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MARCH 6, 2015

We hopped back in the mustang and cruised across LA to visit Tom Stephens. He was Amanda Marshall’s producer and helped her sell about 5 million records, and he sold like 20 million records as a member of the Jeff Healy Band. Stevie thought he’d be a perfect guy to give me some advice about breaking on to radio.

When we got to his place, we listened to a bunch of tracks together. He was awesome at spotting things in the music that radio programmers and listeners, especially on Canadian radio are looking for – the little hooks and unique qualities that help a song cut through the static and become a hit. The good news is that he thinks my voice has a distinctive quality. Yihh!

We ended the night at Stevie’s session space where his band Mass Mental rehearses.

I met Robert Trujillo from Metallica and we were in Tenacious D’s rehearsal space….there is something about being around all these people that has realized their dreams that makes you want to work your ass off because if I’ve learned anything in LA, that’s how they did….hard, hard work and you have to be a perfectionist.