Thank you to whomever anonymously dropped of the Canada guitar pics! Your random act of music was awesome and put a huge smile on my face…
Just wanted to first apologize for dropping off the face of the earth for 6 months… life happens I guess!
The year after debuting an album like ‘Rock The Water’, probably should have been followed up with more radio interviews, begging to play any gig I could, trying to convince Manitoba Music I’m serious about International Exposure, coercing friends and family to buy t-shirts, CD’s and ‘Raito’ little key chains, etc. Not my style, I guess, and in the mean time I certainly let life get in the way of promotion and honestly stopped music all together.
FACT … the album is still here :)! Alexander Keith could still license my single (long shot I know)! I’m still here with 8 fingers, two thumbs, and capable vocal chords. I am slowly getting back my MOJO and starting to write again. I do still believe you and I can achieve anything we set are minds too.
In the mean time, hope you are enjoying May Long Weekend!
It has been an interesting RIDE releasing ‘Rock The Water’! A highlight for sure has been hearing my songs on the radio for the first time. No doubt… even though it was 7:15 am in the morning on college radio a few weeks ago, I had an ear to ear freaking grin that hasn’t subsided since…
Thank you to KMo at CKUW, 95.9 University of Winnipeg College, radio for making this a reality, and letting me come in to sing ‘Mr Maker’ live. I have posted the full radio interview on SoundCloud here :
Here is the video of the song Mr Maker that I sang live on radio. It’s definitely rough, but again a big, big thanks to KMo for grabbing the video camera and catching the moment live in technicolor!
Today, I received the 1st 100 copies of Rock The Water. Freaking awesome!!!!
So here is the deal:
- * First 100 receive a signed and numbered copy. (after first day 47 are left)
- * I will mail the CD anywhere on planet earth for NO additional cost. (If you are in the Peg’ I will hand deliver and may just bring my guitar to sing a song or two:)
- * $9.99 to purchase my album and help me fund album number two!!!!
Anything else you need to hit the ‘ADD To Cart’ button below and I’ll DO it!!!!! Ummm….. almost anything
ROCK THE WATER CD
Download Any of My Songs off my debut album FREE on Soundcloud
I released ‘Rock The Water’ because I love making music. I happily slaved away in the studio to bring my passion to the world, for you to listen to my tunes and hopefully connect with one or two songs, and I don’t want to give up the chance you might listen to a song a second time just because you don’t use iTunes Having said that, “If you feel compelled to buy a song or two, or the whole album on iTunes, Rhapsody, etc. please DO! Every dollar encourages me to start my 2nd ALBUM”
The image below shows how you can download each song… ( Either click on the image below to take you to SoundCloud or use the link below)
Download for free here: http://soundcloud.com/leeraito/sets/raito-discography
THANK YOU SO, SO MUCH FOR LISTENING TO MY MUSIC!
Well, today is the day folks! It’s OFFICIAL. Rock The Water is now available worldwide (digital only for now)! Physical CD’s will be ready soon.
Thought it would be fun, as the last song on the Album is called Alexander Keith, to release it on his Birthday for all those folks I love on the East Coast. Happy Birthday Alexander Keith!!!
I’ll do a lengthier post soon with people to thank, studio stories, etc, but just wanted to break the news.
You can stream it FREE here: http://raito.ca/songs/
Here is the iTunes link: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/album/rock-the-water/id567759212
Rock The Water and have a great long weekend coming up!!!
To celebrate the birth of my niece today and picking up my MASTER COPY of Rock The Water, I have decided to leak the first song on the album called To The Moon & Back. A song about what you put into love…. just seems ever so right for the occasion!
I hope you enjoy the 70′s organ vibe in the bridge, the lyrics penned with my heart and the three guitar parts I loved every minute of recording!!!
Should have physical CD’s ready in the next 2-3 weeks and an official release date for ya soon!
Here is To The Moon And Back:
PS. Today was a GREAT day. My niece was born, an album was born and … I’m as excited as $%&^ that YOU are actually reading this and listening to my music
FULL ALBUM #ROCKTHEWATER HAS BEEN MASTERED & SHOULD BE AVAILABLE IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS!!!
It seems like yesterday I picked up the guitar for the first time. For years I was just the ‘guitarist’, and I was always happy with that, but behind closed doors, from day one, I was writing songs and singing (when nobody could hear me of course). Ha… I still like to write in the bathroom :) I always thought I sucked. Even to this day, it is hard to listen to my own songs with out being overly judgmental about not sounding like some of my favorite artists; Foo Fighters, John Mayer, Eric Clapton, etc.
Today it HIT me! Who cares!!!!! I’m an artist and I sound like ME!
I just scheduled a meeting Sunday night to go review my mastered album, with Polyphonic Mastering Labs, before I release it to the world. 8 songs that I wrote (should have been 10 but that’s another story). 8 songs that will soon be on every digital site online and a physical CD that will be my first, but not last, attempt at exposing my songs to the world in hopes that they will live long beyond what ever time I am granted on this planet! At the time of recording these songs they were the best I had in me. Today, I realize by recording Rock The Water it was just a spark igniting a flame. It has resulted in the inspiration for so many new songs I can’t begin to describe…
Thanks again to Scott Pinder, of Polyphonic Mastering Labs, for mastering my album Rock The Water and as well to producer & engineer Len Milne for making this possible!
Stay tuned! CD release date is coming REAL REAL soon!
PS. I may release the album on Oct. 5th (Alexander Keith’s Birthday) ….thoughts?
150 hours in studio DONE= 8 Songs (+2 for Second Album
148 album art designs…contest DONE= 1 Winning Album Cover (Congrats George Weis of Tekeme Studios)
Finishing what you started=PRICELESS
CD Release & long list of people to thank COMING VERY soon.
The final round of the album art contest ends Tuesday. The final designers have been chosen, their digital pencils have been sharpened and with your help I will pick the final winning design for Rock The Water soon!
You can see the designs HERE and even vote for your favorites or share your thoughts in my poll.