Lydia Salnikova

Singer/pianist, GRAMMY nominee

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I've been a professional vocalist/musician/songwriter for 15+ years, I am a GRAMMY nominee, and I have recorded with the likes of Kenny Rogers, Bering Strait, Sir Christopher Lee and John Ford Coley. Throughout my professional career, my work has been heard on ABC, CBS, NBC, CMT, Animal Planet – and even in outer space!

I work in multiple genres: pop, rock, folk, country, alternative, dance and others. I specialize in vocals (lead and/or BGV), piano/keyboards, unplugged piano/vocal based recordings, string arranging.

Looking forward to hearing all about your project and to making some music together!

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  1. Review by thanusha
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    it wss an absolute pleasure working with Lydia.
    she was professional, proactive and efficient.
    quality of work is fantastic. i wish her all the best and i look forward to working with her with my future projects.

  2. Review by Mike C.
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    Always great working with Lydia. I love that I can just give her a basic idea and give her the artistic freedom to do what she thinks would fit best. The results are always spot on, perfect and beautiful.

  3. Review by Mike C.
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    I love working with Lydia. She's extremely talented and always delivers high quality and professional performances. I can't say enough great things. Thank you Lydia!

  4. Review by Mike C.
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    Lydia is an amazing musician and a true professional. I can't imagine working with anyone else. I fully trust her with my music and she never fails to deliver high quality work. Thank you Lydia!

  5. Review by John A.
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    She can sound like Sarah McLaughlin. Fast too.

  6. Review by Andre Galiano
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    Lydia recorded BGVs for a blues-rock tune of mine. HonestIy, I have never met a musician as talented, creative and committed as she is. We collaborated in more than 20 songs in the last 3 years (all reviews are below). She was always extremely professional, but also kind and super easy to work with. It's been a wonderful experience. I can't recommend her enough! She is now a fundamental part of my music and I can't imagine ever recording another album without her contribution. THANK YOU LYDIA!

  7. Review by Andre Galiano
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    Lydia totally nailed the BGVs for a rockier song of mine, again showing an unparalleled talent and timely deliver. For those reading these reviews, it's clear to see how repeatdily satisfied I've been with her work, collaborating one project after the other. She is fantastic.

  8. Review by Andre Galiano
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    Lydia recorded BGVs for another pop tune of mine, with incredible taste and super fast turn-around. The best there is!

  9. Review by Kostas F.
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    Working with Lydia was a pleasure. Her vocals were awesome in this first project I did with her. She is truly a professional, and a great musician. Her turn around time was awesome. I will definitely be working with her again on my next project. Thank you Lydia

  10. Review by Andre Galiano
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    This time Lydia recorded piano and BGV for a song of mine. Her take on the piano brought the song to a whole new level, in such a way that I felt compelled to rerecord some parts to better feature it. This only happens when you have an incredible musician working with you. It's indeed a gift! Please let her play freely, and her creativity and soulful taste will add a lot to your project, promise you won't regret it!

  11. Review by SA Central
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    This is my second time working with Lydia I'm hoping for many more. Lydia is not only an extremely talented singer but she is also very professional and knowledgeable in music application and knows exactly what is required for a perfectly executed song. She was able to deliver precisely what I was looking for!

  12. Review by Andre Galiano
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    Lydia recorded BGVs for a dance song of mine. She managed to keep it all pumping without losing the intimacy needed in some parts. Can’t recommend her enough. :)

  13. Review by Andre Galiano
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    Another track for which Lydia recorded BGVs for! This time an 80s-dance-pop tack like Roxette and Erasure. And she rocked it!

  14. Review by Andre Galiano
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    Another track for which Lydia recorded BGV for me. This time with a bluesy, soul feel. Again, there is no style she can't handle. Superb work as always!

  15. Review by Andre Galiano
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    Once again Lydia was able to overcome all expectations recording BGV and synth pad for song of mine. We've been working together for a while now and she still manages to impress me every time!

  16. Review by Andre Galiano
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    Lydia recorded BGV for my song "Still Believe". Our collaboration has evolved to a point in which practically no instructions are needed. She just do what she thinks fits the music, and I trust her completely. And it's always a pleasant surprise. This time she even went the extra mile adding additional voices, simulating a choir. My song now seems it was recorded in Memphis, with Aretha Franklin singing backup accompanied by a choir of angels. Lydia rocks!

  17. Review by Andre Galiano
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    I lost count on how many songs Lydia recorded BGVs for me. And I only hope we never stop working together! In this song "Leave Me Behind", a very uptempo tune, she managed to bring a harder approach, without losing the sweetness of her voice, which fit the song perfectly. There's no style she can't tackle. Simply put, she's the best.

  18. Review by Simon G.
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    Lydia used her exceptional vocal skills to fix a problem we had with a song that just wasn't coming together so well... and, now it does ! Great job from a pro singer who delivers your tracks just as you need them to drop in the mix. Thanks Lydia.

  19. Review by SA Central
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    I've funded about 20 projects on SoundBetter and Lydia is by far the best in all categories. She not only has a great voice, but is extremely efficient and diligent in completing her work. She was very accommodating with my tight deadline and was able to provide a professional product in half the time of many amateurs. She has a solid understanding of music application and will over-deliver to ensure a great sounding song. She knew exactly what to ask to make a perfect delivery. I want more!

  20. Review by Sotiris S.
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    It was a pleasure working with Lydia. She is a great singer with and a true professional. She has a huge knowledge of music but also the ability to get into the feeling of the song and deliver a great result as i imagined it.

  21. Review by Mike C.
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    I love, love, love working with Lydia. Having access to someone like Lydia to work on your music is amazing. Thank you so much!

  22. Review by D-Reck O.
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    Lydia has exceptional voice, was very efficient, and amazing to work with! She really knows how to deliver quality, emotional results. Definitely chose the right vocals for my song and I hope to work with her again in the future!

  23. Review by Neal Sabel
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    Lydia nailed the track in one, with great flavour and passion in her voice. Awesome! She also did it really quick, which is another big plus. She may definitely be one of my go to singers, in the future, as well.

    Neal

  24. Review by Neal Sabel
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    Lydia has a great voice and a true professional in terms of catering for the producer's needs. She's attentive, reliable and friendly. I would definitely recommend her and hopefully will be using her again for future song projects.

    - Neal Sabel

  25. Review by Mike C.
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    Once again Lydia delivers beautiful tracks and nails it perfectly on the first pass. I love working with Lydia and am very grateful to have met her.

  26. Review by Mike C.
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    I love working with Lydia. She's an amazing musician and always lays down perfect tracks, the first time.

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    Lydia consistently delivers high quality professional and beautiful tracks. Thank you Lydia!

  28. Review by Mike C.
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    Lydia is a talented and awesome musician. The quality of her sounds are second to none. Always a pleasure working with Lydia.

  29. Review by Mike C.
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    I truly love working with Lydia. She's an amazing musician and a super nice person. High quality work whether it's piano, keys, strings or vocals, if you work with Lydia, you will not be disappointed.

  30. Review by Sergei G.
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    Excellent work!

  31. Review by Andre Galiano
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    Another song that Lydia recorded BGV for me. Having her sing harmony and BGV in my album has been one of the best decisions I ever made. We started with a single song a couple of years ago and now we have collaborated in a full album - and more. She's an amazing singer. In this song she made it sound like Lennon and McCartney were singing backup vocals - just like "Because". Fantastic job.

  32. Review by Andre Galiano
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    Lydia recorded BGV for a rocking song of mine - very different and style from the previous ones and still she managed to rock it! Always a pleasure working with such a talented singer.

  33. Review by Johnny M.
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    Lydia is very fast, has great communication, is a fantastic vocalist and delivered exactly what I asked for. A real professional. Her harmonies to my song are way beyond what I expected. Very sophisticated. Thank you, Lydia,

  34. Review by Andre Galiano
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    Lydia recorded BGV and piano for a song on my new album. Again a tremendous job. Such a sweet and tender voice, with beautiful and subtle piano arrangements. Her take on my instructions is always better than what I initially had in mind. She lifted my song to the heavens!! Thank you, Lydia!

  35. Review by Mike C.
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    Lydia is great to work with. Super talented, total professional and fast turn arounds that are always perfect the first time.

  36. Review by Mike C.
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    Lydia is the best! No way I'd ever go to anyone else for piano or strings, AND she's also an amazing singer. She's a complete professional and should be your first choice here at Soundbetter.com.

  37. Review by Andre Galiano
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    Another fantastic job by Lydia. She recorded BGV for my new single, with emotion, good taste and superb quality. Thanks, Lydia!

  38. Review by Fabrice P.
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    For the 4th time, i worked with Lydia and as always, she gave me what i expected.
    Very pro and fast delivry !

  39. Review by Andrew L.
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    Lydia is a very accomplished piano player and plays with feeling.

  40. Review by Andre Galiano
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    6th song so far for which Lydia records BGV for me. She was amazing as always and this time we pushed it to new horizons, exploring gospel/soul influences, like a church choir, in the song. Fantastic!!! There's no limit for her talent. Thank you, Lydia

  41. Review by Andrew W.
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    Awesome result yet again . Lydia brings the magic to a song and takes it to the next level . Her high standard of professionalism and quality had been consistent on every job . So good

  42. Review by Andrew L.
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    Amazing singer :-)

  43. Review by Andrew W.
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    Once again quality work from a great singer . I must say the quality of the recorded vocal tracks that Lydia sends is of the highest standard . Lydia, s voice is the missing colour in my musical painting . more stars

  44. Review by Andrew W.
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    Such a pleasure to have Lydia sing my song , communication was fantastic and the performance was classy her voice is rich and dynamic . She has taken this song to a new level .
    6 stars

  45. Review by Alexander K.
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    Lidya is the best singer I have ever done my songs with!
    Unfortunately all the jobs with the backround vocals for that project are finished. I will be really missing this process!!!
    Lidya, you put a lot of love inside this album of the 19 songs.
    I do apreciate this work!
    Thank you very much! See you next project... To be continue...

  46. Review by Alexander K.
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    На данный момент Лидия записала бэк-вокал к 18 песням. Каждая из этих песен задышала новой жизнью и с новыми оттенками. Лида, вы замечательный вокалист и очень исполнительный человек! Счастлив с вами делать свою музыку! Благодарю! Осталась последняя песня из проекта The19, альбом Курок.

  47. Review by Alexander K.
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    Сегодня просто праздник какой-то! Фантастическая скорость исполнения заказа! Потрясающее исполнение! Обожаю делать песни с Лидией! Благодарю, солнце за океаном!

  48. Review by Alexander K.
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    Потрясающий вокал, пробивающий все щиты и прямо в сердце и до мурашей по коже! Сижу рыдаю от счастья! Благодарю, тебя солнечный человек!!! Может еще одну запишем? ;)

  49. Review by Alexander K.
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    Лидия - профессиональный вокалист. Она понимает, что нужно сделать с песней, чтобы она зазвучала. Потрясающее исполнение материала, всё прочувствовано. Очень быстрое исполнение заказа, коммуникабельность.
    Благодарю, за все предыдущие песни и эту и следующую!)
    Рекомендую работать с Лидией!

  50. Review by Alexander K.
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    Each time working with Lydia you receive the perfect result. She is the real great singer I can only recommend. Thanks a lot for another one song, Lydia!

  51. Review by Alexander K.
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    Another one song has been perfectly done by Lydia. I am happy again! Thank you very much!
    Лида, ты большой молодец! Песня получается просто красавица!

  52. Review by Alexander K.
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    Another one song has been perfectly been done by Lydia. She is a great singer understanding what to do. Thanks a lot!

  53. Review by Mike C.
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    Once again Lydia delivers a perfect track on the first pass. A true professional and an amazing artist. You can't go wrong by choosing to work with Lydia.

  54. Review by Mike C.
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    I worked with Lydia on my last project and as I begin my new project I can't imagine not having Lydia be a part of it. She's the ultimate professional and delivers great performances, right the first time. Whether you need vocals, piano or strings, Lydia should be your first and only choice.

  55. Review by Andre Galiano
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    My collaboration with Lydia is in its 5th song now - and she never ceases to amaze me. Such a talented singer! I can not recommend her enough. Thank you, Lydia!! You are one of my favorite singers in the whole world.

  56. Review by Andre Galiano
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    One more song for which Lydia recorded backing vocals for me.
    Super fast turnaround, extremely professional and zero instructions from my side needed, since she understands my work perfectly! Do work with her, you will end up always returning for she is nothing short of amazing. Thank you Lydia!

  57. Review by Andre Galiano
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    Lydia recorded BGV and piano for another song of mine. She is amazing! I want her in my band hahaha! The song had very busy arrangements and still she managed to fit the piano perfectly, helping create a "wall of sound".
    Super quick turnaround, professional as always and beautiful, beautiful BGVs. Thank you Lydia!!

  58. Review by Fabrice P.
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    It's always a pleasure to work with Lydia. She's a pleasant personn and an excellent profesional, she understood what i wanted very fast and provided me a excellent result.
    Don't hesitate to work with Lydia ... I'll do it again soon, for sure !

    -Fab (France)

  59. Review by Alexander K.
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    Lydia is a wonderful vocalist, precise, creative and executive. Moreover she is just a good person, very communicative.
    Another one song has been done perfectly!

  60. Review by Alexander K.
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    Another two songs perfectly have been done by Lydia! Thank you Sunny, very much!

  61. Review by Boris Z.
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    Lydia is extremely professional and easy to work with!! Thank you!

  62. Review by Eve G.
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    Everything Lydia does is to perfection! This is my second time working with her & I could not recommend her more highly!

  63. Review by Andre Galiano
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    This is the 2nd time Lydia recorded backing vocals and piano for a song of mine. She is fantastic! She understands projects very easily and is able to add a lot of creativity and magic of her own, taking my music to a whole other level. We're getting to a point where we don't even need instructions - I trust her completely!

  64. Review by Alexander K.
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    Another one song in ethno style has done. Lydia is a versatile singer! Awsome job! Thank you very much Lydia!

  65. Review by Alexander K.
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    Once again, I am convinced of the correctness of my choice in favor of Lydia. Recorded backing vocals for the seventh song with her participation. Thank you very much Lydia!

  66. Review by Alexander K.
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    Lydia does not just sing a song, she lives in a song. And this is independent of the theme and genre - she is the accomplished artist. See you soon.

  67. Review by Alexander K.
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    Lydia just has finished another one song in celtic genre for me. She knows how to paint the pictures I can see. Perfect performing, true feelings!
    Thanks a lot, Lydia!

  68. Review by Alexander K.
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    I like that Lydia can perform in any style I am writing. So I think she doesn't expect which song's style will be the next, but I know exactly that Lydia will be organic again. Thank you so much! She is really great!

  69. Review by Alexander K.
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    Lydia is a great singer I have ever worked! I was happy following my intuition and chose her for my projects. Thanks a lot!

  70. Review by Alexander K.
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    This is the second song, in which Lydia recorded the background-vocal. I'm happy that another one of my songs has become brighter and more beautiful. It always happens when you work with professionals. This time I gave complete freedom to the parties of the background-vocal and it works.

  71. Review by Alexander K.
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    I got the best result I've ever heard. Lydia is a professional in the world of music. The performance of backing vocals is intuitively felt. I had goosebumps during I listened to the result.
    Лидия, благодарю за сотрудничество!

  72. Review by Eve G.
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    Lydia is extremely professional and an absolute pleasure to work with! She delivered the first demo to me in under 24 hours! Her voice is so beautiful and she sings in such an honest and heartfelt way that really captures the emotion of the lyric. You can tell she is really feeling the song. I give Lydia the very highest recommendation!!

  73. Review by Johan S.
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    Exceeded all expectations. Immediate turnaround. Couldn't be happier.

  74. Review by Andre Galiano
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    Lydia recorded lead vocals and piano for a song of mine. Fantastic experience! She was super professional, easy to work with and communicate. Project was delivered quickly, with no revisions needed. Lydia, I am amazed and humbled by your talent. Thank so much and we will definitely work together again. :)

  75. Review by Ray C.
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    It always feels like a treat when I have a song for Lydia to do the vocals on, knowing that the project will be a pleasurable experience, but more importantly that the result will be excellent. Always a pleasure to be mixing such polished vocals.

  76. Review by Patrick L.
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    Working with Lydia was the best decision i could make. She has an amazing voice and clearly understood what i had in mind from my descriptions. Professional musicial skill, clear communication, great work attitude and quick delivery. Amazing experience!

  77. Review by Ray C.
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    Lydia is a gifted vocalist with a great work ethic. It's always a pleasure to have her perform on my material

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    Lydia is one of the most musically knowledgable and gifted vocalists that I have the pleasure of working with. Always professional and always delivers a top quality performance

  79. Review by Thanh H.
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    Lydia is very professional, talented and creative! I am very happy with the final product. Would strongly recommend her! Will work with her again for future projects!!!

  80. Review by Rick W.
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    Amazing voice and style that enhanced our song beyond expectations.
    Experience and energy got this project completed quickly. A great pleasure to work with. Lydia, hope to work together on another song in the future.

  81. Review by Johan S.
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    Lydia is awesome. She has great instincts. She's extremely efficient and professional. A pleasure to work with.

  82. Review by Mattia R.
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    Beautiful voice,so much talent and flawless precision. Great Lydia!
    Thank you very much

  83. Review by Ray C.
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    Lydia is not only an incredibly talented vocalist, but also really understands the music she's presented with and translates ideas into reality seemingly effortlessly. A rare and unexpected talent that I hope to have the pleasure of working with again in the future.

  84. Review by Mike C.
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    I really love working with Lydia. She always delivers high quality professional work. For this particular piece of music, I specifically asked for her opinion on what else it needed and her response and the tracks that she delivered were perfect! I never thought for a second that it would not be great, that's why I asked her!

  85. Review by Mike C.
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    I love working with Lydia. Responsive, professional and extremely talented. I always look forward to the next time we can work together. It's always a great experience and the work she does is perfect and beautiful every time.

  86. Review by Mike C.
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    I can't say enough great things about Lydia. I truly love working with her. Whether it's for vocals, piano or strings, she consistently delivers amazing work. I trust Lydia 100% with my music. I'll be forever grateful that I had these opportunities to have her be a part of the creation of these songs. I can't imagine them without her on them.

  87. Review by Mike C.
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    I really love working with Lydia. She's professional, really nice and has an amazing voice. The lead and harmony vocal tracks she did for this song were perfect on the first pass. You can hear the emotion in her voice. She perfectly went from soft to intense as the song required and nailed it. I could listen to her sing all day. Thanks Lydia!

  88. Review by Mike C.
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    I love working with Lydia. She delivers amazing work. This time she performed piano, bass, B3 organ and vocals. I gave her the basic song structure and melody and gave her the freedom to do what she does best. What she delivered was so perfect. She's an amazing musician and her voice is so beautiful! I can't wait for the next song. Thank you Lydia!

  89. Review by Mike C.
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    I really love working with Lydia. She is a total professional, extremely talented and really nice person. She consistently delivers amazing work. I can't wait to work with her again. Thanks Lydia!

  90. Review by Mike C.
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    Lydia once again delivered a perfect track that enhances the entire feeling of my song. I'm always impressed and very happy with Lydia's work. I can't wait to send Lydia another song for her to work her magic. Thanks Lydia!

  91. Review by Mike C.
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    I had the pleasure to work with Lydia again on an instrumental song and the experience was again great! Lydia is a total professional and a great musician. I'm very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with her twice now and will absolutely reach out to her again for all of my future projects. Thanks Lydia!

  92. Review by Mike C.
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    Lydia provided a string arrangement for my song and it was perfect on the first take. Beautiful arrangement and fit perfectly with the song. I couldn't ask for a better experience. A true professional and perfect Soundbetter artist. Thanks Lydia!

  93. Review by blake h.
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    Lydia has fantastic pitch, timing, and emotional interpretation of material. She follows instructions and has immense creativity, as well. Prepare to have your expectations exceeded if you employ her talents.

  94. Review by Steve S.
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    With Lydia's incredible resume, why would anyone use another vocalist? Lydia took on my difficult project when others wouldn't, and I could not be more happy with how my song turned out. Lydia finished the project in a few days, and our back and forth communication was wonderful.
    Working with a Grammy nominee was special for me.

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    Lydia is a game-changer. She is a professional - courteous, prompt, versatile, attentive, and intuitive. She completed the work flawlessly the first time and it was gorgeous.

Interview with Lydia Salnikova

  1. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  2. A: In my studio, I use: iMac Mackie HR824s, Logic Pro X studio software, Apogee Duet audio interface / mic pre, Baby Bottle mic by BLUE, Ivory by Synthogy as my go-to piano library, as well as LA Scoring Strings by Audiobro for strings.

  3. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  4. A: I was very proud to sing the part of Hildegard in "Charlemagne: By the Sword and the Cross" by Christopher Lee (2010). One afternoon, I got the call to do this duet remotely, without much information provided about the project. Recorded it that same afternoon. Only months later did I realize who that rich raspy voice I was singing against belonged to! It was a thrill.

  5. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  6. A: Getting to make music for a living. It's a joy and a privilege.

  7. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  8. A: Check out 2 of my articles published in SoundBetter "Tutorials": "Key your song well!" and "Are we in sync?"

  9. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  10. A: I work in multiple genres, such as pop, rock, alternative, dance/EDM, as well as country and Bluegrass.

  11. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  12. A: I see my main job as a musician/singer-for-hire in realizing the client's vision for their project. I check my ego at the door. I bring to the table 15+ years of recording experience, rooted both in Nashville music scene and my original classical music education.

  13. Q: What's your typical work process?

  14. A: First, I receive any and all materials and instructions from a client. I try to get as much guidance upfront as possible, to minimize revisions later. After I do the work, I send a reference mix for the client to review and approve. I allow one round of minor revisions, if needed. Upon job approval and project marked "complete", I finalize and deliver all tracks in WAV format specified.

  15. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  16. A: Most of the time, I get hired to record lead vocal tracks, background vocal tracks, piano tracks and string arrangements. I also produce/program full midi recordings for some of my clients, as well as offer songwriting/toplining services.

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Vocal sampler (5 clips)

I was the Singer in this production


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    Vocal sampler (5 clips)
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    Background vocal sampler (4 clips)
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    Piano and string arrangement
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    Topline writing (2 clips)
Terms Of Service

Clients may request one round of minor revisions after hearing my work. Typical turnaround is 6-7 business days. Singer rate includes 1 lead vocal and 2-3 background vocal tracks, and commercial use.

GenresSounds Like
  • Amy Lee
  • Sarah McLachlan
  • Alison Krauss
Gear Highlights
  • iMac
  • Mackie HR824s
  • Logic Pro X
  • Apogee Duet audio interface / mic pre
  • Baby Bottle mic by BLUE
  • Yamaha S90-ES
  • Ivory by Synthogy
  • LA Scoring Strings by Audiobro
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