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. 38 Valerie Giglio – A Singer’s Recovery From a Stroke

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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.

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. The key to recovery is starting right away. 
  2. There’s always room for improvement.
  3. Don’t give up. 
  4. Be willing to learn, try things, and commit yourself.

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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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Ep. 36 How To Release Your Perfectionist and Free Yourself with Susan Giosa

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Susan is an award-winning actress who has worked for over 30 years, and has been teaching acting for nearly 20. She holds a BA/MA degree in Drama/Theater and did most of her graduate work at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. She trained for many years with renowned acting teacher, Larry Moss. Today we’ll talk about how to make your emotions available to you whether on stage or in an audition, how to allow ourselves to take risks as artists, and why perfectionism can be a downfall for creatives.

MENTIONS:

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SINGING LESSONS:

  1. You as an artist are unique and there is no other artist like you. 
  2. You are uniquely you. You are only competing with yourself to be the best that you can be. You can not compare yourself to other people. It’s a waste of your energy. It’s a waste of your time. 
  3. If you believe that your voice is valuable, you’re going to say something with your art. You’re going to say something that comes from you uniquely-your life experience-whether you’re writing a song or interpreting somebody else’s song. 
  4. Passion is the expression of feeling. It’s not what’s locked up inside. It’s that you can you express it. 
  5. Perfectionism is the downfall of many artists. 
  6. Fear of judgement is the only thing that blocks us. 
  7. We are passionate beings and passion can be heard in your voice, in your singing, and can be seen in your body. 
  8. Art is a gift of giving. 
  9. When we hold with our body we cannot feel. We have to think of feelings moving like breath through the body. When we’re holding anywhere the feeling can’t flow. Hence it can’t go in your voice. 
  10. You have to be truthful to who you are and you have to tell your truth and then you find your audience for it. 
  11. Look for good mentors, teachers, do physical things, don’t lie to yourself.

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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. 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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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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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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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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