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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[...]

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A Recording Studio Cleaning Checklist

A checklist to keep your recording studio clean

One of my (many) pet peeves is a filthy studio. It seems to kind of go with the trade. Creatives are typically messy, disorganized people. That's okay to an extent, but we can all agree it can be a little much, no? When you have to dig your mixing board out from a mound of magazines and you have weeks-old food laying around, it's time to clean. Why should I clean my studio? My clients[...]

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New Single: Cloudy Glass produced by R4NYTE Entertainment

New single by R4NYTE featuring Mella

I've worked with the incredible R4NYTE before and was happy to work with him again. Cloudy Glass was a fun project! I didn't know they'd be adding a male singer to it until it was released, but I like having several singers on a track. I think it provides the listener with a nice variety and mixes things up a little. Here is the video for Cloudy Glass: You may notice I sound a little[...]

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Music Stems: How to Send and Receive the Right Files for Your Music Project

How to send the right stems, files or tracks between musicians

When sending files between musicians, songwriters, producers and mixers, there can be a lot of confusion over what is being sent. For starters, some people call them completely different things (stems, files, tracks, exports, etc). Then there are people who are not sure what type of stem to send (.wav, .mp3, .m4a, etc). For the sake of simplicity for this post, I'll be calling them Stems t[...]