The Singer As Actor

As a performer, your goal is to connect with your audience. You want to share something personal that is universal. One obvious way to engage the crowd is to talk to them. Let yourself be vulnerable, even a little silly. Share an embarrassing or funny story. Talk about your experiences in life that you feel are unique. Poke a little …

Singing And The Triple Threat

Many singers are also lyricists or composers and many play more than one instrument. Are you one of these gifted masters of creative multitasking? Is there any reason a singer should learn to play the guitar or keyboard and create their own material? Mark Elliott is a well-known Americana artist who is an accomplished singer-songwriter and musician. “Singing taught me …

Making Moments Full Of Shine – Part II

Last week you were directed to create three lists – your favorite singers, people you admire and all-time favorite songs. You were asked to jot down what it is that makes each song, singer, and person appealing. First take a look at the singers you selected. Do these singers have anything in common with each other? In what ways are …

Find Your Audience In Your Own Back Yard

The path to landing a recording contract or grabbing the lead in a Broadway musical is paved with often exhausting roadwork that requires discipline, determination and honing your craft. Once you find your voice you need to take it out looking for opportunities to grow in the light of an audience. Ideally you want an agent to do the legwork, …

From Stage Frights Of Frenzy To Focus And Flow

Remember how you felt that very first time you had to get up and perform in front of a bunch of strangers? You know, that queasy, acid-reflux, loosening of the bowels, the room is spinning, I think I’m going to throw up kind of discomfort that makes you want to either become invisible or simply run away as fast as …

Blasting Through Creative Blocks

We’ve all heard about writer’s block. You feel like banging your head against the keyboard hoping you might experience a breakthrough before you breakdown. In such seasons of silence it seems like no matter what you do to squeeze out some creative juices you don’t even yield so much as a seed. The truth is writers have not cornered the …

Should I Use Sex To Sell My Music?

A student recently asked me, “Is it necessary to use sex to sell my image in the entertainment industry?” Initially, I began to define ‘sex’ as being case specific. It is evident that sex holds an ever-present dominance in the entertainment industry and has for quite some time. However, the idea of what is acceptable and what is profane has …

Prince and Creating Spontaneity

From The Blog of Tom Jackson: The former guitar player for Prince was telling me about their rehearsals. If you’ve seen any video of Prince or seen him live, he goes off on jams that appear completely spontaneous. Sometimes they’re so off the wall, you wonder where they came up with the stuff they did! I asked him, how did …

Am I Good Enough To Make it in the Music Business?

Question: I was wondering how do I make myself confident, one minute I feel like I’ve got it and I am good enough to make it into the music business, but the next I feel like I shouldn’t waste my time. My mom is very up and down, but how do I stop listening to the people around me and …

Is Marijuana Good For My Singing Voice?

Question: Hello, we have a little bit of a problem here because our lead singer seems to think that smoking pot does not in any way affect his singing voice!!! Can you please let me know if this is true? We all have tried to tell him that it does affect your voice and that he needs to “can it” …