Piano, Pageants & Politics


It’s been a year now since a kitchen fire disabled Jacob Wirth: the Theatre District’s German beer hall boasting the title of “2nd oldest restaurant in Boston” and a cameo appearance in the latest Ghostbusters film, at the time of its demise.


If you're following me on social media, you know that I've been in the recording studio for the past several weeks working on some new original music for my sophomore album, X Post Facto. I'm very excited to announce that this Monday, February 5th, the first single, GOOD OLD DAYS, will be available on Spotify, iTunes, iHeart Radio, Pandora and more. But first, here is a closer look at what that process looks like.

After condens...


Two things recently happened that made me feel incredibly old; I attended the wedding of a highschool friend and I stopped getting carded at bars. Am I complaining about being old in my early twenties? Not quite. However, these occurrences were a friendly reminder that time is not stopping (or even slowing down) for me. Or anyone else, for that matter. I’m not in college anymore. “Someday” is becoming less and less of a valid...


As many of you know, I am currently working on my second album of original music. It is certainly an exciting project, but also an exhausting, emotional and time-consuming process. There are a lot of moving pieces and everything has to fall perfectly in place before a song reaches "completed" status. Here's a look at what that process looks like, step by step.


The more I'm learning about social media and marketing, the more I'm realizing it's actually pretty hard. There are strategies behind these things---in fact, people have full-time jobs dedicated to this. Regularly posting on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is a given, but they are not (and should not) be the only tools you're using to promote yourself.

Whether you're a pageant girl, an upcoming musician or a recent graduate, ma...


The month leading up to, the week of, and the weeks following the 2017 Miss Massachusetts pageant, I entered slight panic mode every time someone congratulated me on my year of service. I knew what the follow-up question was: "So. What's next?"


"What is your real job?" and other questions I get at work.


Pursuing art is exciting and adventurous and absolutely horrifying. The music industry can be a really mean and nasty place, but for those of us in too deep, it really is the only thing that makes us feel alive. We'll take the losses along with the wins. After all, we don't really have much of a choice.


If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get comfortable with my late work hours, being the subject of my latest songs and my musically-obsessed friends.


I get it: Your music is brilliant. Your lyrics are unique. Your album art is original. However, it doesn't matter how great you are if no one is listening.

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