The world premier of “A Fairy Tale Life? A Musical” was held at Luther Burbank Middle School in Lancaster, MA on Friday, March 11, 2016, to a full house and jubilant cast and crew.
Award winning Canadian singer and songwriter, Nancy Beaudette, and writer and playwright, Paula Castner, have combined their talents to produce a whimsical play about teenage angst and the role of choices. Ebullient, thoughtful songs and embellished, realistic characters make for an entertaining amalgamation.
Four high school students – Josh, Marissa, Brian, and Kelly – wrestle with dating, making friends, desires versus limitations, and self-esteem. All the while, the Fairy Godmother has brought the Evil Queen to watch the teenage dramas unfold as part of the Evil Queen’s rehabilitation for putting Snow White to sleep. Josh, Marissa, Brian, and Kelly wish their lives could match the fairy tales they grew up listening to, and the Evil Queen blames Snow White for all her problems. How all five come to learn lessons about living will regale audiences of all ages.
We are delighted to announce that Nancy Beaudette has three new song awards!! SAW proudly presents the Annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (MASC) to help songwriters receive recognition for their work and to further excellence in songwriting through education. Founded in 1983, MASC is one of the longest-running contests in the United States, and attracts entries from around the world. Nancy was the only entrant this year to have multiple songs selected by the judges.
“Something Tells Me” – Silver (2nd) in Folk/Acoustic category “Company of Stones” – Honourable Mention in Folk/Acoustic category “You Got It Goin’ On” – Finalist (3rd) in Open category
Blending brave and honest songwriting, first-rate musicianship, and a huge helping of native Canadian wit, Nancy Beaudette is an artist of songs and heart. She was raised near Cornwall, Ontario, a place sustained by farming and millwork where French and English languages were friendly neighbours. Her new CD, “South Branch Road”, delves into those roots, weaving a nostalgic past into lush songs of familial history, good-humored folly and poignant observations of life and loss.
Order your copy of “South Branch Road” today. Available on Nancy’s website in both physical and digital forms. Also available for download on CDBaby and itunes.
Moonlit Pond Records is pleased to announce the inclusion of New England Recording Artist Shanna Jackman under their umbrella of Artist Support. Shanna had been best known for headlining the band “Not In Kansas”, but as of Spring 2013, she left the band to focus on a solo career. MPR’s Nancy Beaudette met Shanna a few years back and had been keeping an eye on her progress; the opportunity for collaboration was ripe. There is a growing, and perhaps under-tapped concentration of country music artists in North Eastern United States, and Shanna is at the top of the pack! At the invitation of Nancy, Texas songwriter Connie Mims climbed aboard the writing team that would take Shanna all the way to Nashville, TN!
The anthem single “We’ve Got Your Back” will be released on September 11th, 2013.
Shanna’s self-title debut EP will be released on September 26, 2013 at the Charlie Horse in West Bridgewater, MA.
The CD will be available on iTunes and CDBaby, and on the Shanna’s website.
Grammy nominated / Nashville recording artist, Natasha Borzilova, played a show at the famed Rutledge, one of Nashville’s premier live music venues, on July 22. She graciously invited Nancy on stage to sing “Dust”, a song they wrote together. Enjoy!
It took three days to record six songs, a year to write them, an incredible team of family, friends and fans supporting the project, and a life-long dream of getting to Nashville – and now Shanna can put a big check mark on her bucket list!
Photos top row: Shanna with BMG Engineer Troy, Row 2: Shanna & BMG engineer listening to playback, , Connie Mims and Nancy in the vocal booth, Row 3: Shanna in Nancy’s Studio recording worktapes, Nancy holding finished CD’s, Row 4: Celebratory dancing after the last song was tracked.
Co-writing is a challenging task. Sometimes it works and other times you just have to chalk it up to experience. Fortunately for the team of Shanna Jackman, Connie Mims and myself, the chemistry is right on the mark. WMRC Radio in Milford Maagrees. “In My Truck” wasrecently selected as ‘the best single’ at its awards night May 18. Shanna will be in Nashville in July to record this and five other songs written by our threesome, and Connie and I will be in the studio to assist. I will let you know when this project is ready to be released!
FOLKDJ-L is an electronic discussion group for DJs and other people interested in all folk-based music (bluegrass, old-time, traditional balladry, traditional international music, singer-songwriters, etc.) on the radio. With over nine hundred subscribers from all corners of the earth, they are a lively bunch with a unique perspective on folk music.
Based on playlists posted to folkdj-l, Richard Gillmann of KBCS compiles monthly top-70 album airplay lists. Nancy Beaudette’s Holiday CD “Fa La La” was among the top 70 Cd’s played in December 2012.
What do Cheryl Wheeler, Pete Seeger, Christine Lavin, Woody Guthrie, John Gorka, Ani DiFranco, Tom Paxton, Jean Redpath, Bob Newhart, Robin & Linda Williams, Mike Nichols & Elaine May, Odetta, Mitchell & Webb, Carrie Newcomer, Big Bill Broonzy, and Susan Werner – and now Nancy Beaudette – have in common?
They and thousands of other traditional and contemporary folk performers, avant-garde singer-songwriters comedians and satirists fill a three hour entertainment that we call The Midnight Special. Nancy and her Holiday CD “Fa La La” are among Rich’s picks this week.“It’s an honour to be on Rich’s playlist – but to be one of his favourites is truly humbling,” says Nancy.
The Midnight Special is an syndicated radio program recognized as one of the premier broadcasts in the folk music world. It is broadcast on WFMT, 98.7 FM from Chicago.
Show host, Rich Warren grew up in Evanston, Illinois, fascinated by radio. He even operated a radio station from his bedroom with a toy transmitter connected to an illegally long antenna, and was ultimately reprimanded by the FCC. The programming? Classical, folk, and showtunes. His passion flourished into an esteemed career in broadcasting and print media. He is a freelance contributor to newpapers and magazines, and reviews folk music recordings for Sing Out!, the national folk song magazine. He is an active member of the North American Folk Alliance and has served on its board.
“Nancy Beaudette calls her Christmas CD Fa La La and the warm rhythm everybody associates with that refrain sums up the entire album. Beaudette has loaded this CD like a Christmas stocking with all sorts of embraceable goodies.”
“Solo acoustic number “In Our Home” has as much homey feeling as it does talent. Beaudette creates plenty of texture with just the two instruments. She caresses her vocal notes and presses her guitar notes into something that makes you feel what she felt during the holidays in her childhood home. Many listeners will likely relate to this one.”
“Beaudette offers a lot of holiday sentiment in this release Fa La La. She explores the holiday in all of its various implications, from the birth of a special child to a person who is alone for the holidays after a broken relationship. Beaudette’s voice, guitar, songwriting and her support players are all in top form here. This CD should make an excellent stocking stuffer but it is also a whole lot more.”
Bill Copeland is a music journalist with over 20 years experience writing about the music industry. Bill writes articles and reviews about bands, singers, songwriters, and soloists. BillCopelandMusicNews.com is a for-profit on-line music magazine.