In the summer of 1996 I embarked on my first full CD, Intimate State of Mind.
I had been in the studio before to record demos, radio, animation and commercials.
But this was a different venture and one that some might say came later in my career as a singer.
I hired a wonderful rhythm section. Mark Ferguson played piano, trombone and was the musical director. Justin Haynes was on guitar, Jordan O’Connor on bass, Nick Fraser on drums and a handful of talented guest musicians who all contributed to a very musical and professional recording effort.
It was released on Valentine’s Day, 1997 and in the summer of that same year I moved, with my husband and two children to Trinidad.
One might ask what I was thinking, having released a CD only months before this, but the opportunity was too much to pass over. Besides, it had been a plan that both my husband and I held in the back of our minds for some time.
While I was in Trinidad, my CD was given away as gifts and sold as part of many charity drives, both within the diplomatic and local communities. It was a wonderful way to share what I truly believed was a very personal part of my creative growth. Subsequently, it is now in the living rooms of people from Ottawa, to London, Netherlands, Buenos Aires and more.
All this without the use of any social media.
Now, I am about to return to the studio. And I can honestly and unabashedly say that this will be a recording of my own personal reflection on the songs that have influenced me not only as a singer, but as the woman I am today.
I am fortunate to have as my rhythm section some of my favourite and without doubt some of Canada’s finest musicians. Mark Ferguson will once again play piano and trombone and act as musical director. John Geggie, Rob Graves on percussion and Margaret Tobolowska on cello.
Also, I have chosen to use the same wonderful recording engineer as before, Charles Fairfield of nCode.
The universe has opened its arms to me and I am walking in for a big hug.