Joey Charles “Le Professeur Music” June Schedule

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Full June Schedule for Joey Charles

Wow.  What a few weeks this has been!  The European Tour was amazing with shows in Germany and Iceland.  So many new friends and new venues to go back to on the next tour!  I will be posting stories from the experience, but life has been pretty crazy recently so it may take me a little extra time.

So while you are waiting for those stories I will update you on what is happening in the next few weeks.  Im back home in Maine and Im looking for opportunities to share my brand new CD with my home state.

Ed Joey and Jenny

Acoustic Artisans

w. Jenny Van West and Ed Desjardins 

Portland, ME — June 27th

$15

tickets/ info at: ACOUSTICARTISANS.COM

This is the first of many shows Ed, Jenny, and I will be playing together to share our new music.  You will not want to miss this harmony filled, story driven, musical experience.  Acoustic Artisans is known for bringing in great music and this night will be no exception.  Tickets are $15 and are available online at the website above!  Come on down and check out the new wave of local music coming from the state of Maine.

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Wings Hill Inn

(On The Lawn)

June 28 – 6:30-8:30

Looking for a romantic get away with fine dining and music to create the perfect Belgrade Lakes evening?  Come down and experience the wonders of Wings Hill Inn.  With seatings available at 6pm and 8pm, by reservation only, you will be treated to beautiful views and a wonderful 4 course meal from a menu that has something for everyone.  Check out the website for what is being served that week so you can bring your own wine choices for the perfect food and wine pairing.  I will be playing music for both seatings so either one you choose will have a wonderful live soundtrack to make the night complete.

Dont feel like a full meal?  Then come out and bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy the music from the lawn.  It will be a night you won’t forget.

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“By The Lakeside” Open Mic Series

Day’s Store, Belgrade Lakes, Maine

Back By Popular Demand!  Another Summer Of Talent By The Lake!

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Above are the rules and regs for the Open Mic.  Check it out and come prepared!

I am very excited about this month and I hope to see you out and about.  It is going to be a great summer of music and memories.  Hope you can be apart of the “Tales Of A Wandering Heart”.

Aloha,

Joey Charles

http://www.leprofesseurmusic.com

TALES OF A WANDERING HEART: Every Opportunity Could Be A Dream Waiting To Come True.

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Photo: Hanalei Sunset

TALES OF A WANDERING HEART

LOCATION: Hanalei Bay, Kauai, Hawaii

It was a Sunday afternoon at Hanalei Bay.  I was visiting the pier like I usually did on Sunday Afternoons after church.  But on this Sunday I went down to the beach to practice some of my music for the TALES OF A WANDERING HEART tour this summer and ended up sitting right by the pier.  I sat there for a little while and started to go through my music and was really getting into it.  To the right there were some young ladies sitting under the pier enjoying the sun and my music.  To the left were families up and down the beach, kids digging in the sand and dancing up a storm.  I would have say that they seemed to enjoy what they were hearing as well.  It was a beautiful moment

Then, walking up the beach from my left,  a group of older ladies made their way up to the pier.  They started looking around for someone to take a picture of them and couldn’t really find anyone.  They were about to ask the sunbathing young ladies, but I jumped up and ran to offer my “professional”  services. 

“Oh thank you!,” they said as I took their camera and lined up the best shots I could with the mountains and the pier.  I made sure I took extra time to make their photos the best memories possible. 

As I handed the camera back over to the owner she shared with me that back home she had a photograph at the bottom of her stairs in the exact same spot that I had just taken their photo.  It was their dream to come to this exact place in the world and stand in the sands that they saw everyday walking down the stairs of their mainland home.  They also mentioned that the photos I took were the perfect way to capture the moment.  One lady slipped a bill in my hand.

“Ma’am, You really didn’t have to do that.  I would have taken the photo regardless.” 

“But you took the time and made the effort to help us make a dream come true.  So thank you.”

“You’re welcome and Thank you!  It will help me on my tour this summer.”  I shared with them a little bit about my music and where I was going and they seemed excited.

I don’t know if I will ever see these ladies ever again, but it was nice to be apart of their dreams and for them to help me towards mine.  I was able to help these ladies fulfill a dream that they’ve had for many years.  What a blessing.  It is in these moments when you aren’t expecting anything to happen that life changing events seem to find you.

Take every opportunity to help another person, because every opportunity could be a dream waiting to come true.

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Photo: Under Hanalei Pier

Thoughts From This Wandering Heart: “I Shouldn’t Even Be Here.”

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It was my 27th birthday.  I was having breakfast at my favorite cafe on the island of Kauai,  Cafe Art Hemingway’s.  I was having a wonderful time eating with a good friend of mine and sharing smiles and laughter about the fact that I was getting old and such.  The waitstaff found out it was my birthday and wished me a happy birthday on several occasions.  It was a wonderful morning. 

After the meal was over I went to pay.  It was then, as i was about to check out,  that the owners found out it was my birthday.  Now Marcus and Jana have been more than kind to me over the 6 months i’ve been on island.  I make it a point to stop in at least once a week and see them, and they make it a point to know my drink and my regular order. 

Marcus said, “Why didn’t you say it was your birthday?  People come in here all the time trying to get free stuff saying its their birthday, but for you, we would have made you something.”

He paused.  “Go sit down.  You can’t leave.”

How could I say no to the owner of my favorite cafe?  I went back to my seat and continued to talk with Ashlin.  All of a sudden I was greeted with my regular drink, an Iced Americano.  The server told me that there was more on its way so I had to stay put.  I did as I was told. 

A few minutes later there came the servers once again this time with a homemade Tiramisu.  They started to sing Happy Birthday at their top of their lungs and it seemed like most of the cafe had joined in as well.  It was such a surreal moment for me.  They placed the dessert on the table in front of me and I thanked them for their wonderful rendition of Happy Birthday.

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As I picked up my spoon and looked at the dessert in front of me I became overwhelmed.  “I shouldn’t be here right now,” I thought to myself. “I should be dead.  I can’t believe all the things I would have missed if I had followed through with my plans when I was a young, depressed, high school kid.” 

A little bit of back story to this emotional moment.  When I was in Jr High School and the first couple years of High school I was very depressed.  I had several things happening in my life, everything from being bullied, to losing 4 people very close to me within 4 months of each other and not being able to attain closure by attending all their funerals, to being very busy with music, theatre and sports.  

I just wanted to be loved, but everywhere and everyone that I focused on getting love from seemed to push me away.  Not to say that there wasn’t love around me, from friends and family alike, but I was so blinded by my own pain that I shut out all the good that was around me and only focused on the things that weren’t going the way I wanted them too.  

I focused on the fact that the girls I wanted to date rejected me.  The cool crowd wouldn’t accept me at their gatherings or at the lunch hang outs.  I just felt so out of place.  

The pressure just got to be to much.  My heart felt like there was a weight so heavy on it that God himself wouldn’t be able to lift it.  I felt the only way people would notice me was if I wasn’t there anymore.  So I tried to take my own life.  

“People would notice me then.  They would feel sorry for me.  They’ll show how much they care only after I’m gone.  I’ll make them pay for not caring.”  

These thoughts would run through my head constantly.  But for some reason I wouldn’t push the blade hard enough.  I would bleed, but not enough.  I never crossed that line for some reason.  I attribute it to God giving me a pansy complex to avoid self inflicted pain at all costs, which I thank Him for to this day.  

This is the background that brought me to this moment. My 27th birthday.  Crying into a homemade tiramisu with my friend by my side.

By now my eyes had Niagara Falls pouring out of them, realizing all the blessings that I’ve been given in these 27 years of life. 

I thought about my friend, who had passed away last year by committing suicide.  I realized that this could have been me.  Having all the lasting impact on my friends and family.  I thought about all the people I wouldn’t have met.  All the smiles I wouldn’t have witnessed.  The songs I wouldn’t have sung or wrote.   How many more lives would have been lost if I hadn’t been there to talk to certain people when they were in their darkest hours.  Or shared my story of depression with groups of young people going through the same thing. 

I wondered if things would have been different with Nora if I shared my story with my own church, my own family.  It’s a question that could haunt me for the rest of my life.  Or it could have the power to jump-start my desire to share my story again about my struggle with depression and suicide. 

Why am I afraid of ridicule when even the dark parts of my life have the power to help save lives?  I have to remember it’s not my problem if people judge me, they have to deal with that in their hearts.  My job is to keep pressing forward.  To live through the darkness and come out on the other side with a story to share about God’s faithfulness and love.

My journey out of depression wasn’t one grand moment when it all went away.  It was a slow journey that took me realizing i couldn’t get out on my own, to realize that there was a way I could get out of it at all.  It was a journey back to God that got me out of depression. A journey that took me places that I never thought I would go.  To see smiles from people of cultures I never thought I would ever see.  To see that indeed there was a place for me here on earth, but just not the place I thought it was when I was a young boy.

I’ve come to realize that my place is wherever I can serve others, help them find their voice and realize their God given potential.  

This is my encouragement to you. 

Your story has its chapters for a reason and if God can take my mistakes and faults and turn them into something beautiful then I know He can do even greater things with your story.  Never willingly surrender the pen.  Don’t stop writing.  There will be plot twists, suspense, Lord willing even romance, but in the end let your story be one worth reading.

CARPE DIEM to you all!

From The Wandering Heart.

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An In Depth Look at Music Goals for 2014 and 2015.

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So in my last post I was very vague about what I actually did in 2014.

“So many things happened”, I said.

“Not enough time in one day,” I said.

Well the truth is I like to write things with pen and paper more than type them out on technology. In 2014 I sat down with pen and paper and I wrote down 5 goals for my budding music career that I thought I would be able to accomplish in the calendar year. I was looking through my 2014 calendar and came across that list and started to assess whether or not I accomplished all I set out to do in 2014. So with that in mind I wanted to share with you what my goals for 2014 were and also which of them I was able to accomplish.
(Please Pardon grammar and spelling mistakes… this is an entry from my personal journal)

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I couldn’t believe how much I really had done in 2014. I immediately started dreaming of what could be done in the current year we are in. So many possibilities and already two months have flown by!

So here we are, March 3, 2015 and I am going to share with you my music goals the coming year.

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As I look at these goals I am already getting sweaty palms and my heart bpm rate has skyrocketed.

But I share these goals with you because it is you who helped me achieve last years goals. Most of you didn’t know you were pushing me on towards success, but you were. For this year its going to be hard to accomplish these 7 things, and I know the only way I’ll be able to do it is with your support. So please help me be accountable to what I have posted here. Message me, email me, call me and make sure I’m focused and on track. I appreciate all the support this far and I hope to make you smile in 2015.

Aloha to you from the islands of Hawaii!

2014… Full of Tales Told… 2015… What will you bring?

20130912-125508.jpgSo many things to share with you since my last post.

I can’t believe a year has passed since I was in Europe sharing stories of my journey with you. Or almost a year since I tried out for The Voice and just over a year since I started my CD, which this website is named after. So much has happened and I want so badly to share it all with you, but there just isn’t enough time in a day.

This year held two really big ongoing stories, my CD and moving to Kauai to work at HA Coffee Bar.

I wanted to update you on the CD. It’s done! TALES OF A WANDERING HEART by JOEY CHARLES is available on CDbaby for digital download as well as In CD form. If you would like a copy of the album directly from me just email me and I’ll try my best to get it to you in a timely manner. It is available on ITunes and Amazon and if you’d like to hear the tracks on the album I just put some of them on SoundCloud for you to check out. I am so excited to share this album with you and the people who have been listening to it already have had positive feedback.

I’m looking to have a CD release party soon here on Kauai, with a stellar group of musicians from the islands. Don’t worry “Mainiacs” I’m hoping to come home this summer and have a release party with the band that helped create this album with me. Stay tuned.

More news to come on that as it unfolds.

As far as my life here on Kauai it has been quite the journey. I still host the Open Mics on Saturday at Ha Coffee Bar and play music around town when I can. I recently played a show with stellar group of musicians for a Mele Kalikimaka performance at Ha Coffee Bar. I was able to share the stage with AOWL, Aldrine Guerrero, Aaron Nakamura, Juno Apalla, and Mark “Baldanado” Baldanado. It was an amazing event that inspired me to get down to business with my music.

It has been a year of learning for me in so many different areas, but most of all what it takes to be a performing artist and a recording artist. There is so much work involved behind the scenes that I never knew existed. Sometimes I wonder what happened to just making music? What happened to using your voice to create positive change? Your music to make people feel? Your lyrics to bandage wounds, instead of making them deeper or creating new ones? I hope for the next year I will be able to make music that inspires others, that heals wounds, but most of all stories that continue to tell the tales of this wandering heart. Some stories will be painful to tell, others will bring smiles filled with Joy. But all of them will be honest, and make you feel.

May 2015 be a wonderful year for you and yours. For me it is the beginning of a journey and I hope you will hang around to hear the…

TALES OF A WANDERING HEART.

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October Newsletter- “The Moment Has Arrived”

Aloha Everyone!

I know it’s been a long while since I’ve put finger to keyboard to transcribe my thoughts, but this moment could not be passed by without taking note.

I’ve just got word that my album is completely mixed and ready to be mastered! This just seems like a dream! I’ve been working on this album since DEC 2013, in Readfield, Maine, with Producer Ed Desjardins and many other talented artists and now the moments is almost here to share all of our hard work with you.

I’ll share with you some exclusive bits about what to expect on the album.

1. There will be 10 songs, 9 original and one traditional, on the album.

2. Unlike my EP these songs are all full band arrangements.

3. My sister is a featured vocalist on one of the tracks.

4. The album will be called “Tales of A Wandering Heart”, just like my EP. It will also have the same album cover art by the wonderful and talented Rachelle Foucachon.

5. This album can best be described as eclectic. From the variety of places these songs were conceived, to the musical variety you will hear along the way, each and every one of you will be able to connect to the album in some manner.

I am so looking forward to getting this album out to you so you can hear some stories from my journeys around this great big world.

Much Aloha From The Island of Kauai to You wherever You may be,

Joey Charles
Le Professeur Music
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Le Professeur Music (Joey Charles) August Newsletter

AUGUST NEWSLETTER
Hello Wandering Hearts,

This past month has been a crazy journey.  So much so that I wasn’t able to sit down and write a July Newsletter to you.  I was playing music all across the country and even attended a Songwritters conference on the island of Kauai, Hawaii called the Kauai Music Festival.

      Speaking of Kauai, I will be moving to the island at the beginning of September for the foreseable future. This month is all about playing shows in the state of Maine, to say goodbye to those of you who have been supporting me since this music journey began last summer.  I would love to see you at one of my shows in the coming weeks.
Below is my brief August Schedule… Hope to see you out and about!
AUGUST SCHEDULE
The Pointe Afta
Winslow, ME

EVERY TUESDAY
6:00-9:00p

You Know Whose Pub
Waterville, ME
Thursday Aug 14
7:00-10:00p

Readfield Emporium
Readfield, ME
Sat Aug 16
7:00-9:00pm
ALL ORIGINALS SHOW (CD PREVIEW)

Day’s Store
Belgrade Lakes, ME
Thur Aug 21
6:00p

Charlamagne’s
Augusta, ME
Fri Aug 22
7:30-10:30pm

Wings Hill Inn
Rome, ME
Sun Aug 24
6:30-8:30pm

CD UPDATE:  
We are almost at a point where I can send the songs off to get mastered.  It is crazy to think that this project, which started in December 2013, is almost done.  I am hoping to have something ready for you by the end of August, but realistically its looking like September will be the month of CD release.  

ALSO… Check out new Youtube videos featuring CLAUDIA SWOPE, and VIOLET ASUNCION.

If you have any questions about the CD or upcoming shows, please feel free to email me at Contactleprofesseur@gmail.com

Aloha to you all!

Joey Charles
Le Professeur Music

Instagram: @leprofesseurjoe
Facebook:  facebook.com/leprofesseurjoe
Youtube:  youtube.com/leprofesseurjoey  

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Le Professeur June Schedule

Welcome to Summer Everyone!

It sure feels like we just skipped over spring up here in Maine. We went all the way to 80 degree weather in a weeks time. Wow! Hope your weather is nice and sunny and your days filled with that summertime vibe!

First things first, I want to thank all the wonderful people that came out to my shows last month. Whether it was for my shows here in Maine, or my show in Minnesota, I just want to thank you for coming out and supporting my musical journey.

Here are a few things coming up for Le Professeur Music in the month of June.

I will be playing in five new venues, three of those are in Southern Maine and New Hampshire (See schedule for specifics).

I will be co-billing the second edition of Maine Songwriters Night at the Olde Post Office Café in Mt. Vernon with the lovely and talented Sorcha Cribben-Merrill from the Portland, ME area. (June 19th, 7:00)

This next Tuesday I will be starting a weekly gig at The Pointe Afta in Winslow. You will find me playing either on the porch or inside this highly rated Sports Bar and Grill every Tuesday evening from 6-9pm.

Also, I will be hosting the first of 5 “By The Lakeside” Open Mic Events at Day’s Store in Belgrade Lakes, ME. (June 26th, 6-9pm)

Like I said, so much is happening this month! Below is a complete month of June schedule.

Like I said, so much is happening this month! Below is a complete month of June schedule.

SCHEDULE OVERVIEW

Le Professeur At You Know Who’s Pub
Thu Jun 5 2014
Waterville, ME
7:00p-10:00p

NEW VENUE
Le Professeur At The Pointe Afta
EVERY TUESDAY FOR JUNE and JULY
Winslow, ME
6:00p-9:00p

Le Professeur At The Gin Mill
Fri Jun 13 2014
Augusta, ME
7:30p-10:30p

Le Professeur At Readfield Emporium
Sat Jun 14 2014
Readfield, ME
6:30p-9:30p

NEW VENUE
Maine Songwriters Night Ft. Sorcha and Joey Charles
Olde Post Office Cafe
Thu Jun 19 2014
Mt Vernon, ME
Dinner at 5:00p/Show at 7:00p
$8 Cover Charge

NEW VENUE
Le Professeur At Tamworth Lyceum
Sun Jun 22 2014
Tamworth, NH
1:30p-2:30p

BY THE LAKESIDE OPEN MIC SERIES
Hosted By Le Professeur
Day’s Store
Thu Jun 26 2014
Belgrade Lakes, ME
6:00p-9:00p

NEW VENUE
Le Professeur At The Hive
Sat Jun 28 2014
Kennebunk, ME
5:00p-6:30p

NEW VENUE
Le Professeur At The Flatbread Company
Mon Jun 30 2014
Portland, ME
6:00p-8:00p

As you can probably tell this month is full of new venues and new parts of Maine and the North East I get to share my music with. It is going to be an exciting month that really sets the pace for the summer months.

I am looking forward to seeing you at one or more shows this month! I am adding more songs to my library and look forward to hearing from you what you would like to hear.

Also this month everything that I make in tips is going to help me finish my first CD that I am currently working on with Ed Desjardins. I am trying very hard to have that out in the world by the end of this summer. Both money and time are tight, but the goal is still the same. Get you a fully produced album of the tales that I have to share, by the end of the summer.

Thanks so much for you support!

Joey Charles
Le Professeur Music
facebook.com/leprofesseurjoe
reverbnation.com/leprofesseur4
Instagram: Leprofesseurjoe

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Le Professeur MAY Update and Scehdule

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5/5/2014
Hello Everyone!

This first month of my 26th year has been a blast! Recording in the studio, meeting lots of new people at my gigs in Readfield, Augusta, Waterville, and Kittery, Maine as well as in Minnesota and getting out and about to support some great Maine talent like Dom Colizzi, Ed Desjardins, Samantha Lynn and more… Wow this was a full month!

In May I will be bouncing around again between Maine and Minnesota.  I will be playing shows in Readfield and Skowhegan, Maine, as well as one in Roseville, MN.

Here is what the schedule looks like.
MAY 2nd:
Charlamagne’s

Augusta, ME
7:30-10:30MAY 15th:
READFIELD EMPORIUM
Readfield, ME
6-9pmMAY 17th:
J Arthur’s Coffee
Ft. Jessica Charles (Vocals) and Ro Adams (Percusion)
Roseville, MN
7-9pm

MAY 31:
THE OLD MILL PUB
Skowhegan, ME
6-9pm

IN DEPTH SCHEDULE
MAY 2nd:
Charlamagne’s
Augusta, ME
7:30-10:30
If you missed this gig, you missed a good time!  Don’t worry though, should be getting another gig here soon and then you’ll have another chance to enjoy an evening at Charlamagne’s in Augusta, ME. 

“It was certainly a fun one. Its not every night you get to play a couples wedding song for them! or sing happy birthday to two people at one gig! Happy Birthday Keith and Diana! A moment I certainly won’t forget. Thanks to Nickole Wheeler and Ash for doing what you do to make everyones night enjoyable. Hoping to see you all again very soon!”

MAY 15th:
READFIELD EMPORIUM
Readfield, ME
6-9pm
Always one of my favorite gigs to look forward too.  Wonderful food, wonderful service, and always a wonderful crowd.  Looking forward to you being apart of this wonderful evening.

MAY 17th:
J Arthur’s Coffee
Ft. Jessica Charles (Vocals) and Ro Adams (Percusion)
Roseville, MN
7-9pm
This will be my last show in Minnesota for a while and Im excited to see what will happen with it.  I’ll have my sister singing back up vocals with me again and also a new percussionist.  The last time I was in Minnesota I was able to jam with a cajon player at Segue Cafe for the last hour of my gig.  This time I’ll have him around for the entire gig!  Welcome to Crew Ro Adams!

MAY 31:
THE OLD MILL PUB
Skowhegan, ME
6-9pm
Another gig at one of the most unique venues i’ve ever played.  Come and experience ultimate pub vibe at this two floor eatery.

OTHER NEWS

Days Store and Le Professeur Music
Presents:
“BY THE LAKESIDE”
Open Mic Series
June 26th
July 3rd
July 10th
July 17th
August 7th
Location: Day’s Store
6-9pm
“This summer I will be hosting the Second Annual “BY THE LAKESIDE” Open Mic Series!
Last year was such a huge success that Day’s Store and Le Professeur Music have teamed up once again to bring you this unique outdoor open mic experience right on the edge of Long Pond, in Belgrade Lakes, ME.
If you want to share your talents, or want to hear some amazing local and out of state talent, then come on down to Days Store this summer on the days listed below to watch the sunset, grad a bite to eat from Days, or an ice cream at Lakeside Scoops! It is sure to be another fun year at the “By The Lakeside” Open Mic Series presented by Day’s Store.”

      I can’t tell you how excited I am for things to come.  I have been working on my first studio album with the one and only Ed Desjardins and it is sounding so good right now.  We are about 4 or 5 songs out of 10 into it so i’m hoping to get it out to you by summer.  Speaking of summer, I just booked my tickets for my trip to the Kauai Music Festival this year and will hopefully be performing out on Kauai while im there.

     I would love to hear from you guys and gals! Send me a message about anything and I’ll get back to you I promise!  Looking forward to chatting with you soon!Joey Charles
Le Professeur Music

ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: IRIS DOWNEY from IRIS IN BLOOM

Iris AlohaI first met Iris in a book.  Not a fairy tale story or a childrens book, but a book called “Life is the School, Love is the lesson” about free schooling, a new form of Homeschooling being done on the island of Kauai.  She had written a small piece about her experiences at the Kauai Music Festival Songwriting contest that she had won in 2011.  I was so intrigued by her story that I looked her up on Facebook and found that we had a friend in common that I went to Highschool with.  I messaged her and asked her about the Kauai Music Festival and from there we’ve become friends.  I officially met her back in June when I drove to VT to see one of her shows at Nectars in Burlington, VT.  Her soulful voice is a throw back to the Power Divas in their prime, but Iris doesn’t stick to just one genre.  We are similar in that regard. We have love for music as a whole, not just a love for a specific genre or type.  You can find her playing everything from Michael Jackson and Bob Marley, to Bonnie Raitt and Coldplay, but always with her special Iris brand stamped on it.

Iris is originally from Vermont, but took a few years to try living in the Hawaiian Islands, specifically Hanalei Bay, Kauai, where she made quite the name for herself.  Due to some health issues she has returned to Vermont while awaiting her time to get a new Kidney.  At just the young age of 24 Iris has gone from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows and is one of the strongest spirits I know.

Here is a little more information about Iris’ medical situation…

“Iris Downey, of Pacific Island heritage, was born and raised in Burlington, VT. In 2006 she was diagnosed with Acute Lupus Nephritis. After utilizing traditional western medicine and eating a raw vegan diet, Iris went into remission for a short period of time while living on the beautiful Island of Kauai, HI. She was able to establish a rich musical career and produce an album. However, given the strength and particular nature of her disease, it returned and quickly destroyed her kidneys. The doctors have told Iris that her only chance at a healthy life is to have a kidney transplant.”

-Patient Iris Downey “HelpHOPELive.com”

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IRIS DOWNEY

Age: 24… turning 23 in the next few months. :-)

Hometown/ Current Location:  Burlington, VT/ Hanalei, Kauai, HI

Hobbies: Art.  Anything that has to do with Arts and Crafts.  I love to draw and create my own Press Materials.

Favorite Color:  Glitter

If you could get on a plane right now, where would you go?:  First Class/ Hawaiian Air/ JFK to Lihue, Kauai

What song are you singing in your head?:  Mirror, Mirror by m2m

Last book read:  Cowboys Are My Weakness by Pam Houston

Instagram Account ID:  irisdowneymusic

What is your occupation and how did you get into this line of work?:

Currently I am a part time musician, and a part time disabled American, waiting for a kidney transplant.

Its been a long journey that started with writing poetry and singing.  I taught myself how to play guitar.  The turning point for me was going to the Kauai Music Festival and after that I took songwriting a lot more seriously.  I started to work with Grammy award winner Charles Brotman on that first album.  Now that I’m sick, i’m taking a break from full time music, but still writing and performing from time to time in Vermont.  Hopefully when I get through this sickness I will continue writing not only for myself, but for other people as well.

What are some of the struggles you have had in your line of work? 

What are some Victories?

In the last five years its been really up and down.  At the beginning when I returned to hawaii it was hard to get connected with the right people, but when I did it was a blast.  We would go all around Kauai and play all the different venues and it was fun to be apart of that and meeting all kinds of people.

Another struggle was all the work it took to have a presence, not only on the island, but online and getting recordings done on time.  Being a one person jack of all trades in this industry is a lot of work.  You don’t realize how much work goes into the music, but luckily its a passion project.

A huge success was winning the Kauai Music Festival in 2011.  And my biggest struggle to date is just being sick.  It came out of nowhere and now I’m trying to find the balance between taking care of myself and being myself.  But I know there are more victories to come in the future so i’m looking forward to that.

 

What big things happened to you in 2013? 

What are you looking forward to in 2014?

2013 was a year that just left me battered.  Just going this time of being on Dialysis and needing a transplant has made me a different person.

But I see 2014 in a positive light, because I feel this year will be the year I get my transplant and can move on with my life.  Im really excited about the new person I am and the person I will be when Im healthy again.  The way that I’m looking at life and the way that life will unfold, Im just really excited about 2014.  I have no clue what its going to look like, but Im totally open to all the possibilities.

 

Please share something that you could use some help with in the next year:

Please like my Facebook Page.  I am always looking to connect and share my music with new people. A lot of my support these days is through social media.  So getting engaged with that is a huge help. You can find the links below.

And if you are in the VT area it would be a huge support if you were to come to my shows.  This is a huge form of support of me.  I will have my CDs available at the shows and I would love to get a copy into your hands.

Keep an eye out for me as I start to get to my feet back under me and get back out in the world.  I will need help in finding my way, getting back to what I was doing before, and just a simple check in from time to time would mean the world to me.

 

If you had the opportunity to tell the world one thing, what would it be?:

Take Care Of Yourself.  Take care of your body and your heart.

 

Any other comments/information you’d like the readers to know? 

Iris Downey’s links are:

FACEBOOK: Facebook.com/irisdowneymusic or search Iris in Bloom
INSTAGRAM: irisdowneymusic
TWITTER: irisdowney
WEBSITE: Irisdowney.com
YOUTUBE: YouTube.com/irisdowneymusic
TRANSPLANT INFORMATION: Helphopelive.org and search for patient Iris Downey

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