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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Special thanks to Crystal for joining us this week!

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!

Ep. 30 Catharine Wood (Planetwood Studios, Producer/Engineer, Singer-Songwriter)

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This week singer-songwriter, producer, and engineer Catharine Wood (Planet Wood Studios) discusses what she learned working just a few hours with Linda Perry, attending audio engineering school, the drinking culture in the advertising world, her transition into running her own studio, and having your “ladder up against the right wall.”

A unique episode with lots of lessons you don’t want to miss!

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. There’s no shame in getting a day job when you need to. 
  2. If you’re aligned with doing the right thing you’re not going to run out of energy. 
  3. Make sure you’re taking care of mind, body, spirit. 

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Special thanks to Catharine for joining us this week!

Ep. 29 Tashara Forrest (Soul II Soul, Sleeke Entertainment)

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Tashara Forrest (Soul II Soul, James Arthur, Paloma Faith) London based singer, performer, and owner of the Sleeke Entertainment opens up about how losing her mom inspired her to leave her full time job as a counselor to pursue a career in music. Tashara also discusses the realities of balancing her business with motherhood, creating good working relationships, and the key to building a loyal team.

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. You attract the things to you that you want. 
  2. Anything is possible. If you want to do something you can. Just give it time and work hard. 
  3. You’ve got to have a life. You can’t always be working.
  4. It’s important to look after yourself. 
  5. You sing as well as you look after yourself. 
  6. A lot of our kind of work is belief. You have to believe in yourself. 
  7. Record yourself so you see what you look like so that you can tweak your performance when you see yourself back.
  8. If you want something to happen you’ve got to do something. If you want something to change you’ve got to do something differently. 

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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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Special thanks to Josie for joining us this week!

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. 

If you’re interested in what might just be the next wave for working singers and songwriters, this episode is a must listen. 

MENTIONS:

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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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Special thanks to Dave for joining us this week!