2018, I’m ready for you.

26229409_1747165552024702_1340964824421434116_n.jpgThe photo above is an iphone snapshot from the most recent photoshoot I did with Sarah Davison.  The official photos will be coming soon and I am very excited to share them with you all.  Sarah has been my photographer pretty well my whole career.  She knows my angles well and I feel very comfortable with her.  It is always a joy to work with her.

At the moment, I am currently taking it easy on the gigging side of things.  I realized that I really needed to take time to focus on my EP, but also to focus on other things in life that I need to get done so that I can sustainably live off of music in the near future.  There comes a point in every musicians life when they need to really weigh out the pro’s and con’s of trying to be a full time musician.  Sometimes, we have to make the choice to rest on it for a while and work what I like to call a “normal person job”, save up money, and then reinvest that money into your career.  It can be very hard, stressful, depressing, and honestly – make you feel like you are selling your soul to the devil.  It is really hard to be an artist and know at this current time, you just cannot live off of your art.  You know that soon you will, but you do need to make income from another source and that is just the way it is sometimes.  For years I battled with depression in relation to this.  I allowed myself to feel like being a musician was a burden.  I “didn’t have a choice”.  I was “born this way”.  It’s true, I don’t have a choice and I was born this way.  Being a musician is all I know, it is who I am, it always has been – but the thing is… it is always going to be there.  There is this constant pressure to be famous.  People say to me “Well if you’re not famous by the time you’re 25, you might as well just give up and do something different.”  At this point in my life, I’ve finally taken a step back, realized all of my accomplishments thus far and I say hey – I deserve a moment to just get my life together outside of my music career and then come back full force.  And it’s not like I’m still not working on my music.  I am currently in the process of my debut solo EP and doing very well with it, and I am also the Social Media Coordinator for a festival in Niagara Falls called The Carmel Fine Art & Music Festival.  I am still very busy and immersed in the music culture – I’m just not playing gigs at the moment.  Before, I would have felt like I was a failure.  I used to play no less than three gigs a month with the band.  But now… I realize that yeah, gigging is amazing and great – but my god if my life isn’t stable on the outside of those gigs, the gigs just become torture.  They aren’t enjoyable, they never pay enough to be enjoyable, and I’d rather be spending my time working on my EP or building my arts resume by working with the Carmel festival.  I’ve been gigging non stop for three years.  At this point, I think its very important for me to get behind the scenes a little more and create plans, goals – create more opportunities for myself through working really really hard on things that I haven’t done before.  And that is what I am doing right now.  I am working my ass off to become more knowledgable in all aspects of the music industry, instead of just performance.  I’ve got that down pat.  I’m a great performer and I know it.  Of course I’ve got a lot to learn – but what I really need to focus on is handling my career as my own personal business manager.  I’ve been great at creating a brand for myself thus far, but I really need to start pushing that further and breaking boundaries.

So, if you’re interested in knowing where  I’ve been over the last few months – that is where.  Of course I’ve never stopped posting, ect. – but when it comes to content & gigs – I am working my ass off to give you all the BEST content you’ve EVER heard from me.  Content that will move the mountains in the rockies and blast your spotify’s, itunes & radios so loudly and proudly that you’d wished I hadn’t taken so much time to really focus and make my music and knowledge what it needs to be.  Just kidding, you’ll be grateful that I did because this EP is going to be something that no one will ever expect from me.  I am breaking down walls I didn’t know I had, I am speaking truths that I know more than many can relate to – this is so real.  So please, bare with me as I make it the best release of all time.

I love you,
Lindsay

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On my way!

I am sitting at the Hamilton airport awaiting my flight to Halifax right now!!  I am so very excited to be coming home… but before I do – I wanna share a few things with you all.

First things first – I got the opportunity to record the new theme song for What She Said Radio!!  This was the first radio interview I had in Toronto and I am very grateful that they asked me to do their new theme.  Below you can listen to a small snippet of the song!  It was a great experience, creating music for someone else with an expectation that wasn’t my own.  It felt very exciting and empowering to have them reply back with “We love it!”  This was definitely a challenge for me as I’ve never really written anything that had no personal meaning to me.  Of course the radio show is all about empowering women, so it meant a lot to me – but when I write my own music its always about experiences I’ve gone through in my life so it was wonderful to challenge myself to write something that was outside of myself.

I also got some great news that I will be performing my favourite Christmas song on Global Halifax on the morning of the 22nd!  Global is one of my favourite places to play so I am excited that they will be having me back for something a little different this time.  I’m also excited to announce that I will be having some special guests joining me on the broadcast.  Try and guess who!
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And of course – another honorary mention of my gig @ The Anchor on the 23rd!  If you enjoy great food and great Christmas music, this is the place for you on Christmas Eve, eve.  Please join me for this evening, I would love to have you!
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Tis’ the Season

As we move into the Holiday season, I become more and more excited as this has always been my favourite time of year.  I love Holiday decorations, music, & family.  Sounds pretty corny, but that’s just me.  A corny gal loving the Holiday Season.  I think a huge part of the reason why I love it so much is because of how large my family is.  I definitely have at least 20-40 cousins, some that I don’t even know!  My Grandmother on my Mothers side had 16 children, so you can only imagine how massive my family is.  As well as my Grandmother on my dads side had 5 Children – so on both sides, I’m pretty full!!  Since moving to Ontario, I’ve really missed my family, a lot.  SO of course.. I couldn’t bare and wouldn’t dare to spend the Holiday season away from them – so in about two weeks I’ll be heading to Nova Scotia for 25 DAYS!!  The trip wasn’t supposed to be that long, but pricing wise, booking the ticket was cheaper if I stayed longer.  So it works out anyways as I am in dire need for some family time.  I love my new life in Ontario.  I’ve made some great business ventures which I will speak about below, as well as have accomplished a lot so far since I’ve been here, and I continue to accomplish things – but let me tell you.. I never realized how important my family was until I moved away.  That sounds bad.  Of course I realized how important they were – but since moving away, I call more, I ask more questions, I feel as if I am more engaged in my family’s lives because it is not as accessible anymore – and honestly, I think I really needed that.  Sometimes we become too comfortable, or in my case, uncomfortable with our current lives that we forget about whats truly important – family & friends.  I know I did.  So moving to Ontario gave me a whole new perspective on this, and for that, I am really grateful.

During my time in Nova Scotia, of course I wanted to book about 30 gigs.  It’s just who I am.  I always want my name to be out there, no matter where I am.  But then I remembered.  When I went to Nova Scotia in July, I was only there for less than a week, if I remember correctly.  With that, I booked 2 gigs & a TV appearance.  I soon found myself regretting this during the time, as well as when I left to come back to Ontario, I found myself regretting it even more because I barely got to spend time with my family.  Though I was grateful for these gigs, I was so focused on appearances that most of my time was taken up preparing and playing the shows.  So, this time – I took it real easy on myself.  25 days, only 2 gigs.  It couldn’t be more perfect.  I will be playing a lovely private house show on the 22nd and then I will be playing at The Anchor on the 23rd.Holidays atThe AnchorIf you are in Halifax on December 23rd, please join us at The Anchor for an amazing evening of delicious holiday food and classic Christmas music with a Lindsay Misiner twist!

I have also decided it would be a great idea for me to record a Christmas album of sorts.  Instead of paying to have a full band come into the studio to record an album, I’m taking the easy route this year.  I have been downloading instrumentals from youtube and recording my vocals over the Christmas songs.  I know – ridiculous… but the whole purpose of doing this little quick album is to give it away to family.  Yes thats right… I will obviously not be selling them.  So if you would like a copy – please let me know!  I will also be uploading the songs on Soundcloud for all to hear – so it will be accessible!  As well as I will be posting actual covers of with my actually playing them on my guitar very soon so stay tuned for those!

There are only 11 more days until I hit Nova Scotian ground and I could not be more excited.  We will be decorating our tree as soon as I hit the ground most likely.. and Christmas spirit will be raging!!

I hope you all have a great holiday season!  Remember – it’s not all about giving gifts.  It’s about the thought, the love, the family & THE FOOD.

Love always,
Lindsay

Fall is here! Time to work harder!

I’ve been so busy with planning and recording for my EP that I actually forgot to book any shows in November.  So.. as soon as November 1st hit I scrambled and messaged a bunch of venues and actually got a date for this month.  In Halifax it was simple to do such a thing because I knew a lot of venue owners so it was easy to just fill a spot on a show if it was open, but here in Ontario I am just starting to get to know the scene so it can be a bit more difficult to get someone to actually give you that shot if they don’t know who you are and your talents.

Thankfully, I did get a very kind reply within a few hours from the owner of Free Times Cafe in Toronto which looks to be an absolutely stunning venue.  This will be my first gig in Toronto other than the Honey Jam Showcase at the Mod Club Theatre back in August… so lets just say I am really excited about it.  SparkleThe show will feature me of course, as well as another Honey Jam 2017 artist Jana Teovano, as well as Emma Lee Fleury who is from St. Catharines.  I met her back in September when we did a show together @ Mahtay Cafe in St. Catharines, another one of my favourite venues in Ontario.  They are both amazing ladies of song, hence the name of the event.  If you are in the Toronto area on November 22nd, please join us for an amazing evening of intelligent songwriting and phenomenal vocal styles.  This is definitely a powerhouse gig and each of us possess our own amazing talents respectively.  Untitled design (13)I also have booked a gig at Plan B Brewery in St. Catharines where I played last month as part of the Songwriter Series that they hold there.  It is a great venue with extremely nice owners and I am super excited to be back so soon.  They have great homemade craft beer and its right in the heart of downtown St. Catharines!

Along with that, I have been spending the last three days sending out festival applications for every single festival I can find in Ontario.  There are some that are actually in the early months of 2018, so I’m really hoping that the talent scouts from these festivals can recognize my talent with all of the material that I’ve got online thus far, and give me the shot of being a part of their festivals.  I know I can impress, it’s just the fact of being given that chance to actually showcase what you can do in a live setting that means the entire world.  To be honest, for me it is a bit more difficult because I do not have any solo released material at this time.  I am currently in the process of my debut solo EP, so to some festival scouts that seems as if I have not accomplished much.  Truth is, I’ve been doing this for almost 10 years now and I have accomplished a lot (with of course much more learning to do and more bigger & better accomplishments to come..), now I am just taking the steps to put it into physical form.  I do understand that some festivals hold a higher standard – but if these festivals took the time to give an artist like me that shot, I know they wouldn’t be disappointed.  Hands down.

This is actually something I’ve experienced for a long time.  It costs a lot of money to get a professional EP/Album out there.. so for years I have been struggling to come up with the funds for such a project.  As some of you may know, or if not.. you will now – I do have one EP recorded with my band Lindsay Misiner & The 7th Mystic from 2015, but it was done in a rush and only has two tracks on it.  It is still great, but at this point it does not represent the music that I play.  I am not complaining by any means, but what I am trying to get across here is that for me, it is beyond important to have a phenomenal first solo release.  It can’t just be some demo that I have recorded in my bedroom, it has to be perfection.  Perfection in my eyes means raw, natural, true, but done properly and professionally.  The reason I speak on this topic is because I know I’m not the only musician to struggle with getting the funds to create their first official project… and when it comes to being a musician these days – you need content.  When you apply for showcases and festivals and want to be taken seriously, it is beyond common that you need to have at least 1-2 releases before even applying.  Like everything in life, you’ve got to do it for yourself.  So.. what I’ve been doing is creating content in other ways while I am working on my EP at the same time.  By no means am I taking on my EP making in a slow fashion – but the way that my funds are at this time in my life with rent, food & transit – it only permits me to work on it on weekends, that is – actually go into the studio to record and create.  Otherwise, I am constantly working on actual plans, artwork, applying for festivals at the time of its release to promote, contacting media, general networking, playing gigs, etc.  That is a part of the project that must be always ongoing – but as for content before the actual EP release – it is so important to constantly be blogging (not everyones cup of tea), posting videos, posting on Instagram, tweeting, Facebook sharing all of these things.  These are the tools that keep and grow your fan base so that when you do release your project – people actually know about it and give a shit.  You build yourself up until the release in other ways that are engaging and interesting.  I know this will be a great next two years.. and I thank you all for being with me on the way up.

I am also really excited for December as I will be returning to Halifax for two weeks!!  Last time I was only there for about 5 days which was really hard for me.  I wanted to stay longer, but at that time I was a part of Honey Jam and had events that I needed to attend, so the trip was cut short.  This time I already have taken the 2 weeks off of work and I am already making plans on who I’m visiting and when.  I also promised myself that I would take it easy on the gigging aspect of things, as last time I went to Halifax I had booked myself 2 gigs and a tv interview which took away from my time with my family.  It was great and I am grateful for those experiences, but for this time.. I wanted to spend the time with my family that I need so very much.  So, at this point I’ve got one house gig booked and one gig on December 23rd at The Anchor, one of my favourite venues in the city of Halifax.
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Well.. I must continue with the festival applications now.
Thanks for reading,
Love Always,
Lindsay

 

 

 

Humble

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I will also be playing next Wednesday @ Plan B Beer Works in St. Catharine’s with Piero & Justin of a local band called Stereo Sunrise.  Thanks to John Lepp for making this happen as I am currently residing in St. Catharines and the music scene here is great, so I’m looking forward to becoming more and more a part of it as time goes on.

I wanted to share with you all some shots from my photo shoot with Ryan Brougj of Zeebrah Media the other day in Downtown Toronto.  He’s a great guy and a great photographer.  He worked with me really well which is always amazing in a photographer and he had some great suggestions for shots which really showed me that he actually cared and wanted to get a great shot.

 

So Much Excitement!

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Wow!  This weekend is definitely jam-packed with some beautiful events & plans!  On Friday I’ll be heading into Union Station to play a set with some of the Honey Jam family @ York street Promenade from 3pm-6pm and then straight to the studio for my second EP session with Yogi DAAAAA Producer!!  Our first session was so unbelievable that I didn’t want to leave.  4 hours just wasn’t enough.. but that’s all we had booked at that time.  I was sad to leave as well as I knew that I wouldn’t get back to the studio for another 2 weeks… so lets just say that this Friday can’t come soon enough!  We created the most beautiful song I’ve ever had the opportunity of being a part of, so I can only imagine what the rest of the EP is going to sound like.

I will then be getting up on Saturday morning and heading to a Photo shoot with Ryan Brougj.  He’s originally from Nova Scotia which makes me really happy as theres always that Scotian connection that speaks volumes among East Coast artists.  We’ve got some interesting looks and locations planned, as well as I have been planning my outfit for two weeks now.. as I usually do.  I haven’t done a photo shoot in the longest time, since before last March, actually – so this is going to feel REALLY good.

Then, after the shoot I’ll be heading back to the studio with Yogi

 

for another session!  Thankfully I got two sessions in this weekend because like I said above, one session just wasn’t enough.  The magic that Yogi and I are capable of is almost scary… but it’s that good kind of scary that you want when you’re recording a debut solo EP.  It’s going to be FIRE I promise you all and I CANNOT WAIT to share it with everyone!!

I also wanted to share with everyone again what I’ll be doing for the rest of October.

How about you R&R in our B&B- (1).pngI will be having a live performance & interview on Humble & Fred radio on October 20th on Sirius XM Channel 168 @ 8am!  They are Canada’s TOP Morning radio show so I am blessed and honoured that they are having me on the show.  As well as I was supposed to be on the show back in August but I ended up getting sick, sending an email that they never got… so they were saying my name on the radio and they just thought that I never showed up.  I am so GRATEFUL that they even allowed me to come back on the show after that incident.  They have quite a sense of humour so I’m sure it will turn into a joke when I’m on the show.  I also want to put a huge thank you out there to Diane Foy PR for being so kind and caring toward me and making so many amazing interviews happen for me!  She is truly a great PR agent and I’m happy to have gotten the chance to work with her.

I will also be performing in St. Catharines on October 25th at Plan B Beer Works Brewery!  This will be a great gig for me as the brewery definitely reminds me of home.  I am playing the gig with Piero & Justin from Stereo Sunrise, a local St. Catharines band.  Cover is free.  Come on out if you’re in town.
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Love Always,
Lindsay

Update!


I’ll be heading to the studio this Saturday with Yogi to finally start my EP!!  The last few weeks some things have come up so we’ve had to post pone the first to sessions but this Saturday it is HAPPENING and I cannot be more blessed and excited!  I can barely contain it.  Yogi is such an amazing producer and I know he is going to take this to the MAJOR NEXT LEVEL.  

I also wanted to share this video made by Honey Jam 2017 Artist KARIS!  We all recorded 30sec videos of us thanking Ebonnie Rowe for the amazing opportunity and I can’t lie… I shed a tear.  It’s really sweet and you can tell how genuine and grateful all of us are for the experience she provided to us.


As well as on October 20th I will finally be featured on Humble & Fred radio as my appearance in August was cancelled due to me being sick.  I am so grateful that they have allowed me to come back for a second shot and I cannot wait to have fun with them!  They are the top morning show on Satellite radio in Canada so this is a huge honour, as well as I can tell their humor will really fit my personality so this is going to be a great time.  You can tune in on Sirius XM Channel 168 @ 8am Eastern Time!!  As well as I will be getting footage from the show to share with you all after the interview!

And to finish October off I’ve been given the opportunity to be a part of the Songwriters Series at Plan B Brewery in St. Catharines!  I am so very excited about this as the St. Catharines music community is so vibrant and this is definitely one of the first steps in being a part of it.  You can find all details on all upcoming gigs HERE.

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Much Love Always,
Lindsay