LaVance Colley is a highly sought after session singer, and vocal arranger. His credits include singing, and arranging on John Legend's 2018 Christmas album, "A Legendary Christmas", singing and arranging the vocals on Queen Naija's single, "War Cry", singing BGV's for Shawn Mendes, singing on the TV show the VOICE, and Dancing with the Stars.
My services and specialization includes, vocal arranging any type of song my clients wants me to do, singing background on the song, and doing all of the harmonies from soprano to bass, and also singing lead vocals in many different styles from Jazz, Pop, Blues, Rock, and even Gospel.
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Interview with LaVance Colley
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common work I do for my clients are vocal arranging, and background singing on their songs after I have come up with the best tailor made arrangement for them.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I recently worked with John Legend on his Christmas album and we recorded 13 songs in two days. I thought it was absolutely amazing that he was extremely professional and proficient in getting what he wanted out of me. I have never recorded so fast and I want to be like that.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio set up is simple as I only do vocal arranging, and sining so I have a Bluebird SL Mic, Apogee interface, and my MacBook Pro. That is all I need and it gets the job done.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I first have the client send me the track they want me to arrange and sing on. I then come up with ideas according to what the song sounds like, and I then begin to arrange what I feel is the best version for the song. I then record the song and send it to the client to see if they like what I've recorded.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I know how to make a song come to life just by simply adding amazing harmonies, and catchy hooks that the client might not have thought of. Every time I work with a client, when I'm finished with the song, they say how much they love what I created, and how great it turned out.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is vocal arrangement, and lead singing on my clients songs.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually sing POP, R&B, EDM, and Gospel
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Make sure you're always listening to the details in a song, and always try to find a way to enhance what the music is already saying so when you add your vocals to it, the song comes to life. Its like icing on a cake!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Charlie Puth. He arrange, recorded, and wrote his entire album. I think his ear is absolutely incredible, and I would love to see what we would create in the studio together.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I believe my music style is trendy, and very new. Nothing I do ever sounds the same because I always make sure that I am listening to whatever song a client sends me and I try to find the hidden jewels within the song and then I arrange my vocals according to what I hear.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Since I was a child I have always wanted to be a singer and vocal arranger. I've been singing professionally for over 17 years and I do it full time. It's my passion, joy, and life.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My MacBook Pro, interface, and MIC! Thats all I need!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I would say just be open to whatever we create together. You're going to like what you hear so just trust the process and now that I will give you exactly what you're looking for.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I usually ask my clients what type of sound are they looking for, and is there anything in particular they want me to do? Sometimes a client already has a big idea and just needs a singer to help them get it out, and that is where I come into play. Other times a client has no clue and so I will then come up with amazing arrangement for their listening pleasure.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I think people think I do is very easy when it fact its not easy at all. It takes years of training, practice, and failure to get to a certain level, and when someone thinks, hey just do it, then I get frustrated.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: People usually ask me how did I come up with that amazing melody! I just say I take my time and listen to what then song is telling me and I then record it.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love the fact that I have the freedom to create. To be able to breath life into a song is a joy most people will never be able to experience and I am grateful I have.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise is that I will always give my clients the best of what it is I have to offer, and I will always try to get it done as soon as possible. I will be diligent in my workings with them, I will always try to make sure my client is happy with the finished product.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital! Thats all I've known, and I'm use to it so If it ain't broke, why fix it?
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes I would recommend Belle Johnson. She's an amazing singer, and vocal arranger, and we have worked together many times on different projects.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I just finished recording my new demo reel, and currently working on some new music set to be released later this year. Also doing lots of sessions in Los Angeles, and singing on different TV shows.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am singing on John Legends Christmas album, A Legendary Christmas, produced by Raphael Sadiq, and we recorded 13 songs in 2 days. John even came into the vocal both with me sometimes and recorded some of the BGV's with me. It was a surreal moment, and any, and every song on his album that has BGV's, I'm singing on.