Madison-based singer Betsy Ezell sat down with me in July to chat about her musical journey. She shared the story of how, born into a family of mathematicians, she fell in love with music early on and later found a home in jazz. Betsy also shared what it’s like to balance singing, songwriting, a PR […]
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Enjoy this conversation with Lily Virginia, a New York-based artist who joined me in LA for an encouraging, insightful interview. We cover all kinds of things: Lily’s songwriting philosophies, her treasured friendship with her producer, how she’s grown her newsletter organically, PR advice, the challenges of trying to become a full-time musician, and more. “I […]
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This episode of VOICES gets at a question that many songwriters, producers, and musicians ask Google every year: Is the ASCAP Expo worth it? The ASCAP Expo is a three-day conference put on annually by the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. Hundreds (maybe thousands?) of music industry professionals gather at the Loews Hotel […]
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Mella Barnes is a full-time session singer based in Nashville. As it happens, I’ve been looking to learn more about session work, commissioned songwriting, & voiceovers—so I loved having the chance to pick her brain about all of the above. Born into a family of musicians and audio engineers, Mella got an early start in […]
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Two weeks into the school year, one of Oak Park High’s best football players showed up to practice 45 minutes late. It was a pivotal day for Darien Pasulka, who—despite how furious his coach got—decided it was time for a change. He left the game for good, and today more people know Darien (Da$H) for poetry and […]
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Bob Murphy is an economist on staff at Texas Tech, the author of several economics books including Choice & The Politically Incorrect Guide to Capitalism, & the co-host of a podcast called Contra Krugman. The gist of Contra Krugman is this: Every week, Bob & his co-host Tom Woods take a recent New York Times column from Paul Krugman & pick it apart, saying, “Here’s […]
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Dan Olivo has been immersed in the performing arts since birth. His parents, both Italian actors, met when his mother auditioned for a play at the theatre company his father founded. Sitting in on his parents’ rehearsals as a young kid, Dan developed a sharp awareness of his surroundings—& he liked what he saw. “My mom said I would sit […]
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This is a short episode on ear training. Though I can’t actually train your ear in the span of 8 minutes, I can share why I think it’s important (even for pop singers!) & point you in the right direction. I also made a few original resources for you as well—two worksheets & a video—which you […]
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Christina Flaherty is a music teacher at a K-12 private school in Madison, Wisconsin. Every week, about 200 students come through Christina’s classroom, & she’s faced with the variety of interesting challenges that come with teaching such a wide range of ages. Going into the interview, I knew almost nothing about music ed, so this […]
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“I was always the weakest link in the piano department,” says Isaiah Oby, referring to his time at Columbia College […]
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LeAnn Jenkins has a gift for thinking outside of the box. She leads the Columbia College chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, […]
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Listen in as I swap stories & exchange public speaking tips with my friend Ben. Last summer, Ben told me about […]
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Many singer-songwriters & bloggers spend years jumping through hoops with one goal: going viral. But is internet fame all it’s cracked up to be? Ask […]
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Welcome to the VOICES podcast! Starting March 1, we’ll be releasing episodes every other week that explore the worlds of speaking & singing. The goal is to be a resource for performers of all kinds: musicians, actors, teachers, comedians, podcasters, politicians, & more. I’m Alma. By day, I work from home as a copy editor […]
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