What an exciting time! The flurry of things to do when an album or recording is about to be released is formidable… and sometimes it’s difficult to guess when it will all get done. When I recorded Songs From The Heart with John Chiodini (our third recording project together), it further proved that when you’ve got a good thing going, it’s just silly to change it. The rhythmic interplay, melodic dances and pure improvisational bliss that we experience in the studio or on the stage together drive the point home that I have found my ideal collaborative artist. The title of the collection comes from a press kit testimonial John wrote for me several years ago in which he declared “Tish sings from the heart.” The first track, “Follow Me,” came out as a country love song. Songs are like children–they are who they are and you cannot make them into something they are not! Since I do not consider myself a country singer (although I do teach country singers), obtaining the authentic vocal sound we wanted required a great deal of effort in the studio as well as coaching by John (he has performed professionally with thousands of A-list artists in all genres, country stars included), and we both were quite happy with the outcome. He even “signed” it with a signature bluesy riff smack in the middle of it… a feature that makes us both smile each time we hear it.
The next track is a song I wrote a few years ago for a group of close friends. I sincerely hope they will get to hear it! Singing it brings me a sense of God’s presence and fills me with peace. I feel so privileged that God has given me songs this way–to comfort me first, and then to share that comfort with others…exactly as the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 1:4… “A Blessing” is a song I wrote for my brother’s wedding… it’s very personal to me, but it would be thrilling if others wanted to include it as a song at their own weddings. It is my hope that it will become a new “wedding standard”! 🙂
I will leave you with those “teasers” in hopes that your interest is piqued enough to purchase the EP in November when it is officially released! Look for it on CD Baby… Those wishing to pre-order their autographed copy (for only $10 including shipping!!) may send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to send it out as soon as they arrive off the presses! Thank you in advance for listening and, as always, for reading. Enjoy your autumntime!