What's your 'promise' to your clients?
What do you like most about your job?
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
I like to work with clients that have a clearly defined structure and know what they want the singer to do rather than blurring the lines between session singing and co-songwriting credits on a song; creating the need for split sheets. I would ask a prospective client if their lyrics and melodies were written and/or mapped out in the song or if they could give clear direction on that note before I started the project.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
I've been a singer for more than 35 years. I have many years of specialized training, experience, and cultural flavor in the arts. I studied choral music, voice, piano, and diction growing up and classical music composition in college.
How would you describe your style?
I'm not "over-the-top", my vocals are an instrument within the piece or track. I've been told that my vocals are healing and warm. My style tends to be organic and intuitive to finding where I need to be in the song when I need to be there.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
I'm a fan of Erykah badu and Lady Gaga. I think they're great songwriters and unique vocalists.
What type of music do you usually work on?
I am a classically trained singer who is able to sing a wide range music genres, including: pop, house, Latin, blues, rock, folk, R&B, kirtan, etc. My most recent projects have been in the EDM, country/blues, and new age devotional genres.
What do you bring to a song?
I bring veteran experience to a song. I've been a singer for more than 35 years. I have many years of specialized training, experience, and cultural flavor in the arts. I studied choral music, voice, piano, and diction growing up and classical music composition in college.
What's your typical work process?
As a singer for hire, I would discuss the track(s) with the client via conference either online or by phone where we would go over the song and work out the track markings, lyrics, melody for me sing. At that time we would negotiate price and estimated work hours for the project and I would give an estimated turnaround for receipt of my flat vocal tracks to use for the client's song(s).
For songwriting my typical work process approaches a song by listening to it on loop to get the instrumentals in my head, then I feel inspired to sing ooh, oh, ah at some point until a melody sticks with me, and the then the lyrics usually come last.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I lease studio time.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I'm inspired by many music professionals, including: Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Keke Wyatt, Pink Floyd, Metallica, Colbie Caillat, The Cure, Janelle Monae, Indie Arie, Hector Lavoe, El Gran Combo, Celia Cruz, India, Marc Anthony, Don Omar, Prince, Sheila E., Fania All Stars, etc.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
The most common type of work I do for clients is singing for recorded and live music.