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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BONUS Episode! How to Turn Your Blocks Into Action with Jenn August!

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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!

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. We teach what we most need to learn.
  2. Our deepest wound, our biggest pain, the shame, the thing we want to hide, the equal opposite of that is our gift. 
  3. Everybody has a different brain and it’s perfect how it is and part of it is learning how to use what we have. 
  4. Your resistance has wisdom. It’s asking you for something. 
  5. Once a structure is in place sometimes a block will clear because we have steps. 
  6. Money is an energy that wants to support you to do your mission.
  7. We can’t be so hungry that we don’t listen to what’s true. We have to be going for what we want to create and have people earn the opportunity to work with us. 

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Ep. 25 Jamila Ford (Melody Gardot, Spiritualized, Seal)

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The podcast is hijacked by a special guest host today! On this episode of The Working Singer podcast the tables are turned and I’m the one being interviewed by my good friend and guest from episode one Celia Chavez. We talk about the connection between being a regular “human” and performer, why I started the podcast, and how we “gracefully” handle unsolicited advice. This is a fun show you don’t want to miss!

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. The best teacher you will have will always remain a student themselves.
  2. Have interests outside of singing. See art, read books, get outdoors, absorb other experiences, just ingest it to feed your voice’s story. Absorb it all and let it come out in song.  
  3. Singing isn’t all we do, and any skills, especially people skills, can apply to any area of our lives and expand our voices and expression. 
  4. Detach your self-worth from your work. Find value that is separate from the gigs you’re getting. 
  5. Learn to take your lows and use them to help other people. Create value in any pain or discomfort that you are experiencing! Realize that you can receive criticism (especially fan criticism) in one of two ways: one way will connect you; the other will shut you down. Follow the path to connection! If they’re right about what they’re critiquing let them help you. 
  6. Release your ego and be vulnerable to your audience. They’re there to be healed and transported by you. Let your guard down and connect with them; it might be healing and transporting for you as well!

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Bonus Episode! – Thomas Hornig – How To Get Better Live Sound

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Tomcat On The Prowl Productions is operated and owned by award winning Engineer/Producer/Musician/Composer Thomas Hornig in the beautiful San Fernando Valley, CA. Thomas brings you 30+ years of experience in the music industry as an engineer, musician, composer, producer and instructor. A Musicians Institute PIT Honors Graduate, Recording Bootcamp and Mix With The Masters Graduate, Thomas has studied with the likes of Tom Lord Alge, Joe Barresi, Tony Shepperd, Ronan Chris Murphy. As well as Steve Gadd, Ralph Humphry, Efrain Torro, Joe Porcaro just to name a few. Projects, Thomas has worked on, have been featured on TV, Film, Radio; and have made it onto the Grammy and Emmy Ballots. The Working Singer Podcast listeners receive 15% off production services from Tomcat on the Prowl Productions. Contact Thomas to discuss you project here.

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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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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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Introducing The Working Singer Podcast!

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If you’re a professional singer, want to turn singing into a career, or simply love to hear stories from singers on the road, then “The Working Singer” is the podcast for you.

My name is Jamila Ford, and on this podcast I chat with professional singers about how they make a creative living in the music business lending their talent to stars like: Enrique Iglesias, The Killers, Elvis Costello, and more. They share life lessons, business advice, and how they make a living when they’re off the road. We’ll also discuss vocal health, technique, performance, coaching and pretty much all things vocal.

Elevate your approach to your singing career, get enlightened about what the pros do, and be inspired with new ideas that you can make your own. For these stories and more, subscribe, download and rate on Apple Podcasts, or your favorite place to listen.

New episodes every Monday!

Send email inquiries to hello (at) theworkingsingerpodcast (dot) com.

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