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Are you a singer struggling to balance your life and a career in music? Are you curious about how other singers "make it" or how they've dealt with success — and failure? In this podcast, vocalist Valerie Day from the 80s band Nu Shooz interviews singers at all stages of their careers about what it takes to live a life in music. Please join us!
 
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This month’s guest on Living A Vocal Life is singer-songwriter, Stephanie Schneiderman. Blending elements of folk, indie pop music, Americana, and electronic music, Stephanie’s songwriting is often compared to artists like Imogen Heap, Regina Spektor, and Jem. As a singer-songwriter, her solo career began with a coveted spot in the Lilith Fair. Fro…
 
My guest today is Lachi. She is a force of nature — a whirling Diva with non-stop energy who sings, writes, produces, acts, and is visually impaired. As she says in her YouTube series, Off Beat: "I'm a black girl, going blind, just trying to stay fabulous. I'm here to motivate. I'm here to educate." And that she does. In the Dance, Pop-EDM world, L…
 
Josh Breckinridge is a triple threat, a singer, dancer, and actor, and he excels at all three. He's best known for his standout roles on Broadway and appearances on hit TV shows the Blacklist, Bluebloods, and FBI. Currently, he's a part of the Apple Original Films live filming of the award-winning Broadway hit, Come From Away, and will rejoin the c…
 
After a year of practicing alone, making music again with others is a joy. Yet, for many of us, rehearsal is a means to an end—a necessary chore to get to the main event — performing. What if rehearsals were something you looked forward to? What if they gave you energy rather than depleting it? What if they had the same potential as performance for…
 
My guest in this episode is Ara Lee James. Ara has a voice that can sing anything and a way with words that is truly transcendent. Her voice is powerful — in its strength and its tenderness. And I’m not the only one who thinks so. Music Presenter, Sue Svendsen, wrote, “Ara Lee is the best singer I’ve ever heard. Period. But what she does is more th…
 
The guest on this month’s episode of the podcast is Jeanette Jurado — one of the members of the multiplatinum-selling group Exposé. From 1985 to 1995, Jeanette, Gioia, and Ann ruled the Top 40, R&B, and Adult Contemporary charts in the US and throughout the world. Their albums garnered seven back-to-back Top 10 hits on Billboard’s US Hot 100 — more…
 
How a short 10-minute talk by Elizabeth Gilbert finally clarified my troubled relationship with music and the music business and why what I learned might be helpful to you too. Elizabeth Gilbert’s talk helped me to see that career and vocation are not the same things. A career is not the beating heart of the true self I already possess. It’s a part…
 
As a songwriter, Los Battey’s career has been extraordinary; he and his brother Steven have penned hits for artists like Madonna, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown and Bruno Mars. They’ve been nominated for a Grammy Award four times, winning in 2010 for their contribution to Madonna’s “Revolver” remix. The Battey brothers, or Jackie’s Boyz, the name they …
 
Singers love to sing. But sometimes, listening gets neglected. If you want to be a good listener (and a better singer), it’s essential to practice listening. In this solo podcast episode, you’ll discover how you can learn to listen more deeply to other singers, the world around you, and your own voice as a part of your vocal practice. Links: For fu…
 
My dear friend Duffy Bishop is my guest on Episode #14 of Living A Vocal Life. Duffy and I have known each other for a long time — 20 years, or maybe even more. Offstage Duffy’s a bit of a homebody, a creative maker who’s always drawing, painting, and sewing. You notice her when she walks into a room not because she tries to draw attention to herse…
 
My relationship with practicing is a love/hate kind of thing. I’ve tried a gazillion strategies over the years and tested some of them with my students. Here’s what I’ve learned about staying connected to why I practice in the first place and some strategies for finding the time to do it. Links: You can find me on: Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. …
 
This month’s guest on the podcast is Haley Johnsen. Haley first stepped into the spotlight in 2012 when she made it into the top 24 contestants on American Idol. Since then, she’s worked hard to make her way as an independent musician. She’s written hundreds of songs, released three albums and numerous singles, and traveled thousands of miles on to…
 
In this episode of the podcast, I’m excited to introduce you to my friend, jazz singer, and songwriter, Karla Harris. Karla has been singing professionally for over 30 years. She’s sung at jazz festivals, TED Talks, and is currently an artist in residence at Kennesaw State University where she teaches the next generation of jazz singers. Her new al…
 
What is style? And why is it important? When you’re learning to sing, you start by imitating others. But eventually, you want to be able to craft your own style, so you don’t sound like anyone else. After all, there’s only one you. Your body, your life experience, and your musical style and taste are unique. It’s also essential to sound authentic w…
 
This month’s guest on Living A Vocal Life is Bill Wadhams, one of the lead singers from the 80s synth-pop band, Animotion whose song Obsession landed in the top 10 in countries around the world in 1984. I’ve known Bill for years, but recently we had a chance to get to know each other better on a tour he’s dubbed, The Genius Insanity Tour, otherwise…
 
When you’re first starting out, your song list might only have a few tunes on it. Keeping track of keys, charts, and lyric sheets isn’t such a big deal. But later, when you have tens or even hundreds of songs to keep track of, if they’re disorganized, it’s overwhelming. Enter Google Sheets. They’re easy to use spreadsheets in the cloud. You can use…
 
January’s guest on the podcast is Holly Pyle, a singer who uses different musical styles and technology to create her own unique vocal sound and compositions. Holly was an opera major at Northern Arizona University when she stumbled upon a jazz choir audition. She fell in love with the genre, eventually completing her studies in jazz and psychology…
 
One of the most essential skills a singer needs to learn is how to use your voice correctly when talking. I've had many students whose vocal problems are related to the way they talk, not the way they sing: Teachers who yell to make themselves heard over a noisy classroom. Counselors and therapists who lower their pitch and volume to create intimac…
 
I first met Rindy in the early 80s when she and her husband Marv were riding the wave of their crossover hit Harden My Heart. After years of playing in bars across the Pacific Northwest as Seafood Mama, they had recently been signed to Geffen Records, changing their name to Quarterflash. During their time with Geffen, they had four songs that chart…
 
It's not easy when your body is your instrument. Other musicians get sick too, but their instruments don't wheeze or get clogged up with mucus when attacked by an infection. In this solo episode of Living A Vocal Life, you'll learn how to stay healthy during the cold and flu season, what to do when you're sick, and how to decide when it's time to c…
 
My guest on this episode of the podcast is actress, singer, comedienne, Susannah Mars. She has appeared in over 100 productions and is the recipient of six Portland Drama Critics awards and two Portland Music Theatre Awards. When I first saw Susannah perform in the mid 80s I was captivated by her ability to fully inhabit a role and her extraordinar…
 
In this solo episode of the podcast, you'll discover why it's important to have an inner compass, and how it can help your singing career. You’ll also learn how to find your North Star. For full episode show notes and a transcript of this episode, visit my website HERE. Come find me on: INSTAGRAM FACEBOOK TWITTER…
 
In this episode, I talk with my very first guest on the podcast, Moana Wolfgramm from the 80s band The Jets. I first met Moana when we were on tour together in 1986. She was just 12 years old, traveling around the country in a tour bus with her seven siblings. The Jets were on their first world tour which had started in 1985 after the release of th…
 
So, what does it mean to live a vocal life? How do you define and measure success? Is it money? Fame? How many followers you have on Instagram or Facebook? In this podcast, you'll get an unvarnished, truthful take from the people who have braved this road before you to create their own vocal life. We'll talk about the inner and outer game of music.…
 
You may be struggling to balance your life and a career in music. Are you curious about how other singers "make it" or how they've dealt with success — and failure? Do you wonder what their biggest challenges have been? Or how about what they’ve learned on their journey and what’s important to them today? Welcome to the Living A Vocal Life Podcast …
 
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