Back to Life… Back to Reality

MAN!!! It’s been two years since I wrote a post! All that’s happened is just really astounding. Not with my music career or anything… That shit is pretty much back to square one. With COVID-19 just barely loosening it’s grip I’m just now able to start doing gigs again. I have also realized that I need to record some new music. Good thing is, I’ve got possibilities coming from all over the place so I’m looking forward to getting work!

I actually had a 9-5 job for the last couple years. I gave that shit up last month. Regular jobs are just not something I’m cut out for. Luckily, with the stimulus money I am OK financially for a bit. I also still do some freelancing to make ends meet. I just can’t commit 40 hours of my week to a job when there is so much more I need to do now. I’ve made a promise to myself to finish another CD before 2022. It is now May 23 and I have recorded not one new song.

Anyway, lets talk about my next gig. It’s in Emporia VA with Big G, Hardway Connection and J. Red. Here’s the flyer.

Needless to say, it’s been hell trying to get the band back in shape. BUT everyone seems enthused to get back out there. I still don’t like having to manage this side of it. I haven’t been able to find a good manager yet so here I am. And since I’ve had a couple of bad experiences, I’m a bit of a control freak now so I don’t even know if I can have a manager. Scratch that, I can but they have to be a good one. If this show goes like I think it will, it should open up more gigs.

At least I can still use East Coast Entertainment as my booking agent. I’m still on the website so yeah…. They probably won’t be calling me for any gigs but that’s a whole other LONG story. No worries though. I’m going to focus on recording so if I don’t get that many gigs right now it’s cool. I’m not going to put the cart before the horse this time and try to get gigs without any music out there. I have to let the music drive the gigs.

I’m also going to call in a few favors. I’ve been told by so many in the business that they would do this and that for me. I know that’s just what happens. People make all kinds of promises to you and do NONE of what they said. I will be reminding some of them what they promised and do my best to collect. It may not result in anything but if it does, that would be great.

I just looked around on Facebook today for how the ticket sales for the show are going and it’s insane! I was only going to take 50 CDs to sell but it looks like I need more. I’ll be pressing those this weekend. I used Discmakers for the first 50 but I don’t have the cash for a re-print from them so I’m gonna do it myself. OK, this has become just rambling now so I’m going to end it. I hope to see you out on the road. Be sure to come find me and say hello if we run into each other!

Published by Miss Mini

Catrese Green (West) a.k.a "Miss Mini" was born in Rocky Mount, NC and grew up in the small town of Sharpsburg, 5 miles further south. She got her pseudonym from her grandmother who nicknamed her “Minnesota Fats” because she was a chubby baby. The nickname was shortened to Mini and has stuck with her over the years. Mini began singing with her father, in a Top 40 band called “Electric Image” in 1990. The band traveled throughout the southern United States performing for many different types of audiences. With the band she was exposed to and performed music from the R&B, Country, Blues, Jazz Southern Soul and Beach genres. She has covered songs by Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Shania Twain, Alicia Keyes, The Supremes and various Southern Soul music and Beach music artists. After traveling with the band for more than 15 years, Mini longed to step out of her father’s shadow. She left the band and put her music on hold while she explored other career paths. In 2009, she began to reevaluate her life. This reflection led her back to her first love, music. She now has her own band that performs her original music as well as cover tunes. She has been touring throughout Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Her new album entitled “Can’t Stop Me” was released in December of 2015. The hit song “Ole School Style” as well as other singles from the album, are receiving national airplay on Beach and Southern Soul music stations. Currently, “Ole School Style” is #23 on Soul Dog’s Smokin’ Top 45 Southern Soul Hits countdown. She has performed at the Annual Blues Festival at Carter’s Lounge in Warrenton NC alongside greats such as Roy C. and Maurice Wynn. She has also done countless club engagements, the most recent being at Deckerz Bar and Grill in North Myrtle Beach, which has won the award for best show club at the Carolina Beach Music Awards for 2014 and 2015. Upcoming performances include the Raleigh Seafood Festival, the Pittsboro Roadhouse and many others. Find her on bio, pictures, video and more at www.reverbnation.com/missmini and on YouTube, just type Miss Mini in the search area. You can also email missminimusic@gmail.com or call (252) 452-1272 for bookings.

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