My mom was working at a coffee shop and had talked many times with a woman there who was a music producer, Karen. She mentioned to Karen that my band had produced a demo, she got the demo to her, Karen liked what she heard, and . . . she wanted to try out how my bandmate and I worked together with her business partner Phil Ramone, the 14-time Grammy-winning producer of artists like Paul Simon and Billy Joel. Two weeks later, I was in New York with my bandmate playing a set for this legendary musical icon. After we were done, I was chatting with Phil and I remember he said something like: “I don’t know where she found you, but she did good. But I still can’t believe she found you in Milwaukee.”
I felt validated. I had been practicing with my band in a warehouse, making demos in my bedroom, and working part time as a math tutor (I went to school for math and economics). Now, I split my time between Los Angeles and New York as a singer, songwriter, and musician. You should talk to my manager–she’d have some incredible stories to share. She’s probably in the Hotel at this moment. She loves it here.
[Editor’s Note: Sadly, Phil Ramone passed away in 2013 at the age of 79.]
[Editor’s Other Note: I have Karen’s number. Time to dust off my guitar!]