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VOICES Podcast Interview

I hung out with Alma Cook of the Voices podcast. We talked about getting singing and voiceover work, using Pinterest and other fun stuff! Check it out here. I wrote an article about why all musicians should use Pinterest - check that post out here![...]

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Toplining – What it is (and Isn’t) and How to Become a Topliner

What is toplining and how to become a topliner

Toplining is a weird music term. Some musicians I've spoken with about songwriting had never heard of it. Others believed that songwriting and toplining were the same thing. I want to talk about exactly what it is and how you can become a topliner in the industry. What is toplining? Toplining is essentially writing a vocal part over a pre-made music bed. It *is* songwriting in the se[...]

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How to Avoid Getting Scammed in the Music Industry

Tips to avoid falling into artist traps in the music industry

A couple of months ago, I was contacted by a company that claimed to be "one of the lead PR companies in America." Apparently, they had heard my music online and wanted to "put me on the front of their website to get a record deal." Now, if you're new to my site, you might think this is exactly what I'm looking for. However, my music that I write and release myself is simply for my own[...]

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Meditation For Musicians: Quiet That Musical Mind!

3 easy ideas to help musicians meditate

Today, I want to talk about meditation for musicians. As much as I love exploring spirituality and different religions, I sucked at meditation. I tried it at home and wound up taking quizzes on Buzzfeed. I listened to peaceful music as a background to discovering what One Direction member I would marry. It was nice, but not helpful. Then I tried group meditation, but I wasn't good at th[...]

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My Mission Statement – Why I Do What I Do

Session Singer Mella Barnes

This is not going to be a formal mission statement like top corporations have. I will make one someday, but for right now I want to just spill my mind and let you know why I do this. Why am I a session singer and songwriter? Why should anyone work with me instead of just doing it themselves? Well my friends, here's all I can tell you: This is not a professional photo shoot picture,[...]

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Nominated for APRA Country Music Awards

Country music award nomination

I am so excited to share this news with you! Last year, I worked with New Zealand-based country artist Ginny Peters for her album. I was hired to arrange and perform background harmonies on her songs. One of these songs, "Reasons to Stay," has been nominated for an APRA Award for Best Country Music Song this year! How I arrange harmonies: First, I listen to the song several time[...]

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New Music Video for My Song, Café

An acoustic jazz video of coffee shop love

It's been a minute since I've made a music video, and I've had that creative itch for some time now! We at Brain Stamp are working on a new jazz album (or EP, depending on how many tracks we end up writing). I loved working on our track Café from our last album and wanted to make a video for it to tie it into the new songs. There were several setbacks here: 1). I don't have money to b[...]