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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Ep. 23 Tim Davis (Glee, Lady Gaga, Barbara Streisand)

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How does someone go from having no intention of becoming a singer to being one of the top session singers and vocal contractors in Los Angeles? Find out on today’s episode as Tim Davis (Glee, Barbara Streisand, Lady Gaga) chats about being a session singer in Nashville, how he became the vocal contractor for the hit TV show Glee, and how his foundation of faith, skill and self awareness helped him carve out his life.

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t pursue the greatest things that you dream about.
  2. Looking for ways to serve and lift other people up is always the right way.
  3. The best way to get out of your own way is to be the most skilled person at what you do in your lane.
  4. Be easy to be around.
  5. Keep your hands open. Don’t feel like you’ve got to have a death grip on your career or your position.

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Ep. 22 Paulette McWilliams (Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye, Steely Dan)

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Paulette McWilliams has recorded and/or toured with the likes of Luther Vandross, Bette Midler, Marvin Gaye, Celine Dion, Lauryn Hill, LL Cool J, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Diana Ross, Ray Parker Jr., Billy Idol, Michael Buble, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Irene Cara, Johnny Mathis – just to name a few! Paulette chats about her journey into music, what makes a great background singer, and how to stay focused while on the winding road of a singing career. Pour yourself a nice tall drink and settle in for this wisdom packed interview, folks!

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. A good background singer has mastered the art of blending. You have to emulate tone (of the lead singer), their vowel sound, you have to be mindful of pitch,
  2. You have to give the producer and the lead singer what they want.
  3. A great background singer let’s go of his or her ego.
  4. It’s all about the law of attraction and keeping your dream in your sight.
  5. Keep your eyes on the prize and the prize is you. Keep your focus on yourself and what you’re supposed to be doing and don’t let anyone dissuade you from whatever it is.
  6. You have to be versatile. You have to be confident that you are a vocalist that can sing whatever the job is calling you for.
  7. Get out of your head and follow your heart.

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Ep. 21 Dr. Reena Gupta & Mindy Pack (Vocal Health)

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Dr. Reena Gupta, MD FACS is the director of the Division of Voice and Laryngology at Osborne Head and Neck Institute in Los Angeles, CA. She is board-certified in otolaryngology and fellowship-trained in Laryngology/Care of the Professional voice. Dr. Gupta specializes in the care of injuries that occur in singers, actors, and other professional voice users. She uses state-of-the art equipment and a carefully-trained ear to ensure accurate diagnosis is established. Treatment is tailored to the diagnosis, with care taken to be conservative and collaborative with the patient.

Mindy Pack is part of an incredible voice team in Salt Lake City with top ENT David Palmer, SLP and Vocologist Karin Titze Cox, and voice scientist and Vocologist Dr. Ingo Titze. Mindy holds a certificate in Clinical Vocology from The National Center for Voice and Speech. Mindy holds certificate in laryngeal manipulation. Mindy is the creator of one of the top Educational Apps called Voice Tutor.

Mindy has a full studio in Salt Lake City, Utah and students around the world via Skype or Face Time. Her studio has a roster or clients from the novice to the professional, all genre’s and styles, the injured or rehab voice, transgender, motivational speakers, and any other voice user seek out her help. Clients are in all genres and styles of music. Her clients have been seen on world tours, national Broadway tours, AMA’s, Grammy’s, Saturday Night Live, International Award shows, You Tube Sensations, College Scholarship Winners, Reality TV Shows, Cruise Lines, and local and national performances to name a few. She also just opened a studio in Los Angeles, CA.

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. Have a pre show routine where fifteen minutes before the show you have alone time and visualize your success. Don’t engage with any negative people in the room or otherwise. Get yourself in the headspace of success.
  2. Look for a fellowship trained laryngologist who will do a rigid strobe during your examination.
  3. Get your voice checked when you’re feeling good.
  4. Vocal injuries happen with voice use in the context of illness, high stress, lack of sleep, or a reflux flare [just a few examples].
  5. You only get hurt when you ignore symptoms and keep using your voice. It’s preventable and it’s not about technique.
  6. It’s imperative for any professional voice user to check in with a voice coach regularly because they are an unbiased set of ears who, if they’re good, are going to be able to hear the subtle difference.
  7. It’s better to be proactive than reactive.
  8. Don’t be afraid of a diagnosis. Be empowered by it because now you know what you have, so you can tackle.
  9. Knowledge is power. The more knowledge you have, the more power you have in your own voice and your own career.
  10. Every singer’s voice is buildable.
  11. Make sure you get a coach that understands your goals.
  12. Preparation is important.

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Bonus Episode! – Veronica Puleo: How To Level Up As Singers

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Veronica Puleo from the Replicas Music Agency returns to talk to singers about how we can level up as professionals. I spoke with Veronica on episode 16 and a few days after the interview she sent me this really great email with some more specific advice to singers on being super pro in the corporate/wedding/cover band world. I just thought why not just do a bonus episode and talk about this? So you guys can have the benefit of this information first hand from someone who is a singer and hires singers on a regular basis!

MENTIONS:

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Ep. 20 Ken Stacey (Michael Jackson, Elton John, Bobby Caldwell)

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Vocal coach and session singer Ken Stacey has toured with Bobby Caldwell, Elton John, has worked with Michael Jackson and currently tours with Ambrosia. He chats about leaving behind law school to pursue singing full time, becoming a talent scout/first line judge on American Idol, and how vulnerability and authenticity helps performers to stand out. He also goes into detail about his “Ready 4 the World” masterclass.

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. Talent is not enough. It’s your human vulnerability and authenticity. It’s how you’re going to be your best self and it’s how people are going to get to know you.
  2. It is not about being the best. You will not be able to outsing the world. You will not be able to out attractive the world. At the end of the day, if you cannot connect with people, you will not build the kind of audience and industry support that is going to be necessary to carry you through a life long, long term career.
  3. It’s important as singers and performers that we find a sense of purpose beneath all of it.
  4. Strive for excellence not perfection. Perfection does not exist.
  5. Your notes don’t always have to be perfect.
  6. Practice and perform with intention.
  7. At any stage in your career, It is the core of vulnerability and authenticity that is going to lead you to the next path and make you stand out.

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Ep. 19 Raffia Ford Thomas (Tito Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Toni Braxton)

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Raffia Ford chats about her experience touring as a backup singer for Tito Jackson, competing on P Diddy’s “making his band,” how to ask for what you want, negotiating for yourself as an artist/singer, and her time studying music education at Berklee College of Music, and what lead to her opening her own music school.

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. Treat people how you want to be treated.
  2. Do what you can to make people feel good especially when they’re working on your behalf.
  3. If you’re going to open a school, it’s important to have capital.
  4. It’s a great idea to find a facility that is already built out.
  5. Have multiple streams of income to fund your business.
  6. Delegate when you can.

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Ep. 18 Tamara Bubble (Singer/Rapper/Music Licensing)

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A true “working” sniger in every sense of the word. Singer/rapper and CPA Tamara Bubble is killing it in the music licensing game. We chat about her journey into music, what making it means to her, and how her day job helps her focus on her music. Tamara and I met in Cathy Heller’s Access Music Licensing Course and in less than a year Tamara was already speaking on music supervisor panels, had seven of her song licensed on BET’s Hustle in Brooklyn, and synced a song on the trailer for the HULU original “Shrill.” If you want to get your music licensed in music and television, you need to hear this interview.

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. There are so many ways to get to that music to a supervisor.
  2. There is enough room for everybody. There’s no need to compete.
  3. You will know that you’re networking when you can get someone to open the email, add you to a brief or talk to you about stuff outside of their work.
  4. Even if you have the right song you still have to build genuinely with the people and that’s as unique as the music you make.
  5. Make it your business to be helpful before others need you.
  6. Have a day job that will afford you the chance to invest time and money in your music.
  7. With rejection you start to find who needs what you have.
  8. Come out of the gate showing that you know the business.
  9. You have to be unique and professional.

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Ep. 17 Laura Jane (Enrique Iglesias, Teena Marie, Aerosmith)

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Laura Jane opens up about how her gig with Enrique Iglesias almost didn’t happen, the balance between being a singer for hire and being an artist, and what she learned working with the late great Teena Marie. She also discusses mentoring young artists and her upcoming workshops.

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. Your inner voice is always going to guide you in the right direction. It’s up to you to listen.
  2. You have to be willing to take a risk.
  3. Find a good mentor.
  4. There is value to singing background. It is a skill. It is an art form.
  5. Be of the community, help and serve people.
  6. Learn your craft.
  7. Be the best you can be. Be the best person on the gig. Be the best songwriter that you can be. Be the best at what you do.

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Ep. 16 Veronica Puleo (The Replicas Music & Production Agency)

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Veronica Puleo co-owner of The Replicas Music in Los Angeles discusses how she started her five star music and production agency, generates business, nurtures relationships, and what her criteria is for hiring singers and musicians. We also touch upon what is pro behavior at gigs and why your agency should have a strong contract with a client.

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. You need to be a chameleon and know a lot of different styles.
  2. If you’re going to work with a corporate band, learn the melody of the song. Don’t improvise. Don’t step on anyone’s part.
  3. Do your homework.
  4. Every note has a home. Find that home for it, place it, and call it a day.
  5. Always know that there’s plenty of work out there for those of us that work our asses off.
  6. Stay persistent. Don’t ever think for a minute, I can’t do this. And if you do, find a really good friend to talk you off that ledge.
  7. We have to be extremely careful of getting down and negative about the rejections.
  8. Stay strong in your intention.
  9. You, as a singer, are your own business.

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