session singing


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.   New Session Musician Mistakes Most of these are in no particular order, except the first one because it’s seriously so important and so few people do it. Even if you[...]


Important Investments That All Session Singers Should Make

A Complete List of Important Investments for Your Singing Career!

People are often shocked when they ask me how to become a professional session singer and I give them a long list of things to buy. Like any business, you need to spend money to make money. For some things, you save until you have the funds, but some things are better to splurge on up front. I’m going to give you a list of things that I feel are worth the investment, along with what I use personally. There is always a cheaper version in case you’re not ready to make that leap, but I feel it's important to show you the reality of the business. Things Sing[...]


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:     Background vocals are one of the most important elements of a good song. They fill out the sound of the lead vocal, making it feel larger than life. But po[...]


7 Things to Think About Before You Hire a Session Singer

7 Tips to Hire the Best Session Singer for Your Project

If you’re a songwriter, you’re likely to hire a session singer at some point in your career. I’m a songwriter and session singer myself, and I’ve hired other session singers before. You’ll want a variety of singers in your reel to showcase that your songs can be used for a range of performers. You may also want background vocals that are different from your own. There are many reasons to hire a session vocalist, but it’s important to find the right one for your project. As a session singer, I feel it’s my responsibility to make sure you have the bes[...]


All 133 of Whitney Houston’s Songs, Ranked from Worst to Best

All 126 of Whitney Houston's Songs, ranked from worst to best

Alright, so I’ve seen magazines do this with Taylor Swift, Madonna, Michael Jackson and a few others. I was waiting for the Whitney Houston one to come out (so I could discuss my opinion of it, obviously). For some reason, no one has written it yet, so I figured ‘why not just make mine right now?’ So, here is my totally scientific list of the definitive ranking of Whitney Houston’s songs. Please note: The photo says 126, because that's how many I thought she had at the time. Someone in the comments pointed out an extra four, and one is in The Preacher's[...]


I Tried Blue Topaz Crystal Therapy to Improve My Singing

Does crystal therapy help vocalists? I tried it with Blue Topaz to find out!

Continuing my crystal therapy for vocalists, this week will be with Blue Topaz. If you want to see why I’m doing this, here is my initial post and here is my week with Turquoise. If you're new to this blog, I am just asking that you keep an open mind about my journey here. I have tried other alternative therapies for singers before so this is nothing new for me! I am not trying to sell anyone on anything. I'm trying to figure out the hype for myself and give you an honest report on my personal results. If nothing else, I hope it will be interesting and/or enter[...]


Come Join Me at Tunedly – An Online Recording Studio

Tunedly is an Online Music Recording Studio

I have an exciting (and hopefully interesting) update for you! This is about a company I’ve partnered with exclusively and what you can expect from me in the future. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that I’ve been a freelance session singer for a long time. I truly love what I do and I love writing about it as well. One company I’ve worked with for years was called SongCat. I’ve watched it grow from a relatively small organization into Tunedly, a well-oiled song creation machine. Last year, I became a project manager with Tuned[...]


I Tried Turquoise Crystal Therapy to Improve My Singing

Trying Turquoise Crystal Therapy for Singers

I'm starting out my crystal therapy experiment with Turquoise. If you're curious about how I got into this in the first place, here is my initial post and interview about crystal healing for vocalists! Before we get started, I know there are a lot of strong opinions about crystals, both positive and negative (as is the case for any alternative therapy, to be honest). I went into this with a totally open mind, with an even amount of curiosity, skepticism and optimism. My goal is to be completely impartial and give you honest results as I encountered them. I hope y[...]


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 parts. Parts 1-11 will be in this post, and I'll write about the rest when I am finished with them. Please feel free to subscribe or pin this so you know to come back later! If[...]


4 Unexpected Ways Autotune Can Make You a Better Singer

I wrote a post about why autotune is not always a bad thing, and I want to expand on it here. Like it or not, Autotune is here to stay, at least for the foreseeable future. If you can’t put a stop to it, you can use it to improve your singing. I’ve been using it to help me improve my session singing performances, and I’ll show you how it can do the same for you: How to Use Autotune for Better Singing I use Melodyne to analyze and improve my voice, so just know that this is the program I'm familiar with. There are others and I'm sure they work as well,[...]