I get a lot of questions about how I choose artists to perform. There’s a pretty even mix of hunting and gathering going on, with me actively seeking some artists and then accepting requests from those who’ve contacted me. Just for fun, I thought you might like to experience the process I went through when considering our latest booking. It was a lot like this …
[I get email notification that I have an artist inquiry from ConcertsInYourHome.com]
[I click artist profile and play sample video]
“Oh. Wow. Wow! This is really lovely.”
[I read bio]
“An Australian living in Nashville? That’s awesome. How many Facebook likes does he … oh, wow!”
[I search YouTube for more videos]
“HOLY CRAP. This is amazing. A. Mayyyy. Zing.”
[Faint briefly. Come to. Respond to artist inquiry with enthusiastic YES.]
[When I don’t get a reply within 30 minutes, look up artist’s agent info and email her directly, begging to host a show.]
[Sit impatiently for several hours refreshing my email inbox like a nervous teenager if teenagers still emailed.]
[Get a response. Do a little dance.]
[Send YouTube links to everyone I know just so I can say “I KNOW, RIGHT?!”]
[Spend the next three weeks working with the agent to figure out a date that won’t require waiting an entire year because I’m reasonably afraid he’ll get astronomically famous before then and will have to cancel to be on an arena tour.]
And that, friends, is how we came to host Daniel Champagne. I realize he’s not as well known in Memphis as in Melbourne, but I am wholly confident that once you take a listen, you’ll understand exactly why I lost my damn mind trying to make this happen. Because good gravy, he is something else. A vocal warmth and sensitivity that completely draws you in, songwriting so good it seems a little unfair, and fall-to-your-knees-in-awe musicianship. And the accent doesn’t hurt, either.
I can hardly wait until April. I feel a little like I’m walking around with a winning lottery ticket and I’m afraid it will blow away before I get to the Kwik-Chek.
HOLY CRAP, YOU’RE RIGHT ABOUT DANIEL. HOW DO I SEE HIM?
UPDATE: We’re all full up for this show! But don’t give up hope! You can still email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the waiting list and we’ll let you know if a spot opens up.
This show will be Thursday, April 13th, with doors opening at 7pm and music starting PROMPTLY at 7:30. This is a privately hosted event, so please email email@example.com to request an invitation and get location details.
The suggested (minimum!) donation for this event is $20, all of which will go directly to the artist. It’s a party, so delicious food, adult beverages, and copacetic company will be provided. To make a donation*, go here.
*Please keep in mind that if you donate in advance or at the event, your donation is non-refundable. It is not a ticket. It is a freewill offering and not a direct exchange for goods or services. All event donations go directly to the artist immediately after their appearances, whether you’re there or not.