Want to know everything I know about how to break into the business (plus other business advice for musicians)? Check out my interview with Alma Cook of Voices podcast here: http://www.voicescast.com/how-to-become-a-session-singer/
I was interviewed on Confession Radio and had a great time! We talked about my album Zebra Stone, Dan Savage, and gave advice to a listener. Join us here: http://daconfessions.libsyn.com/confession-radio-interview-feat-mellanation
Laura Pennington of Better Biz Academy was kind enough to have me on her podcast to discuss creative entrepreneurship: http://sixfigurewritingsecrets.com/right-brain-business-model-mella-barnes-talks-music-entrepreneurship-creatives-ep005/
Here is a podcast I did for Now Hear This Entertainment, discussing the music industry and keeping a blog: http://now-hear-this.net/content/nhte-152-mella-barnes
Eydis Magazine is now called My Authentic Life! Here is my article for their June issue, about celebrating all of your senses: https://issuu.com/eydismedia/docs/june_my_magazine_2017-1/28
My dogs and I were featured in an article about moving across the country with pets. I normally wouldn’t put this here, but I have a book coming out that talks about these stories in detail so I’m including it! https://www.sparefoot.com/self-storage/blog/17578-moving-with-dogs/
April’s article for Eydis Authentic Living: How to Handle Criticism https://issuu.com/eydismedia/docs/april_2017_debbi_dachinger/46
My March article for Eydis is about Social Media: https://issuu.com/eydismedia/docs/march_book-12017/26
My February article for Eydis Magazine is about how to survive parties as an introvert. I have a lot of personal experience with this! http://online.anyflip.com/ioez/fqyj/#p=60
I had the pleasure of interviewing singer/songwriter Todd Alsup for Songwriting Magazine. The interview in its entirety is here: http://www.songwritingmagazine.co.uk/interviews/interview-todd-alsup/34984
My regular blog for Eydis Magazine can be found here: http://www.eydisauthenticliving.com/mella-barnes/
I wrote a guest blog for Now Hear This about writing holiday songs: http://now-hear-this.net/content/how-write-holiday-song-isn%E2%80%99t-terrible
Here is my article for the July 2016 issue of Eydis Magazine, available as a download or you can see the whole magazine here: http://eydismedia.com/be-successful/
This is a music study I participated in, along with an interview at the bottom of the results: http://www.valuepenguin.com/2016/best-cities-music-fans
My first article for Songwriting Magazine is available for purchase here: https://pocketmags.com/viewmagazine.aspx?titleid=2589&title=Songwriting+Magazine or you can download a lo-res copy here.
I am a regular contributor for Eydis Magazine, a lifestyle magazine for women. Here is my article for the June 2016 issue, available as a download and you can see the whole magazine here: http://eydismedia.com/be-successful/
Here is an interview about my book: http://www.searchingforthehappiness.com/interview-singersongwriter-mella/
I contributed to Rick Gershman’s piece on electronic music for PopZette: http://www.lifezette.com/popzette/robots-are-making-beautiful-music-without-us/
Here is an article for JobHero called How to Become A Singer. I contributed to this article by Carrie Powers on the best tips and tricks to start a career in singing: http://www.jobhero.com/how-to-become-singer/
My book Way Less Cowbell was featured in The Huffington Post as an example of a great book title. Check out the article and the other featured authors here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/sell-truckload-of-books-by-creating-an-epic-title_us_57ef67fce4b0972364deb425
Here is a review of an album I sang on, it is a photo download available here.
This is a review of an album I was hired to sing on. I get a few shout-outs but the review is overall about the project: http://louderthanwar.com/electric-fits-opposable-thumbs-album-review/#.V0B0zw2WD6g.email
“Mella is a singer/songwriter whose pop music reflects a complicated life and a myriad of feelings. That’s one reason I identify so strongly with her songs: We often don’t know what life will throw at us or how we’ll react to it. Mella’s songs are beautifully crafted, from her fluid lyrics to the mix of keyboard, acoustic guitars and solid beats that back them up. Her vocals are lovely, reminiscent of Sara Bareilles at times and of Feist at others. Mella also has the enviable ability to write metaphorical lyrics that roll off the tongue. Her most joyful tune, “Tangerine,” is a love song that showcases this lyricism. Her other tunes show a more ambivalent side: “Outer Space” describes the excitement and uncertainty of taking a leap of faith and leaving one’s past behind, and “It’s Complicated” is, well, complicated. One of my favorite songs, “Brother,” may be autobiographical in its depiction of triumphing against the worst odds. Its catchy, rolling beat remind me of Carole King and more recent Ingrid Michaelson tunes. “Find Me” is another favorite; a beautiful tribute of a love song. If there’s one video to watch today, It’s Mella’s live recording of “It’s Complicated,” which I’ve linked to below. Only accompanied by an acoustic guitar, Mella’s perfect vocal is candid and rare.
– TIW Music
OK, i’m excited!! I just bartered for the rights to use a song called “Tangerine” by awesome indie artist Mella, http://www.reverbnation.com/mellamusic, for possibly a session of Mixing Lessons/Audio Sessions. OK, so envision all of those cool quirky pop songs they use for Apple commercials. this is that. Only this has a super cool factor attached because its also all live instruments. all live quirky unique instruments, plus a quirky singer and a really fun song. Its going to be an excellent session of mixing lessons and as importantly, its going to be a great experience for you folks at home to be able to do your own mix of this song. I guarantee you that you haven’t come across some of these instruments in a mix session.
– Ken Lewis, Engineer for Jay-Z, Kanye West, et. al. AudioSchoolOnline.com
A voice with a mix of Natalie Merchant and Colbie Caillat with a touch of soul. Deep, powerful songwriting reminiscent of Joni Mitchell. These comparisons are just a few of Mella’s influences.
– BlogTalk Radio
I am a SheSource expert for media interview purposes, available to give tips, information and opinions on the industry. My profile is available here: http://www.shesource.org/experts/profile/mella-barnes