Well, I sat here and debated on whether or not to even read this thread, but I am so glad I did. I love that you all care so much about the success of this record and I want you to know that I do too.... and so does everyone involved in the recording and the release of it.
Samba, I love your education. I can tell that you spend alot of time researching music and that is wonderful! (No pun intended)
That being said, I would love to offer my two cents. It may or may not mean anything, but I would love for you to know what is going on in my head...
My favorite part of the music business right now is how much it changes. I am in awe of how we evolve with music over time. Of course, there are those things that remain somewhat the same. Radio is amazing! It has done wonders for a single and/or a record. Right now, it does a lot for singles because of the ability to pick which song you want to purchase on an record. I am so grateful for the stations that have picked up "It's Your Love" and the ones that are starting to add as we speak. I could not do this without them. Do I think this was the right first single...yes indeed! This song is the heart of the record. It's my anthem! I am proud to sing it wherever and whenever I have the chance. It also gives me the chance to really SING! That's where I'm happiest. If that is the song I get to sing on Idol, I will be ecstatic. My experience has been that the live performance of this song hits such a huge span of audience members. What better show to sing it on than American Idol...whose largest demographic is 18-35? I can't wait!
Now, as we go from here, we will continue to release singles and my prayer is that it just gets better and better. Each single should take the record up even higher and I'm looking forward to that too. I also get excited when I look at the artists I look up to. One of my favorites right now is Adele. She is phenomenal! My favorite part about her is that she made a record...not just singles...a record! She may not have even broken the top 25 with her singles, but I consider her one of the most successful artists right now because she has perfected her craft. I learn from her performances and her drive and I can't wait to thank her someday.
So, I guess what I'm saying is...let's think outside of the box...that's how we recorded this record. More radio, more live performances, spreading the word that this entire record is something to be proud of. I'm so excited to have done a record I believe in and I will do whatever it takes to get the word out there. I couldn't have made it this far without you guys and I am so glad you always have my back!
This...among many other things...is why I love you so much!
I'll keep you posted on what we're up to and you keep those wonderful (dang it! I said it again!) suggestions coming! Go on and talk your talk honey...I'm listening!