Now Playing: Black and White

Today is THE DAY!

My new album has officially arrived and is ready to stream, download and purchase!

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You can find it on Apple, Amazon, Spotify, GooglePlay and all those other places we use to listen to music!

You can also purchase the physical disc from my merch store.

Don’t forget, I’m running a Black Friday Deal through Sunday!

Black Friday Deal Website

Also, check out the new music video for the title track!

Thank you so much for listening and watching!  I appreciate your love and support.

Let me know if you enjoy the album!

Please comment, like and share!

Thank you!

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Behind the Scenes: Black and White

I feel like a hermit returning to civilization, after living in a cave for the last month.

That’s a little dramatic, but realistically I’ve been camped out in my studio since I released Facedown, and I am just now emerging to post an update over here.

 

I’ve been posting a lot of behind the scenes videos on Facebook and instagram.  I spent all month finishing the writing, recording, mixing and mastering process of my next album.

I finished way before my deadline.

Black and White is ready for distribution.  That’s the next step.  I’m now working on album art, videos and promo stuff.  All those little details that I need to get done before release day, which will be on Black Friday (11.23.18).

 

I am excited to be done, even though the process was quite lovely and adventurous.  It was also full of new challenges and emotional hurdles to jump over.  The process brought growth and I’m thankful for that.

Now, I am typing this to you, while I listen to Classic 80’s Indie Rock and drink my coffee.  It feels good to be done.  So good.

 

Dreaming Big in 2018

Epiphany is a very special project, to me.  Over the years, I’ve released a lot of music.

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This album is different.

I usually only distribute my music online.  It’s a lot more cost effective for an independent artist.  However, I am dreaming bigger this year.

With your help, I will be able to see Epiphany in its physical form.

This is the vision.

This year, I am ministering at several women’s retreats.  How awesome would it be for me to be able to bring physical copies of the album to those events?

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It would be epic!

Please keep me in your prayers, as I embark on this new adventure into new territory.  I am excited and believing that God is going to use this album to bring light into dark places.

Also, please share this link!  Everything helps.

Thank you, in advance!

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  To anyone, and everyone, who is able to partner with me in this dream.

Help Fund Stephanie Baker’s Album!

 

In the Studio: Epiphany

I woke up at 4am and began to toss and turn.  I couldn’t fall back asleep, so I decided to get up and pray.  I prayed for a little while and went back to bed.

The moment I nearly fell asleep, six notes began to play over and over in my head.  They kept playing on repeat and I found myself wide awake once again.

I had a feeling the notes weren’t going to stop playing until I went and recorded them.

So, that’s what I did.

I felt strangely awake and alert, as I went into my studio.  The sound of everything turning on seemed extremely loud in our quiet home, but I couldn’t get past the feeling that I needed to get the song down right away.

It came quickly and easily.  Within an hour, the song was mixed and finished.

I still feel the excitement I felt in that moment.  The melody stopped repeating in my head and I could now hear it playing audibly in my headphones.

When I first got the spark to start recording Epiphany, I seriously thought it was only going to be a few songs.  A few songs turned into eight.

I don’t usually record all of my songs in order, but that is what I’ve been doing for this album.  I’ve been in suspense the whole way on this wild ride.  One song after the other, in order, like chapters in a story.

Songs, spoken word and instrumentals.

All of which are being written and recorded in the moment with spontaneous wonder.

It’s a call to go higher and dream bigger.  To let go of what holds us down and hold out for greater things.

The official release date will probably be somewhere around late February, but that is still to be determined.  It might even be sooner than later.  I’ll let you know as soon as it’s set.

In the meantime, check out track three: Rain Makes the Flowers Grow. 

Rain Makes the Flowers Grow

I have been on the edge of my seat, waiting to announce that I have been working nonstop on the production of a brand new album titled Epiphany.  It’s been so hard keeping it a secret for the past couple months, so I am extremely happy that I finally get to share a piece of what’s coming next.

Today, I released a single off the upcoming album.

Rain Makes the Flowers Grow

You can stream and download it on all of your favorite media platforms.

Hey, that’s me. 😉

And you can also watch the official music video I released with the single!

 

You’ll be hearing a lot more from me in the days ahead.  There will be an official promo for Epiphany coming soon, an album artwork reveal, as well as more sneak peaks and so forth.

Here’s the first promo for Epiphany:

Happy New Year, friends!

A Few Thoughts on Songwriting, Regret and Being Myself

Last week I decided the most productive thing for me to do was to eliminate as much of my daily “productivity” as possible.  By abstaining from my photography, as well as spending less time on social media platforms, it is my hope to invest a majority of my spare time into the completion of the writing portion of my next album, Awakening.  I am now on day 4 of this new resolution, and I have already seen a tremendous amount of progress.

So far, this decision has turned out to be a benefit to me on various levels.  One of my biggest epiphanies of late has been simply how exhausted I am.  Not only mentally but physically.  It’s interesting how life can become so busy that we don’t realize just how tired we are until we stop.  I work fulltime, so it’s not that I suddenly have a lot more time on my hands, but I have dramatically changed the way I spend my time between work and sleep.

I now spend my evenings sitting with my guitar, or at the piano, sometimes until I am ready for bed.  Regardless of whether or not I am singing, or even playing a single note, I am determined to sit there and simply work through my own thoughts.  For me, my main priority right now is to sort through the emotions that have surfaced based on recent events.  It may not be a surprise that music has always been part of that process for me.  Some of the songs that come out of this time will just be for the moment, between me and God, others may be found on the album.

I have been thinking a lot about regret and the difference between dwelling in the past and acknowledging it for what it is.  Because of some of the things I’ve walked through, I have become fairly good at completely overlooking the past and staying positive.  That is good, but there is another extreme that can become unhealthy.  It is important that we take a moment to come face to face with our regrets and not bury ourselves in a place of avoidance.

The song I am currently working on is about this very subject.  “Hello Regret” may sound like a depressing title for a song (especially a song that I plan on using as the final track), but it takes a look at the positive side of regret.

To forget is much higher of a price than regret.  When we choose to stop avoiding the painful sting of our past mistakes, and even the mistakes of others, we set ourselves up to learn valuable lessons that will help arm us to make wiser decisions in the future.  In the process, we will find that unhealthy patterns will be broken and the way we live our lives will change for the better.

The other night I took a break and went outside to look at the stars.  This was the first time I’ve done so in a couple weeks, and since it was particularly clear out, I brought my camera with me.  (Sometimes you really need to go outside in the dark, lie on the concrete, and feel the night air.)

I don’t care how tired or discouraged I am.  Whenever I lie underneath a star-filled sky, my confidence is renewed and my sense of wonder begins to soar.  In an instant, the ideas I have been processing, the vision that I have for this project suddenly feels possible.

So I am taking one step at a time.  Attempting to be real, to be more vulnerable, and

to be myself.    

Official Album Release

Happy New Year, friends!  I am absolutely thrilled out of my mind to finally present you with the music project I’ve been working on for the last couple months.  Well, more like the last month because I completely scratched what I had originally intended on recording . . . multiple track lists that I stuck back on the shelf for now.  But . . . here it is!  And this, was in fact, my New Year’s resolution for 2014.  Praise God.  What an adventure.

I’d be eternally grateful to anyone else who feels compelled to repost, tweet, or blog about this release.  Thank you all so much for the support you’ve shown me throughout this journey.  Enjoy!

You can purchase a digital copy here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/stephaniemeier

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