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.
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!
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.
Be able to identify and ask for what you need.
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.
Get to know your community. Spend time building relationships with people.
In 2014, Boston based singer Valerie Giglio suffered from a debilitating stroke that rendered the left side of her body paralyzed and her singing voice nearly gone. Valerie discusses her the key to her recovery, how she maintained momentum, and how she rehabilitated her voice.
I am so excited for you to hear my conversation with business coach and hypnotherapist Jenn August. We as singers are also small business owners and a strong mindset has to be at the foundation of what we do. It goes without saying that this business is tough and can take a serious toll on our well-being. Jenn is a singer/songwriter herself, and with so much compassion and empathy, speaks to us about “fame shame,” how not to let ego can run away with spiritual mission, and how to turn our “blocks” into action. I LOVE this conversation and can’t wait for you to hear it!
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.
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!
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.
Have you ever had a dream you put on the back burner? You need to listen to this episode. Celia Chavez is a singer/songwriter from Los Angeles who went from deferring her musical dreams to touring with P!nk, Melody Gardot, and is currently on the road with Enrique Iglesias. She has also created her “Harmony at Play” workshop that not only teaches non-professional singers how to sing with a group, but also tightens up the skillset of harmonizing for pros. Listen to her story now and be inspired!
Get out and get heard. Find jams and open mics so people know what you do and know what you sound like.
No gig is too small. You took the gig, so treat it with value. Use the opportunity to develop your work ethic and your craft.
Singers hire other singers. Find any opportunity you can to meet and support other singers. Got to open mics, join a choir, or take a sight singing class.
Don’t pre-disqualify yourself before the an audition. Come into an audition as prepared as you can. Sing material you know well. Get any coaching/guidance in areas you feel less confident in, so that you can go into your audition or interview feeling positive.
There is no linear progression to success in this career. You must decide what “success” means for you.