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.
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.
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.