capturing a precious moment in time. You can see, on each face, the enthusiasm with which they are singing; they are singing their hearts out. Some with heads thrown back, letting it rip, feeling their voices soar. Some of the singers in the picture, including Mommy, have gone on to heaven. I believe they are still singing in a heavenly choir; lifting spirits; soaring and singing their hearts out.

These days I sing at the Methodist church in the Pacific Palisades. One of my favorite and most fun things I get to do is sing harmonies with Joel Dalton. Here we are singing “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes”.

Do you remember when music first touched your heart? Have you ever experienced the feeling of soaring; your spirits lifted by song? Where else in life do you “let it rip” so you too can soar? Do you recognize friends and family in the picture of the FBC choir? I would love to hear your stories, your thoughts and experiences.

Foreman's Cottage

Did you ever notice that when we are in flow with the Spirit, things seem to fall into place quickly and easily, without much effort? What does it mean to be in flow with the Spirit? For me it means trusting and listening to that “still small voice” and having faith that God has my back. When I let go, it seems that the entire universe conspires to help me.

That’s exactly what happened in the planning of my music video. My dear friends, David and Ruby Sketchley, of Tiny Octopus Productions, were scouting locations just a few weeks before the shoot date. We’d been talking about two different songs and we were actually leaning toward another song when they went to a barn location in Winters, CA. They called me immediately to say the location was “jaw dropping beautiful” and perfect for my song “Been A Long Time” which was inspired by my Grandpa Ray. David and Ruby said the property was reminiscent of my Grandpa Ray’s farm, complete with barn, a Foreman’s Cottage, which was a little farmhouse with picket fence, a vegetable garden, a tractor, fig orchard and surrounding alfalfa fields.

To make the synchronicity complete, David and Ruby said that we needed someone to portray the farmer and mentioned using an actor. I said, “Well how about my Dad!” Who better to capture the emotion and power behind Grandpa Ray’s legacy than his son and best friend, my Daddy. So with just minimal arm-twisting he agreed to be in the video. Everything came full circle and fell into place so naturally and now in retrospect, it’s easy to see that “Been A Long Time” is the perfect choice for my video. The song shares my roots and the place in my heart where the songs come from. I’m so grateful to have experienced this with David, Ruby and my Dad, who were all part of God’s plan. That’s what can happen when we get in flow with Spirit!

I would love to hear what has happened for you when you get in flow with Spirit; please share your thoughts and experiences below!

Dreams DO come true! Little did we know when she began with me 11 years ago, the healing effects of music for Lexi would ripple out to thousands across the globe. This spring, my student Lexi sang “Traveling Mercy” at the Light Up The Blues Concert. The evening raised over $250,000 for children with autism. This is one of the reasons I do what I do. I am so so proud of her! Please see this article from Autism Speaks to read about the night’s success and to view pictures.

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Next, a view from backstage!  Watch the video of Lexi singing “Traveling Mercy”:

Want more?  Check out this article about the concert from Fender.com.

The Light Up The Blues Concert has been a catalyst for dreaming big for me as well. I have had an amazing summer recording new songs and production planning for an upcoming video shoot in a few weeks. I can’t wait to share it with you!

My voice student, Lexington Aaron, is going to be featured on Light Up The Blues Concert, April 13 at the Nokia Theater! She will be singing the gospel-blues song, “People Get Ready”, by Curtis Mayfield. I’ll be there supporting her on piano, along with the CSN band! We are over the moon!

We will be doing a piano-vocal duo; my original song “Traveling Mercy”!

Read the press release to find links to purchase tickets.