Ep. 14 Genevieve Goings (Disney, Choo Choo Soul, Children’s Music)

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Genevieve Goings chats about navigating the world of children’s music, the importance of singers being able to record themselves, and having a basic understand of engineering.

Genevieve is one of the most recognizable voices in Children’s Entertainment. With over a decade as the star of Disney Junior’s “Choo Choo Soul;” an upbeat, urban music video show, Genevieve’s career has grown and is now reaching a second generation of fans. Combined views of content featuring Genevieve on Youtube has surpassed 250 Million views, and in 2017 she earned a Grammy Nomination for her work writing Children’s Music.

She has toured the US and Canada continuously over the past 13 years and has also been invited twice by First Lady Michelle Obama to read with her at the White House Easter Egg Roll in 2015 and 2016.

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. Have the capability to record yourself.
  2. Try a bunch of different styles. Narrowing down what you do want to do and what you don’t want to do is good to know. It’s important to be honest with yourself.
  3. The money will come. Don’t worry about getting paid too soon. When the paying job comes, you know you walk in seasoned and you know what to do.
  4. It’s about preparing yourself for the bigger opportunities, because you’re learning all the time.
  5. Get a demo of yourself singing that is professionally recorded and mixed pretty well and is a nice capture of what you do best.
  6. Keep learning so you can be the one that can make stuff happen. The more you can do on your own the better.
  7. Having a comprehension of what it takes to record songs will be really beneficial.
  8. No amount of money can make you famous.
  9. If something seems weird or unfair, it’s worth talking to your songwriting community about it.

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Bonus Episode! – Felice Hernandez (Empowered Singer Workshop Series)

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Felice Hernandez chats about the Empowered Singer Workshops Series held in Los Angeles. The series offers a supportive environment for singers to enrich their skills with workshops like Career and the Authentic Self, Percussion for Singers, Cover Band 101, Harmony at Play, Social Media Marketing, Get Paid: Negotiations & Contracts, Movement for Singers and more.

All workshops are held at the Epiphany Space 1763 N Gower Los Angeles, CA 90028. To reserve your spot follow “Empowered Singer Workshops” on Facebook. Visit www.empoweredsingerworkshops.com for more information.

For inquiries email Felice.schaeffer@gmail.com or celia@celiachavez.com.

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Ep. 13 Pat Whiteman (Amanda McBroom, Carol Hall, Musical Performance Workshop)

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Cabaret artist Pat Whiteman (Amanda McBroom, Carol Hall, Musical Performance Workshop) reveals what finally made her trust her life and take the leap and into being a full time singer. She also gives her insights on why workshops are important for an artist’s growth, her own process for developing her shows, and her observations on reality singing competitions.

Pat has performed in musical theater, teaches and coaches, is a voice over artist and has sung on several national jingles. Pat became an instructor at the Department of Entertainment Studies at UCLA Extension teaching its Finding Your Voice Workshop and currently teaches her own Musical Performance Workshop, Pat has also performed her show at the metropolitan room in NYC to rave reviews.

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. You have to find your tribe.
  2. There are so many paths to your journey and sometimes it just take you a little bit longer because of that.
  3. Give yourself that time and everything will fall into place. You’ll find your workshop, you’ll find your class you can take where you’ll meet other singers, and performers and then it’ll move from there.
  4. Being brave enough to try and stretch is the work of the artist.
  5. Most singers have earned their voices.
  6. Open mics are a great forum to get better and try new things.
  7. Just because the audience is polite or quiet doesn’t mean that they’re not liking it.

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Ep. 12 Felice Hernandez (Neil Young, Josh Groban, Michael McDonald)

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Felice Hernandez chats about her Empowered Singer Workshop series, being authentic as an artist, choosing the right gigs for you, and why you should always put your best foot forward.

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MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. Put together a demo with you singing lead and doing your best work.
  2. In the singing world, what people are looking for is all over the place. Don’t try to be what you think they want you to be. Do what you do well. If you’re faking it, it’ll be obvious and there’s somebody else out there authentic who does it right.
  3. Don’t half ass anything. Take yourself seriously.  
  4. Singers hire other singers. They either will refer someone who does what they do because they’re not available or they refer someone who kills it in an area they don’t.
  5. You should always work to be better.
  6. We all have our own thing to offer. There are so many opportunities to make money in this industry, but you’ve got to know what’s right for you.
  7. Effort and commitment are a big deal.
  8. When work is slow that’s when you go to a place of gratitude.
  9. Be sure to give and provide opportunities for others.

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Ep. 11 Jamie Chamberlin (Stewart Copeland, LA Opera, “Forever Marilyn”)

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Can you separate the singing voice from the human being? What is the connection between trauma we experience in life and our singing voice? In this episode, Jamie Chamberlin speaks candidly about these subjects. She also discusses her work with Stewart Copeland (The Police), her relationship with her inner critic, body shaming in the music industry, the emotional toll of having a vocal injury, and much more.

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. The voice and the mental state are very closely connected.
  2. In opera it’s not so much about the size of the voice as it is about the resonance and how it carries.
  3. Singing is athletic. It requires muscle coordination.
  4. If there’s genuine talent, ability, and there’s a strong work ethic you should be able to forge your own path.
  5. It simply isn’t about the work, we have to take care of ourselves.
  6. We are all dealing with some level of trauma and it does show up in the voice.
  7. You can’t separate the voice from the human.
  8. Your voice wants to be free.
  9. Let’s find a way to use our intuition and empathy in a way that helps up rather than hurts us.

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Ep. 10 Connor Smith (DCapella, Disney, Session Singer)

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What if you had to choose between embracing your true self and having the career you spent years building? Los Angeles-based performer, studio vocalist, arranger and composer, Connor Smith answers this question, discusses getting work as a session singer in Los Angeles, and what it means to have his compositions published.

As a touring artist and vocal director, Connor has performed throughout all of the United States and is regularly seen in live shows at the Disneyland Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood. In 2016, Connor traveled to Beijing, China, winning the Hope International Music Festival. As an in-demand Los Angeles session singer, Connor’s voice can be heard on film scores, television shows, albums, Disney Recordings®, live production shows and more. An avid a cappella vocalist, Connor was selected to be an original member of “DCappella”, Disney’s  critically-acclaimed a cappella group, with the group’s debut album being released via Walt Disney Records.

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MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. Publishing is a tough game unless you have an enormous library of published music.
  2. The session singer world is definitely split between readers and non-readers who sing by ear, but are definitely quick (to learn parts).
  3. Not every session singer can sight read, but it opens up more doors if you do.
  4. You’ve got to be on your toes to sing with people you might not know very well and sing music you’ve never heard before. The people signing your check want it to go quick.
  5. You have to be good at what you do.
  6. If you’re new to the session singer world, you’re starting at the bottom of the call list.
  7. A good demo reel is under two minutes long and shows off your voice, your strong suites, genres you can sing in and the different colors of your voice.
  8. If you want to do voice over and demo work, it’s crucial in this day and age to have your own home studio setup. It can be very very simple.
  9. Ask questions, be aware and observant. Watch the other people’s process.
  10. Dreams and passions are so crucial to our own well being, our spirit, and our quality of life.

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Ep. 9 Carol Hatchett (Tina Turner, Sheila E., Bette Midler)

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How do you go from majoring in communications to touring the world as a one of Bette Midler’s Harlettes? Carol Hatchett chats about what she learned working with the likes of Bette Midler, Tina Turner and Sheila E., what compelled her to move from Chicago to Los Angeles, and golden wisdom she gives to her own students.

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. You’re going to have to decide what you want and then do the work.
  2. Surround yourself with great people.
  3. When you work with the greats pay attention and take notes.
  4. Stay classy and remember what your purpose and point is.
  5. You have to be skilled at what you do and know the ins and outs of what you do. Understand the work and the reality that goes behind it.
  6. Sometimes you have to decide who you are and what you can live with.
  7. You have to love yourself way more than your desire to book a gig.
  8. Don’t get into this business thinking you’re going to climb to the top. There is no arrival. It’s a business of ups and downs and you have to find yourself in those ups and downs.
  9. Just because an opportunity is there and shiny doesn’t mean it’s gold.
  10. You have to be tough and pliable all at the same time.

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Ep. 8 Kacee Clanton (Joe Cocker, Big Brother & the Holding Co., Luis Miguel)

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How do you go from working a day job as a legal assistant to spending almost two decades playing Janis Joplin on broadway? Kacee Clanton answers this question and more, revealing how she ended up on a Broadway stage, what she learned working with Joe Cocker, how she’s overcome stage fright, and techniques she uses to help her singing students to dig deeper in their own work.

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. It’s okay to make mistakes. Sometimes it’s just about taking one step back.
  2. As a support singer, be on time, know your material, carry your own bags, and fly under the radar.
  3. Job offers involve good chemistry with others. You can be the best in the building, but it’s really about being the fun hang who has the chops.
  4. Stay out of other people’s issues with each other.
  5. Stop comparing yourself to others.
  6. Outside of your comfort zone is where discovery happens.
  7. Being really good and being really great are two very different approaches.
  8. You have to treat yourself lovely!

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Ep. 7 Jay Jackson (Parks & Recreation, Scandal, Dexter)

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Jay Jackson is a seasoned performer and as a singer has shared bills with Nancy Wilson, Poncho Sanchez and Sheila E. Jay has enjoyed a rich and varied career first working as a cook in the Navy, then as a television news reporter for 22 years which led to an accidental career as an actor where he was first cast as a tv reporter on Dexter. He’s gone on to play the hilarious Perd Hapley on Parks and Recreation, Scandal and most recently Good Girls. Jay also discusses the ups and downs of being a live talent booker on the music scene in Los Angeles.

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. When creative inspiration hits always be ready to write it down or document it right away. Don’t ignore it.
  2. Remain curious about everything you’re doing.
  3. If you’re interested in being a promoter or talent booker get to know the quality acts in your town by going to jam sessions and live shows.
  4. Figure out which restaurants in your city don’t currently offer live music. Approach them and suggest a they start small with a quality duo.
  5. If a venue isn’t going to do much to advertise they’ll need to give a room at least three to six months to grow.
  6. If you can find quality acts that bring in an audience you can grow a room.
  7. Realistically, live music should be seen as entertainment for a restaurant’s current clientele. The band is not there to save a flagging business!

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Ep. 6 Melanie Taylor (Aerosmith, Bette Midler, Barry Manilow) Part 2

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In part two of this interview with Melanie Taylor she discusses her work with Donna Summer, what she’s learned working with Barry Manilow, her thoughts on cultivating interests outside of singing, and her advice on singing as a business.

She is a seasoned performer who in her extensive career has worked with the likes of Aerosmith, Barry Manilow, Bette Midler, The Righteous Brothers, Connie Stevens, Donna Summer, John Mayer, Joe Walsh and many more. Melanie shares what she’s learned along the way, how she helps young artists develop their creative process, and insights on what it takes to be a serious performer. 

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. Don’t pigeonhole yourself. You never know what’s going to show up for you when you’re in a different season.
  2. When you’re singing you’re telling a story. You have to know who you’re speaking to or who you’re singing about, why you’re singing to them, where you are, what you’re doing and not doing, and know how the story is going to play out. These things will completely change how we hear your song and the meaning behind it.
  3. The work you do is your investment in your craft.  What you put into it you will get out of it.
  4. Watch yourself in the mirror when you’re singing.
  5. Figure out a way to open up and have ease in your body that will make your song and performance richer.
  6. You have to be a well-rounded person. Cultivate your interests and be interested in life – travel, books, museums, culture, etc.
  7. Don’t be afraid to be more of who you are.

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