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So Much for Slowing Down

Oct 17, 2016

It’s official, baby Kamps has arrived! I’m now a father to a precious daughter named “Luna Mae Aafje Kamps“. Luna was welcomed into the family on October 7th and 4:11 AM. She weighed 8 lbs and 4 oz, and was 53 cm long! I can hardly believe Lauren was able to keep all that tucked away somewhere. Mommy and baby are doing well and we are all adjusting to this new and exciting change. I’m doing pretty good as well, just trying to balance being a relatively sleepless spouse, father, musician, and songwriter – but it’s all good. I’m up for the challenge.

Other exciting news is that we’re already fielding various festivals confirmations for next year – this is a really great feeling. If there are festivals that you think we should perform at, please let us know. Lauren and I are also super stoked to showcase some new material to audiences and hope to have a new record out for next summer. We are also working on plans to tour Europe again at the start of 2017, though some plans may be altered due to Luna joining us – extra diaper bags are going to be a must.

Yet another bit of news is this: Porch Swing Entertainment and Sojourner Music have merged businesses and I am now working alongside Laurie Brown and Stephanie Bakker-Hopf as an Artist Mentor & Music Career Coach. Laurie and I first discussed this idea back in 2013 so these plans have been in the works for a while now, and it’s great to finally be able to share them with the world. If you know of emerging artists or bands wanting to take their careers to the next level, please send them my way!

Lastly, a couple of months ago Lauren and I had the pleasure of performing at Sofar Sounds Calgary, where we were able to shoot a live performance of “From The Start” one calm August evening. We hope you enjoy!

Entering A New Season

Sep 30, 2016

The leaves are beginning to display that old familiar rusted hue and the mountain air is getting crisper by the day. The fall is now upon us and we’ve started reflecting on this past touring season, where we had a great time meeting new folks and making some great friendships along the way. Most recently we had the pleasure of performing several pre-fall festivals throughout Alberta and British Columbia, and they were such a wonderful way to wrap up the busy summer season. Now we hunker down for some songwriting, grant writing, and tour planning for the coming year. The life of a musician never really slows down.

Lauren and I have been running pretty much full steam ahead for the past couple of months and it feels like there’s no end in sight. We moved into our first home last week and now we are eagerly expecting the arrival of our first child (due date Oct 2), and we are really looking forward to meeting him/her (as it’ll be an extra surprise for us). We are also curious to see how our lives will change with the addition of the wee babe, and what touring might look like for us in 2017…

I’m also pleased to announce that The Prophets of Music Society have invited me to participate as an official Artist Mentor for their inaugural Emerging Artist Program, where I will be offering private artist development and management consultation to other artists and bands in western Canada.

In other news, we only have a couple of concerts left before we take some time off to adjust to parenthood, so if you want to see us perform before the new year, now is your chance. We’ve also got some other top secret news coming down the pipe in the next couple of months, so please make sure to sign up for our Artist Newsletter as this will be our first means of announcing extra special updates. Okay, time for soup. Ciao ciao!

Music Video, Summer Schedule & Festivals

Jul 10, 2016

My goodness this past month flew by! We’ve been touring all over Alberta and officially hit the 200,000km mark on our current touring vehicle. There sure are a LOT of km’s to cover as touring musicians in Canada… Hopefully she keeps running for a good while yet, cause we have some big tour distances coming up in the next several months.

Besides performing at various summer festivals and showcases during the Calgary Stampede, we’ve been attending family reunions and other personal commitments including my parent’s 40th anniversary, which was a real inspiration to us. Lauren and I are thankful to be so busy, but we’re also trying to find time for ourselves. It can be hard to maintain a balance for sure as many of you know – the artist lifestyle is often feast or famine. Still, it’s been an uplifting time for us as we’ve received some very kindly worded emails of encouragement and support. THANK YOU to those of you who took the time to reach out. We were moved by your words.

In other exciting news, we just received our Chapel Sessions video from the amazing folks at Canada’s Music Incubator and we are eager to share it with you all. We were so blown away by the genuine encouragement we received while attending CMI’s Artist Entrepreneur Program this spring, and would highly recommend it to any musicians out there who want to make a full-time career with their art. Go for it!

Home Sweet Home

Jun 9, 2016

Another international tour complete! This past month we toured throughout the Netherlands in support of our most recent release “Heads Is East, Tail Is West” (which sold out), performing 25…

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European Tour & Updates

May 2, 2016

Our spring tour has begun and we’ve been traveling through The Netherlands for the past couple of weeks, performing seven concerts so far with plenty more to go. The folks…

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