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Mella Barnes

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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[...]

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Christina Aguilera’s MasterClass Review for Vocalists – Part 1

If you missed my intro post, I'm doing a full review of Christina Aguilera's MasterClass and applying it to my session singing career. I'm curious to know if it will apply to a more limited scope of vocalists, since Christina both records albums and performs live. My final post is now available here as well! There are 23 lessons in this class, so I thought I would break them into two pa[...]

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10 Tips for Beginning Songwriters

I started “writing songs” (I’m using that term loosely since they were garbage) in elementary school. I had an archaic recorder and a tattered Lisa Frank notebook, both of which were my best (and only) friends. If you’re reading this, I’m assuming you have an interest in songwriting. Maybe you haven’t started yet but want to try. Perhaps you’ve written a few but are struggl[...]

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How to Handle Haters in the Music Industry

Here's how to process and move on from haters of your creative work!

If you are any type of artist and your work is online, it’s pretty much a guarantee you’ll run into a hater at some point in your career. Even if you are not an artist, any person who voices an opinion on social media is likely to find a gaggle of trolls waiting in the shadows to take them down. In all of my songwriting groups, message boards and music communities, there is usually o[...]

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How Your Hobby Can Help You Write Better Songs

For many singer/songwriters, music is a hobby more than a career. This is totally fine and understandable, but it can be hard to find new things to write about when your only hobby is writing. However, very few of us only have one hobby. Even if your hobby is “doing nothing,” (no judgment here), I’m going to show you how to use any hobby to write great songs! How Animal Rescue H[...]