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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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The Ultimate List of Libra Singers and Songwriters

A list of Libra singers and songwriters

So, I started doing this for Virgo singers/songwriters and thought, why not include all the zodiac signs? So this one I'm purposely posting before the dates start. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to listen to each day's list of artists. See if you find any new favorites! If you do, please tweet me and let me know so we can discuss: If you're a Libra and wondering ho[...]

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Your Root Chakra and Music

If you missed my post about why I’m writing about these, check that out here. Otherwise, let’s get started!    Our final chakra is actually known as the first chakra: the Root. You may be wondering, “why did you start at the 7th chakra?” and my answer is that I like going from top to bottom. It’s how I typically do scans in Reiki so it just made sense for me to do it[...]

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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 to Write a Great Verse

We've covered writing a good bridge, pre-chorus, post-chorus and chorus, so really the only thing left is the verse! What is a verse? The verse is my favorite part of the songwriting process. It's also arguably the most difficult. The verse is where you tell your story's details. I know we've done this already, but let's examine Shake It Off by Taylor Swift. Her chorus is a very ca[...]

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My Webinar with Deserve to Thrive

Deserve to Thrive is a course by Alessandra Braun, and she recently brought me on board to give a lecture. I'm so excited! I have always wanted to be a teacher or coach. I've looked at those mega-classes with so many amazing, inspirational women and just wanted to be one of them so badly. Now I guess I am! Let's talk about the course: Deserve to Thrive This is an 8-module course abo[...]

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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[...]