Our four day call back session for The Extreme Tour was quite an adventure. We began our 18 hour car ride at 4:30 on Sunday afternoon with a car full of bags, instruments and even a portable piano. What happens when a carload of singers and a piano makes a road trip?
We arrived early and spent some time touring downtown
Nashville. The music scene is exactly as we expected, every restaurant and bar had bands, some had one on every floor! Went to the Grand Ole Opry and the line up was incredible: Toby Keith, Carrie Underwood, Exile, Charles Esten to name a few. WOW!
Thursday morning we went to a workshop with Tom
Jackson. (Producer for Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Shawn Mendes and even Home Free!!!) He put a few singers and one band on stage and worked with them on stage presence, connecting with the audience, call and answer, a good set list, revenue building, etc…The band, Link Union, was from Minnesota, and even invited us to come out for a visit! They were a band of 5 siblings, 1 girl and 4 boys, and were really great!
“The Objective,” which is the name of the event we went to, was a 4 day call back for a tour happening this summer. Every day consisted of “testimonies” from past and current attendees, live performances with critiques from industry professionals, and live performances on the streets of Nashville by the attendees. Some highlights:
Working with Supreme from Wu Tang Gang:
Listening to bands, like “Arms for Elephants” and Doc Holiday, 3 time singer songwriter of the year:
Performing on the streets of Nashville at 10:00 pm:
…and then going to a Cajun restaurant, (absolutely delicious) where the music continued until the wee hours.
The absolute best part of the whole event took place on Sunday when about 100 of us went into a housing project in Nashville and brought our music and beliefs to the people who lived there. The tour brought a large flatbed truck, turned it into a stage and some of the musicians gave a concert. We opened our cases and proceeded to let the children try out our instruments. This is why we went to the event. We wanted the opportunity to bring our music, values and messages into places that are not privileged enough to have instruments and and the means to learn them. Here are a few snap shots of what the day looked like:
Would we do it again? Absolutely! The bands were great, the people phenomenal, the experience tremendous. So many people helped us get to Nashville and we are so grateful. A special thanks to Rev. Fr. Robert J. Grant and the members of St. Patrick’s Church, and The Rev. Linda M. Spiers and the members of Trinity Episcopal from Collinsville, CT. for their support of this trip.
So, update since I started writing this post, The KC Sisters have been officially invited to tour with The Extreme Tour this summer!!!!