My parents are always happy when I play in a city not too far from where they live and they can come to the show. Of course this is what happens when we try to pose for a photo. Strong winds and dust in our eyes-this cracks me up.
We have the best fans and I’m always so blown away when people take the time to do special things for us. <3
Fans covered in our lyrics and showing support at our show!!
The director, Gus Black, and the awesome crew on our "Waves" music shot in Death Valley. It was such an amazing experience. We even hiked down into the bottom of this crater to get some shots. Of course, I was wearing sandals, it ended up being very painful with tiny rocks stabbing my feet all the way down and then back up again, but it was worth it.
Another shot of the giant Death Valley crater from the bottom.
We woke up while it was still dark out in order to get a shot of the sunise. In the desert, that means it’s really, really cold! The makeup artist was such a sweetheart and was trying to keep me warm while we waited for the sun to make it’s appearance.
Devils Golf Course. So many beautiful and surreal areas in Death Valley.
Touring with Awolnation was awesome! Amazing sold out shows and awesome fans-it was such a great tour!
Rock vibes on our Awolnation tour.
Aaron Bruno from Awolnation and me.
Playing my hometown in Michigan on the Awolnation tour!
Press Shot taken by Describe The Fauna at the LA River.
Insanely long drives mean you have to entertain yourself when you can at truck stops along the way.
Late night with Steve in China town, Chicago. This was our first tour together with Gold Fields on our way out to CMJ in NYC. Hair is getting blonder. :-)
We’ve been lucky enough to get amazing support from Sirius Xm Alt Nation and did an exclusive acoustic session at their studio in NYC. We also record a cover of the Atlas Genius song Trojans.
Not long after the success of Where The Kids are, and things started getting serious with label offers and touring on the horizon, Bruce decided that he didn’t want to be a part of the touring band. Which at the time was a huge deal to me. We had always done everything together and I couldn’t imagine him not being a part of the live show. It definitely was a difficult time for me, figuring out if I could really do this all by myself. As hard as it was, in the end it proved to be a great thing for me. With no one to depend on during live shows, and for interviews, etc. I really had to step up to the challenge and definitely proved to myself that I’m capable of so much more than I ever thought I was. Thankfully, once we started looking for a touring guitar player we found Steve Stout, funny enough on Craigslist. He’d only been living in LA for 5 months when he answered our ad, and now we’ve been touring together for the past 2 years. Here’s a pic of one of the first shows we ever played together at The Central in Santa Monica. It was great to find someone so excited and happy to be on the road, and now we’ve been touring together for 2 years. Time is flying by with this crazy kid. p.s. He looks like an innocent baby here! What happened!?! LOL!!
My fearless manager David and I at the abandoned Zoo in Griffith Park. He reached out to us after Where The Kids are blew up in the blogosphere. When we met I immediately liked him and we started working together right away. The best thing about him is the fact he truly cares about us and is a good friend...Which goes a long way in such a cut throat industry.
On the set of our "Where The Kids Are” music video shoot at Vasquez Rocks. This song and video was one of the things that made people take notice of the band. At the time we didn’t have a publicist, or the money to hire one, so I took it upon myself to email any and every blog I could with the video. To my surprise, it blew up online and really set everything in motion for us.
Bruce and I outside of WAX Ltd. studios in Hollywood. Photo by Xandy Berry
When I moved to LA to be with Wally, my brother Bruce and I were separated for a while, so we’d make trips to either LA or NYC to work on music. When we were in LA we would work out of the smaller, B room, at Wallys studio Wax Ltd. in Hollywood. That’s where we wrote a lot of the songs that would end up becoming our new album, Young Heart.
Photo from our self released 1st album, My Someday. We were originally called Astaire, but Fred Astaire’s widow had a problem with it and threatened to sue us for using the name. We were pretty bummed about it because we had just done our first real tour and we were starting to get some attention. That’s when we became Blondfire.
Wally and I in Central Park, shortly after we met. We dated long distance for a bit, but it didn’t take long for us to realize the we wanted to be together and I moved across the country to LA.
He’s definitely the best thing that ever happened to me! :-)
I met and wrote with Wally on the very last day of a songwriting trip I’d taken to LA. It was pretty much an instant connection, and the 2nd song we ever wrote together ended up being recorded by Jessica Simpson on her A Public Affair album. I was still living in NYC at the time and I was there for the session at Sony Studios. It was my first time writing for another artist and I got the cut. Sometimes I think life gives you beginners luck to let you know that you’re on the right path.
Bruce and I after our iTunes live session in San Francisco. We were actually the first unsigned band to ever do one, and it went to #1 on the itunes charts!
A polaroid of my brother Bruce, and I from our shoot for the first ep. that we ever released, “Don’t Whisper Lies.” We had been recording and writing music together in Michigan for a long time and decided to take the plunge and move to NYC.
"Don’t Whisper Lies” ep.
Our first big magazine shoot in NYC for America Magazine.
One of the first incarnations of a band we had in Michigan with my sister and brother!
My sister Monica and I on our Grandfathers farm in Brazil. <3