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I Took a Class to Learn Singing Harmonies

How to Learn Singing Harmonies

Singing harmonies has always been somewhat of a struggle for me. As a session musician, this is literally part of my job, so that's a problem. My typical process for harmonies would be as follows: Guess at singing something that sounds goodUpon review, realize that I sang a 4th and not a 3rd or 5th (I ALWAYS do this for some reason)Either completely scrap the first harmony, or try to s[...]

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How Wearing a Posture Brace Can Improve Your Singing

How a Posture Corrector Can Improve Your Singing

I’ll openly admit it: I don’t have great posture. I used to model when I was a kid/teenager, so I think I still carry some of that stance with me, but overall I sit like one of the first people on the human evolution chart: In my defense, I feel that desks are not designed for modern use. Our computers have changed so much in recent years, and yet our desks are still the same design[...]

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New Acoustic Cover – “I Thought I Knew it All” by Megadeth

An acoustic cover of Megadeth's "I Thought I Knew It All"

I'm excited to share this new song and video with you! If you'll recall, last year I did an acoustic cover of "All At Once" by Whitney Houston (you can check it out here if you want!) I grew up listening to Whitney Houston. I did not, however, grow up listening to Megadeth. My partner/co-writer, Aman, is a huge fan. He was kind enough to do the Whitney cover with me, so I did the Megade[...]

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Preparing For a Live Performance: My Personal Steps

How I prepare for a live singing performance

YOU GUYS! I am so nervous right now. A few weeks ago, I received an email from David Bash of the International Pop Overthrow Music Festival. He found my profile on BandCamp and asked if I would be willing to play Detroit’s IPO festival. I would be stupid to say no, so I said yes! I’ll be performing an acoustic set at Detroit’s International Pop Fest on Friday, April 13th at 8 p[...]

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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 pa[...]

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Christina Aguilera’s Masterclass – Does It Really Work for Vocalists?

A full review of each phase of Christina Aguilera's MasterClass for vocalists!

I am excited to share this new blog series, where I'll be taking Christina Aguilera's MasterClass and applying it to my session singing! Part one of my full review is here, and part two of my full review is here! These posts include all of the videos from my vlog as well.   I've been a long-time Christina fan, pretty much since she first came out. Her vocal power and runs[...]

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The Ultimate List of Sagittarius Singers and Songwriters

The epic list of Sagittarius singers and songwriters

We are now in the astrological sign of Sagittarius (a word I literally never spell right). Sagittarius (or Sagittarii, to be plural) are generally known as the biggest travelers of the zodiac signs. They are said to enjoy change and have an open mind. Of course, every person is an individual, and your upbringing and life experiences greatly influence who you become. This is just something[...]

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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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Your Sacral Chakra and Music

Standard intro: If you missed my post about why I’m writing about these, check that out here. Otherwise, let’s get started!   Your Sacral Chakra is second from the bottom, also called the 2nd chakra. It is located right around the naval or hip area and is known as the chakra for “passion and pleasure.” Your dirty mind is correct, but there are other ways to view passion[...]

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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[...]