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Archives for November 2011

Sing Someone Else’s Songs??

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Bad Songs Don't Bond, Then They Don't Buy

“How can I do THAT!! I don’t want to sing someone else’s song!” But if you want to have a successful career, you need to have the courage to sing other songwriter’s songs. This is the another element in bonding with your audience. (To see the other elements, read Bad Songs Don’t Bond) If you […]

From One Song to the Next

Do you know what your rehearsal should look like? Because how your rehearsals look is a huge part of how your live show will look! Almost every artist I know thinks “rehearsal” means going through your songs over and over again until you’ve got the music just right. Maybe they decide where to stand during […]

When Hearing New Music

Recordingtips 87: When hearing new music, try not to listen as a professional. Listen as you did when you were an amateur. This tip has gotten a number of questions as to what I mean advising to try to “listen as an amateur.” A few years ago I was listening to a CD as I […]

Julie Elias Featured Soloist in Ruth Graham Musical

Singer/songwriter Julie Elias was selected as a soloist in the new musical, Fear Not Tomorrow, based on the best-selling book by Ruth Graham. Julie is featured in the musical as it tours to select venues as well as on the soundtrack CD. Julie sings two songs during the musical: “Peace,” which she performs with a […]

Building a Team

Building a good team is essential to your career and its growth. It may start out with a parent or even a member of your own band. That one person who believes in you and who is a trusted comrade. As one of my mentors once stated “Life is about relationships, both horizontally and vertically.” […]

How Strong is Your Song?

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Bad Songs Don't Bond, Then They Don't Buy

Your level of performance is propelled by the strength of your song. What indie artists do not realize is they often sacrifice the level of a powerful performance they could pull out with someone else’s great song, in order to write their point of view and perform their own okay song. This will dumb down […]

Thanksgiving Thoughts

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States, and I have a lot of things to be thankful for! Here’s a short list: 1. I have a great wife who puts up with all my idiosyncrasies, not to mention my busy schedule and all the traveling I have to do. 2. I have a […]

Getting Your Songs Tight

How tight or strong are your songs live and in the studio, and how well are you practicing them? As you want to make sure your stage presence is strong and drawing the crowd in to you and your music, you want to make sure the music is strong and the band is tight, connected […]

Jamie Dockery Song & Critique Review Video

Watch this video and integrate the judging panel’s crucial comments to use in your own career! Learn the importance of becoming proficient with your music and songwriting, and discover the amount of time that generally takes. On the panel are music industry pros Tom Jackson, manager Mike Smith (Salvador, Brad Stine, Jaci Valesquez), as well […]

Not Your Average Christmas TV Show!

I had the honor of working on a Christmas show last fall for a group called The Celts. They were filming a show for PBS as well as for release on DVD, and brought in an impressive line-up of musicians from around the world: Irish singer Mauread Ni Mhaomaigh from Alton (considered the best Irish […]