In 2011 I was hired to be the official voice and face of CFL on TSN’s “Friday Night Football” theme song, written by Eric Neuschwander and produced by Andy Curran. This is the full story.
I was at Orange Lounge Recording Studio in Toronto working on a record with good friend and collaborator Andy Curran (at the time manager of Rush, Ian Thornley and A&R executive at SRO/Anthem records), when in walked Eric Neuschwander (at the time Producer/Director/Writer for TSN).
Neuschwander was looking for a vocalist for the new “Friday Night Football” anthem and absolutely fell in love with what he heard the night he met me. In fact, I think he might have become my biggest fan from that point on.
It was a process to get the vice president of TSN who was overseeing the project to agree that I was a match for the part, but once he did things were quickly set into motion.
The first step was for Curran, Neuschwander and I to fly to LA and record my vocals at Henson Recording Studios. There we worked with Doyle Bramhall II, best known for his work with Eric Clapton and Roger Waters and I was even blessed enough to meet the legendary Kuk Harrell (songwriter/producer for Rihanna and many others).
My first LA experience was an incredible whirlwind of fancy hotels, delicious Mexican food and getting to meet and work with my heroes.
In later years I travelled repetitively to Santa Monica to grow my health and wellness career, where I developed a whole other network of friends and went through some amazing life transformations with Naam Yoga. It goes without saying that Cali holds a very special place in my heart and is one of my favourite places.
After California dreamin’, we arrived back in Canada for our next mission, which was to transform my hair from this:
(Both photos above by Maz Mohajer)
It took two different salons, 4 stylists, 24 hours and a pretty penny, but was a blast every step of the way. The friendships I developed during this process made it a precious experience, though I can’t deny that every time I think about turning dark again I still get a little shell shocked. 😉
The final step to complete the new Friday Night Football anthem was the video production. We shot my segment in a green screen warehouse at Showline Studios, where I stood on a little green box in 6 inch heels over the course of an entire day.
Neuschwander and his team’s infectious positive energy and incessant razzing turned the day into an absolute riot. When it comes to writing and directing in the sports industry, the man is a creative genius and even on a “bad day” he has an unparalleled ability to turn a work process into an adventure.
This incredible moment in my career lead to many more amazing opportunities going forward and for that I’m forever grateful to Andy C for introducing me to Noosh, to Noosh for believing in me and to both these men for always having my back whenever I need a big brother in this industry.
Thank you to everyone at TSN for your support and all who were involved in the project!!!
Below Mike Richards from TSN 10150 radio, interviews my guitar player and writing partner Darryl “Daz” Coppins and myself on our then up-and-coming single “Revived” produced by Grammy Award Winning NYC producer George M. Harry (AKA “DJ Dirty Harry”).
And of course the finished product- the Official CFL on TSN Friday Night Football theme song!!!