She'd done all of this herself — the writing, the arranging, booking the studio sessions, paying her band, designing the cover, getting it printed. Finally, it was finished. And then she noticed it. Right there, in the liner notes of track two, "Heavy," she'd credited the wrong
"You get a thousand of them, you open them up, and you're like, 'Oh, shit,' "
She talked it over with Julia Peterson, the bass player in question, and Peterson understands. Mistakes happen when you're a
"How many plates can I juggle before one of them drops and crashes on the floor?" she jokes.
Small flubs aside, Spark is an achievement worthy of her pride.
It's easy to enjoy, whether you're an avid jazz enthusiast or simply a fan of good songwriting.
"As a society, we often shy away from looking at ourselves first," she says. "We're very quick to blame or shame someone else for something that's going wrong because it's easier. It creates a lot of difficult emotions; people become reactive... You have to forgive yourself for doing it and change the behavior. It's hard, but from my personal experience, it's way more rewarding. All of this music came out of that, and I
Spark is live too, which means the music you're hearing is the way it was recorded. The band came together in the studio and laid it down all at once. The process took "three takes of every song, 16 hours, and two days." There were a few minor repairs and additions in the form of complementary instrumentation and vocal dubs here and there, but the intro track "Walk Into the Rain" is 100 percent live, without any touchups.
"It was great to have someone that isn't in my core band," she says, "to have someone outside of those relationships to just see something with a fresh pair of eyes and ears. He was able to figure out what I wanted."
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The album drops Friday, August 21, on iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Spotify, and all traditional digital retailers.
"To have people say, 'Obviously, this is personal, but I relate to this,' that's awesome," she says. "That's what I was going for, but you never know when you put work out into the world."
It's not easy being a singer, songwriter, performer, "small-business owner," teaching assistant, doctoral student, bandleader, and private vocal instructor. She's got a lot on her spinning plates, but Spark is the personal space with which she can give life to her own voice, share her struggles, her lessons, and her victory, and, if she's lucky, inspire a bit of hope in others.
"I'm really excited to see what happens after it officially comes out," she says. "What's happened so far has been really awesome, so who knows?"