Ep. 42 The Harsh Reality of Singing on “Reality” TV with Maiya Skyes

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Maiya Sykes (Macy Gray, Rita Ora, Post Modern Jukebox) opens up about what she learned competing on “The Voice,” the vocational skills singers need to develop, and her thoughts on being a solid business person.

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. What you think is success and what you think is failure depends on the eye of the beholder. 
  2. There’s no brass ring. There’s no one path. There’s a lot of switch ups to the path. You have to be adaptable. 
  3. Don’t forget the work. The work is important and it needs to be done. There’s no way to gloss over the work.

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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. 39 What You Don’t Expect When Teaching Music Overseas with Viva Vinson

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MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. If you want to sing then find opportunities to sing, find opportunities to study, find opportunities to jam, find opportunities to work on your craft. 
  2. If you want to teach, start where you can. 
  3. If you’re an educator, you’re always going to be a student. You’re always going to be a student teacher. You’re always going to need to learn how to communicate better. How to teach better. How to be more inspiring. It’s a journey. 
  4. It’s in the doing. We’re always waiting for that time to be “ready,” but we’re never “ready.” We have to overcome that and ride the wave of that insecurity and just go for it anyway. 
  5. There’s nothing wrong with preparation, but there comes a point where you just have to try and not wait to be perfect. 
  6. We’ve just got to be ourselves and we’ve got to celebrate ourselves everyday and just try a little bit harder and celebrate our wins and learn from our mistakes and keep moving. 

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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. 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. 28 Josie Aiello (Quincy Jones, Kenny Loggins, Jazz in Pink)

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Josie Aiello is recognized internationally as an award-winning singer, BMI songwriter, performer, vocal arranger, and worship leader with four album releases under her belt. Josie began singing at the age of nine at her parents’ Sicilian restaurant in Chicago, and soon developed a reputation for her powerful vocals and ability to command an audience. After relocating to L.A, she quickly became highly sought after for session work by some of the top hit music producers, including the late Phil Ramone. 

Eventually, her hard work and tenacity paid off when she captured the attention of Quincy Jones, who personally signed Josie to his Record and Publishing label with Warner Bros. Since then, Josie’s been called to record for J Lo, Cher, Jessie J, Enrique Iglesias, Andra Day, Kenny Loggins, Brenda Russell, Placido Domingo, and Bebe Winans just to name a few. She’s featured on major soundtracks such as That Thing You Do, The Out Of Towners, South Park, Dinosaur, The Guardian, and Hairspray. National TV commercials (McDonalds, Big Lots and Eckrich) love her voice as well. Josie has toured with Don Henley, Kenny Loggins and currently touring as a featured artist with the world renowned, all female, all-star jazz and R&B band “Jazz in Pink”.

MENTIONS:

SINGING LESSONS:

  1. It’s really important to keep good, strong relationships. It’s everything. 
  2. Stay inspired. Don’t just put something out because you haven’t put anything out in a couple of months. Quality over quantity. 
  3. There really is no formula to getting work. It’s about relationships.
  4. The secret to joy is gratefulness.  

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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. 

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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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