Bitrate – A Simple Explanation for Musicians

A simple guide to bitrate for non-techie musicians

  Raise your hand if you're a musician who isn't a big tech person! My hand just shot up along with hundreds of other people, I'm sure. Today I'm going to break down a complicated, techie term that goes over a lot of musicians heads: Bitrate. What is Bitrate? Bitrate (or bit rate) is the term for the number of kilobits per second of the song. Boring stuff if you’re just[...]


The Beat – A Simple Guide for Beginning Songwriters

An easy explanation of a song's beat for new songwriters

Songs talk about The Beat all the time. There are so many references that I couldn't fit them all here, but I'm sure you've heard a band or artist mention a beat at some point. This is occasionally a point of confusion for some writers or clients who aren't terribly familiar with a song's beat, so let's talk about it a little bit. The beat is also known as the pulse or rhythm of t[...]


Nashville Tomorrow

Mella Barnes Session Singer Nashville

In about 12 hours, we’ll be making the all too familiar 10-hour road trip down to Nashville. I have a pro-tip for musicians: When you have an important business meeting coming up, now is not the time to try a new face soap. You might end up with pumpkin sized hives all over your face in complete agony. I plan on Instagramming the inside of the BMI building (it’s gorgeous inside and out[...]


Glow (feat. Mella) – Single by DJ Ariel Style Now Available

Glow: A Fun Dance Track by DJ Ariel Style featuring Mella

Here is a recent track that I was hired on by DJ Ariel Style. He was a lot of fun to work with and I ended up staying in on New Year's Eve to finish this up before the new year! Nothing says Happy New Year like doing what you love. Here are the lyrics for Glow: Slow down, breathe deep Look up at the sky tonight You're fine, you're free You'll be alright Turn the lights out You'r[...]