The curtain has closed on our final holiday show. The band would like to thank everyone who supported us this season by donating to our Kickstarter, buying the album or attending a show (best yet, all three)! The concert series was very well attended and the feedback has been phenomenal. We can't wait to do it again for you next year!
In the meantime, you can still buy the Alison Scott's A Soulful Christmas album.
Happy New Year!
I’ve been preparing for the holidays for months. Almost all year in fact. We started putting our holiday concert series together in March. I spent the spring booking musicians and music venues in between changing diapers and feeding my newborn baby girl, Grace.
After that, I worked on our kickstarter campaign, lining up corporate sponsors and making the album.
Once all of that was done it was time to SELL, SELL, SELL. If you’re going to play 7 theaters in 30 days all within 90 miles of each other, you better hope that people show up. A LOT of people!
Were there days I thought I was in over my head? Um, yeah! Were there days I couldn’t have been more thrilled to see how things were coming together? Definitely. In the end though, it’s just a waiting game. How many records will you sell? How many people will show up to see the show? And more importantly, are they going to like this thing you’ve dedicated 9 months of your life to?
Well, they did!
It’s all over now. I can’t believe how fast it went. The chaos of the holidays is enough on it’s own, but playing this concert series on top of all of that just made it fly by. The reception was even better than we could have hoped for. People showed up! A LOT of people! All the venues loved the show, and we sold TONS of CDs. During our last performance on 12/29 at the Main Street Stage in Anoka, part of me was so excited to be wrapping it up, knowing that we had made it through unscathed and free from embarrassment, and also looking forward to a much needed break for the next several weeks. Still though, we put together this amazing album, (something I couldn’t be more proud of) but the season is short lived. We only got to play those songs 7 times to a live audience. So, I found myself sad that it was all over, and already looking forward to doing it again next year.
The collaborative effort was pretty huge for this whole thing. Kevin Bowe (as per usual) produced the record. Hopefully you have a copy and have been able to fully enjoy it! We had rotating musical guests at every show including: Peter Anderson, Justin Rieken (my new and super fab bass player), Kevin Bowe, Tommy Barbarella, Doug Rohde, Charlie Peterson, Lisi Wright, Andy Dee and Steve Kung. All that talent on one stage was really thrilling.
Every night something different was brought to the table. It was hard not to be distracted. I had to keep reminding myself to pay attention to what I was supposed to be doing and not the super cool solo that was taking place 3 feet away.
We also shared the stage with 5 different choirs from around the area. Almost 150 children ages 8-18 were included in these shows. Each group brought a different energy to the stage. They were so excited to have the opportunity. The band couldn’t have been happier to have them. We closed the series with The MN Boychoir on our last 3 shows this past weekend. The power that comes from those kids is pretty amazing. It’s hard for me not to get emotional when the choir kicks in.
The fans were incredible. On many occasions there was dancing in the aisles. Nothing makes me happier than people getting up to dance at a theater show.
I heard nothing but kind words from people. They especially enjoyed the slideshows we had put together with childhood photos of some of the band members, accompanied by stories of Christmas past.
Last, but most definitely not least…we have to thank our sponsors. We couldn’t have done this without you! I am honored that you believed in us enough to back this project! Thank you!
Then there are our Kickstarter donors. You guys are truly fantastic! Every dollar that was donated went towards putting this album and concert series together. It was so great to have that kind of financial support on our first year out of the gate. THANK YOU ALL!
I couldn’t be happier with how everything came together. Even before the last show wrapped, I started plotting for next year. There are so many things I want to do! Venues I want to play! It’s going to be bigger and better than ever!
Thank you all for coming. These photos were provided by Jodi O’Shaughnessy Olson and Jerry Olson, and by George Roedler. They are all dear friends of mine, and I can’t thank them enough for shooting the shows for me.
Come see us next year!