To everyone who has supported me over the years,
You have traveled many miles to watch me sing. You have stayed out way too late to see the end of the show. You have donated your hard-earned money to help me make an album. You have shared, commented on, and liked countless posts. Some of you have been with me from the beginning, and some have jumped on board somewhere along the way. All of you may have noticed a decline in social media activity and gigs lately. I’m writing now to tell you why.
There is an over-used, clichéd, quote of murky origins that says something like, “the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results.” After six summers of playing cover gigs with my band, hoping that the constant playing and exposure would start pushing my career to the next level, I have finally come to the conclusion that fronting a cover band is not the right path for me. There are three more shows with my band on the books – 1/27/17 at Willie McBride’s Hoboken, 3/24/17 at Willie McBride’s Hoboken, and 3/31/17 at Willie McBride’s Branchburg. We’d love to see you out at one of them.
The Rachel Allyn Band has achieved a lot. We’ve opened for a lot of huge artists, played for some incredible audiences and in some bucket-list venues, we’ve traveled all over the east coast, we’ve played on the radio, and we’ve gotten songs on TV. We’ve also had a lot of disappointment. In 2016, numerous exciting prospects fell through. It’s been difficult, but ultimately eye-opening and informative. It’s time for me to focus exclusively on my songwriting and original music. [More on what this means for me at another time.]
Warren, Shawn, Chris, and Nicole, the band that has been with me for a few years now, are still going to be the Rachel Allyn Band going forward. Each of them has graciously expressed interest in continuing to participate in my original music career. Warren and I will continue writing together and steering this ship as a team.
I am entering 2017 with confidence in my decision, a bunch of new material already in the works, exciting ideas and plans for new projects and pathways to success, and optimism that some hard work will bring new opportunities my way. So I’m not going anywhere, the band is not really going anywhere, but things are going to be different. And it’s going to take a little time.
I hope that you will bear with me during this transition. I’m so thankful you have all come this far.
I love singing. I love writing songs. I love playing music. I’m hoping that these coming changes will allow me to do those things more authentically and successfully.
Thank you all,