Sunday, June 18, 2017

Make Music New York 2017!


MAKE MUSIC NEW YORK 2017

Dear Friends:

Happy Summer!! It's finally here.  My absolute favorite time of the year. Warm sunny days, longer nights and fun outdoors!  I hope you are having a great summer!!

In celebration of the first day of summer, I will present 2 special concerts for the 11th annual Make Music New York festival on Wednesday, June 21, 2017!  The concert is only days away and the excitement is building! It's an entire day of free music all over the city,

At 1:30 pm, I will present a fun-filled set at McKinley's Children's Garden in Jamaica Queens.  It's been a couple of years since I've played there.  This year they asked me back and I'm happy to return!  It's always a great time with the children.

At 5:00 pm, I will be in Harlem for a soulful set at Sisters Cuisine on 124th Street. Looking forward to rocking the crowd on the street!



About Make Music New York:


Make Music New York is a live, free musical celebration across the city that takes place each June 21, the longest day of the year. On that day, hundreds of public spaces throughout the five boroughs become impromptu stages for over 1,000 free concerts.

For more information about Make Music New York, visit: http://makemusicny.org

I look forward to seeing you at the concerts!

Much Love,

Benita Charles Music

"Spreading love through music for your inspiration and entertainment!"

http://benitacharles.com


Performance Details:

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - MAKE MUSIC NEW YORK 2017

McKinley's Children's Garden - 1:30 - 2:00 pm
108-56 Union Hall St, Jamaica, Queens
A large outdoor community garden in Jamaica, Queens.
(No cover)

NY-vocalist, Benita Charles presents a fun-fill set of original music, children's music and family- friendly fun.

Sister's Cuisine - 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
47 East 124th Street

NY-vocalist, Benita Charles presents a soulful set of original music and covers for a crowd- pleasing set in the park! You won't want to miss the fun with Peter Archer on guitar and Chao on percussions.

For more information about Make Music New York, visit: http://makemusicny.org/










Happy Father's Day!



Happy Father's Day! I hope all the wonderful fathers have a great day!!

We appreciate all you do throughout the year!

Much love,

Benita Charles Music

"Spreading love through music for your inspiration and entertainment!"

http://benitacharles.com


 




Preachermann and The Revival Band brings the heat to Riis Park Beach Bazaar on June 25th!




On Sunday, June 25, 2017, The Preachermann and The Revival Band brings the heat to Riis Park Beach Bazaar!

Come join us for a night of sonic libations.

Let's us elevate you... Entertain you and feed your mind and spirit. The show will set your soul free.

Preachermann and the Revival will cleanse your soul! Get up in the water and get wet!!

What sets him apart from his peers is that his sultry brand of neo-soul is not only fresh, it is fearless; not merely sensuous, but conscious. And unlike so many modern soul artists whose work is weighed down with clich├ęs, he has an uncanny knack for clever wordplay that bridges the serious side of life with the levity that makes it livable. The title track to his 2006 LP, Negroes Stay Crunchy in Milk, is but one shining example of Preacher’s capacity to skillfully and seamlessly blend prophetic lore with ironic metaphor to make timeless music that crosses broad boundaries without selling itself out.

You won't want to miss this event.

Come ready to dance, sing and release!!

Performance Details:

Sunday, June 25, 2017
DeFalco Presents Preachermann and The Revival at Riis Park Beach Bazaar!
Riis Park Beach Bazaar
16702 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway Park 11694

https://www.facebook.com/events/237655586712403

The Preachermann and The Revival Band:

Ed Preachermann Holley, lead vocals
Benita Charles, background vocals
Amnel Holguin, background vocals
Jonah Rosenberg, piano
Joe Paldino, guitar
Nick Paldino, bass
Karl Watson, saxophone, violin
Manny Montanez, percussion
Tom Pope, drums





Recording with Suki Rae in New York City!

Suki Rae and Benita Charles in New York City

The Gift of Music: I'm so blessed to have recently worked with and recorded the beautiful music of musician, singer-songwriter, Suki Rae of New York City.  Her music is inspirational, thought provoking and musically interesting. I was the lead vocalist on her song, "Waiting for the Light!" It's such a beautiful ballad. I can't wait for the release!!

We were in the studio with the talented producer, Kennan Keating of the Hit Farm NYC Studio. We had a great time in the studio!!

Much Love,

Benita Charles Music

"Spreading love through music for your inspiration and entertainment!



Kennan Keating of the Hit Farm NYC Studio


Fun times in the studio with Suki Rae and Kennan Keating


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Singing Tips Live with Benita Charles: Ask the expert, Carolyn Jones!


Carolyn Jones and Benita Charles in New York City

Singing Tips Live with Benita Charles: Ask the expert, Carolyn Jones

On this episode, we had a special guest/author, Carolyn Jones talk to singers about self care the holistic way. It was very enlightening and educational.


Facebook Live:



About Carolyn Jones:


Carolyn Jones is the author of "Pick Up Your Bed and Walk: A Self-Care Guide to Improved Health.

She is the founder of the Qi to Go Project. The company services focus on soul retrieval as a lifestyle, the importance of detoxification and the art of self-care.

Carolyn is a holistic health consultant/practitioner who educates clients about the importance of holistic self-care, stress elimination, pain management and alternative healing modalities.

Best wishes to you as you take your voice to the next level!

Much love,

Benita Charles Music

"Spreading love through music for your inspiration and entertainment!"

http://benitacharles.com

Blog: http://singingtipsbybcm.blogspot.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bcmsings/

Email: singingtips.bcm@gmail.com

If you are a singer and you're looking for a place to communicate with me regarding any of the information on The Singing Tips Live with Benita Charles Show, please join the new Facebook Group I created called the The Born To Sing Society. There's artists from various levels and genres who are a part of the community.  It's a great way to network and learn new and interesting things. For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/BornToSing17.
 




Good times: Having fun with the lovely, Carolyn Jones!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Image is Everything!

Benita Charles in New York City

Image is Everything: Putting it all together

 "Image is a reflection of being yourself." -- R3hab

Today, your Image is the number one commodity that you have to your success.  It is the first thing people will see when they discover you - before they hear your music. That's why it's imperative that your image is impeccable in how you look, what you say and what you do! 

Image Section:

1) Your Appearance (Your Brand)
  • Know who you are & celebrate what make you unique and use it to your advantage 
  • Put your best foot forward in how you look, dress and carry yourself 
  • You must look good at all times
  • Find your own personal style in your brand.
  • Be consistent in all you do with your image (on social media, print and marketing materials
 2) Your Communication (Your Message)
  •  As an artist, what do you stand for? What message is your music conveying? You must be clear with your answers to these questions
  • Are you properly communicating your message consistently? Do your fans "get you?"
  • It is important to be clear and consistent with your message.
 3) Your Behavior (Your Reputation)
  •  Are you an artist of integrity?
  • Can people count on you to follow through with your commitments? Do you show up on time?
  • What you do is more important than what you say
 Questions to ask yourself:
  1.  What kind of image to you want to convey to the world?
  2. How do you want to be remembered?
  3. What do you want your image to consist of (eg. classy, rebel, activist, diva, etc.)
  4.  Does this image reflect who you are?
REFERENCES:
 "Your image is more important than your music" by Brandon Seymour
diymusician.cdbaby.com

"Why is image so important" by Cathy Lemmon
The Artist Development Network

"How is the artist's image important in determining their success?" 
insomniac.com
"Finding an image as a musician"
(openmic.co.uk) 

Best wishes as you take your talent to the next level!

Much love,

Benita Charles Music

"Spreading love through music for your inspiration and entertainment!"

http://benitacharles.com

Blog: http://singingtipsbybcm.blogspot.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bcmsings/

Email: singingtips.bcm@gmail.com




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Sunday, May 28, 2017

My Recording Experience by Benita Charles

Benita Charles in New York City

My recording experience by Benita Charles

I recently had a great recording session this past weekend. The song was great, the producer was engaging and had great ideas and my vocals were on.  It was truly amazing.

That hasn't always been the case. When I first started recording, I had a difficult time in the studio.
Because I started as a live performer, I was use to singing in front of an audience. In the studio, it was just me and a mic. I was out of my element and it was difficult at first.

I tried so hard and I over thought everything.  In turn, my recordings would turn out horrible.  Not to mention, some of the producers I was working with didn't know how to bring things out of me. It was not a good situation. My confidence and self esteem were wrecked.

One of the things that helped me was when I performed the song live first before I recorded it. It made all the difference in the world. In this case, I was able to experiment with the song first before I went to the studio. When I returned to the studio, recording was a breeze. This boosted my self confidence and raised my self esteem tremendously.

Benita Charles with super producer, Themi



Here are 3 top lessons I learned from recording:

1) Always be prepared
-- Know the song and make sure you are performance ready

2) Get out of your own head
-- Relax and take your time
-- Usually, the first few takes are the best

3) Never, ever give up
-- Keep up working at it, eventually you will get better
-- This will definitely improve your confidence in the matter

Best wishes as you take your music to the next level!

Much love,

Benita Charles Music

"Spreading love through music for your inspiration and entertainment!"

http://benitacharles.com

Blog: http://singingtipsbybcm.blogspot.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bcmsings/

Email: singingtips.bcm@gmail.com



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