Welcome to My World...

I am a rock/pop singer based out of Georgetown TX. My sound can be described as backed by dark and dreamy sounding guitars akin to Evanescence, add the sultry sounds of Grace Potter and the clean voice of Ann Wilson from Heart. The songs I write often speak of the yin and yang of love. From haunting memories that sting of love lost to the heights of cloud nine when falling in love, I weave you through relationships beginnings and endings with tales of loves lost and loves found.

Black Roses EP Release Party 

Black Roses EP ArtworkI would like to personally invite you to join me in celebrating the release of my brand new EP, Black Roses - Saturday, November 21st at Two Rivers Tavern. It's been five years since I've released any professionally recorded music and I can't wait to share it with you. The house will be rockin' as I play songs from the record, plus your usual Alex Winters favorites with a full band. It's also your chance to give back a little and help support The Georgetown Project.  $3 from each ticket sold will be donated directly back to the charity.

Tickets are $10 in advance AND come with a copy of the new record. Price will be $15 at the door. 

You can purchase advanced tickets here: http://blackrosesep.bpt.me

The Georgetown Project identifies needs and develops resources and relationships and services so that our youth become caring, capable and resilient individuals.  The initiative was started 19 years ago to monitor the health and well-being of area children through positive relationship building between youth and adults. Community programs developed by the Georgetown Project include Kid City, the After School Action Program, NEST, and the Youth Summit.

So come hang out at one of the coolest venues in Georgetown - Two Rivers Tavern on Saturday, November 21st to hear some killer music and support a fantastic local cause.


Pieces of You 

"The colors are black and gold/The dawn is asking for more/She wants to be treated whole/she wants to be loved like sunshine" 
                                                                                                                                         ~Carrie Akre of Hammerbox
The other day I was listening to a new release by one of my all time favorite artists, and it just wasn't doing it for me. What happened to the edge? What happened to the sadness? Where's the hurt? The empathy? What am I supposed to relate to exactly? And like a lightning bolt in the darkness, I remembered one of my favorite female fronted rock bands - Hammerbox. I immediately did a search on Spotify to see if they had something to fulfill my craving, and they did not disappoint. I hit play and was instantly teleported back to Seattle in the 90s. I could feel the flannel against my skin, the breeze blowing through the holes in my jeans, and the stubble from my freshly manicured mohawk. The grunge scene was exploding. Bands like Mudhoney, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Hammerbox were igniting a fire that no one had felt in a long time. 
Back then I wasn't afraid of anything; I was invincible. I had a large network of friends who were of similar mindset and place in life, and we were unstoppable. We were the lost, the forgotten, the misfits. We took care of each other. We were each others family.  As a 15 year old girl, I spent countless nights wandering the streets with my trusty notebook moving from diner to diner for shelter. Sometimes taking refuge with strangers I met there, not know where I would end up in the morning or what my next move would be. I probably should have been found on the side of the road dead at some point, but I wasn't. 
That was a hundred years ago now, a lifetime away from where I'm at nowadays. I've repaired many of the bridges I'd burned. I have a stable job, reliable transportation, and a roof over my head, which were the three things I wanted for myself back then. I remember so many names and faces of the people who helped me, whom I am grateful for every day. I have even reconnected with some of them online. You may be one of those people reading this right now, and if you are, I want to thank you. Thank you for taking care of me. Thank you for making sure I had a place to crash, a meal to eat, a ride, a shoulder, whatever I needed at that time. 
I also want to thank you for supporting me in my music endeavors, for in every song I write is a little piece of you. 

William Shatner - It's His World We Just Live In It 

A couple of years ago I got to attend a performance from one of my heroes, William Shatner. The show was called "Shatner's World: We Just Live In It". Aside from just being an amazingly entertaining walk-through of his life, one message resonated with me through out the entire performance: SAY YES TO THINGS! about half way through the performance the light bulb came on. He's had a pretty fun and amazing career doing pretty much whatever because he DIDN'T SAY NO. He wasn't afraid to jump into a project, regardless of the outcome. He wasn't ever doing things because it was going to take him somewhere. He just did them because he thought it sounded like fun. And how can you go wrong if you're just going through your life having fun? I wish I would have seen this performance ages ago. After that, I stopped saying no. Even if I felt I wasn't ready. Even if I was scared out of my mind, I said yes, and then I got prepared to do the thing. And then I did the thing, and it was AWESOME! 

I've had such a long hard battle with stage fright that it's taken me until just in the past couple of years to really come out of my shell. It wasn't that long ago that if you and I were sitting in a room and you asked me to play a song for you I would have instantly become terrified and immediately said no. You may have said "pretty please," you may have even begged a little, but the response was still the same. There was no way in HELL I was going to sing for you because I was absolutely terrified. What's funny about this is that before I moved to Texas I was in a band for several years - you would think that I would have gotten over that, but performing by myself was so scary that I let my fear overcome me. Well, NO MORE! No longer will I let my fear stand in my way! I'm ready to tackle the next thing so bring it!

Many of you have been following my journey for a long time now, and a good portion of you have played a major role in the continuation of my musical pursuits and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Had it not been for all of your kind words and encouragement I would not be where I am today.  

General Tomfoolery 

Last night’s gig at Grape Creek Vineyard in Georgetown was awesome, started out a little warm and muggy, but it cooled off nicely. My friend Victor Bustos joined me for most of the show as well, which is always a welcome treat for me.

It was a little rough at first vocally due to the humidity, but I got into a groove after a bit. It’s like it cuts off all of my lower range - but once I figured that out, I just tried to raise the songs up a bit and then I was ok. If anyone reading this has any tips for that, I would love to hear them. I tried water, wine, more water, more wine, nothing seemed to do the trick. ;)

At the beginning of my second set, a couple on their hog came and parked in the alley off to the side of the stage. I waved at them and asked if they were there to hear me play, and they said they were so I played a song to them. After the song ended, I gave them a proper rock star jump ending, they started up their bike and rode off into the sunset. I thought that was pretty bad ass!

I also got to break out my joke book and share a few new jokes with the audience. The new material seemed to go pretty well. For example: Why did the strawberry need a lawyer? Because it was in a jam! Which was followed by the entire crowd “aw” ing me. Silly, silly fun.

After the show I got to head over to see Victor play in his band Rotel and The Hot Tomatoes. They’re kind of a big deal around Austin - they play some pretty big events like at the Spurs games. They have a horn section, and the three ladies that sing dress up in full consumes and have amazing voices and fun choreography. The picture is of us during one of their breaks. We just had to have a tequila shot (I take mine chilled and dressed, with lemon)...

In other news, I was interviewed by one of my fellow GoGirls, Solveig Whittle, about my recent Concert Window performance. You can read about that here. If you’re a musician and are thinking about doing this, DO IT. It’s so easy, and the best part is you don’t have to haul your gear anywhere! Just set up in your house and go! Here’s the link to get you started: http://www.concertwindow.com/create-a-show/65rzif224ba. Also, if you were one of the attendees and I haven’t touched base with you yet, I would love to hear your thoughts! It was my first time doing something like that so I appreciate any feedback you have for me.

Lady Indie Music Blog also did a really nice artist feature write-up on me this month, you can check that out here.

Well that’s all for now, folks! Until next time… Keep your hat close and your mustache closer!


Chasing the White Rabbit March 30, 2014 

On any given day, if you ask me how I am I will typically answer one of two ways: Fabulous or Busy. Both really mean the same thing for me. See, I am a superhero by day (I save people from themselves when they make bad accounting/inventory mistakes) and a musicpraneueur, musicpreneuer, musicpreneur, whatever, indie artist by night. What this means is, I get up in the morning, go to work rescuing the poor souls from themselves, then I come home and work at being a rock star. 

Being an indie artist is hard. I don’t mean that in a negative way, it just is. If you’re going to make any money at all, or gain any sort of popularity it is a long slow road to get there. Especially when you aren’t a fan of living out of your car and work a day job like me. For the past several months I have been working on developing this lovely new web site with the peeps from Section101. It took a lot longer than I was hoping it would, but that’s typical when you have a schedule like mine. Anyways, it’s done now, and it should serve me well going forward. I hope y’all enjoy it!

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of working side by side with some amazingly hard working people for the Invasion of the GoGirls showcase during SXSW. Madalyn Sklar, the GoGirls fearless leader let me stage manage for the entire showcase, and I loved every minute of it. It was such a great opportunity to get to work the showcase, and the best part was that I got to meet every single artist. I understand if you’re jealous. I would be. :)

So now that SXSW is over and the web site is published, I’m trying to figure out what’s next. Back to marketing and writing I suppose. Always gotta be working on that. 

Well that’s all for now, until next time!


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