At the beginning of October I embarked on a Songwriting Challenge for myself to write one new song a week for one year. Yes, one whole year!

A few weeks later I attended a daylong seminar put on by the Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC) called Songposium, which was focused on many aspects of the songwriting process including the anatomy of a song (by Rob Wells), publishing & licensing (by Jeff Dalziel), and licensing for film & television (by Amy Fritz). It was a full day, with the perfect of amount of insight that inspired me to include more co-writes as a contribution to my songwriting process and the yearlong challenge I have before me.

Check out my first post about my co-write with Dayna Shereck and stay tuned on the blog for more on how my Songwriting Challenge is going!

Well the past few weeks have been absolutely incredible! Starting with an awesome photoshoot with entertainment photographer Brian Patterson in the heart of the Distillery District in downtown Toronto. Check out his stuff here and you will find a few more out-takes from the shoot.

Next putting the finishing touches on my album art for the debut release of my single “Gypsy Heart” (now available on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and www.taniajoy.com of course!)

I also had the pleasure of working with engineer and bass man Ricky Joudrey on this track, which features Wendell Ferguson, Jaron Freeman-Fox and Richard Greenspoon to take it to the next level. I learned a ton from the experience and  hope you enjoy the results as much as I do!

The journey continues in studio as I prepare to release a 6 song EP early next year, so please stay in touch.

Thanks for hanging out with me for a while!