... about the music industry in in the beginning, and back then the Internet was just starting, so access to resources, marketing and people was limited. I didn’t know how to get a record deal and I thought that was the only way to go, at first. I spent too much time hoping SOMEONE ELSE had the answers, and I just felt creatively frustrated, intimidated and uneducated in the business.
I actually had a big wake up call. When I was in a dead-end record deal, in a dead-end relationship, and a dead-end lifestyle, I suddenly got sick and was rushed to the hospital for major surgery which ended up non-life-threatening, but it made me WAKE UP. Luckily I was only 30 years old, so I was relatively young, and time in front of me. Though at the time I felt old! I ended up deciding to stop waiting around for someone else to make it happen for me
, and get on with doing it myself. No longer trying to get a record deal, or make the one I had work, or try for some high end manager or some “they, them, other” type person to bring me success - I just started my own business.
My OWN record company. I went DIY (one of the first, and in fact I’m the first coined “INDIE” artist (short for independent) before it was known or even fashionable. I successfully released my first album worldwide on the internet to thousands of fans and at that time the Internet was just burgeoning. Yes, I was indeed one of the first artists to use the Internet as a marketing vehicle for my music. You can read more of my story actually in one of the earlier chapters of my book, Just Get Out There.
And NOW, a decade and a half later, I am so thrilled that thousands of artists have enjoyed not only my music (7 albums, worldwide tours, and many many songs in film and television), but also my coaching, workshops and products
all around the world. I get to talk at music conferences, I run my own Workshops, Courses (in person and online), have sold thousands of my books that EMPOWER artists to BECOME the successful artist entrepreneurs
they strive to be,… and I have one-on-one artist clients who are thriving working with me, as much as I thrive to coach them.
***** Everything that has brought me here today, I want to show YOU how I did it, and how you can do it