Beth Rohde has had a wide-ranging career in music as a performer and educator. She began her professional career in Boston singing jazz and Brazilian music as a solo artist and with the band Beijo do Brasil. She moved back to her hometown of Minneapolis in 1993 and worked as a jingle singer for Radio Concepts and headed the vocal department at McNally Smith College of Music. She performed and recorded as Liz Forester during that time.
In 1994, her career went on hold after she was the victim of gun violence in Brazil. After a lengthy recovery she moved to Southern California in 1997 to complete her studies at USC with a full scholarship awarded by the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation. Since then, she has performed on 5 different continents as a solo artist, with Les Brown’s Band of Renown and most recently with Pretzel Logic.
In addition to her career as a performer, Beth is an experienced educator, arranger and music director. She has directed ensembles and taught at some of the nation’s leading institutions including the University of Southern California. She is the founder and music director at Coast Music and she also directs vocal groups Storeytime and m6. She has coached talented up-and-coming and established performers including Keke Palmer, Aikinishi-Jin, BoA and she has coached singers on TV shows such as Fix My Choir and American Idol.
On this week’s episode of the Working Singer podcast, Lisa Haupert discusses her journey from majoring in psychology and becoming a registered nurse to developing into one of the most seasoned singing teachers around. She talks about how she opened her studio in Nashville, her time teaching at the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts, and how she trains singing teachers with the BAST program.
Leigh Cara is a full-time professional entertainer, songwriter, and musician who is also a certified Holistic Health Coach and Reiki practitioner. She helps exhausted and overwhelmed pros in showbiz THRIVE through mindfulness, holistic health and lifestyle design.
Steven Memel is an internationally acclaimed voice & performance coach, based in Los Angeles, CA. He is the creator of and the energy behind “The Science Of Switching On”, a unique and impactful system that enables him to achieve rapid and dramatic results with all performers. Among those who have worked with Steven are recording artists Maroon 5, Sara Bareilles, Jesse McCartney, actors Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Isabella Rossellini and many more. He has taught at Musicians Institute, UCLA, USC and is a regular speaker at seminars, conferences and universities around the world.
There’s no award for technique. Technique is there to remove obstacles to being able to sing at your best.
It’s important that you become flexible and liquid between doing exercises with enormous focus and accuracy… and balance that with learning how to forget all that, and allow what’s been developed to appear of its own accord.
Don’t have a B game. Just don’t have one.
Don’t take your technique for granted. Keep working on it. Keep developing it. Stay in top shape technically because the more you can do that the more you can let go of that when you’re on stage.
To find the performer you really want to be, you need to dig deeper. You need to not even take the title of your song for granted. You have to keep re-exploring and examining and then forget about it.
You need to work on letting go of control. You have to let go of control before you can control what you let go of.
You must find a way to get coached and get coached by the best around you.
Rewatch performances you’ve watched a hundred times, relisten to songs, because you’ll start seeing with new eyes.
If you teach yourself how to dig deep, you’ll be used to digging deep on everything, and you’ll be deeper from the moment you start something.
Maiya Sykes (Macy Gray, Rita Ora, Post Modern Jukebox) opens up about what she learned competing on “The Voice,” the vocational skills singers need to develop, and her thoughts on being a solid business person.
Our Working Singer this week is guest Edie Lehmann Boddicker who went from being a concert pianist to an in-demand session singer and now vocal contractor. Her voice can be heard in films like The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, and Hidden Figures and has worked with iconic artists like Linda Ronstadt, Aretha Franklin, and Madonna just to name a few.
Edie discusses the importance of singing as a team sport, describes “horizontal listening,” what she looks for in the singers she hires, and what it takes to bring longevity into your singing career.
Our Working Singer podcast guest this week is singer/songwriter, Shannon Curtis. She has created a thriving music career performing donation based house concerts across the US for the past 8 years.
This is a deep dive into how to ask for what we need as artists, how to transform the scarcity mentality so many musicians live with, and how to create a thriving house concert circuit.
We also discuss Shannon’s crowd sourced music video that led to her being invited to give a TedX Talk in 2015, and her book, “No Booker, No Bouncer, No Bartender: How I Made $25K on a 2-Month House Concert Tour (And How You Can Too).” This is a value packed episode you DO NOT want to miss!
There are people in the world who want to support art that matters to them and if you can figure out a way to engage them in a way that is meaningful and ongoing in terms of developing community you can make art in a sustainable, fulfilling way.
Be able to identify and ask for what you need.
Give people an opportunity to be engaged in what you’re doing. People want to be part of the things in the world that matter to them.
Get to know your community. Spend time building relationships with people.
If you want to sing then find opportunities to sing, find opportunities to study, find opportunities to jam, find opportunities to work on your craft.
If you want to teach, start where you can.
If you’re an educator, you’re always going to be a student. You’re always going to be a student teacher. You’re always going to need to learn how to communicate better. How to teach better. How to be more inspiring. It’s a journey.
It’s in the doing. We’re always waiting for that time to be “ready,” but we’re never “ready.” We have to overcome that and ride the wave of that insecurity and just go for it anyway.
There’s nothing wrong with preparation, but there comes a point where you just have to try and not wait to be perfect.
We’ve just got to be ourselves and we’ve got to celebrate ourselves everyday and just try a little bit harder and celebrate our wins and learn from our mistakes and keep moving.
In 2014, Boston based singer Valerie Giglio suffered from a debilitating stroke that rendered the left side of her body paralyzed and her singing voice nearly gone. Valerie discusses her the key to her recovery, how she maintained momentum, and how she rehabilitated her voice.