Ep. 43 Believing For the Extraordinary, Winning Over Leukemia, & Working For joe Walsh with Leslie Page

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Leslie Page speaks candidly about her transformational experience with leukemia, healing past wounds, and touring with Joe Walsh.

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. The important thing for any artist is to know why we’re doing what we do. 
  2. Nothing until we’re off this planet can keep us from living our passion. 
  3. Don’t settle for what the diagnosis says is going to be the rest of your life. 
  4. There are so many incredible things that have happened because we just believe for more. Reach outside of what the world says and believe for something extraordinary because it is possible. 

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Ep. 42 The Harsh Reality of Singing on “Reality” TV with Maiya Skyes

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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.

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. What you think is success and what you think is failure depends on the eye of the beholder. 
  2. There’s no brass ring. There’s no one path. There’s a lot of switch ups to the path. You have to be adaptable. 
  3. Don’t forget the work. The work is important and it needs to be done. There’s no way to gloss over the work.

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Ep. 41 How To Create Longevity in Your Singing Career with Edie Lehmann Boddicker

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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. 

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. Be excellent and have fun being excellent. 
  2. Make everyone around you happy that you’re there. 
  3. To be prepared is very, very, very important. Your first job could snowball into multiple jobs. 
  4. Learn how to sight read and be very comfortable with that. Take sight reading lessons.  
  5. Meet other singers and hone your choral craft. 
  6. Longevity comes from how you are perceived as a team player and ongoing excellence in the performance of your craft.
  7. Put together a demo of your best work.

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Ep. 40 Shannon Curtis House Concerts, Viral Music Video, TedX Talk

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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!

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. 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. 
  2. Be able to identify and ask for what you need. 
  3. 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. 
  4. Get to know your community. Spend time building relationships with people.

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Ep. 39 What You Don’t Expect When Teaching Music Overseas with Viva Vinson

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MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. 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. 
  2. If you want to teach, start where you can. 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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. 
  5. There’s nothing wrong with preparation, but there comes a point where you just have to try and not wait to be perfect. 
  6. 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. 

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Ep. 37 How to Start Your Own Successful Tribute Band with Michelle Tyler

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Michelle Tyler is the lead singer and founder two successful tribute bands for over a decade: “Mirage: Visions of Fleetwood Mac” and “Bella Donna Tribute to Stevie Nicks.” Michelle gives insights on how she started her tributes, her strategies for keeping a full performance calendar, how to pull together stellar promo that will get catch a talent booker’s eye, and much more!

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. You have to be persistent. You have to know where being persistent and being a pest starts.  
  2. You need a good promo video, but it can’t be so highly edited that bookers can’t tell if you can really play. They need to see and hear what you really sound like. 
  3. You don’t want your promo video to be longer than five minutes.
  4. When putting together your website you have to think, “who am I doing this for. Is it primarily for my fan base or the booker?”
  5. Keep your website professional and simple. 
  6. Have a consistent group you always work with along with a backup plan. 
  7. Do it because you love doing it and if you’re good at it and you’ve got a good product you will make a difference and you can rise to the top. 

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Special thanks to Michelle for joining us this week!

Ep. 34 Bobbi Page (Vocal Contractor, Armageddon, Family Guy)

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Vocal contractor and session singer Bobbi Page has been a fixture in the session singing world for many years. She’s been the vocal contractor on mega films like Aladdin, Armageddon, and The Nightmare Before Christmas and on television shows like Family Guy and American Dad. In this conversation you’ll learn how Bobbi became such a sought after session vocalist and vocal contractor, how she got through her some of her toughest sessions, what kind of singers she likes to hire. This is a packed episode you won’t want to miss!

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MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. There’s no room for prima donnas in session singing. It’s really a team sport.
  2. You should vocalize everyday. 
  3. Sing in a chorus of some sort on a weekly basis to keep your skills sharp. 
  4. The singers who are the most versatile with open personalities stay busy. 
  5. Learning to sing like a child is really important. 
  6. Singing in a group is a place to network. Continue to expand your spheres.
  7. Send your demo to contractors and get their opinions on what they think of your demo. Don’t put anything on your demo that you can’t really do well. 
  8. Be in touch, but not too much. 
  9. Showcases are a great place to be seen and heard.

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Ep. 33 Crystal Barron (Vocal Coach, MDH Breath Co-ordination, Laryngeal Massage)

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Crystal Barron is a vocal coach, MDH Breathing coordinator, trained in laryngeal massage, and mentor to new teachers. Crystal reveals how she overcame vocal health problems, how she challenged “teacher imposter syndrome,” and how our mindset affects our voices. 

She is also presenting her singer self-care workshop at our next Working Singer event on September 8th. 

We dive deep on this one! Don’t miss it!

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. When we’re so focused on things outside our body we’re completely unaware of what’s happening inside our body. 
  2. Your body can either be your biggest advocate or your worst enemy when it comes to singing. 
  3. It all goes back to mind body breath and voice. 
  4. Every time you phonate you’re training yourself. You’re either reinforcing something that you want to change or you’re reinforcing something that you want to keep. 
  5. What comes out during performance is what you’ve done multiple times and what you’ve trained the body to do. 
  6. A new teacher will have to learn how to serve the student and how to read what the student needs as opposed to imposing their own experience on the student. 
  7. It’s super important for teachers to allow themselves to not be perfect. 

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Ep. 32 Sheila Jordan (Charlie Parker, Blue Note Records, George Russell)

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On today’s brand new episode of The Working Singer podcast guest Sheila Jordan discusses keeping jazz music alive, her friendship with Charlie Parker, and being the first singer ever to be signed to the legendary Blue Note Records. At the age of ninety, Sheila has seen it all and with a full schedule of performing and teaching, is still one of the busiest jazz singers around. 

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. You must learn the original melody of the tune before you can even think of doing anything with it. 
  2. Don’t force improv. Just let it happen. 
  3. You’ll never get lost if you learn the original melody.
  4. (On soloing/scatting) If you can’t say it in two choruses you’ll never say it. 
  5. Don’t give up.
  6. Learn the music.
  7. You don’t have to scat to be a jazz singer. 
  8. Tell your story.
  9. Only sing songs that you really like, that touch your heart, that you really can get into lyrically and otherwise. 

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Special thanks to Sheila for joining us this week!

Ep. 31 Dave Ruch (Performer & Educational Artist)

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I am so excited for you to hear today’s brand new episode of The Working Singer podcast with Dave Ruch (Performer & Teaching Artist).

A true Working singer in every sense of the word, for twenty plus years, Dave has carved out a full time career for himself creating relevant, educational shows for children and adults. Hailing from Buffalo, New York Dave has engaged audiences at schools, museums, performing arts centers, libraries, historical societies, and cultural and civic events. We talk about how to specialize the music you perform, how to transition out of low paying gigs, how to develop an engaging show, and how to keep a full calendar.

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. Treating it like a full time job can get you out of a lot of ruts. 
  2. Put together a themed show. Take the material you love to do and figure out an umbrella that you could put it under. Sell the theme to venues instead of yourself. 
  3. There’s an unstated value in putting a good value on yourself and sticking to it.

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Special thanks to Dave for joining us this week!