My personal experience as an Artist

Hi there . My name is Jeri James and I am the Morning cup host and dj for the webcast reddirtrootsradio.com. I have another edition of the Morning Cup Re-Cap to report to you and I thank you for clicking on this post.

First of all , I want to be transparent with you. I am not a news source. I am just a songwriter, singer, mother and housewife that has a passion for the art of music and with the backing and permission of a few, I am able to host this webcast. Anything I say can and will be held against me because of the nature of the generation in which we live. So I feel it necessary to say, my opinions are mine and if I make reference, I will do the best in my ability to site my source. Ultimately, I talk about the things that interest me in  music , in the music industry and in the musicians.

This morning was really interesting to me because I got to talk a little about what its like to step out on a new project not knowing number one what I was getting myself into. Number 2 how much it was going to cost total and number 3  how to trouble shoot the issues I was facing without stalling the progress of the Album release.

When I began building my first album in 2009 I had no idea that it was going to cost our family in excess of about 10,000. The list of expenses was insane and we really couldn’t afford to do what we were doing but we managed to scrimp and save and get the project done with resources that came to us over a 5 year period.

I also had no idea that I was biting off more than I could chew when I crammed 17 songs into one album. Looking back now, I feel like I completely hyper extended myself and my family like an armpit out of joint! Ouch. If I build another album, next go round, I will only have a max of 12 songs on that disc.

Troubleshooting. It seems like the story of my life. If you put me in a pitch black room with articles of clothing, I would naturally step into the light afterwards wearing everything backwards and upside down. And why is that when I drop my buttere toast on the kitchen floor it has to land on the buttered side? I cannot tell you but that is my only certificate from the school of hard knocks, where I learn wisdom  from failing the first go round. People always say, “Smarter , not harder” and I look at them sort of funny because I don’t always know what that means and when in doubt hiring it out was not , is not and will not always be option so I guess I’ll have to stick with slowing down and asking questions as well as continuing to make mistakes along the way. Theres many different ways to cook an egg as there are ways to build an album, so maybe that is why many folks start with just one song at a time. I can recommend that now!

I believe its’ called an Ep and I believe that’s also a wrap withe recap. As Always, thanks for tuning in and y’all have a good one!!!


I have a few albums left if you’re interested…here’s the link.

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