When I was just a little girl my family told me so many things that would help shape me into the person I am today. One of those things was the idea that “It’s lonely at the top.”
In my mind that didn’t mean they didn’t want me to reach for the top. In my mind it meant that I needed to take others to the top with me. That lesson has never left me and I try to live by it in everthing I do – especially in my teaching. That’s why whenever I have the chance to help a student go to the next level, I do my very best to help them get there.
That’s what happened with my student Mary Rene Quarles. She is the singer featured in the video above. Last spring I started a project called Fun Sized Concerts in which each student would be able to sing songs written by me just for them and perform them LIVE on Facebook. While I was writing Monday Is Coming for Mary Rene’s concert, she had some pretty good ideas for some of the lyrics. That’s how she came to be one of the co-writers of the song!
From then until now she has released her first single at only 13years old and today is releasing her first music video! I am so happy to be able to be on this journey with her. And just in case you’re wondering – yes, you will be seeing more from me and some of my other students as well! This is only the beginning.
Have you ever witnessed Jazz in a boxing ring? That’s what the audience at the inaugural Jazz In The Ring event developed by A Lady Named Pearl and Biggs Boxing did recently. From the moment you walked into the gym there was a feeling of being transported to a funky cool, happy place! I had the distinct pleasure of being one of the featured artists for this one of a kind event AND having my son, Tre’ aka “Mr.Treezy” accompany me on keyboard. Click below to get a taste of what we experienced at Jazz In The Ring.
Are you ready to experience Jazz In The Ring for yourself? Join me at the next one which takes place Saturday, September 2nd at Decatur Boxing Club, 137 New Street in Decatur, GA. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
This just in! Monday Is Coming has just gotten a special connection with PRINCE! Yes, you read that right. See what had happened was… Joe Kelley, host of the Upper Room With Joe Kelley Radio Show liked Monday Is Coming so much that he’s adding it to his playlist starting this week! Now this is not just any radio show – it’s the first radio show to be endorsed by PRINCE! Upper Room with Joe Kelley has been going strong for 35 years.
The show broadcasts 24 hours/ 7 days a week at www.upperroomwithjoekelley.com, and also, live locally, in Fairfield, CT on WVOF 88.5 FM Fairfield University Radio , on Mondays from 6-10pm EST.
Be sure to check out the celebrity artist interviews on www.upperroomwithjoekelley.com AND especially for the PRINCE fans, you’ll definitely want to download the 2 hour Prince Music Interview and Special on the site. You’ll find it on the homepage. So go there, be sure to listen and well you might as well request to hear Monday Is Coming while you’re there! And do me a favor – When you visit www.upperroomwithjoekelley.com leave Joe a comment thanking him for supporting your friend Dana Rice’s Monday Is Coming!
If you’re wondering how this awesome thing happened, let me tell you that it’s Jayne Olderman, producer and one of the co-writers of Monday Is Coming who is responsible for this magical moment. Have you checked out her website yet? You must do so right away! She’s at www.jayneolderman.com
We recently reached a milestone for Dana Rice Music – we did our very first Music Video Shoot! The music video is for vocal student Mary Rene Quarles’ version of “Monday Is Coming”.
We shot at Skate Along USA in Lilburn, GA where skate patrons were able to join us on the set to be part of the video. In keeping with the teen pop theme, Jordan Rice (14yrs old) and Morgan Shaginaw (13yrs old) worked as Director and Assistant Director respectively. Both are students at The Actor’s Scene and study voice with Dana Rice Music. The featured artist, Mary Rene Quarles, also studies at both as well.
VIPs from the teen soap opera In Our Lifetime were in attendance as well as award winning independent filmmaker Akil DuPont. Our exclusive makeup artist for the evening was Brigitte Victoria of UBJ Beauty.
Many thanks to the owners of Skate Along USA for donating a portion of the evening’s proceeds to help us complete part 2 of our music video shoot – date TBA.
Special thanks to all the colleagues, parents, friends, and family who helped make the evening a success!
Keep checking back for updates about the next shoot date and when the final music video will be released. Hey- music video release – sounds like a good excuse to have a party! Hmmmm… stay tuned for that as well!
The great thing about music is… it knows no boundaries!!! Never in a million years would I have guessed that a folk station would play anything I wrote, but that’s exactly what happened on June 17th. Now that was already a significant day since my husband and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary, but then THIS happened…
Artie Martello, the go-to guy for classic folk, indie folk and bluegrass, added the teen pop version of Monday Is Coming (sung by Mary Rene Quarles) to his Mostly Folk Podcast Episode 293! Now what you need to know is this podcast has listeners around the world – the Philippines, Tunisia, Holland, Great Britain, France – you name it! So there you have it – Monday Is Coming is a perfect example of why the podcast is called Mostly Folk – It’s that unexpected little twist in Episode 293 – not true to the genre but counted worthy enough to be included by the one and only Artie Martello! Thanks so much, Artie!
A fun fact about Artie is that before getting into radio and starting his podcast, he was an educator- just like you know who (me)!
My son and I recorded this jazzy version of Monday Is Coming and posted it on Facebook. In under a week the video got 2,000 views! We’re so happy that people are enjoying the song. Please help us bring a few minutes of joy to more people by sharing this post with your friends and family. Let’s go for 3,000 views in the next week.
HUGE Thank You to WJMX founder Jeff Moses for believing in my work and sharing it with the world on Smooth Jazz Boston!!!
Of course I was honored when Smooth Jazz Boston expressed an interest in playing my music, but after listening to the station and hearing the EPIC music they play I am in awe. On the morning of June 6, 2017 I woke up to a message from Jeff Moses saying he would be playing both of the songs I had submitted! First he played Monday Is Coming which is a collaboration between myself, my vocal student Mary Rene Quarles and Jayne Olderman. And to top it off Jeff played Every Everywhere – a tune that is graced with the production skills of my awesome friend Preston Powell.
Thank you Jeff Moses for being responsible for this magical moment!
Here is my reaction – And this is why you should comb your hair before you check your messages in the morning!