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Mella Barnes

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How I Keep My Gigs Organized: Free Schedule for Freelancers

As a full-time freelance session singer, I’m constantly managing my schedule and running around between gigs and clients. I do a lot of creative gigs including singing, songwriting, regular writing and teaching, so it’s important to keep my clients organized. I’m going to show you how I do it in case it helps you, and also give you my exact schedule template! Hopefully this will help[...]

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How to Solve Disagreements Between Co-Writers

Tips for solving issues with co-writers

My writer friend and I were sitting on her front porch on a sunny October morning, talking about writing. She mentioned that she was jealous of songwriters and thought it must be much better than writing, because we get to work together and in groups. “Sure,” I said cautiously, “but it isn’t always a great time. It can be like working on a group project in school.” My mind fl[...]

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Songwriting with Reba McEntire’s MasterClass

This course was actually called "Choosing A Song," which is an important distinction. Writing a song and choosing a written song are very different, and Reba explains why the latter is better for your career. This is the second part of my MasterClass project where I take and review Reba McEntire's MasterClass. You can see all of the parts to the project here: Course Intro Songwr[...]

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The Reba McEntire MasterClass – A Review for Singers and Songwriters

A New Project Where I Review the Reba McEntire MasterClass

Yes yes, I’m starting a new music project! This is another MasterClass, so yes, this will be an affiliate link. I’ve done Christina Aguilera’s MasterClass already (you can check it out here) and did a full series on it. Many found it helpful so I thought, why not try it again? MasterClass has a BUNCH of music teachers, as well as actors, chefs, writers, or anything else you want to[...]

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My Night With Fleetwood Mac

A Review of Fleetwood Mac's Show in Detroit 2018

YOU GUYS I DID IT. I SAW FLEETWOOD MAC LIVE. I can die now. A few quick facts about me: I love Fleetwood Mac, I love Halloween, and I'm big into magic/numbers/metaphysical shit. So get this: Last night was October 30th, Fleetwood Mac's 13th show. Stevie Nicks the night before Halloween, show 13. My seats were chosen specifically by number as well. The show was pretty expensive, but w[...]

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My Best Days as a Session Singer

The Best Days as a Session Singer to inspire Session Musicians and Songwriters

It's hard to pick just one "best day" as a session singer, but I have a couple that instantly come to mind. I really love what I do and am lucky to do it! I love session singing. It’s my full-time career, my passion and, I believe, my purpose. Giving a voice to someone’s song is such an incredible thing and very rewarding. Now, many singers disagree with me. They only want to sing th[...]

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The Making of an Album – Martin Jourdan “Prayers and Dreams”

Martin Jourdan's new album "Prayers and Dreams"

It's been a while since I've written about one of my projects! I've been busy over at Tunedly and helping clients finish their songs. I want to take some time to tell you about Martin and his project, "Prayers and Dreams." The Making of Martin Jourdan's "Prayers and Dreams" Martin worked with us at Tunedly and in the beginning, we were a team of four. I was the Project Manager and oc[...]

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What I Learned About Youtube to Grow My Channel

This summer, I began my journey to grow my YouTube channel. I'll save you all of the information on why I started, but here are links so you can go through my entire experience: Part 1: The Start of My YouTube Project Part 2: Exploring the Most Successful YouTube Videos Part 3: YouTube Video Titles Part 4: YouTube Hacks and Buying Views Part 5: Optimizing Your YouTube Content Part[...]

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How to Help Your Creative Child Survive High School and College

Important Tips to Help Creative Children in School

I was born a sensitive, INFJ, artistic weirdo. I didn’t play with dolls, I had a bag of plastic trumpets that I pretended to play (no one ever bought me a real trumpet, but it was probably for the best given how annoying I was with the fake ones). Elementary school was a blur. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, and that kind of engulfed most of my k-5 years. Middle school was an abs[...]