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2020 MAMA Awards Winner!
Well hey! We got some awards of Love at the 2020 Virtual MAMA Awards this year! Folk/Americana Performer of the Year, Alternative Album of the Year for my EP “Kill the Rockstar”, and “Dana & The Joanis” won for Unique Artist of the Year. A great big huge hug-n-a-thank-you goes out to the MAMA and to those in the community that voted and donated dollars to the cause ❤
Cargo Music Live Stream Concert Series – On Location
Running all things musical at Cargo Coffee East has been great fun for me for over a year now. As much as it hurts my heart that we can’t have in-person shows right now, I’m so very excited to be bringing about the Cargo Music Live Stream Concert Series – On Location! We’ve been inviting the Artists to live stream from our little blue corner stage at Cargo. I’ve been learning about live streaming through OBS, working with 4 cameras and my fun little video switcher, and getting great doses of live music. Hopefully we can have an in-person audience some day soon, but for now we can tune in on Saturdays to catch some of Madison’s favorite local musicians. We’ve also got our own Cargo Music YouTube channel now!
The 2020 MAMA Award nominations are in! Go HERE to vote.
Lullaby Project Carnegie Hall
“The Lullaby Project pairs pregnant women and new mothers and fathers with professional artists to write and sing personal lullabies for their babies, supporting maternal health, aiding child development, and strengthening the bond between parent and child. In New York City, the project reaches parents in healthcare settings, homeless shelters, high schools, foster care, and correctional facilities. Extending across the country and around the world, the Lullaby Project enables partner organizations to support families in their own communities…”
Here in Madison, our Lullaby Project crew got to work with mothers through Harambee Village, an amazing group of Black doulas providing support and care for Black mothers. We worked with 5 moms on writing a song for their babies, and the whole Experience was just beautiful. Being able to help a mother express her Love through song…watching the kids dancing and singing along…being around the warrior strength of new mothers, the wisdom and guidance of Black women…seeing the absolute dedication and passion of Harambee Village…they didn’t say in the paperwork I was gonna cry so much…
A Quarantine Virtual Collaboration
“…we’re gonna sit right here ’til we all come outta this…”
The covid crisis stormed in and slapped us all with a cold hard calloused hand. People all over the world sick and dying…businesses forced to close…people forced to say in their homes…no touching…no hugging…no gathering for music… all of it breaking my soul.
I wanted to create a song to help get the feels out and give me a sense of hope and Connection to my music tribe while we’re all going through this. A very rare move on my part, I reached out to some other killer songwriters I know; whose music speaks elements of Truth, and could help me say it. Together we created something beautiful and healing, and it gives me hope.
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