Hi everybody! My website has been closed for re-construction for a few months, so I haven’t been keeping up with my blog entries as much as I’d like to. But I’m very excited to have it back up and running! And I promise that I will keep you up to date with regular diary entries from now on!
I have had an EXTREMELY busy time here in Nashville. I’ve been working very hard to finish my record, “When You Can Fly”. It’ll be ready for release on Canada’s EMI/On Ramp label in April, so it will be available in stores across Canada as well as online. I produced the record myself (and even engineered part of it), so it’s been quite a journey. It’s taken over a year to make it, but I’m really proud of how it’s turning out. There’s even a duet on there with Jason Blaine (he’s such a sweetheart, and we had a blast recording it together). Along with finishing the record, I’ve been working on album art, promo packages, website redesign, radio interviews and other promotional stuff. So it’s been a bit crazy lately. But I like it that way.
My first single hits the airwaves at the beginning of March! As soon as we release it we will post it for your listening pleasure. That reminds me, please become a fan on my Facebook music page to hear songs: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Victoria-Banks/47376782468 and also MySpace: www.myspace.com/victoriabanks.
I’ll be hitting the road in March to cross Canada on a tour of all the big country radio stations in the country. We’ve got lots of live appearances and promotional giveaways planned, so we will keep you posted on that as well. We will also be giving my fan club members a special opportunity to buy an autographed copy of the CD before it hits the stores, so please join my club here at the site to become one of “Victoria’s VIPs”!
So, what else have I been up to…? Well – I’m also holding down a full time job as a staff songwriter for Sony/ATV Publishing here in Nashville, so I’ve been at the office writing songs 5 days a week for other artists. No rest for the wicked! But it’s been great – not only have I been working weekly with my regular collaborators Rachel Proctor and Tia Sillers, but I’ve also been writing with lots of artists like Whisperin’ Bill Anderson, The Coppolas (Big Machine recording artists from TV’s “Can You Duet”), Atlantic Records’ Jesse Lee, and a bunch of Canadian artists including Johnny Reid, Shane Yellowbird, Jessie Farrell and Doc Walker.
A bunch of my songs are being released by other artists this spring. Johnny Reid’s “Dance With Me” album and tour are named after a song Johnny and I wrote with Tia Sillers. Jesse Lee’s debut single on Atlantic Records in the USA this spring, “It’s a Girl Thing”, was written by myself, Jesse, and Rachel Proctor. The new Canadian duo “One More Girl” has released two of my songs on their new record: “You Don’t Know Me” (which I wrote alone) and “When it Ain’t Raining” (which I wrote with Gretchen Wilson). And the CCMA-winning group “Hey Romeo” has recorded a song we all wrote together called “Searchin’ For You” for their upcoming record.
Thanks for visiting my new site! Please come back and visit regularly!