New video, finally!!!!! I am a MASSIVE Rihanna fan and Stay is hands down one of my favorite tracks off her latest album. So in honor of her Grammy performance next Sunday I thought I would try my hand at this amazing track.
Another year has passed and a new round of judges are filling the American Idol seats for season 12. During my brief stint on Idol during season 10 (watch my audition here) I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Yahoo! Music blogstress Lyndsey Parker. Ever since then I’ve been cranking out Idol snacks every week for her Reality Rocks blog.
For tonight’s episode in New York City I thought I would stick with the Italian theme with this quick and simple snack. So give this recipe a try and enjoy the craziness I’m sure Mariah and Nicki will bring!
- 4oz package prosciutto, chopped
- 1.5 tbsp sun dried tomatoes, chopped
- 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella
- 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
- egg white
- 1 package refrigerated thin crust pizza dough
- 1 egg, beaten
- marinara sauce for dipping
- parsley for garnish
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine the prosciutto and next 6 ingredients through the egg white in a large bowl. Mix until well combined.
Lay out the pizza crust on a floured surface and spread the prosciutto mixture evenly on top.
Starting with the longest side, roll the pizza dough into a log and pinch the sides closed. Refrigerate until nice and cool.
Using a serrated knife (dip in water to prevent sticking) slice the log into 1/2 inch slices.
Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and brush with the egg wash. Bake until golden brown, around 15-20 minutes.
Spoon the marinara sauce into a small ramekin for dipping and sprinkle with the parsley.
This last weekend I had the amazing experience posing for the super talented Justin Goode as he broke in his new Burke & James Grover 8×10 view camera. I was fortunate to meet Justin and his beautiful wife Synthia at our photo shoot exactly one year ago and I’ve been hooked on his work ever since. The photo shoot took place over the entire weekend and I’m proud to say what came out of it is something truly unique! Check it out!!! 🙂
About a year ago, I was surfing the Craigslist photo ads here in Dallas and up came an ad for a free 8×10 view camera. I quickly emailed the person and within 15 minutes I received a message back. A gentlemen was moving out of town who had an old Burke & James Grover 8×10 that he had been meaning to restore & use but had never got around to it. He asked me if I was into large format and stated that he really wanted this camera to go to the right home. I enthusiastically conveyed to him that I was the right person and would eventually make my way up into the world of large format.
The Burke & James Grover is a utilitarian view camera that is meant to get the job done. It doesn’t have some of the bells & whistles that current 8×10’s have…
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Merry Merry Christmas!!! It’s hard to believe another year is almost over and the holiday season is quickly passing us by. It’s been a whirlwind year and I couldn’t feel more blessed with the wonderful things 2012 brought my way. I’m looking forward to an exciting food and music filled 2013.
I’m back in my hometown of Oklahoma City for the holidays, stuffing my face with every casserole and pie under the sun. So in my brief moment of relaxation I wanted to take a few minutes to update you guys on a really cool event I was recently a part of.
Back in July I was hired to review a “secret” show in Denton by GoodBAMMSho for Sofar Sounds. It was hands down one of the coolest things I’ve experienced musically. I instantly fell in love with the idea and had to be a part of it. After months of staying in contact with the local Sofar coordinator she reached out to me to participate in their Christmas show in Dallas and of course, I was happy to oblige!
The host of the event was a wonderful lover of music who was one of the first supporters and people to open their home to Sofar Dallas. She had a beautiful home in Lakewood that was packed with eager music fans ready to discover new talent.
My producer Josh Goode and I performed 3 original tunes along with a special Christmas rendition of Jingle Bells (see below). Scroll to the bottom of the post for a video of our original song No Mistake, along with a link to the entire show, including all 5 acts, courtesy of livestream.
WFAA Channel 8 was also on hand to cover the show and I was fortunate enough to sit down with David Schechter for a brief interview and preview of my original song Go and Get Gone. Check out the full story here!
Check out this great organization and sign up on their email list to see a Sofar event in your city!
Last but not least I’m excited to announce I’ll be releasing my first single, produced and co-written with Josh Goode and Bradley Prakope of Goode Vibes Music, in January. I’ll be posting a special preview on my YouTube channel so make sure you subscribe to hear it first! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday!
In the spirit of the holidays I recorded a newly revamped version of Jingle Bells! Check it out! 🙂
No Mistake – Music & Lyrics by Sarah Sellers & Josh Goode
Photo Credits: Giovanni Gallucci & John Perry
For all of my lovely foodies I owe you guys some food posts…and you will get them, soon. I made a delicious batch of Beef Veggie Soup last week that I must share with everyone and of course, my State Fair of Texas adventure was thoroughly documented.
In the meantime, I recorded a new video this weekend so check it out and let me know what you think in the comment box below.
The last few weeks have been a beautiful whirlwind of amazing experiences that I wanted to share with my blog family. Last Saturday myself and 5 amazing musicians opened for Grammy Award winner and R&B singer Monica at the House of Blues Dallas. I still can’t believe how everything worked out and my biggest lesson to share is PROMOTE PROMOTE PROMOTE!
Whether you’re an aspiring musician, chef, writer, etc put yourself out there because you never know who’s paying attention. Thanks to social media I attracted the attention of Ascential Events who produced the Monica show. Great night, great crowd…I can’t wait to do it again!
Check out some pics from the show and read the review HERE!
To top off the week I found out I was nominated for a Dallas Observer Music Award in the Best Female Vocalist category. Just to be nominated is such an amazing feeling, especially when my name is listed below one of my favorite artists, Sarah Jaffe.
So I’m asking you, my dear blog friends, to help me out and vote for me for this year’s awards! I’ll be bringing the band back together on November 10th to perform during the local showcase here in Dallas. If you’re in the area stay tuned for more details.
You can vote once a day up until the awards ceremony at the House of Blues Dallas on November 13th. You don’t have to fill out the entire ballot (but feel free to check out all of the amazing artist that are nominated), just scroll down to 30 and place your vote! Thank you guys so much for your amazing support!! The adventure is just beginning.
House of Blues Photo Credits: Ascential Events & Jon Draper Productions for GoodBAMMSho
Over the last few months I’ve been working with Josh Goode from Goode Vibes Music on some original tunes and I am sooo excited to start recording the stuff we’ve written. Tonight we met for our normal writing session and ended up talking about our biggest musical inspirations and who has inspired me the most over the last few months. ZZ Ward has heavily influenced the new material and it seemed only fitting to cover one of my favorite tracks off her mixtape, Eleven Roses! So here it is, about 7 months overdue, a new YouTube cover!
We did one take to capture the rawness that you only get without over rehearsing and over analyzing the song…which can be hard for me to do!
Let me know what you think in the comments below!
I am happily swimming in music these days. Between getting ready for my big opening gig on September 29th and writing for my new project I am a happy girl. So for today’s Song of the Day I wanted to showcase one of my biggest musical inspirations.
Joss Stone is one of my favorite blues/soul artists. The passion and emotion that comes out of her every time she steps up to the mic is beyond inspirational to me. Her style and influence will definitely be showcased along with the fabulous Black Keys, another one of my favorite artists, in my new music.
So for today’s Song of the Day I’m going with her amazing, and of course…soulful, cover of the Broken Bell’s tune, The High Road, off her new project, The Soul Sessions Vol 2. I can’t wait to start playing the new music for you guys!!!
Image Source: Highline Ballroom
I came across this blog post today from a follower on Twitter and it spoke to me so much that I had to share. I have always fought a level of insecurity my whole life when it came to my dreams, my looks, my craziness, my loudness…I could go on and on. I always get asked, “when are you going to stop going after your dreams and focus on your career”…”when is enough enough”….”ummmm that’s really hard to accomplish”…”what are you doing all of this for”.
For years I bought into all of this and really held myself back. Scared, insecure, and afraid to completely be myself and give-in to my dreams. I’m not 100% there yet, but I feel more complete then I ever have. After I started really going after my dreams doors started to open and a friend of mine said the truest statement I’ve ever heard,
“When you start doing what you’re suppose to do, the universe will align and things will start to happen in your favor”….or something like that. 😉
Don’t suppress who you are because you’re afraid people may not approve. Be you, do what you love and don’t let anyone take away your shine. No-one deserves that kind of power.
Thank you to all of my amazing followers, fans, readers and people in my life that truly get and support me. You make all of this hard work worthwhile!
I am so excited to announce I have the amazing opportunity to open for a Grammy Award winning R&B artist at the House of Blues Dallas, September 29th! I’ve been hard at work writing some new material and I can’t wait to perform it for the first time. I’ll be doing a meet and greet after the show so if you’re in the Dallas area come out and say hello!
Click on the video below to find out who I’m opening for!