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Sun, Sep 28, 2014
Although I released it as a single earlier this year, FAVAH is one of my personal FAVAH-rites. (not funny... ok, sorry).

I co-wrote the song with one of my music mentors, Jor'Dan Armstrong. Jor'Dan's music has influenced me for a few years and being able to work with him on three of the tracks on the RUNWAY album was quite amazing. He and his production partner, Tedy P, were amazing to work with in the studio. Jor'Dan likes to sit with a track and just wait to see what God gives us for melodies and improving lyrics. I usually write out lyrics to a song and then when working with Jor'Dan, we get in the vocal booth in the studio and just see what happens. It's kind of weird at first because it really isn't singing actual words into the mic, but more like "Da da da" or "La La La" or some vocal mumbles that are similar to words but not really words.

It's the same process used by a lot of famous artists and I'd never known it until one of my producers in Nashville shared this Michael Jackson studio session for his song Billy Jean. Notice how the verses have fragments of words but mostly just gibberish in place where words would go eventually. It's the process to learn a melody or experiment with a melody. It's odd when you first do it, but since I've done it, it's how I actually work best in the studio with my songs. A lot of times I end up changing a lyric or entire sentence in the lyrics after playing with melodies like this.



I have some video footage of us doing this in the studio with Favah and Song For Love, but nothing I can share (unfortunately).

Anyway, this blog was to share a little insight into how I recorded Favah and we developed the melody and words. It's like I knew what I wanted to have initially, a song about how thankful I am to God for giving me favor and blessings all the time, but how we actually wrote the verses and chorus was something different than I'd ever done before. I ended up using the same method on Song For Love and Runway with Jor'Dan in the studio and I think it just gives a lot more authentic artistry than having a sheet music or just working out a melody on a keyboard. It's like how I get creative in writing new music and songs.

So now you know.
Mon, Aug 11, 2014
I already discussed the title track of my new album "RUNWAY" and how it was based on how I sometimes get afraid of what's going to happen next, but have decided to just prepare for the flight I'm about to take and know it's going to be alright.

Another song from my new album is called "SONG FOR LOVE".

This song is cool because the music track came from my long time producer friend, Avery Berman. He produced several of my songs earlier in my career (I WANT THAT, LOVELY DAY, THE CHRISTMAS SONG, WELL DONE) and I have always loved his creativity with music. He shared the music he created for what now is the "SONG FOR LOVE" single from my new album and I immediately loved it. It has a disco / dance vibe to it and I knew it would be awesome to record.

I shared it with my managers in Nashville and they liked it a lot too. So we decided to record it.

I went to Atlanta, Georgia and worked with another producer, Jor'Dan Armstrong and his fellow producer Teddy P and together we finished the lyrics and vocals for the track in a couple days in the studio.

The song is all about LOVE and how life wouldn't be the same without it.

LYRICS:
How could we live without love (repeat)
If you wish upon a star you’ll find
Something better than you thought you’d find.
You will see how much you’ve come to grow.
Cause love will never let you go, go, go.
How could we live without love, it just wouldn’t be right.
That’s the thing about love, you feel it down inside.
What you think about that, it could blow your mind.
So let’s quit wasting time.
And everybody singing like.
Ohh, you got me singing a song for love. (repeat)
Ohh (a song for love) (repeat)
If you ever can’t find peace of mind
Don’t you worry, that will waste your time
Here’s a secret that I’ve come to know
Love will never let you go.
How could we live without love
It just wouldn’t be right.
That’s the thing about love, you feel it down inside.
What you think about that, it could blow your mind.
So let’s quit wasting time.
Ohh, you got me singing a song for love. (repeat)
Ohh (a song for love) (repeat)
How could we live without love
Love will never let you go.

It's very simple lyrics, but they reflect how difficult some people make life when LOVE is the answer. Wishing on a star will never give you as much as love will. People who are loved and choose to love just live a better life. God is Love, so for me, it's also a simple reminder that God loves me and will never let me go.

The vocals on this track were so fun to record because it's really the first song I experimented with my falsetto on the main chorus. It was challenging but cool to hear the mix and harmonies afterward. This track, like 99% of my songs, is all my vocals on every part. I don't really use background singers in my songs. I love doing every harmony part and think it's cool to hear the mix when it's done. I honestly want to do more songs like this where I do a lot of layered harmonies.

We've just posted a live video to this song on my youtube channel.




We have a cool REMIX of the song available for people who pre-order my album, so hopefully if you're interested in hearing the remix, you'll spend the $4.99 to get the album.

More back story coming soon.
Mon, Aug 11, 2014
I get asked a lot about being an artist and how I started and stuff. I know it's of interest to people wanting to get started on their own path of being an artist, but honestly it's not really like there's a formula or something that you follow and you suddenly become an artist.

The first thing is to decide if you want to do music because you're passionate about it or if you want to make money doing it. Some people are passionate about it but don't want to make the commitment to earn a living from it. I mean like they love singing in school or at church and think it's something they want to do as a career. But when I've asked some of them to put their singing on youtube so people can critique it, they get all shy about it or are freaking out that they'll get made fun of. It's then that I tell them they are kidding themselves if they think they'll make a career out of it. So, like the first thing you have to do is be ready to deal with haters and people hating on your music and skill.

Next thing is always remember that there's someone better than you in every way. Someone more skilled, more popular, having more opportunity, more experience, more, more, more. You're never going to be on top. Even the artists who are world famous aren't the best. There's always another artist with more awards, more fans, more albums, more money, etc. Get used to knowing that you're always trying to get better and you haven't arrived. If you can't accept that you're not as good or as bad as others (or yourself) think, you're wasting your time.

As a Christian, though, I get so many fans messaging and emailing me about my being an artist. Honestly, it's annoying to read some of the messages because while I'm a Christian and try to please God in everything I do, I don't consider myself a Christian artist the way they try to label me.

I'm an artist who is a Christian.

I'm a Christian who is an artist.

Just like a lawyer can be a Christian and a teacher can be a Christian, I'm an artist who is a Christian. I don't consider myself SINGING FOR GOD any more than a taxi-driver would tell people they are DRIVING for GOD. I sing because it's how God made me. I don't specifically consider being an artist as some special category of person who is doing it "FOR THE LORD". I no more say that than an auto-mechanic would advertise "I'm a mechanic for the lord". Of course you want to please God in anything you do if you're a Christian, but I think too many people mix up music and being a Christian as though there is some special category of artist that is reserved to only be about worship and praise music or being on a praise and worship team at a church.

Simply, being a Christian is a full time job with everything I do in life, not just a prefix before the word "artist". As an athlete, I always tried to have a Christian attitude and treat others like God wants me to. But it doesn't make me some unique category called a Christian Basketball Player. I'm a Christian. It's like we don't label other artists "Jewish Artist" or "Buddhist Artist". Their belief in God is what they choose to be personally. Their career may not involve work within their synagogue or temple. I don't sing in church and don't make music that is for praise and worship. There are many of my friends that are called to be a praise and worship singer. I'm called to be an artist who makes music that my peers will listen to and hopefully have lyrics that encourage them and give them hope to overcome life's disappointments and challenges.

So, being an artist is what I am trying to be. Being a Christian is what I am. When I'm on a stage performing, I'm performing because it's a gift inside of me given from God. Just the same as an accountant does well with financial stuff because God made them to handle numbers good. When I'm on a stage, the fun I have and enjoyment you see is because I am wired to perform and share the music God inspires me to write. Christians tend to think that just because I'm very comfortable speaking about my faith on social media or sharing my experiences in lyrics that reflect my faith journey, somehow I'm a "Christian Artist". I only have a problem with this label when it comes to the religious Christians who want to judge me or others for "how" I should be as an artist.

My personal call from God is to love Him and love people. No more, no less. If being an artist helps me fulfill that, then great. If being a pizza maker helps me fulfill that, great.

So if you want to be an artist, then be an artist. Just know that being an artist is a lifestyle and requires a lot of hard work. Never let people label you or try to put you in a box that they define. Who you are is who you are, regardless of people's acceptance or approval.

Pleasing God in whatever I do is my goal and so far He has helped me have some impact with music. I hope it stays that way.

Thu, Jun 19, 2014
Thought I'd share a few blogs about some of the new songs I wrote for my upcoming album release in September.  I like to give the backstory on why I write certain lyrics and how they were inspired, and the whole process of what it took to make the song and the people involved. It's like the most fun part of doing what I do as an artist.

We're still figuring out what songs are going to be on the new album, but the ones I know for sure I'm going to talk a little about here.

The first one for sure is called RUNWAY.

Written by: Spencer Kane, Jor'Dan Armstrong, Teddy P
Music by: Tyshane
Produced by: Jor'Dan Armstrong, Teddy P

So this is probably one of the most exciting new songs I've done in my short career because it involved some amazing people to get it done.

You all probably know Jor'Dan Armstrong already from our song "FAVAH" which I released a little while back. It has done quite well in the Christian R&B/Hip Hop genre. I love working with Jor'Dan because he is such an amazing vocalist and producer. Like when I'm in studio with him, he just inspires me and challenges me vocally to give 110%. He is really creative with vocals and I just feel like he understands how to pull out of me the best possible vocals I can give on a track. He actually vocal produced two new tracks on this upcoming project of which RUNWAY is one of them. I'll talk about the other song in another post.

Teddy P is a wizard at vocal arranging. He hears harmonies and vocal rhythms like nobody I've been around. He's just amazing. Like when I work with him and Jor'Dan, it's like being around royalty. Lol. We all sit in a room and just work through lyrics and possible melodies and hooks for the music until we all agree on something. It's like magical because it just flows. Teddy went to college specifically for vocal production and arranging. He's got a degree in doing what he does with me. He is the music director at his church and you can just tell he is gifted by God to do what he's doing.

Ok, so Lecrae is one of my musical heroes. I've been listening to his music for the past 8 years of my life or so and just love what he's doing. So when I was contacted by one of the Grammy winning producers from his album "Gravity" I was blown away that they wanted to make a track with me. I spent two days working with Tyshane creating the music for Runway. We did it via skype, so it was quite amazing to work piece by piece with him until we both agreed on the vibe the track would have. He is amazing at what he does and I think the final track you guys hear will show that.

So, like when I sit to write lyrics for music, I do a few things to get inspired. The main thing I do at first is to think of situations or issues I've been dealing with or know that people are dealing with around me. As you know, being an independent artist can be great but is also very difficult because you're never sure if you're going to be able to afford to continue making music and traveling and stuff. It's very time consuming and costs a lot of money to keep making quality music and touring. So the hope is that you either sell enough music to pay to keep doing what you're doing or that you find a label partner who will sign you so you can keep doing what you love.

Recently, like the past 6-9 months I've been exploring options to work with some labels and have been given some opportunities that could have really changed my life. One opportunity would have moved me to Los Angeles, which would have been awesome, but it was still a bit scary to know I would have had to move at 17 years old and not even out of high school yet. Again, awesome, but still scary.

So I wrote this song RUNWAY about knowing that my life could change at any moment because it seems that opportunities keep presenting themselves and could require me to do something completely different than I've had to do so far, or move away, or travel more and stuff.

The lyrics talk about going through change, but also always being ready to take off into the next phase of your life. I trust God as my guide to help me be ready for change and in the lyrics I really try to remind myself that I've always got God by my side.  Like the Bible says we aren't supposed to get worried about stuff, but it's hard. The Bible says sometimes we go through tests and other times we get blessed. So either way, I just know that I want to be ready for what God has planned. The idea of RUNWAY was like getting prepared for a new direction in life and being ready to go... on the runway ready to take off.

Here's the lyrics:


RUNWAY

I got my bags packed
And I ain’t looking back, No
Ain’t no more living in the past
I got no time for that
I gotta do what I gotta do

Gotta hit that
Runway, Runway, Ohhh
I gotta do what I gotta do
Gotta hit that
Runway, Runway, Ohhh
As long as I got you
Yeah

Tell me what’s keeping
Keeping me so stressed
I gotta give my all
So I can give my best
Can’t be afraid of
What may be next
Is it gonna be easy
Or is there a test

Cause I’ve
Learned a lot from my past, IQ
I ain’t ever looking back, Rear View
Still looking for a change, Brand New
Hands up to the sky

Gotta hit that
Runway, Runway, Ohhh
I gotta do what I gotta do
Gotta hit that
Runway, Runway, Ohhh
As long as I got you
Yeah
Runway, runway
Gotta do what I gotta do
As long as I got you

I won’t be knocked down
Finish line in sight
I’m on my way
Waiting to take flight
I’ll change my altitude
Take it to new heights
Can’t wait another day
I’m changing my life

Cause I’ve
Learned a lot from my past, IQ
I ain’t ever looking back, Rear View
Still looking for a change, Brand New
Hands up to the sky

Gotta hit that
Runway, Runway, Ohhh
I gotta do what I gotta do
Gotta hit that
Runway, Runway, Ohhh
As long as I got you
Yeah
Runway, runway
Gotta do what I gotta do
As long as I got you

Well you opened my door
I’m really wanting to explore
So show me all the reasons
That I can’t ignore

I lift off with an attitude
Cause I know there’s some things that I gotta do
Gotta
See things that I’ve never saw
Gotta
Reach my goals whether near or far
And I’m
Not gonna leave til I’m done
I’m taking a trip to the sun
Cause I wanna be where the stars at
They’ll look at me like I’m a martian

Gotta hit that
Runway, Runway, Ohhh
I gotta do what I gotta do
Gotta hit that
Runway, Runway, Ohhh
As long as I got you
Yeah
Runway, runway
Gotta do what I gotta do

As long as I got you

Anyway, I thought you guys might like to read some background about why I wrote some of my new tracks :)

I'll post another blog soon with the same thing about a few other songs I know will be on the new album.
Sun, Mar 30, 2014
Wow. It's been a long time since I wrote a blog.

So, for this year so far it's been pretty busy. I know it's already almost April and things have been just flying fast. So this is the stuff that's happened so far this year.

January:

  • Got stuck in a winter storm in Chicago when trying to fly to Nashville for the TV taping of Season 5 for iShine Knect. I was there like 36 hours before I could leave. Had to get a hotel room by myself. Annoying but it was a first experience for me.
  • Filmed the live concert footage for Season 5 of the show with two of my new songs "SPEAK LOVE" and "HEART LIKE YOU". Those won't be seen until like late this year or 2015. lol
February:

  • Drove to Iowa and South Dakota for 6 concerts in one week. It was a lot of fun.
  • Flew to Nashville for pre-production rehearsals for the iShine Spring tour.
  • Had first weekend concerts in St Louis and Oklahoma

March:

  • Finished up the iShine Spring tour on March 10 and finally got to come back home to rest a little.
  • Finished recording #FAVAH in the studio and filming the rest of the official music video for it.
  • Started writing new music for 2 more songs I'm releasing this year. (SOOO EXCITED ABOUT THESE)

NEW MUSIC:
Ok, so one of my fav things to do is work on new music and in the studio. I have one new song that is going to be KILLER and I absolutely can't wait until it's done. You guys are going to freak when you hear it. It's like probably my fav music track of all songs I've ever done and the song will be FUN. Think of the song HAPPY by Pherel combined with TREASURE by Bruno Mars combined with some awesome EDM.... and you're there. lol

#FAVAH is going to be released in April on iTunes and as an official music video.

I'm SOOO stoked about performing at the concert in Cincinnati on April 4. Mike, my backup dancer, is injured, so that stinks he can't perform with me this time. 

IN MAY:

May 10 I'll be performing live in NEW ORLEANS at the Joy Theater on Canal Street. It's a great opportunity as I will be co-headlining with some other main artists. So excited.

Well that's about the latest update I can give you guys.

Send me some emails and tell me about what's happening. SPENCER@SPENCERKANEMUSIC.COM

Later.
Tue, Jan 28, 2014
Ok, so ever since I started putting my music out there on Youtube, I've heard from fans that have said they like it and hope I never change.  When I asked them what that meant, they meant that most artists eventually get stuck up or think they're too good for the fans that helped them get popular.

Well, apparently some feel that's happening with me. So here, let me just help fans understand the reality of an artist who has a career that is progressing as they hope it will when they keep working at it.

First of all, there's only so much time to do everything that has to be done to have a career. I can only do so much in a 24 hour day.

I'm a...

  • Full time student in public school even though I do classes online
    • which means I have homework and studying and tests just like most kids my age
  • Son
    • which means I have a family where I spend time with family and try to have a family life
    • which also means I do chores just like most kids my age. That includes my own laundry, make meals for myself, grocery shop (yes I do grocery shopping), cleaning house, doing dishes, you get the point.
  • Friend
    • I do try to have time to hang out with guys and play Xbox or play sports when I'm not busy doing other things
  • Artist
    • Yea, as an artist I have like a million things I have to do, which all take time
      • practice new music
      • voice lessons
      • guitar lessons
      • write new music
      • record in a studio
      • travel on the road
      • package merchandise people buy and mail it out to them
      • concerts
      • media interviews
      • make Vlogs
      • make music videos
      • chat with fans online (chat, twitter, Younow, facebook)
      • skype calls to classrooms around the world
      • dance lessons / rehearsals
  • Actor
    • which means I have to go to Nashville for TV filming a few times a year and learn scripts and stuff
So here's the deal. The more I do for my career to get better and perform more, the more fans I am getting. I do my absolute best to find time to talk to as many NEW fans as I can. When I have time, I talk to fans I've talked to before. But it seems harder and harder to find time to do that when my plate is already full of other things.

I'm not at all complaining about my life and schedule, but I'm hoping fans can understand when I can't reply to their questions or messages on social media. I do my best but I won't apologize if I can't reply right away or at all. Sometimes it's just not possible to keep up with.

I have a marketing manager who sorts through the hundreds of messages, emails and requests I get each week from fans. Some want answers, some want to chat, some want followed. It's just not possible for me to spend the time needed to answer or respond to all of them. I stopped following and unfollowing fans over a year ago. I don't handle that anymore. I just post stuff.

The problem is that because I am trying to be friendly and take time to talk to so many people that call themselves a fan of my music, I am assumed to be their best friend or close friend now. I am just me. I am a friendly guy who likes to laugh and chat when I can. I will always be that guy. But if it isn't with some fans as much as they want, I am becoming that artist they said they don't like anymore. A SELFISH AND RUDE PERSON WHO IS STUCK UP.

Honestly, I'm not apologizing for working hard on my career and the fact that it takes more time now than it did in the past. That's a good sign that things are going better because I have more work. I am not a casual YOUTUBER like a lot of singers. This is my JOB now. It's how I earn a living. It's how I pay to travel and give concerts. It's how I put gas in my car. It's my job. I love my job. I love my fans.

Before you judge an artist for "changing" or not being the same person they were before, think about "their" schedule and what it must be like having to balance it so they have some kind of personal time to enjoy what they are working hard to be.

So, I'm sorry that some don't understand all this and jump to conclusions about my character and personality. I am very concerned that I do my best to be humble and thankful for everyone who supports me. I'm just sad that because I can't connect with fans as much as I used to that I'm considered "changed".
Thu, Jan 9, 2014

"CINDERELLA" - written by Spencer Kane and Avery Berman
Produced by Avery Berman
DOWNLOAD ON iTUNES or AMAZON MP3

I didn't know where you came from
I don't know where you went
Somewhere between coincidence oh
And circumstance
You had a smile like whoa
Heart of gold
where are you my heart is cold
I feel you there
Right inside
One day you'll be in my life
Hold you tight as I can
So you can't leave again
And all I want is for you to be
Cinderella

Slipping on these shoes
Looking for you
You're out there
Out there

Don't know what to do
We can't be through
You're out there
Out there

(2x)

You took me by surprise babe
How the time came and went
The universe smiled on us
But only for a moment
I can see it now
Minds eye
We can be the best pair
You and I
Every night
I see the same things in my dreams
Plays out endlessly
I hold your hand
Hold it real tight
Your soul lights up the world so bright
Then I wake up and It's not fair
I'll find you out there somewhere

I'm looking for ya (BKG)

I don't know where you are
Girl you're out there
You're out there
Girl I don't know what to do
I'm gonna find you
You're my Cinderella

Slipping on these shoes
Looking for you
You're out there
Out there

Don't know what to do
We can't be through
You're out there
Out there

(2x)

END
Sun, Dec 22, 2013
So this year has gone by fast and I have a lot to be thankful for. So I thought I'd write a blog about a list of things I liked and disliked about 2013. Either way, I'm thankful.


  • LIKED
    • Touring with iShine Live this past spring
    • Meeting a lot of #kaneiacs at my live concerts and public appearances
    • My mom's successful surgery and 100% recovery
    • Traveling the country
    • A great relationship with a girl (not dating anymore... oh well)
    • Recording some awesome new music
    • My CD being released to retail stores in the USA
    • My song "Blue Sky" being on radio
    • Getting my driver license
    • The sub and stereo on my car (1996 Olds 88)
    • Meeting Lecrae and a lot of other awesome artists over the summer
    • Still playing basketball even though I can't be on a school team anymore
    • God helping my family through some tough things
  • DISLIKE
    • Industry people canceling things
    • Concerts being canceled
    • Unable to play team ball at school
    • Being away from home so much and losing friends because of it
    • Finding out that not all followers on social media are true fans :(
    • Having to catch up on so much school because I travel so much
    • Not having a regular social life to just hang out and have some fun
    • Most of my summer was spent working and not chilling
I'm sure there are dozens more I could list, but this is what comes to mind right now.

How about you? What's been the best about your year?
Mon, Oct 28, 2013
Ok, so I'm still trying to make new music this fall. I have already committed to making 9 new songs and will still be doing covers once in a while.

The hard part about making new music is that to make it sound like radio quality, you have to hire people to produce and engineer it. That costs a lot of money. I know I've asked you all to help me, but it has been tough to be a student, have a job and try to raise money to keep doing new music. Some people think when you get popular on the internet that somehow you just have a lot of money and stuff. Unless I sell my music or raise donations to record new music, I can't keep doing what I love to do.

So I'm hoping when I have concerts this winter that you all come out and support me so I can keep making new music.

So far, I have the following songs written:

"YOU'RE OUT THERE"

"FALLING FOR YOU"

"STRANDED FEELINGS"

"JUMP START"

and have five other songs being worked on.

The cool part is that I have the opportunity to record some of these songs with some other great artists helping.

Please check out the music of:

Jor'Dan Armstrong (especially the song "I'm Down")

George Moss (especially the song "Hand's Up")

D-Tropp (especially the song "Misbehave")

Johnnie Rep (our new collab "Falling, For You")

And of course I will keep doing music with Street Scholar.

So that's my update on new music.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013
Hey Kaneiacs,

I'm heading back to the studio to record some new music this fall. I'm really excited about making new music. But it costs a lot of money to record and I'm hoping you would consider donating as little as $1 to help me raise the funds to get it done.

You can do that going to my fundraising page at

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/spencer-kane-new-ep-2014

Just click the CONTRIBUTE NOW pink box and help.

If you can donate more, there are some things I am offering to thank you. You can see those on my page too.

Thank you Kaneiacs for your help on this :)


Wed, Jul 24, 2013
Hey Kaneiacs,

I'm excited to announce a cool new way for me to meet you in person over the winter 2013-2014.

I'm launching a brand new contest where if your team wins, I will be performing in your hometown sometime this upcoming winter season!

So here's the deal.

In order for your "TEAM" to win, you need to do three things:


  1. Gather all your friends and work together by tweeting #KaneiacConcertContest and #YourAreaCode. That will start the count and create your TEAM. (example: #260 is my area code)
  2. Get at least 100 different twitter users to tweet the same and your TEAM will be a finalist for me to come and perform for FREE in your city.
  3. Everyone on your team must text the word KANEIAC to 313131 using your cell phone to receive contest updates and to learn who won, the date, time, and location.

Now here's the thing... they MUST be 100 "different" twitter users FROM that same area code. All 100 will get VIP access to a meet and greet before the concert and get an autographed VIP gift pack from me.

The date and location information will be worked out and the winning team will be notified as soon as possible.

So, good luck and get busy tweeting :)

This is only valid for U.S.A. states and cities. Sorry for my international KANEIACS. Someday I will visit your country :)
Mon, Jun 24, 2013

Teen Artist, Spencer Kane, Wins Emerging Artist Contest at Lifelight Festival

Bethany, MO – June 21, 2013

Sixteen year old singer and actor, Spencer Kane, based out of Kendallville, Indiana and Nashville, Tennessee (www.spencerkanemusic.com) competed against other emerging national recording artists at the 2013 Bethany, Missouri Lifelight Festival for a chance to be a featured main stage artist at the same festival in 2014. He and his Kane Krew won first overall after each contestant band was allotted a 30 minute set in front of fans, judges and festival organizers.

Lifelight Festival was founded in Souix Falls, South Dakota 18 years ago and has steadily grown to one of the largest Christian Music Festivals in the United States with over 150,000 in attendance each day. Because of the success in South Dakota, Lifelight expanded to Missouri four years ago which averages 15,000 attendees. This was also the first year of Lifelight Texas located at Al Denson’s ranch in Sherman. Spencer participated in Texas and will be performing twice at the South Dakota festival over Labor Day Weekend.

Spencer was chosen over several hundred entries earlier in 2013 to be one of the final competing acts at Lifelight Missouri. Each finalist to compete had to submit an audition to Lifelight organizers through various online music event sites.

Festival Assistant Director, Deanna Barker, was in attendance and commented that Spencer’s performance is exactly what is missing in today’s Christian music market. “I have a 14 year old daughter who listens to his music all the time and couldn’t wait to see him perform live. It was incredible to see how the youth connected with his speaking and performing. I’m so glad we have him at Lifelight and can’t wait to see him perform on the main stage,” she stated.

Spencer performed with choreographers EJ Ferencak and Jade Ross as well as fellow songwriter and producer of some of Spencer’s music, Street Scholar. They are known as the KANE KREW.

Lifelight is one of several Christian Music Festivals held throughout the United States each year and is also a member of the Christian Festival Association (CFA). There are 20 participating festivals involved in the CFA and each location holds the same competition with no artist competing at more than one venue for the chance to return for main stage the next year. When the festival season ends each year, all 20 locations submit their winning act to the board of the CFA for them to choose one act to tour all 20 festivals the following year. Spencer is now qualified as one of the choices.

ABOUT SPENCER KANE:
Aside from his recurring role on Season 4 of the TV sitcom, iShine Knect, Spencer is more widely known as a national pop recording artist. He is a two-time Los Angeles based AI Award Show Finalist for Best Pop Artist in 2012 and 2013 and has a worldwide fan base in over 71 countries. He has been touring with iShine Live throughout the Midwest U.S. this past spring and will continue touring as a solo artist in states from New York to Texas through the remainder of the summer months. Along with a multi-state iShine tour in October, he will perform internationally with a 2 week tour in South America in September. His music can be downloaded online from various retailers and his single "BLUE SKY" was released to radio stations nationwide on June 14.

ABOUT iSHINE: (www.ishinelive.com)
iShine is a division of Bema Media, LLC based in Franklin, Tennessee and is most easily understood as a faith based entertainment platform alternative to Disney® or Nickelodeon®. iShine includes an award winning television sitcom called iShine Knect® which airs Saturdays on TBN Network, the nation’s largest Christian based programming station. In addition, it sponsors a national concert tour each spring and fall which showcases music from both independent and signed iShine teen artists. The brand also include an online radio station similar to Radio Disney® in programming with mobile apps for youth to download for streaming music on their portable devices. Dove New Artist of the Year in 2012, Jamie Grace, is a former iShine actor and artist. Other known artists on the show and tour include Radio Disney featured bands The Rubyz and Mission 6. Daughter of New York Times best-selling author Francis Chan, Rachel Chan, is a prominent member of the cast and tour lineup.

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Wed, Jun 19, 2013
I get a lot of people wondering about my social media stuff.

  • Why do I follow or unfollow some people? 
  • Do I have a personal facebook account, not my fan page? 
  • Why don't I reply to tweets? 
  • Why don't I DM? 
  • Do I snapchat?
  • Do I use oovoo?
  • Do I give out my personal cell phone for texting?
As much as I want to talk to every fan I can, it's not possible. In fact, it's nearly impossible to find time to do much else other than practice for concerts, do YOUNOW broadcasts, work on new music, and make music videos. Oh yea, and somewhere in there I have to find time to do school (year round) online.

So, to simplify the many questions I get about social media, I will just explain here:

  1. TWITTER
    • Follow/Unfollow:  My marketing manager uses software for the follow and unfollow part. I do NOT follow or unfollow anyone. I only tweet stuff and reply to tweets that I can. WHY? Well, the fact is that twitter is not only a way to stay in touch with my fans, it's also a way for me to get other people to know about my music. It's a way to promote who I am and my music. Because of that, my marketing manager uses software to help find people on Twitter who may like my music. He also uses that software to unfollow people who don't interact with my account regularly and are just wanting followed so they can add to their FOLLOWER count or say that someone verified is following them. They have no real interest in being a fan and so it's like not really a true connection. 
    • Some people's accounts are just for spamming and if they follow me, it artificially inflates my followers and that can look bad because it's not REAL fans. It's just fake accounts. Several artists have this same thing happening and TWITTER is really cracking down on suspending these accounts. In fact, I've had my followers up to 60,000+ at one time and eventually found out a lot of them were fake accounts and TWITTER suspended them. So now my marketing manager is being very strict about who we follow and making sure it isn't fake accounts.
    • We are starting a new thing to make sure my followers are true fans by asking EVERYONE to add #KANEIAC to their profile bio. There is a way for us to know if you keep that there and it will allow us to keep following you so the software doesn't accidentally remove you.
    • BLOCKING:  My marketing manager blocks anyone who spams my timeline with any requests over and over again. You may also get blocked if you are impolite or use profanity in your tweets which include my twitter name.
  2. FACEBOOK
    • I have my facebook page and a personal facebook account (2 separate facebook addresses). I prefer to just communicate with fans on my official fan page. Unless I know you well enough, I don't like to give out my personal page.
  3. SKYPE
    • I have a SKYPE account (spencerkanemusic) where I type chat with fans. I do "NOT" video or voice call fans. I've tried this too many times and it NEVER works out well. I will chat with you on SKYPE but only by typing.
  4. YOUNOW
    • I try to be on YOUNOW.COM to broadcast a chat at least once a week. It's hard to do, but I try. You can join YOUNOW.COM and FAN me on there. If you fan me, it will email you when I'm on and I also TWEET when I'm on. This is the best way to talk to me and see me on video.
  5. ASK.FM
    • I answer questions as best as possible, but will NOT repeat an answer I've already provided in the past. Before you ask, look through my question history and see if my answer is in there.
    • I do not answer questions about my personal life other than things I've shared in public. Things like if I'm dating someone, family member information, personal address, etc. are not things I will talk about out of respect for other people's privacy.
  6. KEEK
    • I do have a KEEK and update videos on there once in a while.
  7. SNAPCHAT, OOVOO, KIK, or other social media or phone apps.
    • I do not use these and won't. 
  8. PHONE TEXTING
    • I do not text people my parents don't know personally and their family.
  9. EMAIL
    1. I prefer emails for business questions. If you have a question about how to buy my music or gear or about booking me for a concert, send it to info@spencerkanemusic.com. Otherwise, you can send fan mail to that address as well.
  10. MAILING ADRESS
    1. My Spencer Kane Music mailing address is:
      SPENCER KANE MUSIC
      PO Box 273
      Kendallville, IN 46755
I hope this helps explain things better. For the sake of having some personal time in my busy life, I may choose not to talk on any of these social media programs. It is not that I'm ignoring fans, but sometimes I have to unwind :)
Wed, Jun 12, 2013
On June 9, I rehearsed with my KANE KREW and DJ for the upcoming Summer concerts I will be having in several cities in the midwest. We were able to have some studio audience members in the small sound stage at REMEDY LIVE studios in Fort Wayne.

There were some audio issues the first few songs, so the sound is low, but it is adjusted. This was basically like watching us do a dress rehearsal for the concerts, so there's some stuff that didn't look right and some things we're going to work on for the upcoming dates.

Please check the UPCOMING link on my website for dates and cities of all my upcoming concerts.

Wed, May 29, 2013
Join Spencer for a limited seating FREE live concert in Fort Wayne at REMEDY STUDIOS at 6pm on Sunday, June 9.  Seating is limited and reserved for the first 40 people only in Studio B at Remedy's North Fort Wayne facility. (6429 Oakbrook Pkwy, Fort Wayne, IN 46825)

The concert will be streamed LIVE on the web and feature  music, conversation, dance and an audience Q&A with Spencer.


If you would like tickets, please email info@spencerkanemusic.com to request the total quantity you will need.

It is only available to the first 40 fans to respond and obtain tickets. This is a limited seating setting because it is being filmed in a TV studio.

This concert will be filmed for inclusion in the upcoming release of the Official Music Video for DON'T SWITCH IT UP. To be a member of the studio audience, you will need to sign a model release (under 18 must be signed by a parent or guardian).

You won't want to miss an evening with Spencer before he heads out for the summer and fall on tour and filming of Season 5 of the TV sitcom "iShine Knect".
Sun, May 19, 2013
Well, I thought I'd try to make a list of all the countries where I know my fans are from. If you don't see your country on the list, then tweet your country and say "ADD TO THE LIST" in the tweet so I know. There's 79 as of the time of this post.  This is awesome :)

Albania
Argentina
Aruba
Australia
Austria
Bahamas
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belgium
Belize
Bolivia
Bosnia
Brazil
Brunei
Canada
Chile
Colombia
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
England
Fiji
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Guam
Guatemala
Honduras
Hungary
India
Indonesia
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kuwait
Liberia
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Mexico
Mongolia
Netherlands
New Zealand
Nigeria
Norway
Pakistan
Panama
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Scotland
Singapore
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Thailand
Trinidad & Tobago
Tunisia
Turkey
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
United States
Uruguay
Vietnam
Venezuela
Zambia


Thu, May 2, 2013

LYRICS


VERSE 1

You say he's the one
And you know for sure
Yet you change yourself
You seem insecure

You try to make it all work out
And you're listening to the crowd
You ain't gotta be that way
So listen to me when I say

PRECHORUS

What's wrong
With the way you are
You're taking things too far
(It's like I don't even know you anymore)

So girl I just wish you knew
There's nothing wrong with you

CHORUS

So don't, switch it up, switch it up (repeat)
(You ain't gotta change girl)
Cause you are who you are, and it's more than enough (repeat)

VERSE 2

You're judged by the magazines
The TV and Celebrities
Or the girls that you hang around
Always saying what you need to be

But there is something you should know
The way you think and look, don't let it go
Cause a guy with a heaven mind
Wont make you change, or make you waste your time

PRECHORUS

What's wrong
With the way you are
You're taking things too far
(I don't even recognize you anymore)

So girl I just wish you knew
There's nothing wrong with you

CHORUS

So don't, switch it up, switch it up (repeat)
(You ain't gotta change girl)
Cause you are who you are, and it's more than enough (repeat)

BRIDGE (RAP)

I never been the kind
That gave a mind
I feel good in my own skin
Matter of fact
I ain't trying to be what I'm not
I'm just sayin, I'm all real
I ain't playin pretend
Some like to switch it up and give up
But they perpetrating theyself
And in the end you only hurtin yourself
So stay true to who you are
You might as well. Stop!

CHORUS

So don't, switch it up, switch it up (repeat)
You ain't gotta change
For no one
Be who you were made to be, made to be
You ain't gotta switch it up, switch it up
You ain't gotta switch it up, no
You ain't gotta change girl...
Sat, Apr 20, 2013
Some of you know I spent several days in the Dominican Republic in October 2012. It was a time I will never forget with fellow iShine artists The Rubyz and Rachel Chan.

I am asking you to please consider being a partner with Food for the Hungry in their goal of helping kids have food, water, clean bathrooms and getting an education.

I want to give you a special Gift Pack if you do. I will send you an autographed T-Shirt, CD and Photo when you send an email with a photo of you and your family holding up the photo of the child you sponsored. Share their name and yours, along with your mailing address and I will send my special gift pack as a thank you.

Even a one-time donation will make a huge difference for the kids I visited in the Dominican Republic.

I want you to read more about them here

http://fh.org/work/countries/dominican-republic

Talk to your parents about sponsoring a child or even just making a one-time donation. Like I said in my video, it is amazing how blessed we really are and I hope you realize that it's more than just music and having fun at our age. We need to do something to help and Food for the Hungry will be that something you can do to make a difference.
Sat, Apr 20, 2013
Lots of my fans ask me to come to their school, but the distance and timing doesn't seem to work out in most cases. So, instead of me coming to your school in person, I can still visit in your class through SKYPE IN THE CLASSROOM. It doesn't matter if you're in ASIA, EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST, AUSTRALIA, SOUTH AMERICA or CANADA OR MEXICO. I can Skype into your classroom.

I will talk to you and your class via Skype about BEING KIND as the best way to stop bullying. Lots of schools have had me in their classroom using this method and I hope you consider talking to your teacher or counselor about it.

To learn more about how it works check it out here.

Hope to see you in the classroom soon :)
Thu, Apr 11, 2013
This is probably the COOLEST new way to keep in touch with me and everything I have going on. I know most of you read my tweets or have fanned me on Facebook, but NOW you can find out what I'm doing VIA TEXT to your phone.

It's easy. It's FREE. Just text the word

KANEIAC to 313131

and you're subscribed to my exclusive text updates. When I say "exclusive" I mean that you'll get information before any other public social media. You'll be the first to get new merchandise, songs, watch new Music Videos before anyone else, and a lot of cool other updates.

And, yes, I am the one texting you an update each time.  But here's the deal, not only can you get updated on where I'm performing, new song releases, or when I'll be on a radio or TV broadcast, you will also get a chance to win FREE SPENCER KANE MERCHANDISE AND MUSIC. Things like shirts, CD's, iTunes gift cards, hats, posters, tickets to concerts, and any other cool prize I can imagine.

Now, unfortunately, this is for U.S. cell phone providers only. It will not work outside of the United States at this point. We're working on a way to expand this to Canada, Mexico, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Australia, but right now... it's just the U.S.A.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

You just text the word KANEIAC to 313131 and you're subscribed. Every time I send out an update to my KANEIACS, you'll see what it's about.  Some cell phone providers may not include this text method in your standard plan, so check with you parents or cell carrier if the AUTO REPLY to your text doesn't show up within a minute or two. You'll get a quick message from me explaining that you've subscribed.

I will be sending out an update real soon, so make sure you get signed up RIGHT NOW and you'll be the first passengers on the text KaneTrain.
Mon, Apr 8, 2013
I know most of you read my tweets, so I thought I'd just blog about why I post them.

Just like how I come up with lyrics for new music, I like to tweet about things that I experience or hear about from fans or friends.  A lot of times I am just tired and tweet things that come across my mind. Other times, I find funny sayings or quick jokes that make me laugh, so I post them.

Sometimes I post lyric ideas and see how you all react to them.

Sometimes I tweet about what I'm doing at the time.

But other times I tweet things I hope encourage you guys. I mean, there's like enough things happening to all of us every day that a tweet that makes you smile or feel encouraged is something I hope helps in some way.

I get asked a lot about some tweets I post. In fact, a lot of the funny tweets are posted to make people laugh, but some people think I'm serious or talking about something that really happened. Sometimes they really did happen to me, other times I'm just being completely silly.  I read comments on my Facebook or replies on Twitter and people are concerned or wondering if I'm ok. I have to laugh because my post was a joke.

I guess if you read my tweets long enough you'll start to realize I live a pretty humorous life. In fact, between my parents and I, we are always trying to make each other laugh about something. We laugh a lot every day and I want to share that in my tweets with all the #KANEiacs out there :)

So, next time I tweet something that makes you laugh, smile, think, or just shake your head, be sure to reply and tell me. I know RT and FAVs tell me that some of you are liking them, but it would be great to hear from all of you.
Wed, Mar 27, 2013
Hey guys!

Sometimes I am entered into competitions where I need a lot of fan support / votes to help me to place or win.

In the past two years I have been nominated for Best Pop Artist for the AI Music Awards Show in Hollywood, CA. I've also been included in the Stars of Tomorrow radio show Top 5 and Top 10 artist each month. These are just a few contests where fan votes really make a difference in if I win or not.

Well, right now I'm in a contest on talentwatch.com and I need to be able to finish in the top 3 to win, and hopefully in first.

Voting goes until like the end of April 2013, so I really need your help.

If I win this contest, I will be featured live in concert in Nashville for two nights and also be featured on Nashville Now TV show for like a month as a featured 1/2 hour show.

I've been in first place several times, but I think the other artists on the site have fans that are also trying to help them win.

Here's what I need you to do:

  1. Please register as a FAN on the site
  2. Once you're registered, go to the contest page
  3. Find my profile photo and click on it
  4. Rate my INTRO video using the number scale below the video (1-10)
  5. Then you'll see my other music videos on the right side of the page
  6. Click each of the remaining videos and use the sliders to the right of the video to vote for my videos. Each slider can go up to 100.
  7. Become a fan of me on there
  8. Once you are done voting for my videos, you can then go vote for other artists.
  9. Remember, the higher the vote rating for me, the better. While you're there, vote for others too.
  10. Tell all your friends to please register and vote for me too.
  11. You can only vote 1 time per registration. You can't vote many times a day or even once a day. Just one time per registration.
I will find out on May 3 if I have won.

Please help me win!!!

#KANEiacs #KaneTrain
Thu, Mar 21, 2013
Ok guys (and girls). So I'm going to be doing some pretty cool things in the coming weeks that will make being a KANEiac on the KaneTrain even cooler.

First of all, many of you have been logging in to watch me on Younow as I broadcast and talk and sing for viewers. This has been so much fun. I actually really like connecting with you guys and am having fun doing it.

For those of you that haven't been able to log in to watch live, here's a link to a broadcast that I did. I basically read the chat box for viewer comments and questions and then just do my "thang".

http://www.younow.com/SpencerKaneMusic/2185336/155420/24

Be careful, it's pretty goofy and you might end up thinking I'm a little cray cray. LOL



But something else that's really cool that will be happening soon.


  • I'm going to be having a weekly radio show where you can tune in and listen or watch online
  • I'm going to be having some pretty cool contests coming up where you can win cool prizes
  • I'm going to be performing at some cool locations in the coming three months (YAY)
  • I'm going to be launching a whole new way to communicate with the SPENCER KANE MUSIC team using TEXTING on your phone (this is the coolest thing I can't wait to share)
  • I'm also going to be recording a lot more covers for my Youtube channel
So there, this is just some cool updates that I thought you guys may want to know.
Thu, Mar 7, 2013
I know I talk about it a lot, but it's probably because it comes up a lot. Bullying is so much a part of what I see and hear about that it is just something that seems to never go away.

I get emails and messages from fans every week that talk about their experience with bullying. A lot of them talk about being bullied and the things they do to cope with it.

I look at my situation of being bullied in the past and find that my experiences were hard at the time, but not as serious as some of the one's I read about. It doesn't mean that what I went through wasn't real or being bullied, but it's like what my fans share is sometimes life threatening stuff.

I've been skyping into classrooms lately and hearing what students are doing to prevent bullying and I think it's just awesome to see so many inspired to make a difference.

I would love to hear stories of how my fans have prevented bullying with the actions they took to stand up for someone, or to be a part of a local bullying prevention campaign. Maybe even to hear about how sharing my music has encouraged them or someone else to stand against bullying.

Probably the worst bullying I see over and over again is what I call "SELF BULLYING". It's where someone starts saying bad things about themselves. Things like "I'm ugly. I'm dumb. Nobody likes me." Those things are what a bully would say to you and I read a lot of messages and emails where fans actually say that about themselves. I want you to know that it is actually the same as if you're being a bully. You're just choosing to say those mean things to yourself instead of someone else.

Bullying prevention starts with you choosing to not participate in bullying in any way, either as a bully, or someone who stands by while a bully is being mean to someone... or even calling yourself mean things because you think they are true.

I believe kindness is the answer to bullying. Be kind to others and yourself and you'll begin to see a big difference in your life.

Let me know what acts of kindness you're doing in your school, home, or community.
Thu, Feb 28, 2013
So some of you know I have a dog. His name is MAC and I've had him since I was 7 years old. His birthday is one day before mine, October 25. He will be 10 this year. Hard to believe he will be that old.

Mac is so smart. He is also so dumb sometimes.

I know I tweet about him once in a while, so you probably know about him from there too. Like this picture is from Instagram and some of you have seen him on there too.

So, when I was 6, I was saving for a legit bicycle. I lived in Florida and some of the boys I knew had cool bikes. I had a bike, a garage sale bike my parents found. But I wanted a "real" bike. One that was like the ones in XGames.

So I started saving all my money from birthdays and holidays and stuff and asked my grandparents to help me out too. I had saved up $200 and I was going to go to the bike shop in our town and get a real bike. I didn't want the bike from Walmart, I wanted one of the "real" bikes. lol

Then my mom and dad said I could get a dog.

I am allergic to pet hair so we couldn't get a dog or cat that had hair that shed. So we looked for a poodle. We searched all around one day and went to like 4 different places to look at puppies. Finally, after driving a long way from home into the country, we figured we'd try one last place. I remember trying to find their house cause they told us that when we came to the HOUSE in the middle of the highway, we had to turn at the next road. There really was a house in the middle of the highway. It was so weird. It was like they built the highway around both sides of the house cause the people wouldn't move away or something. It was like in the middle green grass area between the 4 lane highway.

Anyway, we found the house and the litter of puppies. There were 2 females and one male left. The two females were like clawing and jumping to get to me, but there he was just sitting in the corner of the pen by himself. He looked so lonely and had like no energy at all. I picked him up and he like tried to snuggle cause he was cold.  He was the one.

I named him MAC because at the time I LOVED TobyMac's music and Tracy McGrady as a basketball player who was called T-MAC.  So it made sense to name my dog Mac.

Well, I spent the $200 of my bike money to buy Mac. All $200 was needed to buy him.

My mom and dad were so amazed I would give up my dream of that "real" bike to buy the dog that they saved some money and bought me a bike anyway.  It wasn't the real bike from a bike shop, but I don't even remember really what kind of bike it was. I just know that ever since I bought Mac, he's been my little brother.

Mac and I play hide and seek in the house. I'm being completely serious. I will tell him to stay in one room while I go hide anywhere in the house. Then when I'm completely hidden, I yell for him to come find me. He goes from room to room sniffing and whimpering. He will like sneak slowly into a room and sniff my trail and look behind doors and stuff. I'm not joking. He literally searches for me from room to room. He even runs to my parents to see if they know where I am. They just tell him to go find me. When I know he is in the room and about to find me, I jump out and scare him with a roar and he barks and runs away. Then we start again.

Mac can talk. He says MAMA. He does tricks and actually knows what to do when I tell him to go to his cage or go get mama or daddy. Even my friends that come over love Mac. He is so smart. So, I may be an only child, but really, Mac is like my brother and my parents treat him like a kid sometimes. He still acts like a puppy and plays with me and we wrestle once in a while. It's funny, because he tries to protect me from my mom or dad when we make him think I'm being attacked by them. Mom will jump on me on the floor and start wrestling me and Mac will go crazy barking and start biting my mom's arms to keep them from touching me. He doesn't bite hard but he like tries to pull her off of me. He does the same to my dad when he starts pulling on my legs or something. Mac is like a guard dog. I will have to video this some day so I can put it in my vlog. He even SKYPES with me when I'm on the road. My mom puts him on SKYPE and I talk to him.

I guess you know that I love my dog and hope you guys now know a little more about MAC. :)