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session singing

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5 Tips for Recording Yourself Singing – Guest Post

5 Easy tips to record yourself singing!

I've got another guest post for you this week! I'm hard at work behind-the-scenes with clients, my blog and vlog, but I'm always willing to have other experts step up and give us some great information. This week's comes from Ben Jacklin, a blogger and musician who writes about music equipment, production and the music industry at http://subreel.com He has five tips to recording yourself while singing. If you're not a pro session singer (or maybe you want to be but aren't sure how to get started), here are some simple tips to help you on your musical journey![...]

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New Holiday Song with Her Excellency, The Governor

Happy Holidays! If you've been reading my blog for a while, you might have seen some of the projects I've done with Dan before. He contacted me last week and asked if I could do a rush order for a Christmas song. Most Christmas songs (by major artists, anyway) are written and recorded in June or July. This is so the label has time to work on everything for the release for the holiday season. When you're indie, you have more leeway to do a last-minute holiday song. Luckily I was able to fit some time into my schedule and we recorded Headlights! Here it is:[...]

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What You Should and Shouldn’t Copy from Other Singers

"Copying" another artist is frowned upon, for good reason. I've seen famous singers get angry about cover artists who stole their styling of a song, note-for-note. I've seen established artists turn their nose up at newcomers who sound or look too much like them. No one wants to be copied. However, we all kind of copy off of other singers to a degree. You developed your vocal style based on your early influences and your current favorites, even though your voice is all your own. If you're a new singer or you're looking to change up your singing style, here are[...]

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An Exciting (Personal) Update!

Songwriter Mella announces new music to be released soon

I had to put (personal) in the title because I don't want you to think that this is an update that will impact or benefit you in any way. But it might! I sincerely hope it will. As you may know, I do session singing and songwriting full time. It's great and I love it, but it leaves me very little time to work on my own music. I would say that for every 30 songs I do for a client, I do half of one for myself. I usually don't even have time to finish it, and it sits forgotten in a folder for months. In addition to session singing and songwriting, I work with[...]

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How to Lose Your Ego (so You Can Be a Better Songwriter)

Tips to Lose Your Ego to Improve Your Songwriting

I can’t tell you how many songwriting pitches I’ve attended where someone has said, “there is no room for ego in songwriting.” In these same pitches, there is always someone who argues with the publisher after their song was rejected. They try to explain WHY they included two bridges (“you need both to tell the story!”) or to explain that they KNOW the song isn’t finished (“I already know it needs more work, I just wanted to show you what I have so far!”) The rest of us roll our eyes and shift anxiously in our seats. We get it. You’re already a[...]

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How to Not Suck as a Music Teacher

As a music teacher, you’re very important to young lives. You're not just helping them with music, you're helping them with most other aspects of their lives. Studies have shown that music education increases understanding in non-musical studies as well. It’s a huge responsibility to have on your shoulders. I could never do it, because I have no patience and kids just are not my thing. However, I’ve been in choir since I was in elementary school, so I’m going to give you a perspective from a student. How to Be a Great Music Teacher Obviously, these are[...]

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How I Realized I Wanted to be a Professional Session Singer

One session singer's journey from amateur to pro

I’ve talked about this in interviews before, but I realized I didn’t have it anywhere on my blog. Here’s my background and a little info on why I do what I do (and why I love it)!     Getting Started as a Session Singer Technically, I started session singing when I was around 14. My family is very musical, so I had cousins and uncles who were songwriters and owned recording studios. I started singing for songwriters who wrote their own songs but didn’t want to sing themselves. I was a budding songwriter myself but I was more than happy[...]

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Wet Stems Gone Wrong: Why Dry is Best

  I made a post already about dry stems, but I want to talk about some serious #wetstemfails and why it's usually better to just get dry tracks from your session musicians.   What are Wet Stems? Wet Stems (or tracks, files, etc) are stems that have effects on them. As a session singer, I'm going to focus mainly on vocal stems here. If I send you wet stems, you are likely getting some compression and reverb on them or whatever you ask for. I need to save time, why can't I just get wet stems? I get it, it's a ton of work. But here's why it's[...]

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6 Reasons for Songwriters to Hire A Session Singer

Why a pro session singer is better than a great performer for your recording project

I hear this all the time: "Eh, I'll just do it myself, I have a decent voice." "My cousin sings well, everyone tells her she's great, she can do it!" "Why should I pay someone when I can get my neighbor to do it for free?" Well my friends, I have some responses to all of these and more! What is a Session Singer? Let's get the definition down before we go any further. A session singer is someone who is hired to sing on studio projects. They may also be artists, performers or songwriters themselves, but a session singer is someone who is experienced and active[...]

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Your Throat Chakra and Music

Tips for creatives to align the Throat Chakra using music

Standard beginning: If you missed my post about why I’m writing about these, check that out here. Otherwise, let’s get started! Your Throat Chakra is located in your throat. I know it’s hard to figure that one out, haha. It’s actually throughout that entire area of your body though, and it’s important not to simply focus all of your energy on the throat area for this chakra. That can be tough for singers and musicians, but that’s why this is an important chakra for us to focus on today! The throat chakra is the 5th chakra and is associated with the[...]