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I Don’t Want to Look Hokey!

“Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.” – Confucius “Thinking” when you are onstage can cause a lot of problems.  In fact, it’s one of the quickest ways to lose your audience! You need to forget about yourself when you’re on the stage.  So, if you’re thinking about things […]

Courage and Your Music Career

“Everyone has talent. What’s rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads.” ..Erica Jong I just returned from Toronto where I worked with the band “The Ascot Royals” during my workshop at Canadian Music week. After the workshop, I received this message from one of the people at the […]

Going from Good to Great

Going from bad to good is easy.  Going from good to great is not. It’s not that going from good to great is so hard, but it’s definitely time-consuming, tedious, and often a little inconvenient.  However, as my friend Robert D. Smith says, “success is built on inconvenience!” I have a favorite analogy, and you […]

Develop Your Own Performance Style

I’ve worked with many singers who are trying to find and develop a unique vocal style.  Artists also need to develop their own unique performance style. A great vocal coach can help singers develop a unique vocal style.  On the flip side, a bad vocal coach who only understands one style and tries to teach […]

Without a Vision, Your Show Dies

It’s absolutely necessary for you to develop a vision for your live show. What do you want the end result to be? Whether it’s a creative project, a business plan, or any endeavor – if it’s worth spending time doing, you need to develop a vision for how you want it to turn out. A famous […]

Full Circle Interview

In 2016, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Full Circle Music.   I would like to share the interview with you, so you’ll need to carve out a little time, get a cup of coffee (or tea….or?…) and sit back to listen to this 48 minute interview/teaching session.     Full Circle Music […]

Five Things You Need to Do to Put Together a Killer Live Show

I love doing interviews with music industry people who are trying to help musicians improve their live show.  Here’s the #1 blog on EMusician’s website that I hope will help you, too!!  It was written from an interview I did with Randy Chertkow and Jason Feehan.   Randy Chertkow & Jason Feehan are musicians, authors, […]

The 3 Reasons Your Audience Goes to Your Show

In the past, I have written about a surefire strategy to get more gigs: no matter who your audience is, you need to Exceed Their Expectations! But, before you can exceed an audience’s expectations, you need to know exactly what they do expect.  You might be surprised to hear what it is… Almost everyone involved (musicians […]

A Whole Palette

     No matter what kind of an artist you are – a soloist, a band, a singer/songwriter, a rock group, a Gospel artist, ….. – you have musical colors to paint with. You may have one instrument (like a keyboard or a guitar) or a whole truckload of instruments. You may be one singer […]

Tom at the CD Baby DIY Conference October 2016

     I had the privilege of working with the band ‘Running Red Lights’ at the CD Baby DIY conference in Chicago on October 1st, 2016.        Making even small changes to your live show can completely change the dynamics and the impact you can have on your audience.      Here are two video clips […]