It’s been a long few years building the fan base and recording two albums. The best part of it all is taking time to pause to reflect on my hallmark moments.
Shortly after arriving to western North Carolina in 2007, a bass player and friend advised me to start “my own thing”. Soon after that, I recorded a demo cd with Justin Radford on piano and Zack Page on string bass, and a year later I launched Satin Steel Jazz.
I sang with all the best players in the region and Greenville, SC. In time Brian Felix on piano and bassist Zack Page became the core players. I had special guests at most of my shows, established an annual jazz series at the Classic Wineseller in Waynesville, recorded a debut album “A THOUSAND YEARS AGO”, published an ebook for performers, and introduced to the public for the first time some original songs by my composer-dad, Herb Haslam. In 7 years I performed on the majority of stages and venues in Asheville, Slauda, Waynesville, Maggie Valley, and Johnson City.
This year as most know, I released my second cd “BEAUTIFUL LOVE” featuring Bill Covington on piano and Shannon Hoover on string bass. This album introduces local composer Matthew Breindel and promotes a more intimate sound with an acoustic trio. Legendary New York jazz vocalist and one of my greatest vocal inspirations, Roseanna Vitro endorsed my work with a lovely quote. The cd release concerts were held in Vermont to two full-house audiences with standing ovations.
Both cds were reviewed and endorsed by jazz critic extraordinaire, Scott Yanow.
Cds are selling all over the globe. New contacts are coming in monthly. It’s time to follow my career to the next natural platform and after two years of researching, Las Vegas has been the obvious choice.
There are so many people to thank in western North Carolina. Suffice to say the list is a long one from family, musicians, business owners, artists, friends to fans, and to you all I say THANK YOU FOR ALL THE LOVE, FOR ALL THE APPLAUSE. THANK YOU FOR MAKING ME BRING IT AND FOR LETTING ME SHOW MY SOUL!