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A Time Of Transition

I’m in the process of transitioning my identity. I know, I know, that sounds really extreme. But I can’t think how else to describe it.  Continue reading “A Time Of Transition”

And so, it begins …

After over two years of musical silence, we are finally gearing up to finish production on my next album. Continue reading “And so, it begins …”

New Facebook Group for More Interaction & Better Updates!

You’ve probably noticed that Facebook no longer notifies you, even when your favorite Pages post new statuses. While Facebook does allow Page owners to pay money to “Boost” their posts, I quite frankly can’t afford $40+ per post!

So, I’ve decided to start a Group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/JenniferGrassman/

A Group is more interactive than a Page, and you can (if you choose) get notified whenever there’s a new post. I’ve set the Group up so that only I can post, so no need to worry about Continue reading “New Facebook Group for More Interaction & Better Updates!”

Blog Highlight: Artist Melody Pilotte {AKA Le Bas-fond} Features Jennifer’s Music

The following is a blog by artist, painter, illustrator, and recording artist Melody Pilotte (AKA Le Bas-Fond) recently published this lovely blog on her website highlighting my music. Enjoy! And don’t forget to visit her site, leave comments, and like her page on Facebook.

Avoiding finishing my record, to highlight another one of my favourite artists and friend, Jennifer Grassman. Jennifer is one of the most wonderful people I have ever known: incredible artist, loving mother, amazing writer. I truly admire her and her craft. She knows what she wants and goes for it. She’s genius. I have nothing but profound respect her on a professional and personal level. My favourite album of hers is Serpent Tails and Nightingales.  Not to say that I didn’t like her first album, because I am obsessed with it. Obsessed. The title track is a George MacDonald reference. She had me at hello. Dusty,Haunted, Victorian Southern Gothic. Perfection. Continue reading “Blog Highlight: Artist Melody Pilotte {AKA Le Bas-fond} Features Jennifer’s Music”

Press Release: Classical Guitarist Jason Lee Greenberg Releases Progressive Metal Album, Orisonata

Composer and classical guitarist Jason Lee Greenberg features recording artist Jennifer Grassman, classical saxophonist Todd Oxford, and jazz pianist Pamela York, on new Orisonata metal album.

Classical guitarist and composer, Jason Lee Greenberg, announces the release of his debut album, Orisonata, which he recorded with his wife, award winning songwriter, pianist, and vocalist, Jennifer Grassman. The couple have been writing and recording tracks for the album off and on for the past six years, and enlisted producer MD Thompson of Ivory Tower Productions of Houston in 2013 to record, engineer, and complete the project.

“This album has been a long time in the works,” said Greenberg. “The closing ballad, The Muses, is a song Jennifer and I wrote on our honeymoon in Colorado nearly eight years ago. A few of the other songs, such as Oath Breaker, I performed live with my band Eden’s Twilight. All of the pieces are original compositions, and I was honored to have classical saxophonist, Todd Oxford, and jazz pianist, Pamela York, guest on the album. They’re both internationally acclaimed touring artists, and really gave the album a very unique flair. Progressive metal is all about reinventing, innovating, and creating. I feel that with Orisonata, we’ve created something fresh and never-before-heard in the metal world.”

The album features seven songs, clocking over 50 minutes worth of music. Many of the songs, such as Journey To The Center Of The Earth, Unholy Creation, andThe Great Baptism, are based on literature. Others, such as The Muses and Robin Hood are based on legend and ancient mythology.

“Each song on the album has a distinct musical character,” said Grassman. “When Jason asked me to write lyrics to a few of his songs, I was honestly very challenged. I needed to come up with words and a storyline that complemented and emphasized the emotion and personality of the composition. Journey To The Center Of The Earth and The Great Baptism are two I’m particularly proud of.”

So far, the album as had a soft release on CD Baby and www.Orisonata.com, but will shortly be available through Amazon, Spotify, and other major retailers.

ABOUT ORISONATA:
Orisonata is a progressive metal project by Jason Lee Greenberg. For its debut album, also titled Orisonata, Greenberg composed seven original songs on which he plays electric, classical, bass guitars, drums, and most keyboards. Guest artists on Orisonata include Greenberg’s wife, Jennifer Grassman, who has been commended by Tori Amos for her charity work, as well as President George W. Bush for her patriotic song dedicated to US troops. Other artists on Orisonata include internationally acclaimed classical saxophonist Todd Oxford, and award winning jazz pianist Pamela York. In his free time, Greenberg enjoys playing video games and donating his weekends to play classical guitar for patients at Texas Children’s Hospital. More Info: www.Orisonata.com

Jason & Jennifer Interviewed by Vents Magazine on Orisonata Progressive Metal Album Release

Can you please introduce yourself and tell us more about Orisonata?
Jason: We’re a progressive metal project based in Houston. The band consists of just Jennifer and I, but we have been fortunate enough to have some very talented musicians contribute to the album. One of the things that really sets us apart is the implementation of classical saxophone, jazz piano, and classical guitar. Todd Oxford tours the world as a classical saxphonist, and Pamela York, who did are jazz piano work, has won a number of awards.

What´s the story behind the band´s name?
Jennifer: Well the word “orison” means prayer. We actually first heard it in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, when Hamlet says to Ophelia, “Nymph, in thy orisons be all my sins remembered.” Combine orison with sonata – which of course is a musical piece – and you’ve got Orisonata.

What are your music influences? …

Read More: http://ventsmagazine.com/orisonata/

SURPRISE! New Progressive Metal Album, Orisonata

Orisonata Cover Art. Photo of Jennifer Grassman by Laughlin Photography.

I am VERY excited to announce that my husband, Jason Lee Greenberg, is officially releasing his debut album, Orisonata, this week! He’s been working off and on for the past six years at perfecting and recording these songs. Last year, he teamed up with my producer, MD Thompson of Ivory Tower Productions in Houston, and they captured many of the remaining instrumental tracks, and of course, vocals!

I had the honor of writing or co-writing lyrics for a number of the songs, including The Great Baptism, Robin Hood, and The Muses.  For those of you who share my penchant for literature, you’ll be happy to know that many of the songs on the album are inspired by legend, mythology, stories from the Old Testament, and of course two very fabulous Jules Verne and Mary Shelley books.  I’m not going to reveal which songs are which because I want you to enjoy listening and making the discovery yourself!

You can hear snippets of the tracks at www.Orisonata.com, and two full length songs (The Muses and Unholy Creation) in the website music player at the base of each page. For my friends and colleagues who enjoy reviewing albums and covering music news in their column, blogs, podcasts, and shows, please email me and I’ll send you the password to unlock our EPK and download the tracks for free.

If I were going to compare Orisonata to other metal artists, I’d say Nightwish, Stream of Passion, Within Temptation, or Tarja Turunen. For those more familiar with mainstream rock music, I’d say the closest comparisons would be Evanescence, Muse, and “if-Sarah-Brightman-really-rocked-out!” Guest artists on the album include my good friends, classical saxophonist Todd Oxford and jazz pianist Pamela York. Both are internationally touring and highly respected artists. It’s humbling to be able to work alongside them!

So far, the album as had a soft release on CD Baby and www.Orisonata.com, but will shortly be available through Amazon, Spotify, and other major retailers. You can nab it before it hits the big stores by downloading it here.

Jennifer Grassman & Jason Lee Greenberg

ABOUT ORISONATA:
Orisonata is a progressive metal project by Jason Lee Greenberg. For its debut album, also titled Orisonata, Greenberg composed seven original songs on which he plays electric, classical, bass guitars, drums, and most keyboards. Guest artists on Orisonata include Greenberg’s wife, Jennifer Grassman, who has been commended by Tori Amos for her charity work, as well as President George W. Bush for her patriotic song dedicated to US troops. Other artists on Orisonata include internationally acclaimed classical saxophonist Todd Oxford, and award winning jazz pianist Pamela York. In his free time, Greenberg enjoys playing video games and donating his weekends to play classical guitar for patients at Texas Children’s Hospital. More Info: www.Orisonata.com

PRESS RELEASE: Vietnam War Immigrants Honor Veterans & Service Members with Free Salon Service this September

The Pham family immigrated from Vietnam during The Fall of Saigon in 1975. This September, to celebrate 10 years of business for Visage Salon, they offer veterans free haircuts and spa treatment.

Pham Family Visage Salon Houston
Left to Right: Lee, Thu, Bao, and their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pham.

HOUSTON –  In celebration of 10 years in business, The Visage Salon & Day Spa will be offering veterans, active military, EMT’s, police officers, firefighters, and other men and women in uniform free haircuts (valued $40-$70 each) every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this September.

Owner, Lee Ngoc Pham, is one of nine children whose parents braved a bleak and dangerous ocean journey on a cargo ship, with no food, to escape the invading North Vietnam communist regime. When they embarked for America during The Fall of Saigon their youngest child was only nine days old.

“If it was not for the bravery and sacrifice of American servicemen and women,” says Thu Arnold, sister of Pham and hairstylist, “my family would not be living in the greatest nation in the world. We’d be suffering under a communist regime. Life as we know it would not exist.”

Today, Mr. and Mrs. Pham and all their children are proud American citizens. Many of the children have earned their Bachelors and Masters Degrees, gone on to become successful business owners and professionals, and are raising families of their own. Bao Pham, the nine day old baby who survived the cargo ship journey nearly 40 years ago, works alongside his siblings at Visage Salon.

Visage Salon is enlisting the aid of their regular patrons to offer refreshments and drinks to service men and women as they wait. Complimentary haircuts will be available on a walk-in basis, and service members will be asked to present their ID. In addition, the spa’s massage therapists will be offering complimentary shoulder and back massages, while cosmetologists give the ladies free makeovers.

“We want them to feel special and welcomed,” explains Arnold. “For once, we will serve them and they will not serve us. It’s the least we can do! We hope this September will mark Visage Salon’s first annual event like this. We want to continue this tradition of honoring our nation’s heroes for decades to come.”

The Pham Family celebrating Christmas, 2012
The Pham Family celebrating Christmas, 2012

ABOUT THE VISAGE SALON
Visage Salon & Day Spa is located at 11910 Louetta Road in Houston, and provides services including haircuts and styling, facials, manicures, pedicures, aromatherapy, tanning, waxing, and massage. Owner, Lee Ngoc Pham, immigrated to America as a child during the fall of Saigon. His mission is to encourage beauty through integrity, creativity, and personal growth. More info: www.Visage-Salon-Spa.com.

MEDIA CONTACT
Jennifer Grassman, Pham Family Friend
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Here’s A Creative Momma Entrepreneur Music Business Model Proposal For You

Why cycle alone when you can cycle with friends?
Why cycle alone when you can cycle with friends?

Being a creative person, I often enjoy reinventing the wheel. Of course, this statement only applies to FUN wheels. Accounting wheels, laundry wheels, homework wheels … I’m 100% happy sticking with what works and what everyone else is doing regarding those wheels.  But when it comes to being a Work From Home Mom, and a Music Business Entrepreneur, I will quite happily reinvent that wheel until it fits my wagon!

FACT: The Traditional Music Business Model Sucks.

Here’s Why:  Running my own business by myself is overwhelming. The traditionalist says, “Get a Manager!”  But a Manager would require about 10% of my income. Now, I would not mind paying 10% at ALL, except that iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and other sites like that, only pay me about $50 a month. That means my manager would somehow have to survive on only $5 a month, and I just don’t see that realistically happening.  It’s the same story with Booking Agents, Promoters, Producers, etc.  Everyone wants a slice of the pie. But my pie is a tiny, low-fat flan, not an extra-large, meat lovers pizza.

Now, I know many of you are thinking, “So play concerts! That’s where all the money is at!”

Not so.  At least, not for my genre.  Maybe if I were a Rock N’ Roll cover band and could play at Over The Hill Birthday Parties and such, that would be true. As it is, I’m stuck making roughly $100 per gig at coffee houses, AND I now have an 8 month old baby, so gigging like mad doesn’t really suit my lifestyle.  In order to play enough gigs to make a decent income, I’d neet to play about 30 gigs per month.  Just booking that many gigs is a full time job, and I think I’d get burnt out pretty fast.

HERE’S MY BIG REINVENT-THE-WHEEL THEORY:

SPONSORS: Back during the Renaissance, the Pope, the King, and Particularly Cool Noblemen would sponsor artists and musicians, and commission works.  I intend to come up with some sponsorships so that businesses and art patrons can invest in my music and writing, commission works, and enjoy special benefits in return.

START A CLUB: A fun team of friends who love my music, enjoy my writing, and have 2 or 3 hours of spare time a week to help me with creative projects would be a BLAST! We could coordinate over getting my music aired on radio stations, reviewed in magazines, and come up with artsy themes for music videos and CD and Website Art together. Of course, members of this club would have to have access to my unreleased music, books, and poetry, and we’d need to schedule Skype meetings about once a month so we can brainstorm ideas.

OFFER INTERNSHIPS: I’m ging to create a simple curriculum for high school and college students interested in Business Management, Marketing, and the Music Industry. Every week they’d have a new, easy project. In return, I’d work with their school to earn them extra credit, and I’d also write them letters of recommendation when they apply for college or a job.

RESULT: A fun and friendly community of art patrons, entrepreneurs, friends, and students, working together to make the world better by creatively supporting the art that they love.

What are your thoughts? Post comments below! 

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