New Album Release 'Wild One' and the 'Blue Heart On Your Sleeve Tour' - Helping Raise Mental Health Awareness Through Music

Hello lovely people,

I have just finished recording my new album 'Wild One' and I would really like to tell you more about what my plans are for it's release. I am really excited about it for a few reasons...

Cover Art by Claire Taylor

First off, that it actually happened! ha ha. You just never know from album to album if the songs are going to be there or if you'll be able to capture them right, or if the timing will be right, or if there will be any funds to move forward. 

I feel so grateful to have received some Canada Council for the Arts funding to help make this come together, and in June 2014 I made the long drive from Salt Lake City Utah back to my home town of Toronto Canada to record 11 songs that will make up my 2nd album Wild One!

It was my first time ever recording an album in my old home town...Better yet, I got to record at 6 Nassau Studios in Kensington Market, which is the neighbourhood my family first emigrated to in the 50's from Madeira Island Portugal. 

Kensington Market - Corner of Augusta and Baldwin st.

It was pretty sweet to walk around while on breaks from the studio, in a neighbourhood full of stories I have heard my whole life growing up grocery shopping there with my grandmother Fernanda.

It meant a lot to me and I felt as though I was coming full circle as this album touches on some very personal things that have affected my life.

When I first started writing these songs almost two years ago, I decided that I would like to somehow use this release to help raise mental health awareness. There are songs on this album that make reference to and are for some beautiful people in my life that struggle with mental illness and for some beautiful people we have lost along the way. 

All of these songs are very personal to me. About people I have loved and lost, about learning to trust my true voice, about learning to find my wild again and about my own struggle coming to terms with depression and trying to find my peace with it. 

With everything that has gone on so far this year, and with the loss of two beautiful people from two different communties that I love, it feels more poignant than ever that we need to try and help open communication more. To break down the barriers and social stigmas of mental illness and learn how to take care of each other and ourselves. I don’t have a huge platform, but I know that on any level we can affect those around us positively and this is my hope…

So, I will be touring my new album “Wild One” with my “Blue Heart On Your Sleeve” Tour, which is named after a song I wrote for my grandmother. I will be talking about this from stage when introducing the song on this tour and selling Blue Heart patches for $5 a piece that you can sew or iron onto anything you wish. 100% of proceeds from the blue hearts will be donated to mental health organizations in the countries we tour it in!

The album is set to be released March 2015 and so far the tour will be taking us to the UK, various EU countries, the US and Canada! I will also be donating partial proceeds from the tour itself towards the cause.

It has been great researching the organizations that I want to be involved with and getting to see all the resources and amazing things that people are doing!

I will be posting more about this tour, the organizations we will be donating to and ways you can contribute online, on my website and social media in the new year…

For now, I have launched a Kickstarter Crowdfunding Campaign to help properly publicize 'Wild One' and the 'Blue Heart On Your Sleeve Tour', in the various regions we will be touring it in.

When pledging to the Kickstarter Campaign, you can receive various rewards, signed pre-sale copies and downloads of the new album! I have also posted a video I made of photos I took while on tour around the world over the past 9 years. It gives a sneak peak of who was involved on the record, and it debuts two songs from the new album!

You can check out the link here....WILD ONE KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN

Thank you so much for your ongoing support.

Much love to you and yours.






Thunderbird now available at CDBABY!

I made my first EP! Autumn 2013

Set up some mics and things while home alone and recorded some old songs... And I pulled out my rusty pencils and drew a bird.

You can listen to it and buy here at CDBABY.COM



LIVE Broadcast from our Salt Lake City Home! Dec. 29th, 2013! 1pm EST

I am super excited to announce that we are playing a show at our house in Salt Lake City, Utah that everyone can tune into!!! Please come and join us during this holiday season, for some songs and fun! It will be myself and the lovely and talented local wonders, Julia Chandler and Ja Speed. It will be Sunday the 29th, at 1pm MST (show is 30min)! The reason we are holding an afternoon show, is so that our friends, family and fans in over the pond can join in too! It is LIVE, there will be no recording you can later check out, so please make sure you are with us 1pm sharp! That's 8pm in the UK and 9pm Western EU. You can pay what you want and tip too. You can also type in and talk to us during the show (oh and there are prizes)! We are going to decorate ourselves and the house! Can wait to have you all over!! Click on this link for tickets and more details. 


UK/EU Tour with Brandy Zdan and Cara Luft!!!

This tour has been of to an incredible start! We have been laughing lots and having a great time putting our songs together. It feels so good to sing three part harmonies with such incredible singers!!!

I just wanted to let you know what towns we are coming to on this tour...Please check out my "SHOWS" page under "SOLO" for the all the venue and show details!


October  2013
9 - Farnham UK
11 - Lewes UK
12 - Manningtree Essex UK
13 - Birmingham UK
14 - Cropredy, Oxfordshire UK
15 - London UK
16 - Hempstead Essex UK
17 - Leeds UK
19 - Bathgate Scotland
20 - Oswestry UK
21 - FERRY to Ireland
22 - Belfast Ireland
23 - Dublin Ireland
24 - Clonmel Ireland
25 - FERRY to UK
26 - Fly to Amst.
27 - Edam-Volendam  NL
28 - Eindoven NL
29 - Heerlen NL
31 - TBC

November 2013
1 - Amen NL
2 - Koepelkerk NL
3 - Norderstedt (Hamburg) DE
4 - Bremen DE
5 - Den Bosch NL
7 - Leiden NL
8 - Eeklo BE
9 - Lage Vuursche NL
10 - Aachen DE
11 - Home



New EP "Thunderbird" Coming October 9th!!!

Hello Gentlefolk,

This October I am releasing an EP called "Thunderbird". It is my first ever EP! I decided that I wanted to pull out some old songs that I had never done anything with. Sometimes it's hard to find a place for songs, or they are just not meant for others, or sometimes they are just there to be written and left behind. It doesn't always seem clear but some of these songs I didn't want to forget about, I wanted to find a place for them. So I spent a week in our music room pulling up old files and looking through my back catalog...So much fun to do after all these years. To see where your heart and mind have wandered...

I did the recording myself at home here in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was a wonderful experience. Figuring out and playing all the parts myself. Learning how to use music software. Geeking out and really diving into my own head. There were many times I know I went too far and had to go away and come back and start over. It is crazy where your head can go when it feels like there is no limit or when it's completely limited by your own insecurities. For me this feels like the beginning. I know I have been writing in bands now for 9years and playing in them for 12, but I feel like I am just starting out. At the very beginning. I mean maybe I will always be looking for my true voice and that is the beauty of it. The process and where we go, not so much where we end up.

It was also a really fun project for me because I pulled out my pencils and drew the cover. Something that was huge for me when I was a kid but for many reasons had put down my pencils a long time ago. Something I am slowly getting back into. I drew the sketches in my "How to build and play the Gutbucket Bass" book and am also drawing for some of my upcoming books!

I will have this EP for sale with me on my upcoming tour in the UK/EU starting October 9th. At that time they will also be available on CDbaby.com! Stayed tuned for details about the over seas tour coming soon.

Much love and light!


p.s. Here is a listen to the title track "Thunderbird"...

CliCK heRE To LIsten tO ThunDERbirD!