OPERA to ROCK to INDIE "faerie" I sing it ALL!! With a huge vocal range; Coloratura Soprano to Lyric Tenor!
I'm known by recording folks as "One Take Onyie". That is to say I'm a proficient musician that doesn't take long to understand the concept and provide it.
I LOVE HARMONIES! I can do simple but I can layer like a BEAST as well! I love doing vocal arrangements and they come to me easily so they don't take very long.
I'm a bit of a goofball and super easy to work with as well. I am a musical theatre performer, jazz singer, songwriter, opera singer and choral singer. I've done it and do it all. I also know IPA through which I'm able to sing in different languages even if they're not familiar to me. Give me phonetics and I'm good! I also teach voice with a background in Vocal Pedagogy and do voice-over work (World of Warcraft, Amazon, Etc).
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Interview with Onyie!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: It's really all over the place but one thing that's been growing is providing harmonies. I'm really great at hearing, creating and arranging harmonies and I do it quick.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Well, too many, lol! But first things that pop in my head are Sia, Joni Mitchell, Mark Ronson, Snarky Puppy, Jill Scott, India Arie, Pharrell, Chris Cornell... the list goes on. Even some of my music engineer buddies inspire me!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Currently it's a basic home studio that is great, but I also have access to some great quality studios in NYC through friends.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Like I said in my bio, I enjoy what I do so I have a good time while I work, but I'm also professional and focused. I get work done fast, not because I'm sloppy or lazy but because I'm efficient. I also have a high bar of expectation for myself.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Spirit. I'm super intuitive and I've always looked up to singers who were/are great interpreters. Even if they don't write the song themselves they sing it as though they did. That's the way I approach EVERY song. I can connect to pretty much anything as long as it's human, y'know. (I'm not a hippy, I promise! Lol)
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Range and memory/ear-training. I have a huge range and I can pick up a song quickly. I can sight-read music anyway, but often I'll just be given a sample of the melody or someone will simply sing it to me and I get it pretty quickly.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Not really ONE type, but I can belt and "wail" which is not super common (not in an aesthetically pleasing way at least) so people like to take advantage of that. Also I have a really specific feel for jazz that's been compared to Ella Fitzgerald (agility) and Sarah Vaughn (lower range).
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: As a vocalist that studied sound for a bit I would say all vocalist should do the same. It helps immensely with speaking the language and being understood. Which means less wasted time.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Sia. I've followed her career for going on 17 years and I'm a huge fan. Her style, her lyrics and phrasing, her ability to shift musically and still be authentic, the lush harmonies she's not afraid of... I just love it all. And all those things make her music gorgeous for her as well as other artists that sing her songs.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Vocal. Just willing to try anything with the voice! I am so intrigued with the far reaching capabilities of the voice which I think is why I sing in so many genres and styles. It's all so exciting.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My path has been varied but always musical. Be it studying Opera in college on a competitive music scholarship, or switching majors to study Musical Theatre. I started teaching voice in college and still do. I've been the lead singer in a 90s-ish rock cover band and was just half of a jazz duo. I've performed on cruise ships but I also was in the Broadway national tour of Rent and Cirque Dreams. I've been doing this for about 20 years.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't be afraid to be picky. I'm detail oriented myself and hold myself to a high standard. And I'm worth every penny for that reason!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I do a lot of listening so questions usually arise organically in response to what I've been told.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I hate to be "that guy" but sometimes there's an assumption of my limitations as a singer due to my race. I know, I know, but it's true. When I say I was a lead singer in a band that did Pearl Jam, Radiohead, STP and RHCP covers, I'm not joking!! And I also do Sixpence None the Richer and Cranberries covers too. Yes, all of that!! But, yes, I can also give you Aretha and Chaka Khan.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Doing it. They say if you do what you love you won't work a day in your life. 'Tis true.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Efficiency and professional work.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I don't really have a pref as a vocalist but I appreciate both their benefits based on the style of the music.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My EP, Broadway auditions and voice-over gigs.