New Year, New…..Everything!

Heeeeyy!!! Happy New Year ya’ll!!! I’m very excited about this year. Why? You may ask. Well, I’m doing some stuff I haven’t done before and I’m anxious to see how it plays out. On both the Southern Soul and Beach side, I’ve got stuff planned. Let’s jump right in shall we?

First, let’s talk about the beach side. I’ve FINALLY managed to create a promo video for the band. It was quite difficult to get everyone to agree on a date to film. And when everyone finally agreed to a date, the guy who was supposed to film it was out of town. My trumpet player also decided to quit me. That was a huge bummer. It came as a complete surprise and hurt my feelings a bit. I couldn’t let any of that stop me though.

If you know me, you know I will find a way to get something that I want. I decided to film it myself. I went down to Trade It and bought myself a camera and a tripod. I had been studying other bands videos so I kinda knew what I wanted to see and hear.  I set that bad boy up and filmed it! I bought some decent video editing software and used it to edit the video. Although the video quality could have been better, it sounds amazing because my guys are AWESOME and the editing is pretty good. Here it is.

I felt the need to film it because (and here comes the new ideas part) I wanted to submit the video to East Coast Entertainment. I want to work consistently this year and they are the agency that can do that for me. I got the name of one of the agents from Lamar Brace, leader of Diverse Groove Band and upcoming southern soul artist. His band is booked through East Coast. He’s on J. Red’s Soul Mop label and J. Red and I have that song together…If you missed it, here ya go!

I called the guy up and told him that I was referred by Lamar. He seemed happy about that. I told him about the video and that I had submitted an application on line. He said he would intercept that and get back to me. He gave me his email address to send the video to him and I did. A week went by and I hadn’t heard anything so I emailed him again. He told me that he forwarded it to his colleague in Raleigh because they are much closer to me. He also wanted details about my next gig so he could send that to the guy as well.

He wouldn’t give me a contact name. He just told me the guy in Raleigh would contact me. I haven’t heard anything yet. BUT I have a sneaking suspicion that an agent will be at my next gig…. I really hope so. I don’t have another gig for a good while. Made some bad business decisions last year that lead to it but that’s water under the bridge or over the dam or whatever. I don’t live back there. I live here, in the present. Oh, here is the flyer for the show.

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If this doesn’t work out, there is a plan B. Although the loss of my horn player hurt me personally, it may have been advantageous from a business perspective. How? Well, last year I thought about maybe taking the band to play on a cruise ship. The booking agency didn’t want us because in my previous videos we had one too many members. There were seven of us and the max they wanted was six. Well, in the video I just finished there are six. I’m doing another application for that too. I would really LOVE for my backyard to be somewhere tropical for about 4 months out of the year. I’ve mentioned it to the guys and it seems like they would be willing to go! Either way, we’re working this year!!!

Now, for the Southern Soul side…I’ve decided to flood the market with my music. I plan to release quite a bit of music this year. I already have quite a few of them already written. I’m excited about these too! They are good if I do say so myself. I’m hoping that they do so well that the demand for me also grows on this side. I wanna tell you more about my first release. BUT it’s gotta be a surprise. I’ll release it in February and I think it’s gonna do well. I had plans to do another album and I will. But I think I’m just gonna release a boat load of singles until I have enough to put them on an album. That releases me from the pressure of a deadline to have it done.

Crazy thing is I never know what my music is doing. I just got a message from a guy on YouTube the other day about my song “Can’t Stop Me”. He said it plays every Saturday in Columbia South Carolina on 103.1 FM! I have always liked this song but it didn’t seem to go over as well with the public as some of the other tunes on the album. This is one of the songs that I’m gonna do over and release it again but it’s nice that they like it down there!

I do have plans to release some Beach Music tunes as well. I just don’t have a huge network of beach music DJs like I do with Southern Soul. I have to work on that. I REALLY love both sides of it. It’s like two sides of the same coin. I wouldn’t trade one for the other. The beach side brings a bit of nostalgia for me. It’s how I grew up in music. Going out and playing in a band on weekends for an entire evening and watching the people dance and have a good time. That’s home for me.

Southern Soul is also near and dear to me because it brings back memories of my grandfather’s juke joint. That was the only place where you could hear these songs. Somehow they were only on that juke box! The songs didn’t play on the radio but somehow they were popular anyway.

Oh and speaking of nostalgia…. I can hardly believe this myself but the manager and sax player from the band I was in as a kid, Electric Image, will be playing on my next gig! That’s right. James Parker himself will be on stage with me in MY band. It’s funny how things come around. He was soooo hard on me back then. But I see the value in it now and I’m exceedingly grateful to him for it. I wouldn’t be here now if not for him. I’m excited to be on stage with him again.

Well, that’s about it folks. Again, thank you for reading my rants and if you have friends that you think might enjoy them, tell ‘em to subscribe. This year, I’m also going to post more…  It’s kind of like a journal for me. I think I need to do it. It helps to clear my mind. Lord knows I need that! As always, keep listening.

Lakefest and Other Stuff

Hello, hello…. Let’s jump right, in shall we? I haven’t been doing any shows for the last couple of months. The last thing I did was Lakefest in Clarksville, VA. That was July.

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Obviously, it’s now September. Since I wasn’t so busy, I decided to take a small respite to work on recording and wouldn’t you know…My equipment broke down! 

I think I may almost have it up and running again so hopefully, I can get something else out soon. Again, it will be updated versions of my old stuff that never got heard like it should have. Anyway, I’ll let you know some of what’s going on.

Will you really?

I have always been a person to give everyone a chance. Even though it rarely ever pans out for me, I keep doing it. If you tell me that you will do something, I take it on your word that you will. 

BUT 95% of the time, when someone says they will do something, they don’t. I just wish I had a dime for every time promises were made to me and broken in this music thing. I’d be a millionaire many times over. I’m not too frustrated though.

I’ve learned to not have expectations. That way, if they do nothing, nothing changes. But if they actually DO what they said, it’s a wonderful surprise. 

Live and learn

What I’ve learned is that I gotta rely on myself. I can’t have anyone to handle my business except me. I can’t rely on help from any one. I’ve lost so much this year by letting go of my control. I’m taking that back.

Doing all of it myself was stressful but at least I always knew what was happening. I can’t say that now. I’ll just have to learn to manage my stress better. I’m ready.  I was causing most of my own stress anyway. I have learned to stop doing this.

This isn’t where I want to be. It doesn’t feel right. Hopefully, everything and everyone I left behind will still be there when I’m ready, which will be very soon.

New plans

I have also learned some new business strategies and marketing ideas that I will be implementing soon! I’m excited about the possibilities. I still won’t quit even though it would be very easy to do it. BUT I could NEVER forgive myself if I did. I’ve come too far.

That’s all for now. I don’t want to say too much just yet until everything is in motion. Stay tuned…

 

Eb & Flow…

Hello everyone! I’m just realizing that I haven’t done this since January. I hope you haven’t completely lost interest but whoever is still hanging in here with me, thank you. There’s just been so much happening and so many changes that I would have probably been posting every week if I told you everything. I don’t even know where to start right now.

Well, I guess I’ll start here. I have over 100 Southern Soul DJ contacts now. Of course I don’t know all these people but I got them in sort of a sneaky way. On Facebook, a popular Southern Soul rapper called Joe Nice made a post about him dropping a new song. And he told DJs to give him their e-mail addresses if they wanted it. The e-mail addresses started pouring in to that post and I took every one of them and added them to my contacts! Shhhhh…. Hell, once they put it out there on FB, it was public information, right? It has come in handy because my music gets out there soooo much quicker now. for example, when I released “Ride” I sent it out and it started charting immediately. What is “Ride”? Glad you asked. Here ya go. Miss Mini featuring Black Zack “Ride”

So, I got an idea from my new “found” contact list. My first album has some REALLY good songs on it but since I only had about 5-6 DJ contacts back then, not many people have heard them. Now that I have so many contacts, I’ll be sending that stuff out again. I gotta re-engineer them first because the production was not so good at the time. I was an amateur then. I know a bit more now so it won’t take long to make them sound really good. I’ll also be writing new stuff and sending that out too. My plan is to flood the market with Miss Mini until those who don’t know finally have to say “Who is that?” Once they ask that, I’ve got ’em! Oh, I just realized you may not have heard my first project. Here is a link to it. This will give you snippets but you can go to YouTube and hear a lot of them in their entirety.  Miss Mini “Can’t Stop Me”

Now on to the business stuff….There has been soooo much turnover in my band in the last few months. I had to end up taking the meet the band page down because I just didn’t know who was gonna leave and who was gonna come.  I think I’m just gonna leave it down and keep marketing with the logo because Pressure Point can honestly be anyone. The one constant though is ME! My picture can always be used because I will always be there. It’s really been so hard for me to handle this part that I honestly thought about giving up this whole thing. I wanted to scrap the band and go sing on a cruise ship. Then, the vodka wore off and came back to my senses! smiley-face-flower-clipart-free-clipart-images But really, I’ve wanted to give up handling the business side of things for a while now. I know I need a manager because my heart is too soft to handle business. I undercharge for shows and I am reluctant to remove musicians even when they are hurting the group. Luckily, I think I may have run into someone who fits the bill. He is now my bass player and has experience with this type of thing. He has traveled all over doing music and wants to do it again and take me with him. Hey, I’m all for that! I haven’t signed anything but it’s looking like I will have decent management very soon.

One thing remains the same, as rocky as it’s been, I STILL REFUSE TO USE DAMN TRACKS!!!! I just won’t do it. Live music is where it’s at for me, now and always. I understand this may slow me down in the Southern Soul game but I’m still gonna do it my way. I just gotta make ’em want me enough to pay for not only me but the band too. Of course, on the beach side, I’m set! Live bands are the norm. Dipping my toes into both pools is interesting though. On Southern Soul gigs, you get MAYBE 45 minutes on a show and you’re done. You get your $$ and you go home. On Beach gigs, you perform for 3-4 hours. You are the entertainment for the evening. I grew up doing this so it doesn’t bother me but the thing is… THE MONEY IS THE SAME!!! Strange but true… and ALL I’ve got on the schedule right now is Beach gigs…. This should change with my market flooding strategy. Anyway, I’ve got some work to do so I better get to it. Thanks and keep listening!

 

New Year, New Music!

Hey people! I have a new song. It’s not Miss Mini and Pressure Point though. This one is a southern soul song I was working on before there was a Pressure Point! It’s called “Ride” and it features Black Zack. Now, when I came up with the idea for the song, I knew it needed a verse of rap in it. I had no idea who would or could rap on a southern soul record so, I had to consult the experts. My good friend and DJ Dr. Nick, Southern Soul Rumpin’ 2pm to 4pm Saturdays on 89.3 FM Washington DC, ( shameless plug) recommended someone he hadn’t heard from in a while, an actual southern soul rapper named Black Zack. You could have convinced me that the Chupacabras exists before I would have believed in a southern soul rapper BUT there he was. So, I searched for him on Facebook and YouTube and I really liked what I heard.

I contacted him and he was willing to help me out. Now, when I tell you that verse is fire, I mean it’s 4 alarm inferno!

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His verse is actually my favorite part of the song. I sent it out to the Southern Soul Djs that I know, which actually aren’t too many. If you happen to know some, share it with them! But first, I guess I need to share it with you!  Here ya go! Miss Mini feat. Black Zack “Ride”

It’s only on SoundCloud right now. I haven’t put it anywhere else online yet. I only put it there because I had to have a link to share with you guys. It’s an exclusive! I am working on a new song now though that straddles the fence between Southern Soul and Beach Music.  This one will be Miss Mini and Pressure Point. I’m gonna have to figure out just how this album is gonna go. Do I split it with half Miss Mini and half MMPP or do I just do two separate albums??? Decisions, decisions,

Gig updates… MMPP will be at Central Park Tavern 704 Rigsbee Ave. in Durham NC on January, 27th.  Show starts @9pm. The other stuff is private so there’s no need to mention it. On the beach front, MMPP has landed a gig at Lakefest in Clarksville VA this year. This is up in lake country by Kerr Lake and Lake Gaston. I have been wanting to break into that market for a while because it is closer to where I live than Myrtle Beach. I love NMB but going there every week would probably not work for everyone in the band! That’s July 20th and the show starts @ 7:00!

I also got a text from Jim Quick this morning saying he was working on booking us for some festivals. That should be exciting. Stay tuned for that! Anyway, I gotta go get ready. I’m expecting some pretty exciting company today. The one who inspired me to go out on my own and do this thing is coming to visit me. I haven’t seen him in about seven months. I’ve missed him terribly. Today will be a good day! Thanks everyone.

Beach and Blues

I’m just now seeing that I have not done a blog post since September. I’m hanging my head in shame. I’m really only doing it now because I borrowed a speaker from James Parker, manager of the band I started out with waaaay back, and he told me that he actually reads these! So, I figure he can’t be the only one. I thank him and you for taking time out to read my posts. I would promise that I will do better but…..

Anyway, I’ve made a couple of staff changes since I last posted. I have a new keyboard player who is absolutely amazing. His name is Brian Pitt and he was actually playing for another local band, who shall remain nameless, when we met. I think I caused a pretty nasty split with him and that band BUT it worked out to my advantage because he’s now mine full-time! Everybody say hi to Brian…
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I also lucked up and got his buddy Brandon Farmer who is one of the best drummers I have ever come across. This is his first secular experience playing music. He has only played in the church before he joined us. So I’m scratching my head like they do this in church? Everybody say hi to Brandon….
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If you want to meet the rest of the band, here ya go Pressure Point

Now, the way that we all came together is so strange and magical that if I still believed in coincidence, I wouldn’t anymore. There is definitely some universal workings going on here. This has been shown to me again with a recent situation that happened which resulted in us getting two big gigs this weekend. Grab a drink and let me tell you this story!

I saw a flyer months ago about a Beach Music and Blues show featuring  Pat Cooley, Theodis Ealey, Jim Quick and Coastline and Clarence Carter. I immediately said to myself “I would love to be on that show.” I made a small attempt to see if I could squeeze in there but when it failed, I wasn’t too phased because I wasn’t even sure if my band and I were ready to share a stage with Clarence Carter. My only interest in the show was Jim Quick and Coastline. He told me a little while ago that he would like to put us in the studio but he wanted to hear us play first. Now, if you know anything about Jim Quick you know he stays on the road. Seeing us live would be next to impossible with the schedule that he has. I figured if I could get on a ticket with him, that problem would be solved. But, we couldn’t get on the show so I let it go.

Fast forward to the week before that show. I get a call early Saturday morning from DJ Heavy, who is hosting that show and he says “You ain’t gon believe this.” Now, you know a story is good when they start off like that. I’m not going to type the whole conversation verbatim but here’s the gist of it. Turns out that Clarence Carter refused to do the show if Pat Cooley was also on the ticket. Apparently there was some situation that went down between the two of them a long time ago and he is still sore about how it turned out. Being that Clarence Carter is the headliner, they couldn’t allow him to just back out. So…..Bingo, Bango, Pat Cooley is out and I’M IN!!! Now, if that’s not divine intervention, I don’t know what is. I now have the perfect band for the job, Jim gets to see us perform and I get to share a stage with the legendary Clarence Carter….It doesn’t get much better than this folks. Oh, and as an added bonus, there is also a show in Yanceyville the following day that I picked up too. Here are the flyers.

I’ve been trying not to let myself get too carried away because I may strip naked and run down the street from sheer happiness but I do understand what this means for me. It appears that I am actually getting what I asked for. I wanted my band and I to get so busy that we no longer needed regular jobs to make ends meet. This could very well be the start of that. All of the sacrifices are starting to pay off. Grateful doesn’t even begin to describe what I’m feeling right now. Next year is gonna be a BEAST!!!

With that, I bid you farewell until my lazy behind decides to do another post! MMPPCP

 

S.O.S Fall Migration

Well I decided to head down to North Myrtle Beach for a couple of days to enjoy the S.O.S. activities and see some old friends.  My trips to NMB are always go, go, go….. I get exhausted every time because there is so much to do and I don’t want to miss anything! I spent most of my time hanging with Jim Quick and Coastline. I did three guest spots with them; Deckerz, Fat Harold’s and The Shoe Center. Here’s a little sample from The Shoe Center. Thanks for recording this Mandee Thompson! It was just too darned hot to wear my hat!

I want to send a BIG thank you to Jim Quick, Glen Tippet, Hugh Blanton, Camron Dudley, Casey Meyer and Albert Rogers. I had an absolute ball with you guys. Congratulations on 25 years of being Coastline! At each performance, I made sure to let everyone know that Miss Mini and Pressure Point will be performing at Deckerz on November 18th! I saw people putting the date in their phones so they wouldn’t forget!

I also met my new Agent. (That really makes it sound like I’m somebody!) His name is Matt Carswell and he is an agent for Grand Strand Entertainment. I look forward to a long and successful relationship with him.

I also ran into Shelby Jean Gibson and her husband. We laughed and talked and me and the guys will probably be going to perform at Shelby Jean’s in Carolina Beach soon. Overall, the trip went very well. Every time I go, I never want to leave. I’m pretty sure that one day, I just wont!

Oh, we have a new logo! My very smart and talented trumpet player, Drew Walton, and I put our heads together and came up with this!

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I will be getting new cards and everything printed up with this on it! You’ll be seeing this on t-shirts, hats, pens, etc…

Well, I’m just kinda sitting in front of the computer screen now with nothing else to share so I guess, I’ll wrap it up! Thanks for taking the time to read this and keep listening!

Dog With A Bone

Hello all! I know it’s been a very long time since I’ve made a blog post but I’m feeling like I need to vent a little today so here ya go! I’ve been thinking that I have  been much too passive in my efforts to get myself out there in this music thing. In typical woman fashion, I have chosen to tread lightly and be nice instead of asking for what I want directly. This has to stop. It has gotten me nowhere. Now, I’m not saying that I will all of a sudden become a pit bull but maybe a bit of German Shepherd won’t hurt!

That being said, at least now I’m in a position where I finally have the band that I have always dreamed of. These guys are talented beyond measure and everybody actually gets along great. That’s hard to do sometimes especially when there is eight of you. They are dedicated and really believe in Miss Mini and Pressure Point. In case you haven’t read about them already, click here to read all about them.  So, I’m set up just like I need to be to start getting some serious work done.

I do have a bit of good news though. I ran into Jim Quick a few times in the last couple of weeks and we had some very productive conversations. Turns out that he is looking to take it a little easier on his voice and introduce some more diverse styles to his audience. That being said, he wants a band to start opening for them next year. Guess who he wants that to be???? MISS MINI AND PRESSURE POINT!!! He also played a song for me that he would like me to record. I will get on that ASAP. I know he is an extremely busy man so if I can’t get into his studio quick enough, I may just do it on my own and send it to him.

Well, I’ve got a gig tomorrow, Saturday September 2nd 2017 at Raging Bull Harley Davidson.
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I’m really looking forward to that. New places, new faces, new opportunities. I have to thank John Wilson of Big Time Party Band for this one. I really appreciate it when he gives me gigs that they can’t make it to! Keep it up John!

Well, there’s not much else to report so I’m just gonna leave it here. Thank you for taking time to read this and keep listening!