My name is Joan-Mary and I'm a professional studio singer since 2011, I'm based in Stockholm Sweden and I work as a songwriter and singer. I've study music and song techniques for 5 years on college/university and I've been taken private lessons in music production for several years.
I have my own music studio where I record all the vocals myself and then I send over clean vocals via dropbox. All I need from you is a finished song, with lyrics and a recording where you separate the instrumental and the ruff vocal in two files, also let me know the bpm.
My speciality is that my voice got various tones so I'm good at imitate other artists that you want me to sound like. Just let me know what's your reference artists then I record all vocals and send them over to you. I record leads, dubs, harmonies, choirs and adlibs if you want to. I can create my own harmonies and also put my own touch to the vocals if you prefer.
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Interview with JoanMary
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am a topliner for a bunch of released swedish songs which I'm very proud of.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A new song for an artist project.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I'm new here so I can't tell at the moment.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I'm delivering on the specified date
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love to sing! That's the best job I can have.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They do often ask me about my price if they want my vocals for more then one song and my answer for that is that I can of course give you a package price.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Very often do costumers think that I'm up for collaborations via the internet but I prefer that you go via my publisher if you're interested in a songwriting collab. I'm here as a studio singer/demosinger but if you want to hire me as a lyric writer or topliner I'm also interested.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I ask them about to be as specific as possible so that I understand exactly what they want their song to sound like.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: My advice to my customers is to always ask if the singer they hire has great contacts in the music business, cause we usually do. That could be a good way to get new contacts in the music business.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My iphone and some sort of solar generator to create electricity for my phone to be charged, a piano, my pillow, and a knife.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been a professional studio singer since 2011
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Pop, rnb with indie influences
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I want to write for Zara Larsson, Rihanna and Beyonce cause I love to write songs in that genre.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: My profession is singing, not production. I've got a lot of voice techniques tip but that's easier to show them live.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop with indie influences and rnb, I've also study a lot of jazz when I was younger, I've got a scholarship in jazz piano and singing.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My speciality is that my voice got various tones so I'm good at imitating other artists that you want me to sound like.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring my creative voice with well composed harmonies and beautiful choirs.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When I record vocals I start with a body and voice warm up, then I start to record the song in Logic after I've listened to it a couple of times. I start with the leads and then dubs and harmonies, I end the recording with some adlibs. Then I flatten everything and listen through every single file, solo, I use the manually crossfade and then I merge all the files into separate files. When I record I use the SLA-2A and SLA vocal setting but when I'm finished and are about to export all files as audio files I take out the plugs. Sometimes I use the Waves tune if it's needed, for the high harmonies for example.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a MacBook Pro, Focusrite Itrack solo soundboard, K240 studio AKG headphones and a Mojave MA-200 Microphone.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: There's plenty talented musicians out there! I'm inspired by people from all over the world, as a songwriter I love SIA, Max Martin and Johan Schuster, Tove Lo and others. Great voices are Rihanna, Beyonce, Ariana Grande which inspires me a lot.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Studio singing/demo singing