Just a quickie. Officially contracted to go on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America with “The Company Men” circling Hawaii this fall from August 25 – Oct 13th. Come join the fun. Woohoo!
SO happy to have spent this week in NYC auditioning, reconnecting with old friends and reminding myself that there is no place like home. For whatever reasons, this CO born man loves NYC and misses his 8 years of off and on living here. Was it a struggle? Yes. Was it always sunshine, rainbows and unicorns? No. BUT – there is an energy here. There is a multi-cultural aspect here of a shared experience that I just haven’t found anywhere else. Can’t explain it, don’t need to. I just know that I love it. Discovered a couple new things while I was here this week. The High Line (who knew), the roof top bar at YOTEL in Hell’s Kitchen, and Anejo – an amazing restaurant also in Hell’s Kitchen. The capper is, I also got to see Hello Dolly, so there’s that. Great classic Broadway show. So, lots of good stuff for a few days. Now, it’s time to prep for Italy. Leaving two weeks from Tuesday. Can’t afford it, but it’s happening. Life. Is. Good.
Well, we did it. The Company Men retro-pop mash-up group has officially complete their contract on board the Norwegian Cruise Line Escape. It was a great 12 weeks with a million new fans and a complete sell out of our CD’s. So, yay for that. Next up for me? Time for my annual summer gig fest in Europa with my sister…ending with a bonus vacation in Norway. How awesome is that? Then back to The Company Men in August on board the NCL Pride of America sailing out of Hawaii. Short contract there – only 7 weeks.
Heading to NYC next week to audition to fill in the gaps. Things are happening right now and it’s an exciting time to be a singer in the world. I believe. I’ll try to be more regular about the blogging. Hope all are well. Smooches! Miles
Well, it’s been such a busy end if 2017 and beginning of 2018, I have neglected anyone that actually checks in to this website (new version of this coming in the summer of 2018, I hope) – and I’m sorry. So, in late December I was offered a great gig with a four man group called The Company Men: The Company Men. A group of four amazing dudes that basically do retro-pop mash-ups. Imagine the Platters and Katy Perry songs put together in one glorious performance moment. With dancing. Lots of dancing. Anyway, I have just returned from L.A. where I learned the shows and in two days I leave because this awesome collection of dudes is headed onto the Norwegian Cruise Lines “Escape” ship. So, I’ll be avoiding all of winter and singing on this ship from Jan 20 – Apr 14. Should be an amazing experience. I am still practicing my fancy dance moves, but all in all, I am ready. Come visit! The ship sails out of Miami! I should be able to start posting gigs about the summer in Italy (yes another one) in mid-March. 2018 rocks!
Hello World! It’s been a few months since I’ve hopped on here and uttered even one word. Perche? Because when I returned from my summer of making music in Italia with The Downbeat Trio, I had to focus on what…MOOLA! So, I’ve been working at Orange Theory and then briefly at LA Fitness (hated it) in sales. Well, now I’m back, dipping my toes back into music and trying to figure out how to combine my passion for helping others achieve their fitness goals with music. I have been talking about making my EP forever, but I can’t quite seem to find the style and writing partners I desire, so I’m going to have to double down on trying to figure out exactly where I want to go, creating the songs, and then finding someone who gets on board with my ideas. In other words, I realize I need to drive the train from song inspiration all the way to a finished jam. Hook, line, and sinker. As for the fitness, I am realizing that I much prefer working one on one for myself and so I am recommitting to my Fatty Fitness business and looking for some work with private companies to subsidize. It’s a struggle, but I will figure it out. So, that’s where things stand. This will be the first holidays season in 5 years not spent in Europe gigging and it is surreal to just be here, but this is home now and I must figure it out. I. Can. Do. It. I’ll try to get on here and blog more frequently. As a side bar: I wanted to change my website to something more musically modern and bright, but the cost was outta control, so for now, this dark, jazzy site will just have to do. Mad Lurve to all…Miles
Hey All! Just a quick update from Chicago. After an amazingly gigtastic summer in Italy, I am back in Chicago, but the good news is…The Downbeat Trio has an amazing gig in Boulder, CO at the Jaipur Literature Festival on Saturday, September 16th. We are the headliners…well…and it should be well attended. Super psyched to head to my home town and gig with my sister and Marco Cremeschini! It. Is. On. http://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/boulder/music/
Well…writing from the wonderful Lago di Garda area. So….I’m about half way through this summer journey of gigging all over Northern Italy. So, far, so good. Plenty of gigs both with my sister and with some others and private events that pay well. I’m working on the language, loving the food and generally having an amazing time. The musicians in this area are professional and super fun…your gigs always come with free food and at least a few free drinks. What’s not to like about that? Trying to figure out a way to make this a regular summer thing…hopefully, laying the ground work this summer to prepare for next summer. Anyway, I’ll post a few pics in the next few weeks so that you all can see some of the venues and I love my mic shots. Super. Awesome. Fun. Hope you had a Happy 4th and that all is well in your world. God Bless ‘Merica.
Hey….so I’ve been in Europe about three weeks now and the gigs are coming fast and furious. A lot of private parties and fancy hotels, but they feed us well and I’m working with all kinds of crazy cats, so it’s all good. Two months to go and every day there’s some new hotel or new event to sing at and spread the music of jazzy, poppy, r and b goodness. I’ll try to be better about the blogging. As you can see from my previous posts, I’m simply not good at it…HOWEVER, I love you, my fans and I want to stay connected, so I will do better. Buona serata!!!!
It’s on. I’ve arrived in Italy and although I’ve already had one gig with my super sibling jazz pop trio, “The Downbeat Trio”, we really start cranking it up tomorrow. SO excited and the gigs keep rolling in. It’s nice to finally be here and to really be able to dig in to the music community here and to be available for longer than two weeks at a time. I have some gigs with my sister and some gigs with some local musicians doing jazz clubs, private parties and a few swanky corporate events. It’s all good. Living the dream. Still a little sad about no “Granny Says” action, but it just didn’t catch. I’ll have to update the website later when I can afford it. For now, it is what it is. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook at: Miles Simmons Powell or The Downbeat Trio, or Downbeat Music. SO. MANY. OPTIONS. Talk to you soon! A presto! Miles
Show tonight in Chi-Town! Hello Suckers Cabaret @ Davenport’s Piano Bar in Wicker Park. If you’re not there, you’re missing out! See the Google for address and tix info (or check out the events page on this site). Mad Lurve, Miles