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session singing

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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 s[...]

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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 o[...]

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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[...]

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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 ([...]

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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.[...]

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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 lik[...]

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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[...]

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How Watching TV Can Help You Write Songs

How watching TV can make you a better #songwriter

Watching TV often feels like time wasted, doesn't it? If you're actively watching and listening (not multi-tasking like I do frequently), you're not getting anything "done." I want to get rid of this notion that watching TV is bad and show you how it can actually help your creativity. First, let's clear the notion that "wasting time" is even a thing. If you're enjoying your life, yo[...]

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New Single: June

New single, June, by The Gatsbys and Mella

June is almost over, but I have a new single about this month that was just released! So, I figured I should put it up before it's July and then this won't make any sense. You can still listen to the song anytime, but you wouldn't release a Christmas/holiday song in January, you know? I actually started writing June in October of last year. Most of your favorite holiday songs are re[...]