Behind the scenes of "From the Cold"

Enjoy some behind-the-scenes photos from the "From the Cold" session taken by Tyler Scott. If you haven't seen "From the Cold" yet, you can watch it right here.

Live Captured Recordings

Many of you probably know that I recently released a live performance video from a project I'm calling "Live Captured Recordings." The response from that video has been so wonderful, I decided to do what people from the 21st century do when they have something to say—I decided to blog about it.

Really this blog post is just to say thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. For those of you who have supported my music and messaged me over the past several days to say kind words, I just want to say thank you. It may seem like a silly/trivial thing, but your tweets and instas and facebooks and vines and emoticons have been such an encouragement to me. And for those writing from Brazil, South Korea, the UK, and other cool international places, I have no idea how you found my music, but that's totally awesome. Being an independent artist can sometimes feel like shouting down an empty hallway, but all of you have made me feel like there's somebody listening. I just wanted you all to know that I deeply appreciate it.

I'll be writing another post soon to explain how the rest of the videos will be released, but for now, stay tuned. And again, thank you. You guys are the reason I do this.

Come Back Now

A lot of people ask me why "Come Back Now" sounds like it was recorded on an cell phone. Well, here's an explanation:

It was important to me to have one song on the album where I couldn't hide behind production, mixing, or Auto Tune. While I think all of those elements are awesome and totally acceptable, I also wanted my listeners to be able to honestly experience what I sound like—no frills, no gimmicks.

So we set up a microphone in my living room and I sat down and played the song. What you hear is a one-take recording with no editing or overdubs. The only thing we added was the simple piano solo.

Is the recording imperfect? Absolutely. Is it a little bit shaky in a few spots? Yes (dang it). Do I wish I sounded a little better? Gosh yes (dang it again). But the bottom line is that it's honest. It's just me and you in my living room.

My living room, where "Come Back Now" was recorded. 

My living room, where "Come Back Now" was recorded.