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If you are a professional singer, want to know how to make singing a career, or just love stories from singers on the road, then “The Working Singer” is the show for you. On this show host Jamila Ford chats with professional singers about how they make a creative living in the music business, their life lessons, and advice to other singers. Also discussed is vocal health and technique, performance anxiety, vocal coaching and pretty much all things vocal.

If you are a professional singer, want to know how to make singing a career, or just love stories from singers on the road, then “The Working Singer” is the show for you. On this show host Jamila Ford chats with professional singers about how they make a creative living in the music business, their life lessons, and advice to other singers. Also discussed is vocal health and technique, performance anxiety, vocal coaching and pretty much all things vocal.
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If you are a professional singer, want to know how to make singing a career, or just love stories from singers on the road, then “The Working Singer” is the show for you. On this show host Jamila Ford chats with professional singers about how they make a creative living in the music business, their life lessons, and advice to other singers. Also discussed is vocal health and technique, performance anxiety, vocal coaching and pretty much all things vocal.

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Episodes

Tamara Bubble (Singer/Rapper/Music Licensing)

5/20/2019
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A true “working” sniger in every sense of the word. Singer/rapper and CPA Tamara Bubble is killing it in the music licensing game. We chat about her journey into music, what making it means to her, and how her day job helps her focus on her music. Tamara and I met in Cathy Heller’s Access Music Licensing Course and in less than a year Tamara was already speaking on music supervisor panels, had seven of her song licensed on BET’s Hustle in Brooklyn, and synced a song on the trailer for the...

Duration:01:05:32

Laura Jane (Enrique Iglesias, Teena Marie, Aerosmith)

5/13/2019
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Laura Jane opens up about how her gig with Enrique Iglesias almost didn’t happen, the balance between being a singer for hire and being an artist, and what she learned working with the late, great Teena Marie. She also discusses mentoring young artists and her upcoming workshops. Join my newsletter & download your "Singing Lessons" freebie here! Learn more about today’s guest and get episode show notes at http://www.theworkingsingerpodcast.com. Learn more about your host Jamila Ford at...

Duration:01:22:20

Veronica Puleo (The Replicas Music & Productions)

5/6/2019
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Veronica Puleo, co-owner of The Replicas Music in Los Angeles, CA, discusses how she started her five star music and production agency. She also chats about how she generates business, nurtures relationships, and what her criteria is for hiring singers and musicians. We also touch upon what is pro behavior at gigs and why an agency should have a strong contract with a client. Learn more about today’s guest and get episode show notes at http://www.theworkingsingerpodcast.com. Join my...

Duration:01:11:28

Gerald White (The Simpsons, Glee, Session Singer)

4/29/2019
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Gerald White is one of the most successful and in demand studio singers and vocal coaches in Los Angeles. You’ve heard his voice on Glee, Toy Story 3, The Simpsons and Avatar, just to name a few. He chats about how advice he almost didn’t follow lead to his thriving career as a session singer, his popular sight singing workshop at the SAG-AFTRA building, and his philosophy on the value of being a teacher. Join my newsletter & download your free "Singing Lessons" freebie here! Learn more...

Duration:01:03:31

Genevieve Goings (Disney, Choo Choo Soul, Children's Music)

4/22/2019
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Genevieve discusses navigating her role as a producer of children’s music, the importance of singers having basic engineering skills, and the value of collaboration. Genevieve Goings is one of the most recognizable voices in Children's Entertainment. With over a decade as the star of Disney Junior's "Choo Choo Soul;" an upbeat, urban music video show, Genevieve's career has grown and is now reaching a second generation of fans. Combined views of content featuring Genevieve on Youtube has...

Duration:01:12:34

BONUS Episode! - Felice Hernandez (Empowered Singer Workshops Series)

4/18/2019
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Felice Hernandez (Neil young, Josh Groban, Michael McDonald) chats about the Empowered Singer Workshops series held in Los Angeles, CA. The series offers a supportive environment for singers to enrich their skills with workshops like Career and the Authentic Self, Percussion for Singers, Cover Band 101, Harmony at Play, Social Media Marketing, Get Paid: Negotiations & Contracts, Movement for Singers and more. Learn more about today’s guest and get episode show notes at...

Duration:00:28:16

Pat Whiteman (Amanda McBroom, Carol Hall, Cabaret Artist)

4/15/2019
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How uncomfortable does a situation have to be for us to finally pull ourselves out of it and live out our purpose? Cabaret artist Pat Whiteman (Amanda McBroom, Carol Hall, Musical Performance Workshop) reveals what finally made her trust her life and take the leap and into being a full time singer. She also gives her insights on why workshops are important for an artist’s growth, her own process for developing her shows, and her observations on reality singing competitions. Pat has...

Duration:01:28:29

Felice Hernandez (Neil Young, Josh Groban, Michael McDonald)

4/8/2019
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Felice Hernandez chats about her Empowered Singer workshop series, being authentic as an artist, choosing the right gigs for you, and why you should always put your best foot forward. Learn more about today’s guest and get episode show notes at http://www.theworkingsingerpodcast.com. Learn more about your host Jamila Ford at http://www.jamilaford.com. Join my newsletter & download your "Singing Lessons" freebie here! Join The Working Singer Podcast Facebook Group and let's continue the...

Duration:01:20:41

Jamie Chamberlin (Stewart Copeland, LA Opera, "Forever Marilyn")

4/1/2019
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Can you separate the singing voice from the human being? What is the connection between trauma we experience in daily life and difficulties we experience with our singing voice? In this episode, Opera singer Jamie Chamberlin speaks candidly about these subjects. She also discusses her work with Stewart Copeland (The Police), her relationship with her inner critic, body shaming in the music industry, the emotional toll of having a vocal injury, and much more. Learn more about today’s guest...

Duration:01:40:28

Connor Smith (Dcappella, Disney, Session Vocalist)

3/25/2019
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What if you had to choose between embracing your true self and having the career you spent years building? Los Angeles-based performer, studio vocalist, arranger and composer, Connor Smith answers this question, discusses getting work as a session singer in Los Angeles, and what it means to have his compositions published. As a touring artist and vocal director, Connor has performed throughout all of the United States and is regularly seen in live shows at the Disneyland Resort and...

Duration:01:01:38

Carol Hatchett (Tina Turner, Sheila E., Bette Midler)

3/18/2019
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How do you go from majoring in communications to touring the world as a one of Bette Midler’s Harlettes? Carol Hatchett chats about what she learned working with the likes of Bette Midler, Tina Turner and Sheila E., what compelled her to move from Chicago to Los Angeles, and golden wisdom she gives to her own students. Learn more about today’s guest and get episode show notes at http://www.theworkingsingerpodcast.com. Learn more about your host Jamila Ford at...

Duration:01:10:51

Kacee Clanton (Joe Cocker, Big Brother & the Holding Co., Luis Miguel)

3/11/2019
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How do you go from working a day job as a legal assistant to spending almost two decades playing Janis Joplin on broadway? Kacee Clanton answers this question and more, revealing what she learned working with Joe Cocker, how she’s overcome stage fright, and techniques she uses to help her singing students to dig deeper in their own work. Learn more about today’s guest and get episode show notes at http://www.theworkingsingerpodcast.com. Learn more about your host Jamila Ford at...

Duration:01:31:35

Jay Jackson (Parks & Recreation, Scandal, Dexter)

3/4/2019
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Jay Jackson is a seasoned performer and as a singer has shared bills with Nancy Wilson, Poncho Sanchez and Sheila E. Jay has enjoyed a rich and varied career first working as a cook in the Navy, then as a television news reporter for 22 years which led to an accidental career as an actor where he was first cast as a tv reporter on Dexter. He's gone on to play the hilarious Perd Hapley on Parks and Recreation, Scandal and most recently Good Girls. Jay also discusses the ups and downs of being...

Duration:01:16:01

Melanie Taylor (Aerosmith, Bette Midler, Barry Manilow) Part 2

2/25/2019
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In part two of this interview with Melanie Taylor she discusses her work with Donna Summer, what she’s learned working with Barry Manilow, her thoughts on cultivating interests outside of singing, and her advice on singing as a business. Melanie Taylor is a seasoned performer who in her extensive career has worked with the likes of Aerosmith, Barry Manilow, Bette Midler, The Righteous Brothers, Connie Stevens, Donna Summer, John Mayer, Joe Walsh and many more. Melanie shares what she’s...

Duration:00:53:19

Melanie Taylor (Aerosmith, Bette Midler, Barry Manilow) Part 1

2/18/2019
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Melanie Taylor is a seasoned performer who in her extensive career has worked with the likes of Aerosmith, Barry Manilow, Bette Midler, The Righteous Brothers, Connie Stevens, Donna Summer, John Mayer, Joe Walsh and many more. Melanie shares what she’s learned along the way, how she helps young artists develop their creative process, and insights on what it takes to be a serious performer. Learn more about today’s guest and get episode show notes at...

Duration:01:00:02

April Kelly (How to Lead Your Own Wedding Band)

2/11/2019
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Are you a singer who's decided you're tired of being on the road? Are you looking for ways to sustain yourself as a professional singer in your own home town? April Kelly discusses her experiences being a touring recording artist with a record contract and singles on the Billboard charts to becoming the leader of her own successful New Jersey based wedding band, Band of Gold, for the past twenty plus years. You'll get advice on how to determine whether being the leader of a wedding band is...

Duration:00:58:47

Windy Wagner (Joe Walsh, KD Lang, Selena Gomez)

2/4/2019
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Have you ever met a singer with an incredible career and wondered how they did it? The road to a singing career can be full of twists and turns, and every journey is vastly different. Meet Windy Wagner, who early on even with a full time day job, always sang. She had a band, wrote songs and even had a record deal, but like many singers, reached the point where she had to take the leap and make singing her full time career. Just 18 months after leaving her full time job, Windy was working...

Duration:01:08:06

Kitten Kuroi (Elvis Costello, Englebert Humperdinck, Natasha Bedingfield)

1/28/2019
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Singer, songwriter and vegan chef Kitten Kuroi is simply an inspiration when it comes to staying open and saying yes to life. Listen to how Kitten went from “Facebook star” to touring the world with artists like Elvis Costello, Engelbert Humperdinck, Natasha Bedingfield, and also how she took a chance and decided to take a spur of the moment artist's trip to Ireland where she had many unexpected, but life changing experiences. Learn more about today’s guest and get episode show notes at...

Duration:00:59:01

Erica Canales (The Killers, Gwen Stefani, Grace Potter)

1/21/2019
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Erica Canales, singer, songwriter and vocal coach, shares how she went from having singer burnout to touring with The Killers and working on projects for Gwen Stefani and Grace Potter. She also gives her insights on touring as a background singer, what makes a gig worth taking and the healthy mindset of a "support" singer. Learn more about today’s guest and get episode show notes at http://www.theworkingsingerpodcast.com. Learn more about your host Jamila Ford at...

Duration:01:01:20

Celia Chavez (Enrique Iglesias, Pink, Melody Gardot)

1/14/2019
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Have you ever had a dream you put on the back burner? You need to listen to this episode. Celia Chavez is a singer/songwriter from Los Angeles who went from deferring her musical dream to touring with artists like P!nk, Melody Gardot, and currently with Enrique Iglesias. She has also created her "Harmony at Play" workshop that not only teaches non-professional singers how to sing with a group, but also tightens up the skillset of harmony singing for the pros. Listen to her story now and be...

Duration:01:24:05