I recently had my first live recording and it was a blast. As you can imagine there were some hiccups right before the event and one of those was the fact that I lost my voice five days before the recording. We had been preparing for this day for six months, three of those months in active rehearsal and I couldn’t even sing during the final rehearsal. This was due to the fact that the week before I had multiple rehearsals and three major ministry engagements back to back- we didn’t plan it this way but this is what happened. With only days before one of the biggest moments in my singing career I knew I had to act fast.
I am a proud nerd and I immediately took to researching ways to heal my vocal cords.
If you're an indie artist I'm sure there is a part of you that can't wait to get into the studio, right? Here are a few tips for you to be able to slay your session!
My first time in the studio was terrifying and it took me almost three hours to sing a five minute song. My second time in the studio, I was so nervous that I cried and my teary voice could be heard on the recording...so I had to do the same song again, lol.
It's easy to think that it's all about the music; that everything comes down to how tight our vocals, BGVs (background vocalists), and musicians are. Sure, we understand that everything we do is about our Heavenly Father, but let's be real, we want to sound good and receive a great response from those we are ministering to. Sunday I celebrated #ilovemychurch month with Living Waters in Collingdale, PA. It was an honor and when the Pastor spoke to me after service, I was floored by one thing he said.
Here are three things I picked up from Sunday:
So, it's August and in some parts of the Country Summer is about to be over. Here in Maryland we have been experiencing some reDUNKulous (I know the word is, "ridiculous," but it's so hot I had to make up a word) heat. There are outside festivals, revivals and concerts taking place throughout September. Last year, I had a chance to meet Pastor Michael Heath of Living Waters Church in Chester, PA. The worship experience was EPIC! Seriously, Epic! However, with all the success and amazing worship, I ended up sick from heat exhaustion and I am completely at fault. I did NOT prepare to minister in the heat on Saturday and in making mental notes about how to do better the next time, I created a list of 10 ways to make your next outside ministry engagement a success.
So, I woke up this morning and realized that exactly one month ago I was in Atlanta prepping for my first national television experience! What an incredible experience to travel and share the airwaves with Dr. Kishma George and Evangelist Trina Seymour
As you can imagine for everything that went amazingly right, there were many things that went wrong (that's a story for another day, lol). I am grateful that everything that was right had to do with the television appearance. I'm going to share a few things that you can do to prepare for your first/next television experience!
As an artist, there is a certain joy that comes with making something from scratch and calling it your own. I mean, to see the creation and fulfillment of something that started off in your mind is an amazing feeling.
While it is always a point to make original music for the masses, there are times that you want to give your take to classic hit songs. Because we live in a world where anything is possible, you have the liberty to record a cover song and to legally make money from it.
So let’s review some elements to understand this process better.
I grew up in a house where music did not have an ethnicity, age... it was Kingdom music. At any given time you might hear, Shirley Caeser, Amy Grant, Vicki Winans, or Sandi Patty. Back then, it didn't matter to me if a song was classified as Gospel or Contemporary Christian, I was captivated by the lyrics and how they made me feel.
Hey you! I’m so excited about today’s post because it I love discovering natural ways to cure age old problems. Let’s face it, there are chemicals infused in everything nowadays and to put it frankly, “I’m over it!” So after dealing with an illness for the last four weeks that included a horrible cough, I ended up in the doctor’s office with a loved one yesterday. I was shocked…SHOCKED AND APPALLED I tell you to discover that a few teaspoons of honey helps soothe a cough. So, I know that was pretty dramatic, but it’s really how I felt when the doctor chose to, “prescribe,” honey as needed instead of a strong cough medicine.
It is imperative that Worship leaders take care of their voice. The position can be extremely demanding depending on the number of services one has to lead on a given Sunday or even through the week. Many vocal coaches suggest that singers should stay away from cigarette smoke, coughing and clearing your throat, and excessive and loud talking.
When you are an artist, there is nothing quite like being in your zone and making music that speaks to your soul. As songwriters, God has given us a unique gift of being able to share His Word with melody. While it is clear that the creative aspect of making art is the focus of most artists, there is another side that they may not pay much attention to all the time – the business aspect. This podcast focuses on the business of split sheets and how they help determine ownership.