Moonlit Pond Records is pleased to announce the release of “Mountaintops and Oceans” by Jan Blaising Music.
Jan’s new single, “Mountaintops and Oceans,” is a song Jan wrote to honor her Mom. The song tells the story of a woman who overcame significant obstacles in her early life through love and faith. It describes the ways Jan’s Mom brought gifts of grace and grandeur from her early home in Washington state to the Indiana plains, where she met and married a minister and raised a family. “Mountaintops and Oceans” is a timely song to honor mothers everywhere.
“Such a beautiful song ~ like a fresh mountain stream ~ and your voice and the production are impeccable!” ~ Beth Nielsen Chapman (bncmasterclasses.com)
When Beth Nielsen Chapman said Jan’s song are “like a fresh mountain stream” she must have just listened to, “Mountaintops and Oceans,” Jan’s award-winning song! With much anticipation, Moonlit Pond Records is pleased to announce the lyric video release to this fabulous song. Stay tuned on social media and Jan Blaising Music for the May 1st premier!
A couple of years ago three of the four Kelly Girls vacationed in Ireland. They rented a Narrowboat from Barrowline Cruisers. Their experience floating along the canals inspired this song (along with some time spent in the pubs!) We hope you like the award-winning song, “Reeds On The River” – Written by Nancy Beaudette.
The Finalist Concert for the GRASSY HILL KERRVILLE NEW FOLK SONGWRITING COMPETITION FOR EMERGING SONGWRITERS will be held during the 49th Annual Kerrville Folk Festival Oct. 8 – 18, 2020. Out of a more than 700 entries, 24 songwriters have been selected as Finalists. The 24 Finalists will perform at the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Finalists Concerts on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9th & 10th. During the evening Kennedy Theater show, Oct. 10th, the 6 New Folk Winners will be announced. The following day, Sunday Oct. 11th, the 6 New Folk Award Winners will each play 20-minute sets of original material during the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Award Winners Concert. All New Folk concerts will be staged at the Threadgill Theater from 1-4 PM in the Quiet Valley Ranch campgrounds, 9 miles south of the city of Kerrville on TX Hwy 16. All 24 New Folk Finalists will receive prizes, the 6 New Folk Award Winners will receive additional prizes including $650 in prize money!
New Moonlit Pond Records Artist – Jan Blaising – has been writing with Nancy Beaudette for a couple of years now. Currently, Nancy (along with collegue Connie Mims) is co-producing her first CD. “It’s a real joy to watch Jan blossom as a songwriter and even a bigger thrill to have seen her reaction when I told her she won a songwriting award!”
Last spring they wrote an incredible song together about Jan’s mother, a woman who grew up on the west coast and then moved to the central plains to take up residence as a minister’s wife.
Nancy secretly entered “Mountains Tops and Oceans” in the Christian/Inspirational category of the Great American Song Contest last fall, and March 31, 2020, it was named 2nd Place Finalist.
The CD, which will be called, “Faith, Hope and Love”, will be released in the coming months. Moonlit Pond Records is really excited for you to hear all of the songs included on this project. We will keep you posted.
We have an incredible line up for the first six months of our 2020 Kerrville North Songwriter Series. Every third Thursday of the month, three songwriters will share the Ballroom Stage at The Bull Run Restaurant in Shirley, MA. The series is hosted by award-winning songwriter Nancy Beaudette.
Louisa Branscomb‘s 2019 release is a contender in the first round of voting for a Grammy. She is nominated in two catagories, Best Bluegrass Album and Best American Roots Performance.
This is a spectacular recording which is currently at the top of the bluegrass and roots music charts. We are really proud to have one of Nancy’s songs included on this recording! “End of the Line” was co-written by Louisa Branscomb and Nancy Beaudette, and features the vocals of two-time Grammy winner Becky Buller.
Bests of luck and may the Grammy winds be in your favour!
Nancy Beaudette met Louisa Branscomb at a festival a few years back, and they’ve been friends and co-writers ever since. We are thrilled to tell you their song “End Of The Line” is included on Louisa’s new CD release, “Gonna Love Anyway”.
Bluegrass fans will surely know the song, “Steel Rails”, recorded by Alison Krauss in 1990 which was a billboard success and went on to earn her a grammy. That song was written by Louisa and helped to propel her songwriting career to what it is today – she has either won or has been nominated for the industries most prestigious bluegrass awards.
This album features a new version of “Steel Rails” and a phenomenal group of singers and instrumentalists, like Tina Adair, Dale Ann Bradley, Alison Brown, and many more, all performing their versions of Branscomb’s songs. Two-time Grammy winner Becky Buller takes the lead vocals on “End of the Line”.
Co-producer Missy Raines helped select the songs for the album and explains, “We took a designer approach to thinking of who we felt best matched each song.”
There is a wonderful theme of ‘trains’ that rolls through this project. In Louisa’s own words, “Trains know where they are going. They are going to take every bend, it’s just the way it is. They go through it all– the mountains, deserts, seaboard cities, deserted farms, hobo camps. They carry people to their dreams, their homes, and their deaths. They are courageous in their power and in their giving in. Even with all that iron and steel and fire, they accept. They surrender to the track, to what lies ahead.They are hope, wisdom, and courage.”
We sincerely hope you’ll get yourself a copy of “Gonna Love Anyway”, and especially have a listen to “End of the Line”, appropriately placed as the last cut on the album, but certainly not the least among this superb song collection.
From the moment I set foot on Quiet Valley Ranch, I knew I was in for a truly rare and exceptional weekend. At the Kerrville Folk Festival registration building, I was given a special button that said, “Performer”, and among festival goers, the prestige of being a “NEW FOLK ARTIST” was the equivalent of rock star status.
Me and thirty-one other New Folk Finalists were invited to make Rouse House our home base for the duration of the festival. Deb and Lindsey, our hosts, went above and beyond to make sure we felt at home, and their camp was the perfect place to get to know one another and build community throughout our stay. I can’t thank them enough for all they do to support artists. Deb and Lindsey are extraordinary people.
The songwriting competition itself was less competitive than one would think. We learned from the judges, previous finalists or winners, and the festival director Dalis Allen, the real impetus for New Folk is to create a place where great songwriters from around the world can connect and collaborate with one another. It really is a beautiful mandate and one I certainly took to heart.
I was among the first eight performers to play on Saturday, May 26th, on the ThreadgillStage. Thankfully I was able to switch out nervousness for excitement and was pleased with how I presented my two songs. (By the way, we had to play the two songs we used to enter the contest which for me were “Reeds on the River” and “Six Pack”)
Out of thirty-two performers, only six can win. Everyone else places seventh, and over the years this has become known as Club Seven; I’m proud to be a full-fledged member. I will be eternally grateful for the opportunity to showcase alongside so many fabulous songwriters at such a prestigious venue. Thank you.