”Me After You”. The poignant first single from acclaimed singer-songwriter-producer Maia Sharps upcoming album, Change The Ending, was Most Added at Triple A radio behind Killers, Green Day and Alabama Shakes. Me After You is available now at all digital retailers. To hear the song, click on the link below:
On August 28, Blix Street/Crooked Crown Records will release Change The Ending, which features guest vocals by The Rescues Adrianne Gonzales, Garrison Starr, Dawn Thomas and Bonnie Raitt. Sharp will be touring with Raitt in October and can be heard on the nine-time GRAMMY® winners new album, Slipstream. Maia has been previewing songs from Change The Ending on her current tour, which includes a series of dates with Gonzales and Starr. See below for itinerary.
Change The Ending follows Sharps 2009 album, Echo. Produced by Don Was, it contained the Top 10 Triple A radio hit John Q. Lonely and Death By Perfection, which featured Raitt and was tapped by NPR as Song of the Day. The new album reaffirms Sharps gift for capturing the subtleties and shades of gray that characterize relationships.
Sharp grew up in Los Angeles, where she started playing local clubs while she was still in her teens. She gives a sly wink to her hometowns biggest industry with the new albums cover art which fans can get a sneak preview of at http://maiasharp.com or http://www.facebook.com/maia.sharp. Filmmaking provides the perfect metaphor in the title track, as the narrator considers how a romance might have fared with a little rewrite. Its a beautiful story, she observes ruefully in the chorus. If you change the ending.
During the recording sessions, Sharp admits, We did change the ending a few times and it was always for the better. After producing Edwin McCains latest album, Mercy Bound, as well as two songs for Art Garfunkels upcoming double album, The Singer, she elected to produce Change The Ending herself. She assembled a notable crew of musicians to back her, including guitarist Linda Taylor (Tracy Chapman, Edwin McCain), who often accompanies Sharp on the road, drummer Matt Chamberlain (The Wallflowers, Fiona Apple) and bassist David J. Carpenter (John Doe, Toni Childs).
I had been working with several other artists on their albums and I was just hooked on that whole feeling, so I decided to produce this album alone, says Maia. I had to learn to be my own sounding board because Id finish a vocal and come out and there was nobody else there to go yeah, that was great or you really need to do that again. But it was a great experience and I learned a lot.
Sharp always leads with her heart and comes across as a performer worth getting to know, said USA Today in a three-star review of Echo while NPRs All Things Considered hailed her as a songwriter set to arrive and The Washington Post called her a sterling up-and-coming talent.
In addition to her string of acclaimed solo albums and numerous production credits, Sharp is also a sought-after songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Raitt, the Dixie Chicks, Keb Mo, Terri Clark, Cher, Trisha Yearwood and many others.
Maia Sharp Change The Ending – Track Listing
1. Me After You
2. The Middle
3. Buy My Love
4. I See Cecelia
5. Standing Out In A Crowd
7. Change The Ending
9. Your Stepping Stone
10. The Bed I Made
11. Buy My Love (Remix)
Cry With Us! Puddles Pity Party in Orlando
I owe him a poem:
Here’s a story of a sad clown who one night in February was traveling through O-town.
He brought a suitcase and a lot of gum, he brought music and videos and tons of fun.
He sang high but mostly he sang low, and he put of one hell of a good show.
He gave a bearded guy a cupcake and danced with a lady, a wolf he would make
There is no doubt he is a boss sir, he even got love from Kevin Costner.
Fans filled the plaza for a night of delight as the 7 foot clown gave us some real insight.
He sang Bowie and Queen and even some Who, also Cash, Lorde and “Let it go” too
Videos played of pets and babies crying, also beautiful artwork and people smiling.
Last night Orlando was anything but mad as we showed much love for a clown that is sad.
Ok, I’d cry too after that poem. Here’s some more info:
If you haven’t been to see a Puddles Pity Party show, you are missing out.
The show had me smiling and laughing so hard my stomach hurt, but I was also moved so many times by the range of Puddles voice. True entertainment never gets old and I have a feeling he is going to last forever.
I loved the interaction he had with the crowd. He pulled numerous people up to help him on stage and all of them were good sports, one man even singing the entire song, “All by myself” karaoke style! The show was so well thought out and planned but with room for some hilarious improv. Especially at the end when he pulled the 3 fans from the audience dressed like clowns. At the end of them performing together, Puddles suddenly remembers that he is scared of clowns! Genius!
Hands down one of the best performances I’ve seen in years.
Kingsized Holiday Fun! Big Mike is Back at the Variety Playhouse!
Big Mike Geier and his Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll Orchestra, along with the Dames Aflame Dancers, Lil’ Santa and other special guests, bring tidings of comfort and joy with their signature glitz and glamour in what has become a tinsel-time tradition at the Variety Playhouse. The all-ages 90-minute show features your Holiday favorites by the likes of Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Heat Miser, The Grinch and more!
We caught up with Big Mike to ask a few questions.
TBB: Big Mike! It’s been a couple years since we had the pleasure of seeing you perform live. We are so excited to be back in Atlanta and we are ready for this show. What can you tell us about this years event?
Big Mike: Welcome back to Atlanta, Ange! We’re also excited to be in town for another wild and wonderful Holiday Jubilee. We like to honor the tradition that the Jubilee has become and don’t mess too much with the format. You can expect the always magnificent sounds of the 12-piece Kingsized Rock ‘n Roll orchestra performing your favorite holiday classics and the dazzling Dames Aflame dancers providing the glamour. The show is all about holiday nostalgia, whatever that means to you: Bing Crosby, Andy Williams, Donnie Hathaway, The Grinch, Rankin Bass, Peanuts, the Dreidel Song? It’s all in there.
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