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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

Tim Davis (Glee, Lady Gaga, Barbara Streisand)

6/24/2019
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How does someone go from having no intention of becoming a singer to being one of the top session singers and vocal contractors in Los Angeles? Find out on today’s episode as Tim Davis (Glee, Lady Gaga, Barbara Streisand) chats about being a session singer in Nashville, how he became the vocal contractor for the hit TV show Glee, and how his foundation of faith, skill and self awareness helped him carve out his life. Download your freebie "singing lessons" pdf here. Learn more about...

Duration:01:21:29

Paulette McWilliams (Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye, Steely Dan)

6/17/2019
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Paulette McWilliams has recorded and/or toured with the likes of Luther Vandross, Bette Midler, Marvin Gaye, Celine Dion, Lauryn Hill, LL Cool J, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Diana Ross, Ray Parker Jr., Billy Idol, Michael Buble, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Irene Cara, Johnny Mathis - just to name a few! Paulette chats about her journey into music, what makes a great background singer, and how to stay focused while on the winding road of a singing career. Pour yourself a nice tall drink...

Duration:01:14:09

Dr. Reena Gupta and Mindy Pack (Vocal Health)

6/10/2019
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Dr. Reena Gupta, MD FACS is the director of the Division of Voice and Laryngology at Osborne Head and Neck Institute in Los Angeles, CA. She is board-certified in otolaryngology and fellowship-trained in Laryngology/Care of the Professional voice. Dr. Gupta specializes in the care of injuries that occur in singers, actors, and other professional voice users. She uses state-of-the art equipment and a carefully-trained ear to ensure accurate diagnosis is established. Treatment is tailored to...

Duration:01:25:37

BONUS Episode! Veronica Puleo - How To Level Up As Singers

6/6/2019
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Veronica Puleo from the Replicas Music Agency returns to talk to singers about how we can level up as professionals. I spoke with Veronica on episode 16 and a few days after the interview she sent me this an email with some more specific advice to singers on being super pro in the corporate/wedding/cover band world. I thought why not just do a bonus episode devoted to this subject? Now singers can have the benefit of this information first hand from someone who is a singer and hires singers...

Duration:00:42:06

Ken Stacey (Michael Jackson, Elton John, Bobby Caldwell)

6/3/2019
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Vocal coach and session singer Ken Stacey has toured with Bobby Caldwell, Elton John, has worked with Michael Jackson and currently tours with Ambrosia. He chats about leaving behind law school to pursue singing full time, becoming a talent scout/first line judge on American Idol, and how vulnerability and authenticity helps performers to stand out. He also goes into detail about his “Ready 4 the World” masterclass. Download your "Singing Lessons" freebie here! Learn more about today’s...

Duration:01:44:01

Raffia Ford Thomas (Tito Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Toni Braxton)

5/27/2019
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Raffia Ford chats about her experience touring as a backup singer for Tito Jackson, competing on P Diddy's “making his band,” how to ask for what you want, negotiating for yourself as an artist/singer, and her time studying music education at Berklee College of Music, and what lead to her opening her own music school. 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...

Duration:01:40:47

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. Download your...

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. Download your freebie "Singing Lessons" 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 http://www.jamilaford.com. Join The Working Singer Podcast Facebook Group and let's continue the conversation!...

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