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. 

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Bonus Episode! Jamie Chamberlin – Recovery from Vocal Trauma

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Opera singer Jamie Chamberlin returns to The Working Singer podcast to open up about her vocal trauma and recovery.

Opera singer Jamie Chamberlin returns to The Working Singer podcast to discuss vocal trauma caused by an abusive relationship, the things that helped her to recover, and her thoughts what artists needs to do to care for their minds and voices. 

A million thanks to Jamie for being so vulnerable with us and sharing her story. 

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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!

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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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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!

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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. 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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Ep. 15 Gerald White (Avatar, The Simpsons, Glee)

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Gerald White is one of the most successful and in demand studio singers and vocal coaches in Los Angeles. You’ve heard his voice on Glee, Toy Story 3, The Simpsons and Avatar, just to name a few. He chats about how advice he almost didn’t follow lead to his thriving career as a session singer, his popular sight singing workshop at the SAG-AFTRA building, and his philosophy on the value of being a teacher.

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. Say yes to every opportunity that comes along even though it may not be the exact thing that you want to do.
  2. The demo is worthwhile only after you’ve met the person that you need to meet. The best demo is really short and it has to be what you do the very best. Don’t stray far from from the style that you do.
  3. Assume that the person listening to your demo is going to get through 20 or 30 seconds. They make up their mind really fast.
  4. You have to get out and sing in every group that you can possibly sing in. You have to be seen. You have to be known. You have to be out there doing your craft.
  5. It’s rare that someone just hires someone out of the blue. They will vet you. Are you out there hiking your craft, are you dependable, do you show up on time, are you fun to hang out with.  
  6. Vocal contractors want to know who the new talent is.
  7. The voice is an extension of everything that’s going on in your life.
  8. Don’t burn bridges.
  9. You have to be wise about what you say, and how you treat people.

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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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