May 4, 2014 -- My Blog

Dear Friends,

Where do I even start?  

March.  

March was a great month because I had the opportunity to accompany Simon on the Monsters of Rock Cruise.  One of the highlights of the cruise was getting to hang out with so many old friends, and to meet new friends as well.  Another highlight was having the opportunity to sing with Doro and her band on the Monsters of Rock cruise.  (Here is the link to the video).  This was a special event for me because I have never previously sang on stage live with any other performer.  Hopefully I can do this type of thing again since I had so much fun.

April.  

On April 1, 2014, Hellion's 2-CD anthology was released.  The anthology has 26 songs on it and is available on Amazon and The Omega Order for about $12.00.  All of the CDs that are being sold now are autographed by myself.  However, future pressings will not be autographed.  We also have some special fan-packs (with a CD, t-whirt, sticker, and patch) that are available in the Hellion Store.   For a very limited-time, the Hellion store is having a special sale with free shipping in the US and discounted shipping outside of the US.

On April 11, 2014, I had the opportunity to perform at a fund-raiser (which was also Kevin Estrada's birthday party).  Maxxxwell Carlisle, Scott Warren, Matt Duncan, Shawn Duncan, and myself performed three new Hellion songs and an old classic one too.  More than $10,000 was raised for a good cause, which makes things even better.  It was nice to finally meet some of my friends on Facebook, and to see old friends, too.  

May.  

Simon and I escaped to Catalina Island during the last week of April and the beginning of May.  Simon has been working really hard, performing all over the world, had just returned from Russia where he was performing with Project Rock, and it was great to hangout and relax.  Later this month, he'll be off on the road again with Geoff Tate's Queensryche.

The day after we returned to Los Angeles, SImon and I were back at Total Access Studios, to put the final touches on the upcoming "Karma's A Bitch" CD/Mini-Album.  All of the musical parts have been recorded, so now we are just mixing.  We are also still working with the artist on the CD cover.  As soon as the CD cover is finalized, we will schedule a release date and begin promoting it.  

Future Plans.

Hellion is working together with our booking agent to put together a tour to support the "Karma's A Bitch" release.  Also, Max and I are already working on some new songs and are in the early stages of planning some songs to follow up "Karma's A Bitch."  No rest for the wicked!

Thanks

I want to thank everyone who is part of the Hellion team and who's hard work and contributions have made recording the new Hellion tunes the easiest and most rewarding Hellion undertaking ever.  When we started late last summer, Max, Simon and I spent just a couple days together working on the music and the arrangements.  We had only three days to rehearse before we entered the studio.  None of us had ever worked together before. 

Before we began recording, we contacted Ken Scott, for whom I have incredible respect from working with him back in the 1980s.  At the time we first talked, Ken had already made plans to move to Nashville during the summer.  Initially, I'd hoped to finish the entire project in a couple days.  However, once we started, we soon realized that the project was very special and that it deserved to have sufficient time taken to make sure that everything was "just right."    

After Ken Scott moved to Nashville, Wyn Davis stepped up to the plate to help us finish recording the vocals, in sorting out the keyboard parts that were contributed by Scott Warren, and in mixing.  We mixed the fifth and last song yesterday.   In the next few days, I will be listening to the mixes and deciding what (if anything) needs to be changed.

Thanks again to everybody for your support.  I hope you have a rocking Sunday.

Best Witches,

Ann Boleyn
on behalf of Hellion  




 

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