Carrie Underwood Performs National Anthem at Bridgestone Arena for the Nashville Predators’ NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Game

Carrie Underwood surprised the crowd at the Bridgestone arena performing the national anthem for game three of the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Game. Wearing a No.

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5 Things To Think About For Your Next Cover

By Michael Corcoran  Original article found on DIYMusician.CDBaby March 29, 2017  Stop me if you’ve heard this one… “How does AC/DC (or insert some other legacy band) clear out the first 5

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Learn to Sing: Upper Body versus Lower Body Support

It’s easy to sing using your lower body. If you direct your air to your lower body then you will naturally use your lower body muscles to push that air

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Keep Calm and Be Prepared

In the real estate business it is often said that there are only three important words:  Location.  Location.  Location.  In the music business those words are:  Preparation.  Preparation.  Preparation. The

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NASHVILLE — Record labels would be able to yank their music off U.S. radio airwaves under federal legislation introduced on Wednesday. That means hits by Taylor Swift, Drake, Adele or Miranda Lambert

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CMR Exclusive: Getting To Know… Kaylee Rutland

From: countrymusicrocks.net “Kaylee Rutland and I worked together in 2013. I’m very proud of the singer she’s become.” Renee Country newcomer Kaylee Rutland recently released her latest single, “Pick Me Up.”

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7 FREE (OR CHEAP) MUSIC SOFTWARE PROGRAMS

By Blog.Reverbnation.comMusic and technology have become inseparable friends, and more and more often musicians are using software to create original music rather than doing it purely organically. But accessing that

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Carrie Underwood Celebrates 100th Performance At The Grand Ole Opry

Seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner and ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee Carrie Underwood celebrated her 100th performance on the Grand Ole Opry this weekend with four sold-out shows. Underwood made

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ARE FREE VIDEO VOICE LESSONS RIGHT FOR YOU?

By Renee Grant-Williams Fifteen years ago if you wanted to learn how to sing you had 2 choices, purchase a “how to CD” or work with a vocal coach. But,

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Marty Stuart Wants Johnny Cash Home Restored

Country singer Marty Stuart lived next to Johnny and June Carter Cash for decades in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Stuart said he is worried about what might happen to the property, which

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Cooking With Cole Campbell

Canadian singer Cole Campbell is in Nashville for the next month working with me on a vocal mentoring program. Here we are having a great time cooking dinner together. What

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Returning Student Marisa Chamberlain

I love it when past students come back to work with me; Marisa Chamberlain began to work with me in 2004. After a break from music she’s ready to take

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How To Use Facebook Events To Get People To Your Shows

Facebook pages seem to be less and less useful these days for promoting music, especially when we’re talking about your average independent band that doesn’t want to drop a bunch of

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​Lindsay Ell To Release Debut EP, WORTH THE WAIT

The ‘wait’ is almost over as former student and rising star Lindsay Ell reveales her highly-anticipated debut EP WORTH THE WAIT this Friday​Lindsay Ell To Release Debut EP, WORTH THE

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Rachel Horter Performs at The Row Tonight

The lovely and talented Rachel Horter will be performing tonight at The Row, located at 110 Lyle Ave, Nashville. Come out for a nice meal and wonderful music. 8:00 PM.

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6-Year-Old Drummer with Crazy Skills

Wanna guess what this little girl will be when she grows up? A drummer??? Check out this 6-year old drummer, Eduarda Henklein Baterista.  

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Why Dan Chose to Work With Renee

Retired from the Navy and currently working for Department of Defense Dan Petty wants to move forward toward his life-long goal of writing and performing his own music. Listen to

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Working With Bands

Working with a band takes a lot of work. You can’t just pick out a few players, get on stage and expect smooth sailing. You have to be invested in

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Silence Is Golden

Silence is a great way to give your listener time to digest what you are saying. This is especially important when you sing or say something unexpected, like “cyber space

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Practice Pays Off

“I’m so proud of this guy… in 4 lessons he has changed drastically, dramatically, totally… He’s been a stellar student, he studies and practices in between our lessons, what a

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Dirty Laundry

Happy Birthday to former student Carrie Underwood! Have you listened to her great use of consonants in “Dirty Laundry?” Love the L on Laundry! What’s your favorite Carrie song?

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Do You Know What To Expect When Performing In A Honky Tonk?

Singer/student Tyler Bailey and I talk about performing at Nashville’s #1 honky tonk, “The World Famous Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.” It’s not all fun and games. What do you think your

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What does singer Brett Eldredge think he’s good at?

What does country singer Brett Eldredge think that he’s good at? Well, I think he’s a mighty fine singer and seems to be having too much fun in this video.

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What Solo Artist Has the Most Grammy Awards?

Would you be surprised to know that Stevie Wonder has the most Grammy awards for a solo performer, 19 to be precise? I’m not. Listen to the way he uses

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Older Voices Making A Vocal Statement

Renee and Bob Marshall Ten years ago my students usually ranged from 16-30 in age. Anyone over the age of 30 was basically considered too old to start a successful

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Can You Relate?

Are you or someone you are close to a musician? Can you relate to this story by David Ackert with the LA Times? I would love to know what you

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Valentine’s Day Challenge

Do you remember celebrating Valentine’s Day when you were a child? I remember cutting a hole in a shoe box then covering it with foil and hearts so that my

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Blogged Down

_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ I’m usually three to four weeks ahead on writing my blog articles. But things have gotten away from me and I find myself blogless. On top of that I

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CAN YOU HACK IT AS A PERFORMING ARTIST?

Are you are looking for a professional career as a singer? By that I mean are you planning to support yourself and a family as a performing artist? If the

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THE EYES HAVE IT

One of the most basic things a new singer needs to learn about live performance is to make sure they keep their eyes open. It’s natural, I suppose, to occasionally

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RENEE TO BE A GUEST ON THE PRODUCERS ROUND TABLE

Renee will be a guest on the Producers Round House this Thursday, 8 December at 8:52 AM. We hope you will tune in to listen as she speaks about her

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WHAT GENRE AM I?

Like most people, I love and I have sung all kinds of music, rock, pop, opera, classical, country and jazz. But if asked about my “genre”, I identify myself hands

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5 TIPS TO MAKE YOUR FIRST RECORDING A SUCCESS

A student of mine recently went into the studio to record for the first time. As he shared his experience with me I realized it would make a great blog

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QUICK GUIDE TO BETTER BREATHING

If you get the breathing right everything else will fall into place. Here’s a Quick Guide to Breathing that you can refer to so you can be sure you are breathing

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DEFENSIVE MOVES KEEP FOOTBALL FANS’ VOICES IN PLAY

Have you ever considered the massive number of people they can pack into a football stadium like Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor? The largest stadium in North America holds 107,601

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A SINGER’S INTERVIEW: 5 PERFORMANCE TIPS FOR GOOD RESULTS

Preparation for a singer’s interview is how a successful performer can play an active part in the promotion program designed by the team they have chosen to represent their interests.

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A FULL-TIME MUSICIAN

If you ask any full-time artist, they’ll probably admit that their daily schedule is an ever-changing, overwhelming wild beast that can’t be tamed. As someone who has been living as

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HAPPY CHEESEBURGER DAY!

What I really wanted to collect was Picasso painting, but I found out I  couldn’t afford them. So, I decided to collect cheeseburgers, extra pickles, NO onions! My humble collection

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SCREAM MUSIC SINGERS — PROTECT YOUR VOICE

A scream music singer walks into your voice studio asking for help. Now considering you’ve spent the last 20 years imploring singers not to scream, what do you do? While

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TAKING MUSIC WHERE IT MATTERS

I thought you might enjoy this article by one of my students, Corinne Parrish. New singers are always asking me where they can play out. Corinne will most likely never

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8 KINDS OF PEOPLE YOU NEED TO MEET IN YOUR LOCAL MUSIC SCENE

Posted by Guest Blogger on Jul 18, 2016 in:Music Career Advice This is a guest post by Hugh McIntyre, which originally appeared on the Sonicbids Blog. When you’re just starting out, there’s

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5 PROFESSIONAL AND PRAGMATIC TIPS TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR PERFORMANCES

Image via flypaper.soundfly.com This article originally appeared on Soundfly Whether we’re firing up the van for a coast-to-coast tour or showing up for our first open mic, we as performing musicians must hold ourselves to

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TECHNIQUES FOR SINGING – TRY A VOCAL LESSON

Techniques for singing can be improved substantially by scheduling a vocal lesson with a reputable voice coach. How do you know if you need help and when? It’s a good

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5 THINGS THAT SEPARATE CAREER MUSICIANS FROM HOBBY MUSICIANS

Music is something that’s enjoyed by all kinds of people around the world. These people are split by those who enjoy listening to music and those who also enjoy making

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THINGS I WISH I KNEW ABOUT THE MUSIC BUSINESS

Just about a year ago, I started doing this music thing professionally, and launched my first company. I was 20 years old, overly enthusiastic and had absolutely no clue what

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SINGING JOBS FOR BEGINNERS

I don’t have to tell you that singing jobs can be very difficult to come by. There’s a lot of competition. But, they are out there, you just have to

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TROUBLE SINGING? BREATHING CREATIVELY WILL HELP

Having problems singing? Breathing may be the first issue you want to examine. We all know that we need to move some air in order to sing, but why are

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LEARN TO SING WITH A MICROPHONE

Microphones have a god-like ability to make us, or at least our voices, appear to be larger and grander than life-size. How else would Jewel’s intimate voice reach out beyond

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THE INTROVERTED MUSICIAN’S GUIDE TO PERFORMING

Being a musician involves wearing many hats. Most great musicians have mastered the art of both practicing their chops alone, and displaying those chops in front of large crowds. As

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LEARN HOW TO SING T AND D

How can a singer learn to pronounce T’s and D’s without sounding like a snob? You may have never thought this would concern you. But there it is — something

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3 AREAS OF NETWORKING THAT SUCCESSFUL ARTISTS MASTER

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. You’ve heard this worn out cliché before. Now, I won’t disagree (that much) with it, but I will say that we

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WHAT ARE SECOND-HAND SONGS?

Have you ever shopped at a Goodwill store, or any other second-hand shop? Even if not, you can imagine, especially those in the more affluent parts of town, Goodwill can

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ARE DAIRY PRODUCTS SCREWING UP YOUR VOICE?

If you sing, you have probably experienced that feeling of sticky mucus accumulating in your throat. It is annoying, uncomfortable, and can be a real pain in the ass if

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8 EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO SELL YOUR MUSIC ONLINE

I’m often asked if I have any suggestions as to where/how my students can sell their newly-completed albums. I thought this article by Joy Ike had some great information. Guest post

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AUDITION ANXIETY: ARE NERVES GETTING THE BEST OF YOU?

In response to my email asking what you would like me to address in my blog, audition anxiety was one of the top requests. I hope this blog article helps

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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FLYING WITH YOUR MUSICAL INSTURMENTS

United Breaks Guitars Dave Carroll and his band, Sons of Maxwell, went viral and got even with their song “United Breaks Guitars.” If you’ve not heard this catchy tune about

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TIPS FOR SURVIVING A FOUR-HOUR SET PART 2

A few weeks ago I asked my readers what they most wanted to learn from me. The #1 request was how to survive a 4-hour set with your voice still

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TIPS FOR SURVIVING A FOUR-HOUR SET PART 1

I asked my readers what they most wanted to learn from me. The #1 request was how to survive a 4-hour set with your voice still intact. So let’s get

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7 SIMPLE BUT EFFECTIVE STEPS TO REACHING YOUR MUSIC CAREER GOALS

A while back I (Bob Baker)  posted this question on Facebook and Twitter: What’s the #1 Thing That Keeps You From Reaching Your Music Career Goals? I received a flood of

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VOCAL MINI CLINIC SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 19, 2016

UPDATE: MARCH 19 CLINIC SOLD OUT–ADDITIONAL DATE SET FOR APRIL 2   Saturday, March 19 (SOLD OUT)  is the date. Vocal Mini Clinic is the event. Only 6 Spaces Available SECOND

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INHALE. EXHALE. REPEAT. RIGHT?

  We all know that we need to move some air in order to sing, but why are the particulars so important? What’s the big deal with breathing? You would

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EIGHT THINGS THAT SHOULD BE IN EVERY BANDS DIGITAL PRESS KIT

There are many different kinds of people that will be visiting your website, but likely for different reasons. These include your current fans, potential new fans, as well as media,

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ELVIS: ENTERTAINER OR EDUCATOR?

Had he lived Elvis Presley would be 81 years old this week. After all these years it might seem that there would be little new to learn about him, but

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SYNC LICENSING FOR INDIE MUSICIANS

There are a lot of musicians who dream of scoring a sync license. I mean, who wouldn’t want their music on the big screen in front of tons of people?

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CHOOSING THE BEST SONGS TO SING

  How do you go about choosing the best songs to sing — the ones that define what you are about and why? There’s no way MapQuest can tell you

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WANT TO HAVE A CAREER IN SINGING?

A career in singing demands fierce and focused dedication from those who dare aspire to succeed. The average person has absolutely no idea how much hard work it takes to

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THE VOICE: WHICH CANDIDATES’ ARE BEST AND WHY

Renee Grant-Williams weighs in with her opinion on the vocal qualities of the top-running GOP candidates in this article on LifeZette.com; a website founded by Laura Ingraham. Laura is the

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6 WAYS TO EARN MORE MONEY FROM YOUR MUSIC ON YOUTUBE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

This article by Chris Robley was featured on The [DIY] Musician CDBaby I think it has some great information to help you  earn more money on your YouTube during the holidays,

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MAJOR VS INDIE WHAT REALLY HAPPENS WHEN YOU SIGN A RECORD DEAL

As the recording industry continues to battle against the steady decline of physical album sales, and now steady decline in digital album sales, it can be difficult as an independent

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5 TIPS FOR CHRISTMAS CAROLING

Caroling Christmas singers can bring great joy not only to those for whom they perform, but to themselves as well. You don’t have to be a trained singer to sing

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“YOUR SONGS DON’T ALL SOUND THE SAME, SO WHY DO THEY LOOK THE SAME ON STAGE?”

Eight music performance concepts you should apply to your live show today. Last weekend at CD Baby’s DIY Musician Conference, we got to watch live music producer Tom Jackson give The New York Rock a

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LEARN TO SING: TRY JOINING A CHORUS

Want to learn to sing, but can’t find the extra cash to take vocal lessons? There’s a wonderful learning resource out there that you should explore. It’s organized by trained

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4 WAYS EVEN THE SHYEST ARTISTS CAN DEVELOP THEIR ONSTAGE PERSONA

  Artistry itself is a tough egg to crack. A lot of artists are protective of their work and even a bit private with it. It’s their baby, something they

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A SINGING CAREER IN YOUR FUTURE? LEARN TO PLAY AN INSTRUMENT

  If a singing career is your goal, while you make a commitment to pursue a professional singing career, you should also make a commitment to become a multi-instrument player.

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6 SNEAKY LITTLE WAYS TO BECOME A BETTER MUSICIAN (THAT DON’T INVOLVE PICKING UP YOUR INSTRUMENT)

If you’re only working on music when you’re in the studio or in your band rehearsal space, you’re missing out on tons of opportunities to become a better musician. Sneaking

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SINGING TIPS FOR SONGWRITERS

  Many songwriters have told me that, even though they are not interested in a professional singing career, they would like to learn to sing their own songs well enough

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WHO’S DRIVING THE BUS?

I received several questions from parents about their children and a career in music. Now, I don’t have children but I realize I’ve actually had thousands of children as students

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SOUND AS YOUNG AS YOU FEEL– AGELESS VOICE POWER FOR SINGERS

Perhaps “you are as young as you sound” should get equal billing with “you are as young as you feel.” It’s commonly accepted that a health and exercise regime will

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WHY ARE SO MANY MAJOR ARTISTS PLAGUED WITH VOCAL ISSUES?

Many factors come into play in the never-ending battle to keep a singer’s voice healthy enough to withstand the “ravages of the road.” Most major artists like Tim McGraw, Adele,

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HIGH NOTES: EXPAND YOUR VOCAL RANGE

  To expand a singer’s vocal range singers must be prepared to explore every trick in the book. Everyone wants to hit better high notes. And there are many who

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WHAT THE HECK ARE DIPHTHONGS?

Have you ever wondered just what a diphthong is? This new YouTube video explains what diphthongs are and how you need to sing them. I hope you’ll take a moment

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SINGING KIDS – DOES YOUR CHILD HAVE STAR POTENTIAL?

  Singing kids. Do you have one? I mean one of those kids who just won’t stop, who goes around singing to themselves or to anyone they can trap and

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13 DOS AND DON’TS OF OPEN MIC

This article written by Robin Yukiko and featured on @BandZoogle is a bit old but the information is still current. I hope you’ll take a moment to read it. After

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JUDGING AT THE CHARLIE DANIELS TALENT ROUNDUP

Looking through old students I found this photo of when I first met Charlie Daniels. I was a judge for the Charlie Daniels Talent Roundup contest. After naming some of

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LEARN HOW TO SING: WHY SINGERS SHOULD WARM UP THEIR VOICES

Warming up your voice in public can be embarrassing. In this video Renee Grant-Williams speaks with gospel singer Christy Sutherland about loosing her voice while singing until she began to

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THE INS AND OUTS OF HIRING A UNION PLAYER FOR A SESSION

By: http://bobbyowsinski.blogspot.com/ If you are planning to go into the studio to record anytime in the near future you might want to check out this article by Bobby Owsinski. It

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SINGERS’ AUDITIONS – WHAT DO THEY MEAN?

Singers’ auditions can be fun and exciting or they can be brutal. But until you become a household name, auditions are inevitable in a number of wide ranging situations. Some

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TIPS FOR HIGH NOTES

Concerns about vocal ranges are not to be taken lightly. A singer’s high notes are like gold–they’re the singer’s “bling.” But they often come at a cost; a singer can’t

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WORKING HARD THIS SUMMER

I’m so very excited! I’ve been working hard on two new projects. One of them is this brand new website. Explore it and let me know what you think. And

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SINGING ON AMERICAN IDOL

Singing on American Idol will be coming to an end after this current season. American Idol, X-Factor and America’s Got Talent are like tuition-free classrooms for up-and-coming singers. In fact,

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12 WAYS TO GET MORE FACEBOOK LIKES (AND ENGAGEMENT) FOR YOUR MUSICIAN PAGE

I can’t tell you how often a friend will ask me to listen to their music but when I go to their Facebook page, they have NO music! In fact,

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FREE SINGING ONLINE LESSONS – GOOD IDEA OR FUTILE FANTASY?

Free singing online lessons initially sound like a perfectly sane concept. And indeed, they could be just the thing for those singers who don’t have easy access to an urban

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HAVING A VOICE PROBLEM?

A voice problem could be the first warning sign to the singer that there might be trouble ahead. A singer’s livelihood depends on having a healthy set of pipes. It’s

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HOW TO SCORE AN OPENING ACT OR SUPPORT SLOT AND EXPAND YOUR AUDIENCE

One way to expand your audience is to serve as a support or opening act for a better-known artist on multiple tour dates or one local show. These are choice

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