NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest!

20 Jan

Hey All! I just entered NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest! I also launched a new YouTube page. Be a pal and subscribe??

I submitted a song called “Stranger.” You can check it out here.



First Show of the Year!

11 Jan

Thanks to everyone for coming out to Caffe Frascati for the first show of the year! I had a blast sharing the stage with my friend, Lindsey. Looking forward to more shows in the future.

Be sure to join the mailing list to keep up to date with all the news.



Thanks again for all your support!

New Projects for 2015!

4 Jan

Hi All,

I hope everyone had a great holiday season and New Years! I can’t believe it is 2015. Woah! This year I’ll be embarking on some new projects. I’m really excited about them. One of them includes a brand new website. It isn’t quite ready to launch just yet, so I’ll still be posting via this site. A new Youtube channel is also in the works, so keep your eyes peeled for that one.

Thanks again for all of your support! Here’s to an awesome 2015!

Merry Belated Christmas and Happy Soon To Be New Year!

28 Dec

Hey Everyone,

I just wanted to update you all on what I’ve been doing as of late. I’ve got some new shows planned for 2015 that I am really excited about. I also be recording some new demos starting in February that I am pretty excited about. More on that part later.

I am also going to be working on a new adventure…still a music adventure but something that combines my love for acoustic stripped down versions of songs and my desire to explore my local music scene.

Those are just some of my goals for 2015! I hope you have an awesome New Year and expect a new Shout Out next week :)

To Spotify Or Not?? Is Taylor Swift Crazy Or Are Music Listeners?

17 Nov

I’m sure by now many of you have heard that for one Taylor Swift took her entire catalog off of Spotify and that two, Dave Grohl doesn’t give a f***! It seems like this is such a heated battle between music listeners, labels and artists. Here’s my two cents.

This past week I listened to one of my favorite podcasts: “Music Biz Weekly,” hosted by Mike Brandvold and Brian Thompson. In this last episode, Mike and Brian discussed this Spotify debate and the fact that NO ONE is talking about the music. All of a sudden I said in my head, “Oh shit, they’re right!”  I haven’t heard too much about Taylor’s new album….music wise….or the Foo Fighters’ new album to be fair. I think week 1 of the release a few people did a review of Taylor’s album, but other than that, it’s been all about Spotify. Are streaming services the new “man” in the music industry?

As an independent musician and also a music lover, sometimes I am torn between the two lives that I head. The musician in me says, “No! We deserve to be paid for our hard work!! Steaming sucks and doesn’t pay nearly enough to artists.” The music lover me says, “Oh cool, I can listen to music for practically free with the annoyance of ads every once in a while. I can customize my playlists and share them with my friends. If I really like the band or artists, I’ll buy the album or see them in concert. Hell, I’ll probably do both.”

For example, I heard one of my new favorite bands, Lucius thanks to NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts. I still have the podcast on my ipod, so technically, I’m getting music for free….free podcasts….. The next day I downloaded Lucius’ album from Amazon but not before immediately checking to see if they were going to have a show near me anytime soon.

For me it’s not just about hearing a song and wanting that song on my ipod so that I can listen to it forever, but making the effort to go see that band live and buy a t-shirt or tote bag or poster. I want the full experience. As I’ve gotten older I have made that realization that now I would almost rather see a band live before I would buy their album. I’d rather spend more on a show than an album at first….is that weird? But hey, if I like the show, I’ll probably buy the album and a poster or t-shirt. So win-win?

I did the same thing with the band HAIM. I LOVE THEM! I think I first heard one of their singles on the radio photo(2)and couldn’t get it out of my head. So I listened to their entire album on Spotify and then immediately bought it off iTunes. I also bought the album on vinyl, went to one of their sold-out shows at the Filmore in San Francisco and bought a tote bag at the show. I also got a complementary poster to boot! I can’t wait for their next album and I’m already saving for another concert ticket and poster.

So in my opinion, musicians need to put on a great live show. Bring it back to the music. I know that their is a lot of noise out there…I’m also a part of that noise. What will separate those who are “successful” or not are their lives shows, their connections with the audience, their ability to tell a story. Unfortunately right now there is a lot of crap music out there but there is also a lot of great music out there too! Music listeners need to stop being lazy! Take advantage of those steaming services and the artists that they recommend, you might be surprised what you find and like. I would say that in college, I would have never listened to a band like Lucius…I was all about Sara Bareilles (I still am) and Classic Rock. I wasn’t sure that I could find a place for a band like them. But now I’m older and I love Lucius and HAIM, bands that use a fair about of technology along with a great live show, great stories, great playing and just having fun.

I am rambling but I hope I’ve made some point. It’s going to take all of us to turn the music business around. Great music can still be made! I would be sooo grateful if someone bought my album right now, but I’d be more grateful if they came to a show and THEN bought an album. It takes more time for someone to come to a show than it does to click a button on iTunes.

To listen to the Music Biz Weekly podcast click here.

To listen to Lucius, click here.

To listen to HAIM, click here.

That one time I opened up for Lena Dunham on her “Not That Kind of Girl” book tour!

28 Oct

HOLY JAMBALAYA! I’m still in a state of “What….???” By now most of you have heard that I had the wonderful opportunity to open up for Lena Dunham on her San Francisco book tour stop. It was fantastic! Everything from the theater’s decor and singing to meeting Lena, was just so amazing.

I can hardly describe the excitement I felt that night. Usually when I am about to perform I get really nervous…like palms sweating in anticipation of what the outcome might be. It is hard for me to get into the moment and just have fun. I am so worried about how the end of the song is going to be that I hardly take time to enjoy it as it is happening. For some reason, that night in San Francisco was completely different. I was PUMPED!!! I wasn’t nervous meeting Lena or singing in front of 1,600 plus audience members. I was just ready to go and super excited to sing an original tune!

Thankfully my brother recorded my performance and snapped some photos during the night and my awesome friend, Renee created this video for me so that I could share it with the rest of you.  Truthfully without family and friends like this, I wouldn’t be able to conquer my fears every time I get on stage.



PS: HUGE Shout Out to all of the awesome people who sent compliments my way via Twitter, Instagram and in person after the show. Thank you all!!

#ShoutOutFriday: Robin Binaoro – Friend, Photographer, Nature lover

10 Oct

This week’s #ShoutOut goes to my friend, Robin! Robin and I went to college together and I’ve been following his photography ever since. I even wrote a song in college called, “Leafy Puddles,” that was inspired by one of his photos. Like most of my friends in college, we all have a deep love for the outdoors and science. We were all biology majors :) It has always been great talking science and music with Robin. He has been a big supporter since college and I am truly thankful.

Here are a couple of my favorite shots:


Leafy Puddles


May Lake, Yosemite

I recruited Robin to take some of my most recent photos and it was a fun and unusually warm day in San Francisco. Thanks, Robin!!

bnw2To see more of Robin’s photography, click here.

Robin’s Instagram.

Thanks again, Robin! You are awesome :)

The Secret is Out: I’ll be the San Francisco Opening Act for Lena Dunham on her “Not That Kind of Girl”, book tour!

23 Sep

Yes, it is official! I can finally share this great news with everyone and I’m so freaking excited! On October 16th I’ll be opening up for the awesome Lena Dunham on her San Fransisco book tour stop! Lena’s book, “Not That Kind of Girl” comes out soon and I’m really excited to be a part of the tour!

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Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 8.25.08 AMI entered Lena’s search for Local Talent and blam, here we are today! Woo Hoo!

As part of this crazy cool celebration, I’ll be sending out an exclusive free download of my first song off of my new EP. Just sign up for my mailing list between now and October 16th and you’ll get a link in the next few months!

Join the Mailing List Here!

Thanks to everyone for all of their support! I’ll keep everyone posted via all of my social networks throughout the big day!

Performing at the screening of “Posh Corps”, in Los Angeles, September 27th.

19 Sep

Hey All!

If you’re in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 27th, I’ll be performing and participating in a Q&A session after the screening of “Posh Corps.”

Posh Corps is a documentary by my friend, Alan Toth. It explores the journeys of a few Peace Corps Volunteers in South Africa as they deal with the ups and downs of their service. The film also delves into the assumptions and stereotypes made by Peace Corps Volunteers in other countries and those back in the United States.

For more information on the screening please visit the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of LA page.

Tickets are $5 and will be sold at the door.

For more on Posh Corps, click here.

unnamedWhen: Saturday, September 27th 6-9pm

Where: Jaraguas

4493 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90004

*Please note the new time as indicated above and not on the poster to your left.

See you all in LA!

#ShoutOutFriday: Alan Toth – Director, Producer, Editor of “Posh Corps.”

30 Aug

Hello! I want to start throwing out some “shout outs” into the world. So this week, I’m sending one out to my friend, Alan Toth.

Alan is a Director, Producer, Editor and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. He created a documentary called, “Posh Corps” that follows a couple of Peace Corps Volunteers in South Africa as they deal with the array of ups and downs throughout their services.

I had the pleasure and honor of composing some music for the documentary and this weekend Alan is off to the Twain Heart Film Festival in Yosemite, CA to show off his skills. Yay, Alan!

 Check out the trailer below:

More information about the film, upcoming screenings and his new web series, can be found at


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