Wednesday, May 28, 2014
You are probably hearing from young up and coming Australian artists every now and then. I try and send the ones with potential your way whenever possible. I recently took on a mentorship role for Toyota Starmaker. It is the biggest country music star search in Australia. I won it many years ago so to did another one of your students Keith Urban. The 2014 winner is Jared Porter and if it’s ok with you I will give him your contact details so he can set up a lesson when he travels to Nashville in June. There is another young country boy Damian Agius who I think could benefit greatly from your tuition. He’s only 19 but with the right songs and a few more years under his belt I think he can do very well.
Thursday, May 15, 2014
You need to think about what kind of music you like to listen to. If you want to be a professional singer you need to sing music you like, because if you do become successful, you’ll be singing it for a very long time.
You need to make sure you can actually sing the kind of music you like. If you like hard rock, but you can’t seem to get that gravely screaming thing to work, hard rock may not be right for you. If you want to be a pop singer, be sure you can hit and hold the high notes with ease. Do you have an accent? A deep southern drawl may work well for singing country music but could be a disaster on the Broadway stage.
What kind of stage performance might your chosen genre require? Could you imagine Haley Williams of Paramore standing at the microphone and simply swaying as she belts it out? Or George Strait making moves like Miley Cyrus? Do you have what it takes to get out there and really involve yourself with an audience or are you somewhat more reserved? It’s really more about knowing who you are.
When you figure out who you are then you’ll know the kind of music that is right for you. Almost everything I’ve listed can be changed. If you want to sing pop music you might want to work with a vocal coach to learn how to hit long high notes. If you don’t move well on stage but want to rock out, get a performance coach or take dance lessons. And, as far as distinctive clothing it only requires a trip to the shopping mall.
But, keep in mind whomever you choose to emulate make sure you choose to be true to yourself.
One last thing, as you grow older, who you are may change and there is no reason why you can’t reinvent yourself time and time again. Madonna does it!
Monday, May 12, 2014
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Wednesday, May 7, 2014
The panel discuss was two-fold. Bernard Porter founder of PCG Nashville and I discussed “Shameless Self Promotions.” Then we were joined by. Mark Lambert, (producer, manager, musician) and Krystal & Allison Steel, (2Steel Girls, The Voice, Team Blake Sheldon), discussed harmonies, duos.
I’m sad to see the Master Class end, but I have some other exciting things hiding in the wings that I can’t wait to share with you. Many thanks to all those who have made the Master Class a success.