Off the charts! Billboard Film and TV Music

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The Billboard Film and TV music conference was so intimate. It was easy to met many music supervisors and other serious music professionals. I also had one-on-one sessions and roundtable discussions. I received some great feedback on the single and album songs from top executives.

My favorite speakers were L.A. Reid and Christina Aguilera. Every panel was insightful, learning more about what people do and how they got to where they are. They are doing what we are doing, multitasking and staying open to creating opportunities they are passionate about.

I will do a separate post with the key highlights from the L.A. Reid, Demi Lovato and Christina panel. There were some nice takeaways.

My favorite part of the week was recording with my new Aussie music family who were visiting from the music division of Sydney Institute. Kerry Furlong brought a nice size group of musicians and artists from Australia to enjoy both the independent music conference and the Billboard conferences. One of the recording artists Katherine Vavahea won some free studio time at Fourth Street Studios in Santa Monica. G’la, an artist from the bay area, and I join them for background vocals at the studio. Those pictures are above as well.

We were thinking we probably should start the new international Spice Girls group. It was an honor to get to know and work with these talented and genuine ladies! Last week was very fruitful. Looking forward to visiting Australia and doing some touring abroad once the album is done.

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A wealth of Indie artist resources

There has been so much going on lately! Here is an overview below.

I performed at Skinny’s with Tiffany Parker last Wednesday. Thanks to Tyler Suard for organizing the night! We have some great shots below from the show.

Today I’m at the Billboard Film and TV music conference at the W Hotel. I’m volunteering with Songsalive! and look forward to building some relationships. Tomorrow are the one-on-one sessions to pitch and get feedback for “Live in the light” which is on my site. You can get a free download if you sign up for the e-newsletter.

Also, last week was the Independent Music Conference at Musicians Institute. It was so nice to meet other indie artists and attend a couple of the panels on mixing with Shelly Yakus and Ari Blitz, vocal performance with Steve Memel and Bill Pere’s workshop on songwriting. Very detailed and interactive!! In fact, if you’re reading this and you’re an artist/songwriter look up each of these people. They have a wealth of resources for indie artists.

Shelly and Ari created a mixing and mastering program for independent artists which is very affordable. Shelly has worked on albums for Tom Petty and other legends. You can get a 60 second preview before you pay. It’s competitive quality per the samples they played in the workshop. Crazy I can get their professional touch for cheap. I can’t wait to use it. Here’s the link: http://www.promasterhd.com/

Both Steve and Bill have special seminars geared toward helping indie artists as well.

On to the pictures…

Tiffany, Shai and me at Skinny’s Hollywood. That’s Kyle Bolden back there on the guitar. He’s ridiculously talented.

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Indie Music Conference

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Got to run to the studio to record. It’s time for a nap after all these events…

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Gratitude

Last Tuesday was my birthday so I had a play day. Don’t get me wrong I love to celebrate, but usually it’s a very vulnerable time of year as well. To get my mind off of turning another year “wiser,” I had a potluck jam session at my house. Along with the international cuisine, everyone brought so much love, support and talent in the room. I can’t tell you how many people have touched my life through their gifts and talents.

This morning I am staying close to those those thoughts and reading the notes they wrote on the gratitude tree which is still in my hallway. I can only imagine my roommate is probably wondering what time this year the presents and cards will be stripped from the walking area.

Think I will treat myself to a day of appreciation. Join me.

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The Local Rouge Painter

Met a couple of old souls near a coffee shop in Santa Monica and started talking about the world and random philosophical issues.

Apparently, someone is doing a movie on the behind the scenes life of this painter. He literally carries a paint brush around and wears a floor length jacket stained with various colors of dried paint. Reminds me of Songwriter Leon Ware’s talk on literally becoming your art!

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Caution! Artists at work

Why not test the pavement? Tiffany Parker, Tyler Suard and I teamed up and hit the streets of Hollywood in front of the Kodak Theater this week. We parked it right next to Darth Vader and Kobe Bryant on the strip and sang our songs. We had such a big crowd during original pop songs “All Falls Into Place” and “Green Room,” but it could be largely because Tyler was dancing his heart out, with shoes in hand. He was kidding of course, but I could barely breathe, much less keep a straight face. There’s video footage in the hands of many tourists. Once we break ground as artists, that footage is sure to resurface. Nonetheless, an amazing and fun filled day tag teaming the streets of Hollywood.

There’s something about street performing that thickens my skin. You’re completely free to do whatever and no one cares. They stop only if they’re interested and it’s not personal. But when a homeless man in a wheelchair comes up, kisses my hand and pours out the only change in his cup because he’s been touched through music, it is personal. What are you truly living for?

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