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Crystal Healing Therapy for Singers – Does It Work?

Does crystal therapy work for singers? An expert weighs in

I'm excited to share this new adventure with you! As you know, I'm a fan of trying new things to see if they will benefit singers. I've always been curious about different kinds of alternative therapy, and today I'm getting into a series on crystal healing. Crystals have been used for various treatments and therapies for at least 6,000 years. Almost every ancient culture has used crysta[...]

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The Ultimate List of Aries Singers and Songwriters

An epic list of Aries singers, songwriters, rappers and composers!

We're now into Aries, also known as The Ram. Aries are known for being fearless trailblazers, but also headstrong and stubborn (all the better for being a trailblazer, amirite?) This is by no means a complete list, but it's an extensive list of every Aries singer, songwriter, producer, composer and rapper I could find. If I'm missing you, please let me know and I'll be happy to add you![...]

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Guest Post – Rock N Roll Bride Magazine

Rock N’ Roll Bride magazine featured my article, How to Take Song Requests at Your Wedding (Without Losing Your Mind) in their March/April issue! The magazine is available in stores in New Zealand and the UK, or you can order a paper copy here! Here's a photo of me with it! Although I don't have a digital copy, it was so nice to see something I wrote in print! Thanks so much[...]

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New Acoustic Cover – “I Thought I Knew it All” by Megadeth

An acoustic cover of Megadeth's "I Thought I Knew It All"

I'm excited to share this new song and video with you! If you'll recall, last year I did an acoustic cover of "All At Once" by Whitney Houston (you can check it out here if you want!) I grew up listening to Whitney Houston. I did not, however, grow up listening to Megadeth. My partner/co-writer, Aman, is a huge fan. He was kind enough to do the Whitney cover with me, so I did the Megade[...]

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The Complete Christina Aguilera MasterClass Review – for Vocalists

A Complete Review of the Christina Aguilera MasterClass!

This is the second half of a series where I take and review Christina Aguilera's MasterClass. If you want to see the others, check out my intro explaining the course here and Part 1 of the review here!  I'm finished with the course, you guys! I'm excited to share all I've learned with you and my final verdict. If you want to take the class for yourself, here is my link to the course![...]

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The Music Mindset: How to Work on Music When Life Sucks

How to Get Music Work Done When Life Sucks

Today has been rough on me, to say the least. All day long I’ve had family issues, ongoing client issues and it’s currently -5 degrees and I can’t go for a walk to clear my head. Still, tonight I have to get into ‘work mode’ and deliver a great performance for a client. I’ll be honest, I don’t want to. I want to drink wine, cry, watch Forensic Files and go to bed early. I w[...]

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New Single – “We Look Good” with Steve Vito

A new vintage pop single by Steve Vito and Mella Barnes

So, pretty much the entire month of February has been rough for me, health-wise. I'm normally a pretty healthy person, but this month I got slammed with some kind of sinus/throat/head virus or infection and it got me good. Obviously, being sick is not conducive to being a full-time session singer. I had to suck it up (literally, ew) and sing many nights this month. One song took a while[...]

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The Complete Guide to Taking Awesome Band Photos

How to get great band press photos

I started modeling when I was in my young teens. It was kind of fun and I made decent money, so I continued until I hit the ripe old age of 20, when the modeling jobs turn into denture ads and adult diapers (I’m actually not kidding, I was asked to do an adult diaper ad after I turned 20). During my days as a model, I learned a great deal about photography, lighting, and posing. I woul[...]

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Preparing For a Live Performance: My Personal Steps

How I prepare for a live singing performance

YOU GUYS! I am so nervous right now. A few weeks ago, I received an email from David Bash of the International Pop Overthrow Music Festival. He found my profile on BandCamp and asked if I would be willing to play Detroit’s IPO festival. I would be stupid to say no, so I said yes! I’ll be performing an acoustic set at Detroit’s International Pop Fest on Friday, April 13th at 8 p[...]