New Song, Live Stream, Thank You!

Happy Holidays, music family! 

I hope you are having a beautiful holiday season, surrounded by people who you think are awesome.  Personally I think you’re awesome for reading this email.

As I go over 2017 in my mind while writing this, I’m feeling pretty overwhelmed with gratitude for the adventures that music has brought me on this year.  It took me overseas several times; to produce a record in London, attend a songwriting camp in Sweden, and tour all over Europe with great artist and dear friend Megan Slankard.  It also brought us around the US/Canada on tour, where I got to meet lots of new friends and reconnect with old ones. 

One of the things I’m most grateful for this year is finally getting a chance to work on my second solo album.  It has been 5 years since I released my debut album, A City On A Lake, and I am so thrilled to finally get to share some new music with the world. Last October I launched a Patreon page in order to invite listeners into my creative process as I record the album.  I’d never done anything like that before and had no idea what to expect, and of course I was terrified that it would fail miserably and no one would sign up, not even my mom.

Thankfully my mom proved me wrong, as did so many of you!  Your support has made it possible to do some amazing things like donate $1000 to hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and commit to printing vinyl of my upcoming record, which just blows me away.  But even more importantly, it has rekindled my creative spirit in a way that I honestly haven’t felt in a very long time.  I’ve never been more excited to make music than I am right now, and I just can’t thank you enough for that.  

If you are a fan of what I do and want to support my ability to make music on my terms in the best way possible, may I humbly suggest becoming a patron.  I will be releasing all of my new music here as well as studio and tour videos, sneak peeks at brand new songs and other exclusive content. You will receive the first single "Show Yourself" from my upcoming record (not yet available to the public) instantly when you sign up at any level. Click here to learn more.

NEW SONG - “THE LIGHT” FEATURING MEGAN SLANKARD

I want to share a brand new unreleased song with you, called “The Light.”  Megan and I wrote it a few months ago and filmed a live acoustic performance in her San Francisco apartment right before our Fall tour.  Big thanks to friends Karen Shih and Jordan Rose for their beautiful videography!

The song was inspired by the idea of relative distances… how something like “space” can feel so far away but actually it’s only as far as driving to the town next door, if one were to point their car straight up… and how sometimes you can be standing right next to someone and feel worlds apart.  It hasn't been officially recorded yet, but I wanted to give you guys a first listen as a little holiday present:)  Click here to listen to “The Light”.

If you enjoy the song, I highly recommend you check out Megan’s Patreon page as well!  I’m a big fan of her songwriting... it's creative and unique while remaining totally authentic and heartfelt.  She also has one of my favorite voices in the biz, as demonstrated by this song...

LIVE-STREAMED CONCERT FEATURING SPECIAL GUESTS - EARLY 2018

We recently reached another milestone goal on Patreon which means I can afford to present a full band, live-streamed concert from my studio in Nashville in early 2018.  I’ll be arranging my songs for several musicians including a string ensemble, and I have invited some very special guests to sing with me that you will not want to miss!  If you join Patreon at any level between now and January you will get access to watch the show.  Here’s a little taste of what it might sound like.

Thank you again for being a part of this journey.  It means the world to me.

Much love, 

Alex 

New Album on Patreon!

Dear Music Family,

I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones happy and safe.  My thoughts are with those dealing with the aftermath of the many recent natural disasters around the world.  More on that below…

It’s been a while since my last note. I hope you all had a wonderful summer.  Here are the highlights from mine: I got an inflatable Kayak and went lake camping with Charlotte the dog.  Charlotte got a lifejacket which has handles and is hilarious. I missed the eclipse completely. I got a basil plant and haven’t killed it yet. I spent a lot of time in my studio producing records and working on new music.

Also I’m going to Sweden in a week!  I was invited to the High Coast Songwriting Camp, consisting of 18 songwriters from all over the world.  I have no idea what to expect, but I’m super pumped about getting to meet/work with some super talented artists.  And I wouldn’t be mad if a little of that Swedish pop genius rubbed off on my new record.  Speaking of which…

I’m thrilled to announce that recording for my second solo album is officially underway!

The recording process can often be ridiculously isolated… an artist holes up in a studio, house, or underground bunker for weeks/months/years, does irreparable damage to personal relationships and personal hygiene, and emerges some time later to drop new music on an unsuspecting world. However, I’ve always loved when art is more of a conversation than a monologue, when listeners share their experience of the music and the artist reveals the seed behind an idea and how it becomes a finished song.

I want to invite my listeners into the creative process with the help of Patreon. Here’s how it works: You pledge a small monthly amount (as low as $1) and in return I give you access to cool stuff, like unreleased new songs and demos, behind-the-scenes videos of my production process from my studio, and even private online/in-person concerts and custom-composed music. All Patrons get exclusive access to the songs from the new album as they are completed, long before they are made available to the public. When you sign up at any level you will immediately get access to the first song from my new record, “Show Yourself.”

In light of recent events, I am donating 100% of all first-month proceeds from everyone who pledges by October 31 to disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

It’s a strange time to be a musician as well as a music fan… we often wonder how to best support the independent artists we love… should we buy CDs, stream them on Spotify, or go see them on tour?  If you’re a fan of what I do as an artist, Patreon is THE BEST way to support my ongoing ability to create music and share it with the world. Please consider checking it out!

One more thing: None of this would be possible without the steady hand of my friend and new community manager for this Patreon campaign, Josephine Huynh.  She’s been working tirelessly alongside me to get ready for the launch, helping to design rewards that would be fulfilling for supporters, and helping to keep me on track throughout this process while I was consumed with writing and recording the music and occasionally pulling my hair out.  She’s talented, intelligent and organized, and I know firsthand that her support for the artistic community means the world to us musicians. People like her are a huge reason why we keep doing what we do.  Thank you Josephine!

Thanks so much for being part of this conversation.

Much love,

Alex Wong

European Tour starts next week!

Good evening/morning from London!

I’m currently sitting in a window booth at the Dukes Head pub in High Gate, slowly sipping on Lagavulin Scotch and free internet.  I’m in London for a few weeks producing an album with UK artist Rebecca Promitzer.  Her songs are creative and gorgeous, and I can't wait to share what we've done with all of you!  I am feeling incredibly grateful to get to cross an ocean to make good music with good people.  

Speaking of good people, as soon as recording is done, I will be embarking on a European tour with one of my very favorite artists/humans, Megan Slankard! We can’t wait to play lots of shows, meet lots of people and ride lots of trains.  Here is our tour schedule:


3/22 - LONDON ENGLAND - PRINCESS OF WALES

3/24 - AMSTERDAM NETHERLANDS - HOUSE CONCERT

3/26 - ROTTERDAM NETHERLANDS - HOUSE CONCERT

3/28 - PARIS FRANCE - HOUSE CONCERT

3/29 - LUCERNE SWITZERLAND - CHASLAGER STANS KULTURHAUS

3/30 - COLOGNE GERMANY - AGNES-KLAUSE

3/31 - MARBURG GERMANY - KAISER-WILHEM-TURM

4/1 - YORK ENGLAND - HOUSE CONCERTS YORK

4/2 - LONDON ENGLAND - HOUSE CONCERT

4/4 - COPENHAGEN DENMARK - MOJO BLUES BAR


We'd love it if you would let your friends in those cities know about our shows, or better yet come hang out if you happen to be in the area!

US TOUR RECAP

It’s been a busy month… it started off in February with a whirlwind trip to Kansas City MO to showcase at the International Folk Alliance festival, where I played way too many shows and got way too little sleep. However I also got a chance to play with my dream band of two cellos, which was a true highlight for me... I’ve always wanted to arrange my music for this instrumentation, and to finally be able to hear it live was a total joy.  Thank you to Mai Bloomfield and Sarah Clanton, two amazing musicians and artists in their own right, for bringing these songs to the next level with their talent.  Here’s a clip from one of our shows together.

Immediately following Folk Alliance Megan and I embarked on a tour of the midwest/East coast.  We had a great time playing music, trying to perfect the Philly accent (IT'S HARD) and meeting lots of lovely new people.  I'm pretty sure Charlotte the dog thinks that tour is basically driving a really really really long way to get a meatball in some other town and then turning around and going home.  Here are some pics from the last few weeks:

Seven Steps Up, Spring Lake MI (Charlotte's favorite venue in the country)

Seven Steps Up, Spring Lake MI (Charlotte's favorite venue in the country)

Daytime show at VML Kansas City

Daytime show at VML Kansas City

Top of the Sheraton Hotel, Kansas City

Top of the Sheraton Hotel, Kansas City

My badass trio's first band photo... we'll do better next time

My badass trio's first band photo... we'll do better next time

After our last house concert in Mableton GA

After our last house concert in Mableton GA

With Mai Bloomfield, Sarah Clanton, and Megan Slankard

With Mai Bloomfield, Sarah Clanton, and Megan Slankard

Tour buddles

Tour buddles

Sweetwater Pop-Up Studio @ Folk Alliance

Sweetwater Pop-Up Studio @ Folk Alliance

"We drove around a lot, then got a meatball, then drove back home. Oh I think they played music at some point." - Charlotte discussing tour

"We drove around a lot, then got a meatball, then drove back home. Oh I think they played music at some point." - Charlotte discussing tour

That's it for now.  I have some big announcements regarding brand new music coming very soon, so please stay tuned.  And thanks again for listening, sharing, coming to shows, and staying in touch.  None of this would happen without you.

Much Love,
Alex

 

 

 

 

Performing at Folk Alliance International 2017!

So excited to be selected as an official showcasing artist at this year’s Folk Alliance International festival in Kansas City MO! Here is my showcase schedule if you’ll be in the area this week Feb. 15-19. Hope to see you there!

WED 10:30 – WISCONSIN ROOM (ITR) RM 543
WED 1:30 – STONE ROOM CONCERTS (W/ Becky Warren) RM 610

THU 2PM – CANTINA NAVARRO (RM 540)
THU 2:30PM – STONE ROOM CONCERTS (W/Megan Slankard) RM 610
THURS 3:30PM – COMBOPLATE BOOKING SHOWCASE (W/ Korby Lenker) RM 652
THU 11:30PM – KRAZY KEYBOARDS SHOWCASE RM 608
THU 1AM – 31 TIGERS SHOWCASE (RM 612)

FRI 3:30 – RM 552 ACCESS FILM BLUE (ITR)
FRI 12:30AM – RM 614 MPRESS RECORDS ROOM
FRI 1AM – RM 610 STONE ROOM CONCERTS (W/Robby HechtMai BloomfieldKorby Lenker)

SAT 10:30AM – PRODUCER PANEL, PERSHING EAST/WEST
SAT 2PM – RM 610 STONE ROOM SHOWCASE (W/ Anna Tivel)
SAT 7:45PM – OFFICIAL SHOWCASE, BROOKSIDE
SAT 11PM – RM 604 FREE RANGE RECORDS SHOWCASE

December 2016 Benefit Show in San Francisco

Happy December!

Hope you’re all doing well, or at least recovering from this exhausting season. It’s been an, um, interesting time to say the least (insert nervous laugh here), and after all the divisive energy we’ve all had to endure over the past few months, I’ve been really wanting to put more energy towards things that can bring us together.


In that spirit, I’m super excited to announce a special Holiday show at Doc’s Lab in SF on December 17. I’ll be sharing the stage with three of my favorite Nashville/LA artists: Korby Lenker, Mai Bloomfield, and Robby Hecht. The evening will be presented in-the-round, with all four of us singing and playing on each other’s songs. These are some of the truest artists I know and I feel lucky to get to share the stage with people whose songs have inspired my own writing to be better.
Here are the details:
SATURDAY DEC 17 8PM
ALEX WONG, KORBY LENKER, MAI BLOOMFIELD AND ROBBY HECHT IN THE ROUND
$15 ADV/$20 DOOR

100% of merch sales from this show will benefit the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Coalition. A generous anonymous donor as also offered to match any money raised dollar for dollar so I hope you’ll consider helping a great cause by taking home some extra stocking stuffers this year!


All four of us will be holed up at a studio in the Santa Cruz mountains earlier that week writing and recording a special collaborative album which will be released in early 2017 (more on this later). You may even hear us premiere some of these freshly written tunes at the show!
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There is much more news to share very soon so please stay tuned in early 2017 for some big announcements! Until then, I just want to say how grateful I am for you, the fans and friends I’ve been lucky to get to know through this life in music. Happy holidays and please be good to each other out there.


Much love,
Alex Wong