The Coda: A Breakdown of a (Sometimes Tricky) Musical Symbol

What is a coda in sheet music?

The coda is another sheet music term, which again you don’t need to know if you’re a writer or musician who doesn’t read/write sheet music. If you do want to know though, the coda is an important part of letting the performer know where the song is going. When do I need to know about the coda? Sheet music is confusing enough, but then you add a bunch of weird symbols at the top of it and it's a nightmare. I get it! I've been reading sheet music since 5th grade so it was a while ago, but I remember being frustrated and confused. Here's a picture of the[...]


Album Review for Electric Fits: Opposable Thumbs

A review for Electric Fits: Opposable Thumbs by Tarbeach Records

Louder Than War magazine has reviewed Electric Fits: Opposable Thumbs and gave it an 8 out of 10! The writer, Joe Whyte, was kind enough to mention me briefly. "The record as a whole is deceptively hard-edged despite its coating of sugar courtesy of the soaring vocals of Mella and the swooning strings and honey-tinged arrangements." I talked about this project in greater detail on my blog post here. Check that out if you want to know more about it! This was such a cool project, and I’m so happy for Walt and the press he is getting! I did several tracks o[...]


Alto Session Singers: Where to Find Them and How to Become One

How to find or become an Alto session singer!

  Today’s topic is the all-important Alto. Instruments can be Altos as well (such as a saxophone), but in my book, I referenced Toni Braxton. I've loved her since I was a kid and if you don't know her work, please check her out if you love amazing R&B! Toni Braxton actually has an incredible range (I know because I own all of her albums) but I used her as an Alto example because I think most people know her by her lower range. I included this in the book because I’ve been contacted by clients asking me to sing an “alto” song, but it was actua[...]


How to Overcome Jealousy Toward Others

Overcome Your Jealousy with 3 Simple Questions

  Alright, can we just talk about how much I love Meghan Trainor? Her lyrics are witty and interesting, her voice is phenomenal (reminds me a little of Stacie Orrico, whom I used to love), and her production is fresh and modern. She’s one of those people I completely love and am also incredibly jealous of because she’s so damn talented. Like me, she got started in songwriting using Garageband. Unlike me, she’s a huge celebrity and multi-billionaire. I’m fine without the fame, and hers is much deserved, but still. Anyway, her new track Watch[...]


Switching Genres: Tips for Singers on How to Jump From Song to Song

How to switch genres when singing (and sound believable)

In any given day, I work on several songs by different artists. Yesterday I had a child nursery song, a Broadway-style show tune, and a piano ballad. Tonight I have a country ballad and an EDM dance track. It can be difficult to switch mentally from singing one style to another, so here are a few tips I’ve learned! Do You Need to Switch Genres Quickly? If so, I'm guessing you're either a session singer or a live cover band performer (or both). In both of these roles, it's important that each performance sounds authentic. Here are four simple steps to help![...]