Classical background + Jazz/Blues + Dead Can Dance= Ariel Guidry After years of extensive vocal training, the best piece of advice I was given was “Don’t be afraid to sound ugly.” My voice is an instrument of freedom and feeling. One of purpose, grace and power. What life needs to be breathed into your project? I’m all ears!
Influences: Edith Piaf, Yuma Sumac, Etta James
Live musician and experienced studio vocalist with about 10 years of live vocal improv.
Expressive, warm, enveloping vocals with a wide dynamic range and control. My range itself has been described as a soprano with alto coloring. As for other ingredients, I listen well, love collaborating, and if required, I’m not afraid to get goofy. With a background in musical theater and years of working with children, humor and delight must always accompany pride in the work I do. So if your project needs an out-of-the-box touch, I’m your artist!
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Interview with Ariel Guidry
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I've had the utmost pleasure of recording background vocals for the artist J Hacha de Zola for a number of his albums. My first time working with him was for his song Blue Sky on Escape From Fat Cat City (2016). My voice is used in several songs on that album, but that song in particular was an exciting experience in creative chemistry. J Hacha is compellingly creative and completely out of the box. His approach is to invite a broad spectrum of sound then to have it take shape with Jerry Ramos, his producer and sound engineer. There were sounds I was able to produce and sonic stratospheres I could paint with that until then had only been achieved only in warm-ups. The freedom of creative space was an incredible gift that now I have in my own musical toolbox. For that, I am forever grateful.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Soulful & powerful dynamic range
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My songs are my babies, and when i work with muscians on my songs, expect my music to be treated with a collaborative respect. That collaborative respect is the same i extend to any project i work on for others. It's in that zone we truly learn from one another.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: My voice is much bigger than my body. Most people don't expect the sounds i make to come out of my frame, It's always a pleasant surprise. Don't judge a vocalist by her stature.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A solar powered recorder, music theory workbooks, notebook, tuner, kalimba
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Musician and performer my whole life, actively committed to this path for about 10 years.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Sia. I've followed her music for year; her work with Zero 7 is a huge source of career and creative inspiration for me. creative scope is vast and her songwriting is sharpy effective in expressing the complexities of human emotion. What really sticks out to me is that Sia's brilliantly collaborated with other artists and undeniably leaves her mark.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Blues, Indie, Electronic, Improv
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My ability to listen.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Dynamic vocals infused with soul
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Sia, David Guetta, Zero 7, Telepopmusik
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Background vocals, Harmonies, developing melody lines