Last week was a lot to take in! I wanted to blog while things were actually taking place so that you could feel the energy that I was feeling…but I was just exhausted!!
A fellow artist friend told me about this dope opportunity to be in the newly formed “Triangle Voices” choir singing backgrounds at DPAC (Durham Performing Arts Center) for the sneak preview of the Broadway play “The Lion King” last Monday. It was wonderful…such an enriching experience! Not only did I get to meet a couple of cool artists in the area and artists that are actually on Broadway, but I also had the opportunity to see some of what goes on behind the scenes for such a huge production and see the staff work their magic. “The Lion King” is going to be a PHENOMENAL production so make sure you check it out when it is officially released in January 2011 at DPAC in Durham, NC.
Friday and Saturday, I participated in the MoSoul Poetry Festival. I am a closet poet…definitely not a spoken word artist. But it was nice to participate in an event like this. Not only did it push me out of my comfort zone, but I met some cool people AND I got to work with kids. That was my favorite part! The teens at Folk Community Center in Greensboro, NC are awesome! That was really the highlight of my week! I was teamed up with spoken word artist LB (Lyrically Blessed) and musician/spoken word artist/singer Lizh. The kids loved it! The entire group of us (9 total) hit up the library next cipher style…then had a very intriguing and jaw-dropping dinner/showcase at The Grub (wow) … and finally – Midnight Poetry. All of that was Friday. Saturday was the actual festival. It was H-O-T…not just because I was outside in the scorching sun but it lit a fire within my spirit! When I got home Saturday night, I passed out! I mean for real! I went to sleep as soon as my head hit my pillow.
After ALL of that, which does not include a meeting I had with the fabulous singer/songwriter/musician Alexi that Tuesday, I felt like I was bathed in musical notes. I still have this orgasmic looking glow! Woo! LOL
I am back in full force with a top-notch FULL band. Drums, percussions, keyboards, guitars, bass, trumpet…awwww yea…and these peeps are sizzling hot! They don’t play!! So make sure you check us out! I may have a few surprises up my sleeve … ha…watch out now!
I still have my date scheduled in Niles, OH. So if you are in the area, PLEASE make sure you come out and support a sista and hear about Derrick Oliver’s book, “Now What”. He’s also working on a new book but I’ll let you hear about it from him. His book is eye-opening and definitely a must-read. What a gifted author!
My EP, Vocally Yours, will be released in August 2010!!
Yaaay! And my full-length LP, which is untitled, will be released in late Winter of 2011. Stay tuned…there is so much to come…
And again…thank you for your support…
…and don’t forget…always embrace your creative self no matter where life leads you. That part of you can take you out of the darkest of places and lead you straight to the light…
Peace and blessings….
~* jai Moi *~