I'd been singing professionally for a while before I began to write songs. Yes, I did opera. I loved it. To be honest, writing music scared me; I'd learned to be such a critic. What could my piddly perspective have to offer the world? For almost a year, I wrote completely for myself. When I decided to make an album, I invited some of my best friends over to give me feedback. I made them dinner and performed a handful of my own songs. They were marvelously encouraging and supportive, although they had all been trained as high brow music snobs as well. It was such an intense, soul bearing experience for me that I had to drink more than my own bottle of wine before I could play some songs...
At the end of the night, as eyes got heavy and my buzz began to wear off, I told my lovely friends that I did have one more little song that I'd consider recording, but it wasn't much and we didn't need to fuss over it if they needed to get home. Good friends that they are, they indulged me and "Surrender" had its first performance.
Since I released "Up My Sleeve," there aren't many days when "Surrender" doesn't find its way back to me. I joke that I've been over it forever, but I get that it's special; I do. I'm proud to have written a song that makes you all feel so much and I'm excited that every professional I've interacted with acknowledges its massive appeal.
We considered re-releasing "Surrender" on the new album, "Wonderful," but I'm happy to say that it will stay the gem of "Up My Sleeve." It was, after all, the second song I'd ever written; I've changed in the three years that have since passed and so has my music. I can say, with enormous anticipation and pride, that if you like "Surrender," just wait until you hear: "Starlight," "I'd Give Anything," "Wonderful," "Forgetting," "Wallpaper," "Chasing Freedom," and "Our Fairytale."
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