Thursday, November 13, 2008

Update, Nov 13




Hi there! I don't think my blogs get that much traffic so that's why I haven't really posted in a while. Sometimes I just get in the mood to write and I checked my (I don't even know what to call it... Dashboard?) Profile. I guess that I have two followers at the moment. lol! I'll take it! You've gotta start somewhere huh? Well that gives me a little more motivation to keep up with the blog.

So I guess there are a couple topics to cover; one is.. I'm really flattered to have my own fan club! It is run by a friend all the way in Brazil. (Thank you Claudia) officialbensharkeyfanclub So that's an honor! It let's me know that people care enough about my music to take their own time to promote me and that's really encouraging. Claudia also created a myspace fan club and a facebook fan club aswell.

You might have heard that I recently went to the studio to record a few acoustic originals the LP is titled Try As I Might;
  1. Actually
  2. Try As I Might
  3. Won't You Come Back to Me
  4. When I Think of Love
  5. Sway (cover)
I really would like to get these up on itunes so that they're available for everybody. The issue I'm having is that I would love to have all five up and ready... but I am trying to find out how to get rights to "Sway." The second thing that's holding things up is a photoshoot. I'd love to take some nice pics for the CD.

This wasn't the whole purpose for the studio session though. I really did it to send out to publishers and record labels as well as talent management. the thing that is holding that up is CD duplication. What is holding the duplication up is the fact that I need some photos and a design. Soooooo..... I really need to get off my arse and get some photos taken.

There is a lot of work that goes into this biz.. I wish things were easier. I'm coming to realize that I'm more of an artist than I am a businessman. Today for example.. I could have taken my lunch break from work and looked up some contacts to send my songs out to.. but instead I am working on a new song. LOL! I really wish that there were more hours in the day.. But I'm sure that a lot of us feel that way.


Other news: I was written up recently in a local magazine "6 degrees magazine" I'm Shocked! I don't know if it will get me more exposure or not but we'll see.. any press is good press. The thing is (here comes my vanity) I don't like the expression on my face for the photo. It was after work and I was tired. LOL! The article was brief but very good! It covered both my art and my music;




" Armed with a "deep-rooted love for the city" of Detroit and an overflowing amount of artistic ability, Benjamin Sharkey is ready to leave his mark on this town any way he can. An avid artist in both the visual and musical sense, Sharkey became a YouTube sensation by nearly topping the 2 million total video views mark and has more than 5,00 subscribers tuning into his
original and cover performances, featuring most notable his keyboard and acoustic talents.Sharkey is confident he can reach his peak as an artist housed in Motown and maintains this optimism despite the problematic economic times facing the state. " I see Detroit as a place for the opportunity to start something big. This city raises some pretty amazing and talented people. Unfortunately a large amount of them leave the city. I don't want to be one of them; I have faith in the city and i see it's potential. "playing into that belief is the impressions his patrons leave with him after experiencing one of his paintings or musical pieces. "It's nice to know that a part of me will play a part in their daily lives and I helped make their environment more authentic to their Being."

Alright well there is more to share but I should get back to work so I will share more later. I hope everyone is well. Stay tuned!

-Sharks

5 comments:

  1. Just to let you know, I accidentally ran across your YouTube page while browsing for another song... And I've adored your musical style ever since. You have a wonderful voice, which is an incredible talent to possess. Glad to see you have started a blog; it starts slow but it will evolve given time. I wish you the very best of luck in all your ventures and perhaps one day, I'll be picking up your CD in a local music store! ;0)

    --Jamie

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  2. Thanks a lot Jamie! I'm glad that you like the music! thank you for reading as well! -Sharks

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  3. Yay! Finally a Ben Sharkey CD in the works! Holy cow, it's about time! Get your butt in gear and start taking pics, man! I'm looking forward to hearing more from you! I'm glad you found the time to update your blog too. I know that's a hard thing to keep up when life is going on. Places to go, people to see etc. I know it's difficult for me sometimes to find a time to post. Anyway, be sure to post when and where the CD will be available! I'd love to get one!

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  4. Hi, Ben! I'm from Brazil, and accidentally I've just watched you singing "me and mrs jones" at youtube... Sincerely, I didn't use to know you, but now I want to hear your voice more and more! I've already used to appreciate this song, and it was perfect in your voice! I really appreciated your enchanting voice! Well, I'm here just to say: keep singing and posting yours recordings!I'd like to be informed about your carrer! Wish you all the success and recognition of your work! :) Hugs... (sorry my misspellings...)

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  5. Heeey man, I saw your videos on youtube. Im from brazil, so sorry if my english is not so good! But I would like to say you that your songs are amazing, I mean, every music that I heard I just liked! haha keep singing please, i will be in your youtube to watch more songs from you, I hope you understand what I wrote! thanks man!

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