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Top 6 Tampa Bay Bands to Know!

I am so honored to be included in I Love The ‘Burg‘s list of 6 Tampa Bay Bands to Know!  This is my first official unsolicited press, and they did a doozy of a write up:

From Michigan, to New York, to the Burg, Kasondra Rose mixes a polished pop sound with a vintage spin that transplants you to a smoky Greenwich Village speakeasy. Her voice is uplifting with a refined kickdrum rhythm with a few classic latin influences mixed in. She’s performed at almost every venue in St. Pete and finds ways to give each audience an altogether unique listening experience. – I Love The ‘Burg

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be among the fine talent listed in the article, which you can read in full here.

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A Song for Film!

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I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve been asked to write a song for an indie movie that will be filmed right here in the ‪‎Tampa Bay‬ area!! “A Favor” has already surpassed its Indie-Go-Go fundraising efforts, they’re offering some stretch rewards, and are doing a huge fundraiser TODAY, Monday, April 6th at Casa Tina’s Restaurant!! More details to come, but please take a minute to read about this project, and consider throwing them a buck or two, maybe eating a taco (or three) at the fundraiser (all food and beverage proceeds go to the film) or simply giving their Facebook Page a “Like!”

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New CD Release

CD-release-show-posterI’m so excited to announce the release of my band’s first CD, and a live one at that!  We had our July 27th performance recorded live at The Hideaway Cafe, and we got it pressed all nice and fancy!!  You can catch the official release party on Friday, March 20th at Green Bench Brewing!!  We’re going to be promoting the album on Studio 10 earlier in the day, so be sure to tune in!

**Now available on iTunes and Spotify**
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New Songs! Free Downloads!

In November, I participated in an online song writing challenge called “National Solo Album Month.”  From their website:

(Inter)National Solo Album Month is a fun, free annual challenge in which musicians write and record an entire solo album during the month of November. NaSoAlMo favours enthusiasm and perseverance rather than perfectionism. It encourages musicians and would-be songwriters to silence their inner critic for thirty days in order to inspire and maximize productivity. The albums are likely to be hastily written, off-time, and out of tune; the main objective is to just do it.

Seeing that I hadn’t written any new songs since December 2013, I thought this might be a fun way to get motivated, and it was!  I do much better when there’s a clearly defined goal, a deadline, and some people to whom I’m even remotely accountable.  I gave myself the creative restraint of not using my guitar to write any of the tunes, and I hammered out 8 new songs.  I used my ukulele to start some out, and ended up writing the first song I’ve ever written on a ukulele – “A Cloud“! I also used the keyboard just a bit, but my main source of laying down a musical foundation was using GarageBand loops.  Towards the end, I did use my guitar for some of the recordings.

Just to be clear, what you’re hearing on these tracks are roughly sketched out songs.  There’s no fancy microphone – literally just my computer’s built-in mic – there’s no autotune, just raw ideas.  I’ve already brought some of these tunes to the band, and we’ve since started playing “Sticky Fingers” and “Sunnyside Up” live out at shows!

For a limited time, you can download these songs FOR FREE via my SoundCloud page!  Enjoy!

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New Year’s Eve!

Have a fun and safe New Year’s Eve celebration, and remember that those two things are not mutually exclusive 😉

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