CD RELEASE CONCERT!

Local CD RELEASE CONCERT Sunday, Nov 5, 2017 3 pm at the Brentwood Library!  FREE event but seating is limited so please REGISTER HERE: http://brentwood-tn.libcal.com/event/3591904

So excited to be sharing my CD release as a part of the Brentwood library’s Arts series. Looking forward to seeing all of you at this long awaited release! Great music & Give aways ! Bring friends!!

A Million Kisses Album cover

A Million Kisses Album cover

 

Live Streaming Show Dec 18Th!

Debbie singing Santa Baby to audience participant

So excited to share we are LIVE STREAMING the Christmas show! I will be doing a live broadcast on Concert Window which starts at 9:00pm EST on December 18. Wherever you are in the world, you can tune in!  It will happen at https://www.concertwindow.com/14295-debbie-cunningham.

WE have sold out of PreSale tickets but If you live in Nashville area and want to attend the live show, there will be tickets at the door. $20  Tickets booth will open at 7:15…show doors at 7:30. First come first serve on seating.  8pm show

Franklin Brentwood Arts Performance Hall  210 Gothic Ct   Franklin,TN 37067

Hope you can join me Live in Franklin or On line and share some great Christmas music and we will get you in that holiday spirit!!

Merry Christmas!!

-Debbie

Christmas Show in Franklin,TN

Join Debbie Cunningham & Band for her first Holiday show in Franklin,TN!  Hear all your favorite Christmas tunes as she ushers you into the holidays in swingin’ style. This is one holiday party you don’t want to miss!

Fri. Dec 19, 2014  7pm  $20 gen admission door  ** PRESALE thru 12/12- $15 general admission /VIP experience $25

Buy Tickets HERE:

http://debbiecunninghamjazzxmas.bpt.me

 

 

Join Me June 28, 2014 in Franklin,TN to relax and have some fun!!

  An evening of jazz standards, swing & warm bossa nova guitar……on June 28th,2014 / 7pm!   Franklin Brentwood Arts Performance Hall/ 210 Gothic Ct./Franklin, TN (cool springs-next to A-Game Sportsplex)

I’m so excited for this show! It has been 2 years since I did a concert in Franklin,TN and I’m thrilled to be back. My band for this show is AMAZING! Mark Sorrels, Larry Knight and Dave Dunseath have performed for a multitude of recording artists: Linda Ronstadt, Trace Adkins, Shelby Lynn just to name a few. These musicians are also great jazz players and all around great guys! They have a wide variety of musical experience and that adds to my styling of jazz very much. In the last few years I have been writing for the new CD and although it is still stylistically swing, bossa nova and blues….the lyric content is very much reflective of where I am coming from as a mid-life female, wife and mom living in the world today. I’m am really excited to do a few tunes from the new CD to whet your appetite.  Mostly, it will be an evening for you to kick back and relax for a while, whether you need a girl’s night out or date night with your sweetheart, it’ll be a fun show! We have 2 ticket tiers. We decided to add a VIP Pre-Concert wine,cheese,dessert reception before the show because sometimes you just want an event! VIP also includes photo ops  and preferred seating. Pre-Sale tickets $15 ($20 at door)/ $25 VIP.  For Tickets:: http://debbiecunninghamjazz.brownpapertickets.com

Beach Vacation and productivity

Recently, I went on a beach trip with some girlfriends. This is NOT the norm for me. I usually only vacation with my husband and children. I travel for business usually alone but seldom do I take the time to decompress from ALL my responsibilities with girl friends. Except for the occasional ladies retreat at church. Still, there is an agenda for me there too-drawing closer to God for the weekend. This, however, was a trip where there were no expectations. No rules except everyone was responsible for themselves. Period. Want to go to the beach? For a walk? to dinner? Be with people or be alone? All OKAY! Everyday, I got up early as usual, made coffee and breathed in the silence as I watched the sun’s reflection rising over the waves. After coffee, I walked by myself for 1 1 /2 hours alone with my ipod along the water’s edge. (oh…mom..FYI…There were other people on the beach…just not walking with me) Some of you are laughing right now but my mom reads my blog and once a mother, always a mother (now that I am one-I get it) and I don’t want her to worry!  After that, I joined my friends who were  already sunbathing! Hours of catching rays, eating frozen grapes, grabbing lunch or just a snack. Reading a book or listening to music uninterrupted. Maybe a nap or another walk later in the day. Then showers, dinner, and a sunset break on the clear evenings….but NO email or work for me. Strange….in fact, my intention was to catch up on some work while there but I just couldn’t focus. My mind needed a break from everything- so I took it. Amazingly…as the week progressed, I found that creative ideas began to flow effortlessly into my head  for things I had been wrestling with for weeks before I left. I wrote them down so I didn’t forget but did not try to expound on anything. Just rest.WOW! What a difference. Now I am back home and my head is clearer, more organized and my productivity is definitely improved for all my work and responsibilities. Things that were stressing me out seem smaller now. So besides getting lots of R&R I decided to reflect on what really made the difference.

#1 First things first-

Everyday instead of hopping on email or FB first thing, I walked. I gave myself something I needed-exercise! (ok and a beautiful view!) Granted, at home I am getting breakfast for the family in the wee hours before school but after that I can delay email and walk first. The world will not fall apart if I don’t respond to email before 8 am!

#2 Less technology!

Yes, I listened to music and posted a few pics of the beach to face book but I did not feel the need to read email and stay current on everyone’s FB posts. My brain needed a break from constant contact and constant information! This alone cleared my mind! Technology is wonderful but it can put us on overload if we are not careful!

#3 Learning to take time every day to appreciate the beauty around you.

Each night at the beach when the sky was clear-no matter what we were doing- we took a sunset break. A few minutes to view the gorgeous color in the sky over the water. Something about that awe inspired view was stress relieving. I actually do that at home sometimes…but most days I am too busy and I forget. Appreciating the beauty around you even for just a few minutes can renew your senses.

#4 Find people in your age and stage to do life with and laugh often!

The fact that most of us were the same”age and stage” of life meant we had a lot in common. It seemed there was always something funny happening or being said and we would erupt into a chorus of laughter together! I LOVED that! It was fun to just chat about our lives, get to know each other better etc. Did I mention that these women were not my best friends….some were strangers and others were acquaintances I have known for years through church but truly did not “Know” much at all except their stats-husband ,3 kids and grandma to be, for example. Everything wasn’t all rosy in our lives either….we had all experienced or were experiencing trials or grief through unexpected circumstances and we were still able to find laughter and joy in the moments.

Through this trip, I was reminded once again how important it is to take care of ourselves ladies!  You know when the flight attendant comes over the intercom to say, “Please secure your own oxygen mask before you try to help someone else.” Well, it is that way in life. We must take care of ourselves if we want to be able to care for others. Let’s face it, as women, we have a lot going on! Most of us have spouses, families, jobs and houses to take care of….then there is extended family, friends, charities or PTO’s and committees….etc. It’s a never ending list. We must pick and choose what rises to the top of those lists and we need to keep ourselves from staying at the bottom or we will never be as productive as we would like to be!

All this from a beach trip…….I’d say that was productive! 🙂

 

New Beginnings….

My youngest child started high school today and my oldest child leaves for college in a week. Hmm…change seems to be a theme in my life right now. Change can be wonderful or it can be frightening, depending on your perspective. Some see an ending of an era when their kids grow up. I see that, but simultaneously, it is a new beginning for all of us. I now have 2 freshmen  getting ready to have lots of new experiences and beginning to grow wings for their hopes and dreams in a fresh way. My husband and I have a new state of being as well. With 2 independent kids…our son is active in marching band and show choir and will be seldom home this fall except for evenings and Sundays. (seriously) Our daughter will be away at school. We certainly will be involved in their lives but also be courting a Pseudo-empty nest. At least our son will sleep here! Strange after having kids in tow for 18 years. I am finishing my next album..er..CD and working on a book and all that needs my attention. My dear husband has a corporate job that occupies lots of his waking hours but he will have a bit more time for his own creative endeavors, which have been on the back burner for a while. We might just have a little more time to spend together too. Which in a marriage is so important and takes a lot of intention in our busy society. Although I expect a few tears and have already shed some in this process of letting go, I am excited about the prospect of New Beginnings for all of us! What change is happening in your world and how do you feel about it? Comment below, I’d love to hear from you. 🙂

Happy March and New Music coming soon!!!

March…in like a lion and out like a lamb! As my teens would say, “True Story!” This week’s snow that blasted across most of the country would qualify. It is cold but green here in Tennessee. The daffodils are blooming and the world is starting to drop hints of Spring and all things new! Speaking of new…..
Most of you know that I am a mom. I know it has never been fashionable to talk about motherhood in business….until this century. However, I AM a mom of 2 teens and have been married 25 years to a wonderful man. I LOVE those aspects of who I am and my music is starting to reflect that! I spend time with my family, my kid’s friends and try to be involved in what they are doing as much as I can.
Recently, I invited a group of teens from my daughter’s high school show choir into the studio with me to record on one of my new songs! In the next 2 weeks you will hear more about our experience and what we are trying to accomplish together! I will tell you however, I wanted to help them achieve some of their goals and they were all such fun to work with that I was the one who was blessed!! So stay tuned….for NEW MUSIC and lots of stories!!! In the meantime….take a minute to encourage a teenager near you. It means the world to them!

Thoughts on being an independent artist

Times are certainly changing in the music industry. Things are changing in EVERY industry, really. What we do and how we respond to those changes are what is significant. For the independent artist, there has never been a better time to be “Indie.” The Internet has made the marketplace global, even for the budding entrepreneur.  I’ll never forget the first time I sold a CD in Japan or Hungary. I’ve never been to those countries, yet, their music community has found me thanks to the Internet and great on-line CD stores like CDBaby. That is one of the many places my first CD, The Rest of Your Life, is currently sold. We no longer drive to the mall or local record shop. We press a button on our computer and instantaneously we have the music in our hands…well …ears! The biggest hurdle for the independent artist is national exposure that the major labels do so well. However, the Internet IS our international audience now and there is so much opportunity to spread the word about your brand of music, via social networks, on-line radio stations, magazines and music streaming. The list goes on and on. As an indie artist, I’ve been in National print magazines like MORE and have been in my first movie (SWAY the movie) as myself- a Nashville Jazz Recording Artist. Recently, I became a spokesperson for Darci by DiCaprio cosmetics. The Internet was invaluable as my connecting point in all of those. Not to mention, I stay busy with my jazz quartet performing at corporate, private and charity events! There is so much opportunity out there. It just takes work and consistency but after all, this is my job!  🙂

Happy Spring!

Debbie Cunningham

Happy Spring!

I hope you are enjoying the kinder, warmer weather, wherever you live. Thanks for stopping by my site. Please browse the photos and blogs, listen to music and be sure to sign up for my mailing list to get your FREE SONG downloads! After you listen feel free to leave a comment and tell me what you think. I’d love to hear from you!

In the meantime….breathe in as many sunsets as you can with those you love! :)

All my best….

-Debbie