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Session singers

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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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Want to Learn How to Be a Session Musician? Work With Me!

Learn How to Be a Professional Session Singer

This project has been on my heart for a long time, and I've done it for a few years on the side. However, I'm excited to announce that you can now get session musician lessons from me! Want to be a session musician or singer? I've been a session musician for years, and hopefully my blog proves it. I love helping people in any way that I can, and one of the questions I'm most frequent[...]

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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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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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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[...]

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7 Steps to Mixing Background Vocals That Sound Radio-Ready

A Step-by-Step Guide to Mixing Radio-Ready Background Vocals!

YOU GUYS I am so excited! I've been a huge fan of Musician On A Mission for years. I subscribe to the YouTube Channel and I take the courses, so when they contacted me about a guest post, I was all over it! Today's post is about mixing background vocals, written by Dylan, a songwriter and producer. I'll have more info on him at the end of the article, but I'll let him take it from here:[...]