Skipping Stone EP on iTunes & Other Updates…

Brooklyn!

Nice to be back in the big city. My travels this last few months have been eventful to say the least. LA –> Miami to film a movie (yay for my visa!) –> than back to LA where I played Hotel Cafe and took some management meetings amongst other things. It’s been a ton of learning, everyday. Co-write contracts, Sync licensing, ISRC codes, distribution, apps, merchandise, online store, Sel#’s (still don’t know what that is..), enrolled a pr team! Rehearsals, music video, fulfillment companies, meeting amazingly talented musicians and digging into the Kickstarter backer reports! Finding innovative ways to spread the word on this EP from the ground up. I love having so much control.. although, I have moments of feeling more than a little frazZled. In the end, I want to make the right decisions and not act out of fear that I can’t do it myself…everything in good time! (Anything is possible). I am so lucky to have some really bright, brilliant friends to help with little things here and there… I so look forward to giving back..

Some of my merch arrived in LA at the Hotel show…I had some of it sent there for when I play the west coast. It was so cool holding the EP in my hands. So much heart went into this, it hurts! I’m getting my vinyl jackets created right now.. Here’s what I came home to in NY!

And it begins...

I’m playing Rockwood tomorrow night if you’re out and about.. it’s the official EP release show! Should be a good time..

Oh! Also! Check out this sweet new Alexz Johnson app by Mobile Roadie! —-> http://road.ie/alexz

Annnnd…. I just noticed that the Skipping Stone EP is available now on iTunes!!! Hard to get the timing perfect, but nonetheless, it’s out!!!

Step by step … :)

I hope this finds you well… I will be documenting and sharing my experiences through this Kickstarter campaign as best as I can. Shooting the music video for Walking this weekend — then tour talk!

Thank you for being on this journey with me… what a ride!

Alexz

Just some things, un-edited version. (There’s no foul language or anything). #titletoolong

I don’t know why I’ve had resignation in writing what I’m doing and working on here in LA… It may be because (I feel) it’s not the most interesting of times for others to read (for me, it is very interesting. Very much). I’ve spent the past 2 weeks taking management meetings / booking agent meetings / planting the starting seeds of my upcoming tour (feels good to say that!!!!!) / song-writing / co-writing for other artists / doing yoga / drinking wine w/friends, sometimes by myself / screen-testing for US networks (often reluctantly, so let’s hope that doesn’t pan out! Just kidding!) and gearing up to head to Miami on Tuesday to film the ever postponed movie I am scheduled to film (helped get my visa to tour in the US!).

This tour is really important to me and I feel responsibility to make it great. I know I can’t do it all by myself (although, I am learning a ton!) so I want to make sure the right team is in place to move forward. It’s funny how pieces fall into place – it’s never on our timeline. It also, in the end, never lets us down!

Please continue to pass along the Kickstarter campaign to friends!!! Looking at the logistics, it takes a lot to conquer the tour I plan in my head… but I’m confident what I see is going to HAPPEN! I can’t believe what we’ve raised since launching… I feel very blessed.. overwhelmed, but in a good way!

I’m doing a “Farewell Kickstarter Stage-it Show” on March 23rd from Miami (60 days is a long time…I had no idea. It’s time to say goodbye). I also have a show coming up at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC on April 24th. Dates will be posted on fb and my website. – I’m pretty thrilled about Rockwood by the way… you can’t read enthusiasm through blogs, I promise you.

I do in all humble servitude (I like how that sounds) hope this finds you well.

Yes, this is a photo of me in the bathroom. It was good day today. I wish it was more creative, but... I don't really.

Have a great weekend,
Alexz xo

Twitfessions. They kill me.

I asked if people would confess something over twitter..

I thought it was really cool hearing some of your deeper stuff..

@RyanLaFave @alexzjohnson My body has no limit when it comes to Jack Daniel’s. Is that healthy? No….But it sure is delicious. #Twitfession

@happylife21 @alexzjohnson #Twitfession I really do feel music can change the world.

@NancyDrewGal @alexzjohnson I’ve never been kissed. #lookingforprincecharming

@CallxMexCarter @alexzjohnson A Boy break my heart today. I’m so sad. #Twitfession.

@KaelynnMae @alexzjohnson I’m hoping to get a job at a day care, but I’m scared of babies, or more so accidentally hurting them #Twitfession

@Emily_Karnick @alexzjohnson #twitfession your song ‘Walking’ makes me sob

@amberjosiexo #twitfession i’ve always felt that almonds are the yummiest in the nut family…i think @alexzjohnson would agree. can i get an ‘AMEN!’

@RhiaLoves @alexzjohnson I’ve met a really great guy but I’m terrified to care too much. Risk getting hurt again. #twitfession

@analesebarbosa @alexzjohnson listening to Voodoo made me remember what real music is! #realmusic

@Tremblay83 @alexzjohnson I’m petrified of going back to school but wanna get laid off so it’s a way to push me to do it. #Twitfession

@izzasaures @alexzjohnson #Twitfession I’m stuck at a point in my life where I dont know what to do next, I don’t really have friends & I feels so alone

@Natty_T_ @alexzjohnson #Twitfession I can now die somewhat happy, I’ve seen you live @SaraBareilles and right now I’m @thecivilwars :p

@santi_alejandra @alexzjohnson I’m in love with someone who doesn’t love me anymore and I don’t know what to do! :( #Twitfession

@booberryyogurt @alexzjohnson my #Twitfession is I only feel attractive when I listen to music.

@booksmartblonde @alexzjohnson I’m going to be a teen mom, and I am terrified. Your song “Spin” keeps me sane. #twitfession


Desired Things

“Desiderata”
Old Saint Paul’s Church, Baltimore A.D. 1692

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.

As far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.

If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.

With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Music Talk

I wanted to give you a heads up!

I’m going to be streaming full tracks of the new Skipping Stone EP on January 24th at www.alexzjohnson.com.

You will be able to purchase the EP digitally and physically along with other merchandise via Kickstarter.com as well as alexzjohnson.com shortly after.

This EP is part of the steps toward reaching my goal of performing this material for you live, wherever you are. So, around this release, I decided I’m going to be launching a Kickstarter campaign to tour in 2012 to hopefully help get me closer to that possibility. Kickstarter is a really great funding platform for independent artists. It’s powered by a unique all-or-nothing method and if you reach the goal amount your project becomes a reality.

Writing these songs and watching them come to life exceeded my expectations. Through these songs, I found a drive to try and make a tour happen, regardless. I had help from some amazingly talented friends to make this music possible and I’m thrilled to get this out to you now.

I’m humbled by the views of the Skipping Stone music video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdTgIm_Ar8s

I guess the real point of this blog is to thank you for being a part of the journey and for listening…. thank you for listening.

I look forward to seeing you from the stage!!!!

xx Alexz

Open Windows

Well, this week has sort of jingled my bells in a fancy way (ya that’s right) and it was completely unexpected.. I’ll have more details as things unfold, but I definitely feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be..

Tonight, I wanted to get my feelings down about the Skipping Stone EP. I’m excited to get it out to you. It was such a passion project for me and I was so lucky to have the help and genius of some wonderful musicians and friends to make it even happen. It started with a couple of songs, and turned into something really authentic and special for me.

James Lewis in London who graciously offered his genius hands and mind on mixing. As did my dear friend Greg Wells, who did the same of course. James, also introducing me to the mastermind Robin Schmidt who fittingly mastered the album. Jimmy Robbins gave so much space for me to write everything I was feeling inside, without judgement or ego whatsoever. Mike Shimshack brought the track Walking to exactly where I heard it in my head, and beyond. Drew Leahy and his bright ideas and honesty helped me through the details and my brother Zak, his artistic eye and talent is beyond measure and I’m blessed to be his sister.

The Skipping Stone video is at 50k views I just realized!! …That was a fun day.

I’m releasing the EP on the 24th and look forward to playing these songs for you live.

I’m heading to Miami this month to start shooting a film on the 30th. It’s not a long shoot, and I have no idea what to expect or how it’s going to be when I get there, but I thank the heavens as it gave me the extra green light on my visa which I needed to pursue my musical endeavours here in the US this year. Which, in hopes will potentially lead to more, amazing work as well! I’ve never been to Miami, but…..

More to come, la de dee dum.

xo Al

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