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session singer

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Master Your Voice: A Full Review Project

Online Voice Lessons with Ramsey Voice Studio

A while back, I tried an online voice lesson with Matt Ramsey of Ramsey Voice Studio (you can see that here). I really enjoyed it and got great feedback on it. Several people asked if I planned on doing more lessons with him, and the answer is yes! Kind of. Matt graciously invited me to try his Master Your Voice from Ramsey Voice Studio program in exchange for an honest review. I have[...]

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An Interview with Singer/Songwriter ML Dunn

ML Dunn B&W

ML Dunn is not only a great client, he's an incredibly talented songwriter and has a fascinating backstory. I first worked with him (and Justine Perry, whom I interviewed here) on a project called "Conscience," and we then worked on a new one I'm excited to show you! ML Dunn Let’s start at the beginning: When did you start writing songs and making music? When I was at b[...]

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An Interview with Danielle Hollobaugh

Session singer Mella Barnes interviews Danielle Hollobaugh

I met Danielle on Facebook and was blown away by how similar we are. Both session singers, both animal lovers, similar outlooks on life - I feel like I have a session singing sister! I'm really excited to introduce you to her; I'm sure you'll love her as much as I do! Danielle Hollobaugh Before we start this, I just need to note that this interview focuses less on music and mor[...]

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Music Clients I’ve Fired (and Why I Fired Them)

Tips on When to Fire a Bad Client

In an average day, I usually have 1-5 songs I’m working on. I would say 90% of my clients are great. 5% are just okay, and 5% are awful. This blog will address those bottom 5%, including what went wrong and the outcome. I am of course not going to release any identities or disparage these former clients. My goal here is simply to tell you that 1). Bad clients happen, and 2). How you can[...]

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5 Common Session Musician Problems (and How to Solve Them)

Session musician issues and how to fix them

Here are five of the most common session musician problems, and solutions to those problems. Make your career easier with these tips! Every industry has problems, so it would of course make sense that the session singing/musician industry has troubles as well. Your problems may vary and will be unique to you, but there are a few that we all tend to experience, especially in the beginnings[...]

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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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Common Mistakes of New Session Musicians (and How to Avoid Them)

Mistakes are not the worst thing in the world. Often, they help us learn, highlight our trouble areas and grow. However, mistakes can also cost you jobs and relationships with clients. I’m going to list the most common errors I see in new session musicians (many of which I’ve made myself, so no judgment), and also show you how to avoid them or recover if you’ve already done them. &n[...]