Ep. 28 Josie Aiello (Quincy Jones, Kenny Loggins, Jazz in Pink)

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Josie Aiello is recognized internationally as an award-winning singer, BMI songwriter, performer, vocal arranger, and worship leader with four album releases under her belt. Josie began singing at the age of nine at her parents’ Sicilian restaurant in Chicago, and soon developed a reputation for her powerful vocals and ability to command an audience. After relocating to L.A, she quickly became highly sought after for session work by some of the top hit music producers, including the late Phil Ramone. 

Eventually, her hard work and tenacity paid off when she captured the attention of Quincy Jones, who personally signed Josie to his Record and Publishing label with Warner Bros. Since then, Josie’s been called to record for J Lo, Cher, Jessie J, Enrique Iglesias, Andra Day, Kenny Loggins, Brenda Russell, Placido Domingo, and Bebe Winans just to name a few. She’s featured on major soundtracks such as That Thing You Do, The Out Of Towners, South Park, Dinosaur, The Guardian, and Hairspray. National TV commercials (McDonalds, Big Lots and Eckrich) love her voice as well. Josie has toured with Don Henley, Kenny Loggins and currently touring as a featured artist with the world renowned, all female, all-star jazz and R&B band “Jazz in Pink”.

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. It’s really important to keep good, strong relationships. It’s everything. 
  2. Stay inspired. Don’t just put something out because you haven’t put anything out in a couple of months. Quality over quantity. 
  3. There really is no formula to getting work. It’s about relationships.
  4. The secret to joy is gratefulness.  

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Ep. 27 Monica Reed (Sting, James Brown, Deep Purple)

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St. Louis, Missouri born session singer Monica Reed has toured and recorded with the likes of Sting, James Brown, and Deep Purple just to name a few. Monica is candid about the excitement and loneliness of being a touring support singer, building her life after leaving the road, and her battle with cancer. We also get into her early days of singing on the sunset strip and watching acts like Jim Morrison and Elton John perform for the first time. This is a wisdom packed conversation you don’t want to miss!

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. Look at a day job as a means to an end. It doesn’t define you as an artist. 
  2. You can’t let life pull you down too far 
  3. You’ve got to accept help. You’ve got to ask for help. 
  4. The most important thing is that you have to believe in yourself and you can’t give up. 

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Ep. 26 Amore Jones (Singer, Producer, Cheer Competition Music)

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Atlanta based singer/songwriter/producer Amore Jones has made his niche in the world of Cheerleading Competition music. We talk about his journey to becoming a singer/songwriter, why he attended audio engineering school, and what lead to this singers current career creating cheer music. 

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Bonus Episode! – Jamie Chamberlin – Recovery from Vocal Trauma

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Opera singer Jamie Chamberlin returns to The Working Singer podcast to open up about her vocal trauma and recovery.

Opera singer Jamie Chamberlin returns to The Working Singer podcast to discuss vocal trauma caused by an abusive relationship, the things that helped her to recover, and her thoughts what artists needs to do to care for their minds and voices. 

A million thanks to Jamie for being so vulnerable with us and sharing her story. 

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Ep. 25 Jamila Ford (Melody Gardot, Spiritualized, Seal)

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The podcast is hijacked by a special guest host today! On this episode of The Working Singer podcast the tables are turned and I’m the one being interviewed by my good friend and guest from episode one Celia Chavez. We talk about the connection between being a regular “human” and performer, why I started the podcast, and how we “gracefully” handle unsolicited advice. This is a fun show you don’t want to miss!

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. The best teacher you will have will always remain a student themselves.
  2. Have interests outside of singing. See art, read books, get outdoors, absorb other experiences, just ingest it to feed your voice’s story. Absorb it all and let it come out in song.  
  3. Singing isn’t all we do, and any skills, especially people skills, can apply to any area of our lives and expand our voices and expression. 
  4. Detach your self-worth from your work. Find value that is separate from the gigs you’re getting. 
  5. Learn to take your lows and use them to help other people. Create value in any pain or discomfort that you are experiencing! Realize that you can receive criticism (especially fan criticism) in one of two ways: one way will connect you; the other will shut you down. Follow the path to connection! If they’re right about what they’re critiquing let them help you. 
  6. Release your ego and be vulnerable to your audience. They’re there to be healed and transported by you. Let your guard down and connect with them; it might be healing and transporting for you as well!

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Special thanks to Celia for guest hosting this week!

Bonus Episode! – Thomas Hornig – How To Get Better Live Sound

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Tomcat On The Prowl Productions is operated and owned by award winning Engineer/Producer/Musician/Composer Thomas Hornig in the beautiful San Fernando Valley, CA. Thomas brings you 30+ years of experience in the music industry as an engineer, musician, composer, producer and instructor. A Musicians Institute PIT Honors Graduate, Recording Bootcamp and Mix With The Masters Graduate, Thomas has studied with the likes of Tom Lord Alge, Joe Barresi, Tony Shepperd, Ronan Chris Murphy. As well as Steve Gadd, Ralph Humphry, Efrain Torro, Joe Porcaro just to name a few. Projects, Thomas has worked on, have been featured on TV, Film, Radio; and have made it onto the Grammy and Emmy Ballots. The Working Singer Podcast listeners receive 15% off production services from Tomcat on the Prowl Productions. Contact Thomas to discuss you project here.

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Ep. 24 Dave Stroud (Vocal Coach, Martina McBride, Adam Lambert)

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Dave Stroud is one of the most sought after vocal coaches around the world. Dave started his career wanting to be a singer himself, but found that his heart belonged with teaching. A few of the artists he has worked with in the past include: Natasha Bedingfield, Martina McBride, Justin Bieber, Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, One Direction. 

Internationally renowned, Dave has been asked to share his expertise through his master-classes around the world including Australia, Austria, Germany, France, the UK, Mexico, China, Singapore, Korea, and Japan, to name a few.

In this interview Dave chats about helping artists find their signature sound, what makes a good voice coach, and his upcoming vocal master class VocalizeU. 

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. You’ve got to find your signature. You need a unique sound. 
  2. A good voice teacher is hungry to learn and is always curious. 
  3. The key to a good teacher is being able to say, “I don’t know.”
  4. No one person had all the answers and no one method has all the answers.
  5. If you’re with a voice coach and they’re continually pushing something on you that doesn’t seem right for you then find somebody else. 
  6. You can work with multiple voice coaches. It’s a good idea to get different things from different people.

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