Now, before this Ottawa trip, I was touring with the fantastic Il Divo on the American leg of their world tour. This part of the tour lasted about a month -but really did fly by. I had such a ball performing in front of some huge and truly wonderful crowds! I also had a fantastic band backing me who really knew what they were doing and gave me the freedom to have fun on stage! Thanks guys!! The first show was in Wallingford, Conneticut, and having just arrived in the US two days prior, with one day to rehearse with my new band in New York, and having never met the 'Il Divo' guys before, you can imagine, I was a little apprehensive�but bursting with excitement. My set went pretty well I thought, considering it was the first night, although looking back now it's all a blur!
I can't skate, but I can pose!!
Indulging my sweet tooth in the Canadian tradition!
Backstage with Il Divo
I have to say, the ID guys were all very welcoming (and very charming!); I have really enjoyed working alongside them over the past month. As my band and I are travelling on a different schedule to them, both of us with varying commitments, 'socialising' time is usually brief, but always enjoyable. Anyway, congrats to them all for a fantastic tour so far!
My band, on the other hand, has had to put up with my girliness and all my other annoying quirks 24/7! We've shared some wonderful, interesting and a few not-so-interesting experiences on our travels�including a marathon trip from Detroit to Chicago where our flight (directly after the show) was 'postponed' until 9am or something due to harsh weather conditions and with a TV performance the following morning in Chicago, we had no other choice but to drive through the night�and the blizzard�arriving in time to squeeze in 3hrs sleep before my TV appearance and then leaving me a couple of hours to rest (I can't sleep during the day) before the show! Whew. But we got through it!
from left to right: Rick (our tech guy), Askold, Robert, Jeff, Dave, Ali (our tour manager) and me! Enjoying our evening meal having just come off stage!Up on stage, I know we all had a blast. It was a new combination of instruments for me -drums (Dave Halpern), guitar (electric and acoustic)(Askold Buk), bass (Robert Greenfield) and piano (Jeff Franzel) -but looking at the size of the venues I would be playing, we needed that drive�the drums! One of my favourite songs that I performed in my set was the song 'The Mummers Dance' which I'd really only performed live for the first time in January on my New Zealand tour. It was written by the fantastic Loreena McKennitt whom I admire greatly. I also performed the song 'Never Saw Blue' -from my album 'Odyssey' -with the writer of the song and also my Musical Director, Jeff Franzel, on piano. We got such warm receptions from the audiences (many standing ovations too -yeah!) that I can't wait to come back and do my own tour!
Now, let's go back to my New Zealand tour in January which preceded the ID tour. All I can say is, it was so nice to back on my home soil and have the opportunity to sing for and meet up with the people who have supported me right from the very beginning. A big thank you to all for your continued support.
And briefly, my NZ holiday -well, it went way too quickly. Coming back home and being back amongst the people that know you best is so grounding and comforting. I miss you all!! Although hopefully I'll be seeing you soon Sophie?! Right??! ;)
I could keep rambling on, but I had better sign off, as time is ticking on (and my tummy's rumbling!).
Take care all of you!!
Lots of love,
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