Well 2010 has been kissed goodbye and I couldn’t be happier! I had one of the best and worst years of my entire life and here is the short long version!
|Jessy & Jaclyn|
I started off the year with big plans to record my album, get a band together and focus the year on music. I entered a songwriting contest that Tony suggested I enter. I was like meh…ok but really it did that help to boost my confidence, create a little JR hype and also allowed me to met some amazing people because of it. I met the lovely Miss Jessy Ashfield who has since become a very close friend and a member in my band so that was better than winning the contest so I think that was one of those “everything happens for a reason” experiences! I finished in the top 6 though out of like 35 or so contestants. I also entered a little contest to win and chance to play at the Lilith Fair tour in Montreal and ended up doing really well for most of the contest. I was in the top 10 most of the contest and held #1 for 2 weeks! I mean the show of support was amazing and made me realize just how many people cared about me and my music and it still warms my heart.
Summer started off with a bang we played some really wonderful shows like River Jam, Canada Day etc. and we had so much fun as a band, it was one of the most amazing summers of my life but then my lief turned completely upside-down mid July….I went though a separation with my husband that caused a lot of emotional and financial stress that I pretty much put on hold to deal with at the time. July we started recording my album at Outreach Productions and oh what an incredible feeling. We laid down the bed tracks and just knew that they felt right except in the middle of this huge project, I had to replace my guitar player. It really worked out for me though because I ended up asking my friend, the fantastic Jonnie Price as a guest on my album and it sounds really great! August I went back to work full time I also started seeing someone later on in the summer that was an old flame if you will that I had written a song about that will be on my album…how crazy is that! We hadn’t seen each other in 10 years so it was poetic, how fitting for a songwriter eh. Haha. Since my life changed so much I found that music really ended up taking a backseat for a while and it was strange. When music isn’t at the forefront of my life…I get squirrely so I had to snap back into it fast and I had some good friends that helped me with that and you know who you are!
|My Band <3|
Tony Patterson, Camil Villamizar, Jessy Ashfield, Me, Jeff DiPaolo!