Slowly, but Surely

When I started this project, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. I was excited to jump into the creative process and to have the chance to work with new musicians, but realistically¬†speaking I was very naive. In fact, my original plan was to release a new video every month. At this point in time that’s a laughable thought. I didn’t take into account the time I spend working my multiple jobs, visiting family, and occasionally taking time to fly out and play with an old friend alongside David Crowder. Not to mention, my renewed battle against winter hibernation. All this being said, I couldn’t be happier about completing this project with Kenya Hall. It has been a real joy to work with Kenya, along with the rest of the artists involved.

I first met Kenya about four years ago, before I moved to Portland. I was visiting here, and saw one of her performances at the Big Easy. She is a very moving performer, and has the voice of a true soul musician. I’ve always been jealous of her talent, and I’m thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with her. I would definitely recommend catching one of her shows. You can find her performing on a regular basis in the greater Portland area.

Frank Hopkins can often be found on stage next to Kenya playing keys. He’s wonderful person, and most people in the music community in Portland would call him a good friend. He graciously helped me out during this session and played keys on the track. Frank also keeps himself busy as a producer and plays with his own project, Line of Force. Soul music emanates from this man from the music he makes to the way he lives his life.

The rest of the string players are once again members from the Amarantos Quartet. These musicians are such a breeze to work with. I always admire their professional and flawless approach to every session I’ve played with them. They are truly a gem in the music community.

For the second time, I collaborated with Dylan Verner on this video. And again, he took my breath away with the end result. I always appreciate the depth of his artistic vision. For this video, he was able to take the rough sketch of my idea, and turn it into a beautiful and kinetic scene full of streaming light and warm sentiment.

This video was shot in a beautiful home on the West End of Portland. I need to thank the Jones/Woltersdorf Family for having impeccable taste in decorating a home, and to Kevin Oates for allowing us to invade his personal space and use this gorgeous dining room as our setting.

Last, but not least I need to thank the men who recorded, mixed, and mastered this track. Adam Jackson, who is still the sweetest boyfriend and an incredible engineer and producer. And Jim Begley, whose expertise and careful ear turned this song into a finished product. We worked out of The Studio Portland, managed by Tim Tierney. This creation wouldn’t have been possible without their help, and I am forever grateful for the support.

Beginning of Bowhunter

Welcome to Bowhunter. A creative outlet, where I bring together songwriters, musicians, and artists, to create live recordings and videos. As a cellist, I’ve loved having the opportunity to play with many different types of musicians, and seeing how strings can fit into different genres. For this project I’m taking the songwriter away from their band and putting them with a string ensemble. I’m writing the string arrangements, and with the help of many friends, making unique music videos for each song. So far, I’ve been fully supported by the artistic community around me. I truly hope this will be a positive and exciting experience for everyone involved.

The first artist I worked with is, Sara Hallie Richardson. She is a rising musician and songwriter, who lives in Portland, ME. Her voice is pure, lyrical, and demands your attention with every phrase. It has been very inspiring working with Sara on this project. Not only has her talent and true creative spirit motivated me to do my best, but her sweet encouragement has helped me through every step of this process.

The other musicians in this video are members of the Amarantos Quartet. Lauren Hastings and Meg McIntyre on violin and Bryan Brash on viola. Very accomplished musicians, and a true pleasure to work with. If you’d like to see the quartet perform, keep an eye on their facebook page and upcoming website.

Dylan Verner directed the video, and has been an amazing partner in this project. He is a talented photographer and videographer, and has been a dream come true. Every time we have sat down to work he has created an environment of calm creativity. An open space to discuss concepts and opinions. I can’t wait to produce another video with him. In the meantime you can check out his photography, and video.

A very important part of this production is the recording. And for this I need to thank my charming boyfriend, Adam Jackson, who recorded and mixed this session. And to Jim Begley, who mastered the track. They are true professionals, and I’m honored that they were willing to donate their time. This would not have happened without their help.

I also need to extend many thanks to Tim Tierney at The Studio Portland, Assistant Engineer James Curwood, One Longfellow Square for donating their space for the video shoot, Scott Mohler for running lights, and to Rachel Helm and Angela Mancini for giving us big hair and smoky eyes.