In today’s post I’m really happy to announce that the release date for my single “I Breathe You In” is Friday 26th April.

This is probably the most singer/songwriter track on my upcoming album and it was voted as a single release by members of my facebook group “Laini’s Beach Shack”.  If you’d like to join the group (which is open to all my newsletter subscribers) then just head over here and post your best e-mail address in after clicking on the JOIN tab.  Laini’s Beach Shack facebook group

And, in my last post I promised you that I would share a sneak preview of the track and Music Video, so trra trra – here it is!

Sneak Preview “I breathe you in”

I’m really looking forward to sharing the full version with you now!

Until then, take care,

Laini xx

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The quick answer is some exciting news and shares on my upcoming second album “Take A Breath” 😀

Firstly though, thank you everyone who wrote to me after my last post – I’m glad you found it interesting to read about the concept behind the music video for the first single release, also called “Take A Breath”.

It’s getting closer and closer now to the album release and I’ll soon be putting up a link for anyone who would like to pre-order the physical CD, so watch this space.

In this post however, I promised that I would share with you the full album artwork, created by my wonderful friend in Louisiana – Tammy Stewart.   One thing I absolutely love about modern times and technology is the way that is connects people from all over the world and allows collaborations which would never before have been possible.

I first met Tammy through Twitter and fell immediately in love with the way she created beautiful fantasy art out of her photography.  We got chatting and got to know each other and when I started thinking about the artwork for my second album, I approached to see if she would be interested.

Thankfully she was absolutely over the moon and for the next few weeks we collaborated – she asking me to send her photos in certain poses (many thanks to Mike Raine and Pamela Rosalynde for taking the photos!) which she then worked into the artwork and sent to me for consideration.

Here is the finished artwork which I absolutely love – I hope you do too!

If you would like to see more of Tammy’s artwork just head across to her facebook pages Tammy Stewart and LeBelAgePhoto

Before I release the album though, I am going to release one more single “I Breathe You In” as voted by members of my Beach Shack facebook group (which is open to all of my newsletter subscribers – just click on the link at the bottom of this newsletter if you would like to sign up and join in the fun) and this week I’ve been concentrating on starting work on the Music Video.

On Wednesday I woke up to a gorgeous late summer day and so, on the spur of the moment decided to take advantage of it to head down to Roches Beach, 20 minutes away, to shoot some video footage.

Thankfully the beach was virtually empty – just one couple walking their dog wondering who this mad woman was singing loudly to herself and prancing around on the beach 😂. It was such fun though and a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. I always feel so happy at the beach!  Here is a photo:

I’m really looking forward now to being able to share the finished video with you – just lots and lots of editing first 😂!

Finally, a bit of exciting news for me this week! Yesterday morning I woke up to discover that I’d been included in Episode 6 of the ‘Taking Off Podcast’ broadcast all the way from Peterborough in England!  Chris, the Producer, supports Indie music from all over the world and it feels such an honour to be included amongst so much musical talent!  Here is a link to the episode for all of you who are interested in listening – I appear with 2 tracks at  01.28.47

Taking Off Podcast Episode 6

So, next time I write I’ll be able to announce the release date for my second single and also I’m hoping to be able to give you a sneak preview of the music video.

Until then, take care

Laini xx

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First of all, thank you to everyone who listened to my new single ‘Take A Breath’ and watched my Music Video. I’ve received so many wonderful and supportive  comments and it’s hard to explain how much those mean to me.  I’ve never found it easy putting myself ‘out there’ – grit my teeth every time before I click the ‘send’ or ‘share’ button – so your support and encouragement is so, so appreciated – thank you again!

Today though, I thought you might find it interesting to read about the concept behind the video and how the video was put together.

Some of you may remember that a few months ago I had an “Album” listening party in my facebook group “Laini’s Beach Shack (which is open to all my newsletter subscribers) so that the members could help me choose the first single release.

Once ‘Take A Breath’ had been chosen, myself and Mike Raine began wracking our brains for a Music Video idea to accompany it.

Mike said that he’d always fancied having a go at an animated movie and suggested me singing in front of a hand-drawn and static background, interacting with moving, animated things going on in the foreground – this is a screen shot from a short movie clip he sent me as an example, with the shark moving across the scene).

I thought it was a great idea but realised that we somehow had to make the foreground scenes interesting and different between the verses, chorus’s and instrumental section so that it told a story.  And so I started brainstorming – adding little ideas and scenes to the story in my head as I went out for my daily walks – such a great time to have creative headspace!

Finally I had a concept to send Mike to see what he thought – I knew it was probably far more complex than he was imagining, but I just knew that, being the sort of person that he is, he would be up for the challenge!

After reading through the complex his reply to me was “Ambitious!!!………….let’s see if we can make this work!” Oh yay – I love working with Mike!!

Here is the concept I sent him:

 

Yes, it was complex!  Mike slowly put the background images and animations together, whilst I concentrated on shooting my green screen footage and animating the falling scene. Here is one of the stills from the green screen footage used to create the falling animation.

 

It took us several weeks and, whilst we did vary slightly from the concept, you’ll see if you take a look at the video again (below) we were pretty close!

Take A Breath Music Video

I really hope you’ve found this interesting.  If you’ve any questions or if there’s anything else you’d like to know about it, please just e-mail me – I love answering any questions you’ve got.

For those of you who would like to stream the track on Spotify and/or add it to you playlists, here is the link:

“Take A Breath” on Spotify

Please do share the track and/or Music Video with any of your friends or family who you think would enjoy it – it would be a huge support to me!

In my next post I’ll share with you the wonderful full album artwork that has been created for me by Tammy Stewart, one of my facebook groupBeach Shack members.  And don’t forget, if you’d like to join my facebook group then you just need to sign up for my newsletters here and I’ll send you a joining link

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Until next time, take care,

Laini xx

I am so excited today to finally share with you my new track “Take A Breath” which is the first single release from my upcoming album of the same name

The whole album and this single have been a long time coming, as 2018 and the early part of this year have been a very unsettled period in my life, firstly with my Husband, Peter’s accident which meant we had to move off our boat and into rental accommodation whilst he recovered, and then back to the boat this last week.

The release of this single though, coinciding with our return to the boat, feels like the start of a new chapter and settled times to come.

I’m really looking forward now to releasing the album itself in a few weeks time together with 2-3 more singles over the next few months.

Meanwhile, I really hope you enjoy this track and watching the Music Video!  If you do enjoy it, then you can download it here.

It is also available for streaming on Spotify and Youtube and it would be wonderful if you could share it with all your family and friends (and even add it to your playlists which would be fantastic!)

Until next time, take care,

Laini xx