Chapter 5 – Meeting record labels, the glamour and the shame.
So now we had the songs, the photos and the video. Our next step was meeting the record labels! Jud had penned quite a few successful hit songs in the past and as a result had made some good connections. So it wasn’t hard to arrange meetings with labels.
We touched down in NYC, equipped with our demo, our music video and a set of well rehearsed songs – we were finally ready to showcase for the record labels. Jud greeted us with a beaming smile as we walked through the arrivals gate. I was grateful to have Andy; my guitarist and then-boyfriend by my side, he was not only a fantastic musician, he was also my rock and remains so to this day. We discussed the week that lay ahead over dinner; Jud’s enthusiasm was infectious, despite our jet lag. He had used his contacts to get us meetings with the head of the A&R departments at Sony music, Atlantic records and Arista – and it was all starting to hit home, that only a few months ago I was knee-deep in studentville, and I was now about to showcase for the biggest records labels in the world. The first meeting would be with Atlantic records the following morning. So once briefed, we headed back to our hotel to get some much needed beauty sleep – I was going to need it.