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KEVIN CHAMBERS – CREATIVELY EMBELLISHED LYRICS

Kevin Chambers – Top Finalist 2017 Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest

1. What does it mean to be selected as a top ten finalist for this competition?
It means everything! It’s such an incredible honor to be selected for such an amazing competition. To be featured in the top 10 along with all of these other great songwriters is a dream come true. Seriously can’t wait to meet everyone!

2. How did you select the songs for the Wildflower contest and are they based on any memories or experiences?
The two songs I selected were from my most recent EP, entitled Starting Over. In terms of song content, they’re total opposites. Starting Over is about a moment we’ve all had in getting over a relationship and not knowing what to do. While we’re in the midst of a breakup, the only thing we can think about doing is going to a bar, ordering a drink (or three), and wondering what we could’ve done differently. In a sense, it’s about getting through that emotional hangover. My Everyone is the complete opposite of that – it’s a love song! It expressed how I was feeling at the time about someone I cared about deeply.

3. When did you begin playing the piano and how many other instruments do you play?
I began playing the piano when I was about five or six years old. Growing up, I studied classical, playing in numerous competitions and learned the likes of Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart. I never thought I would go on to play the piano for a living. When I was 16, however, my friend invited me to a Ben Folds concert, and I was completely blown away seeing what he could do on the keys. Everything switched for me that night. I came home from the show and fell in love with the instrument once again. I learned every song that Ben Folds had written at the time, using his transcription books to make sure I played every note.

I did try to learn the guitar when I was in college, but that seemed to be an entire other beast to tackle. I was fine sticking with the piano and mastering that instrument. I did go on to get a masters in film music composition, so I have written for several other instruments though you won’t see me picking up a violin or a clarinet anytime soon!

4. Do you have any pre-show superstitious habits, calming techniques, or plain old good luck charms?
If you see me before a show, I probably won’t be able to talk that much. I like to get focused on what I’m about to do and go through the show in my head. As long as I’m able to do that, I should be fine.

5. How would you describe your storytelling style?
I internalize most of what I see, though I don’t necessarily express it at the time. Through my songs, I’ve been able to give the listeners a peek into what’s going on in my brain. When my parents, my sister, and I are together, I’m essentially the quietest one of the bunch. Through my music though, I’m able to tell stories and creatively embellish them through my lyrics.

6. Where is the best place to experience songwriting utopia?
I would have to say it’s in the shower! I’ve come up with several melodies while I’m rinsing off, and the acoustics in the bathroom are pretty top notch! Luckily, my sister knows this about me and bought me a waterproof notepad so I could write out my ideas.

7. Do you have a favorite quote, lyric, or credo that you live by?

Paul McCartney said it best.
“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”

8. What do hope the judges feel when you perform for them this weekend?
I hope they understand the amount of work it took to get to this point and appreciate our ability to come out here and perform these songs. I’m really looking forward to seeing my fellow songwriters play! I hope the songs that I’m performing will touch them emotionally, whether they’ve been through a breakup and reached for a drink, or have loved someone beyond belief.

9. How long did it take to recover from brain surgery and how did this impact your career?
During a 24-hour radio music fest at Monmouth University, I traveled down from New York City to play backup piano for my friend, David Rothschild, and then do my own set right after him. Each artist had an hour where you played for the first half, and then went in for a radio interview during the second half while the next artist set up. While I was setting up for my own show during David’s interview, I suddenly had a debilitating headache and eventually wasn’t able to communicate with anyone. I ended up having a stroke that night due to a burst aneurysm and an Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) near the speech center in my brain. I was lucky enough to have friends around me that were able to call 911 and get me to a hospital. Despite not remembering the next week of my life, I slowly came to in a hospital in Philadelphia. After staying there for two solid weeks, followed by two more weeks of speech, physical, and occupational therapy, I was scheduled to have radiation treatment. My parents were not a big fan of having radiation done to my brain, so we sought out a second opinion and were able to have brain surgery up at New York Presbyterian Hospital with Dr. Robert Solomon. On April 22nd, 2015, the surgery was a success and I began recovering immediately.

For a month, I wasn’t able to run anywhere or lift anything greater than 5 pounds. But as soon as I had made it through that month, I was free to do whatever. It’s strange to say now, since this obviously wasn’t a concern at the time, but I’m lucky that my aneurysm was on the left side of my brain, since all of my creative stuff is on the right. Had it been on my right, I would’ve lost everything – my piano, my singing. I recovered during the summer in New Jersey and eventually played Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA, in August of that year. Getting back on stage meant the world to me, and it also reassured me that I could still continue to do what I loved.

Kevin Chambers

10. Why the decision to move from New York to Nashville and where exactly is “home?”
Home for me has always been North Carolina, though my parents are finally moving up to Pennsylvania by the end of this year. Ultimately, the decision to move from New York to Nashville was somewhat related to my brain aneurysm/AVM recovery. I realized I didn’t have to move back to the craziness of New York! Immediately after surgery, everything intensified in terms of sound so that I was able to hear several conversations at once. It was difficult for me to focus especially on the streets of New York City.

Once I considered Nashville, everything kind of worked out to my advantage. It is a much quieter town than New York City and besides, everyone is so much nicer!

Website: http://kevinchambersmusic.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/KevinChambersMusic
Twitter: http://twitter.com/_KevinChambers_
Instagram: http://instagram.com/_KevinChambers_
Youtube: http://youtube.com/chmbrsmusic
Bandcamp: http://kevinchambers.bandcamp.com

Kevin Chambers will be competing with other top finalists on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. on the UnitedHealthcare Singer Songwriter Stage located inside the Eisemann Center at the 25th Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival. Kevin will also perform on Saturday at 7:15 p.m. on the CityLine Stage.

Additional information about the Wildflower! Performing Songwriter Contest, and the full list of Top 10 Finalists, may be found on the website: http://www.wildflowerfestival.com/songwriter-contest-workshop/. #WAMFest2017

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GATES OPEN AT 6:30PM AND WILDFLOWER! STAGES TO ROCK ON SATURDAY

It’s been a wild weekend here at Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival! We are so excited to update that the gates are going to open at 6:30 p.m.. The festival has been partially open since this morning and indoor performances inside the Eisemann Center have continued as scheduled throughout the day.

Unfortunately, Blue Oyster Cult had to cancel its appearance at the Festival due to its flight into DFW International Airport being cancelled because of the severe weather. All acts prior to 6:30 p.m. set to perform on outdoor stages have been removed from the schedule.

Want the good news? The Methodist Richardson Amphitheatre Stage, Plaza Stage, and Bud Light Stage are ready to rock (after a lot of hard work by the festival folks).

Methodist Richardson Amphitheatre Stage
8:15 p.m. The Guess Who
10:00 p.m. Grand Funk Railroad

The Guess Who

Plaza Stage
8:45 p.m. Judah & The Lion
10:30 p.m. Fitz and the Tantrums

Bud Light Stage
6:45 p.m. Devil’s Sooty Brother
8:15 p.m. Joshua Ray Walker
9:45 p.m. Big City Outlaws

Aeromyth

Hill Hall
9:00 p.m. Aeromyth

UnitedHealthcare Singer Songwriter Stage
6:00 p.m. Jason Castro
7:45 p.m. Darrell Scott
9:15 p.m. Crystal Bowersox

The Plaza Stage viewing grounds consist of solid concrete but you’ll want to bring a lawn chair for the Methodist Richardson Amphitheatre Stage area, or wear comfy boots to navigate the soggy grass. The wet conditions have created high humidity of 94% and cool temperatures in the 60’s.

Due to schedule changes caused by today’s severe weather, all Saturday general admission tickets to the festival will be honored for use, either today or tomorrow. We scan it once and you can decide whether that will be for Saturday or Sunday. Ticket prices for Saturday have been dropped to $30 at the gate. On Sunday, children 12 and under will be allowed free admission.

Street performers scheduled to appear on Performance Row have been cancelled for today. Due to wind damage, the WF! Kids area is closed for the rest of the weekend.

The schedule for all acts is updated and posted on the website. www.wildflowerfestival.com

Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival Announces Revised Saturday Schedule Due To Severe Weather Impacts

All gates to open at 6:30 p.m. with most national acts set to perform

The Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival will open all gates at 6:30 p.m. The Festival has been partially open since 11 a.m. this morning, with indoor music performances taking place as scheduled on Eisemann Center stages.

Weather Impacts On Performances
With the exception of Blue Oyster Cult and Quiet Company, all performances set for this evening on outdoor stages at Wildflower! will perform as scheduled. Blue Oyster Cult had to cancel its appearance at the Festival this weekend due to its flight into DFW International Airport being cancelled because of severe weather. Tonight’s 7:15 p.m. performance by Quiet Company on the Plaza Stage has also been cancelled along with all other acts scheduled to perform on outdoor stages prior to 6:30 p.m.

Weather Impacts From Today’s Storm
At approximately 1 p.m. and again at 3:30 p.m. this afternoon, severe weather passing through North Texas impacted the festival grounds causing limited wind damage. Festival staff are in the process of cleaning the grounds and all six gates at the festival will reopen at 6:30 p.m.

Patrons Asked To Prepare For Wet Conditions
People planning to attend the festival this evening to enjoy the outdoor stages will want to prepare accordingly for wet conditions. Bring water resistant clothing and lawn chairs are recommended.

Saturday Passes To Be Honored Today Or Tomorrow
Due to schedule changes caused by today’s severe weather, all Saturday passes to the Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival will be honored for use either today or tomorrow.

Saturday Pass Dropped To $30 For Saturday Performances / Children Get In Free Sunday
Ticket prices for Saturday have been dropped to $30 at the gate. On Sunday, children 12 and under will be allowed through the gates free of charge.

Other Updates
Street performers scheduled to appear on Performance Row have also been cancelled for today and, due to wind damage, the Children’s Area on the festival grounds is closed for the rest of the weekend. Information on the performance schedule for all acts is available at www.wildflowerfestival.com.

WILDFLOWER! FESTIVAL TO PARTIALLY OPEN DUE TO THREAT OF SEVERE WEATHER

Festival grounds expected to fully open at 5 p.m., or once area storms pass; performances on Eisemann Center stages continue as scheduled

(Richardson, TX) – Richardson’s Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival will partially open at 11 a.m. due to the threat of severe weather in the area. Gate F, located on the north side of the event, is open for patrons to directly enter the Eisemann Center to enjoy performances on the Singer Songwriter and Hill Performance Hall stages. The closest parking area to Gate F is the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas parking garage. View the Festival Map for locations.

All six gates on the festival grounds are expected to reopen at 5 p.m., or once the threat of severe weather has passed. People planning to attend the festival to enjoy the outdoor stages this evening are asked to prepare accordingly for wet conditions. Bring water resistant clothing, umbrellas and lawn chairs. All afternoon performances scheduled to take place on outdoor stages prior to 5 p.m. have been cancelled.

Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival has historically had bouts with rain over the past 27 years of its history in Richardson, but the event has always been held rain or shine. Richardson’s Emergency Management team consistently monitors the weather, and public safety personnel have plans in place to shelter people if necessary.

Tickets available online or at the gate.

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