Sunday, September 25, 2016

Singing Tips by Benita Charles Music - Tip #20 (Part 2)







Benita Charles at the South Street Seaport (NYC)

Singing Tips by Benita Charles Music - Tip #20 (Part 2)
 Song Choice: Originals vs. Covers (Part 2)

Continuing our discussion about selecting songs for your live shows, here are 5 key reasons why you should include original songs in your show:

1) Performing your original music at your shows introduces your music to the world.

2) It allows you to work out the song before you record it. When you go in the studio, you'll have a point of reference to build on.

3) It adds variety to your show. It's good to mix cover songs and original songs in your show. The audience can identify with the music they know and they'll be more receptive to listening to your original music.

4) It's also great practice as you transition from being a live performance artist to a recording artist. As a major recording artist, you will be performing mostly original music.

5) It connects the audience to your music as you sell your music.  When you sell your CDs at your shows, the audience will be more familiar with your music if they hear it first at your show.

Please note: The title of this topic is misleading.  You don't have to pick originals over covers or vise versa. You're show should mix both covers and originals in your show for a greater experience!

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

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Singing Tips by Benita Charles Music - Tip #20

Benita Charles at Bryant Park in NYC

Singing Tips by Benita Charles Music - Tip #20

Choose Your Songs Wisely


When choosing songs for your show, consider the following:


1) Choose songs you like.  It's the fastest way to learn songs and make them your own because you enjoy them.

2) Select songs that are inspiring and moving to the audience

3) It's good to include current popular songs. The audience enjoy hearing songs they know.

4) Songs from your favorite artists are great to add to your set.  You can mention why you like the audience and sing a tribute to that audience.

5) It's also good to add the standard songs of your genre of music (your musical style). These are popular songs that everyone knows.

6) Research other cover bands online to find popular/standard music to add to your set list.

7) If you have original material, you should add those songs as well.  It gives a nice mix to the set.

Also, for me I get inspired when I see other singers perform a song I like.  Sometimes, it's a song I didn't think about but I connect with it when I hear it.

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

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Activate Conference 2016 - September 19 & 20!


Activate Your Life: The Activate Conference is coming up on Monday, September 19th and Tuesday, September 20th in Washington, DC.

I had the pleasure of attending this event last year in Atlanta and it was epic! There was a wealth of information, wonderful connections, and great good vibes.

Since joining the Activate Movement, lead by the chief Activator, Lucinda Cross, I noticed a huge improve in my life and perspective/outlook! It's so empowering to be around dynamic, movers/shakers, phenomenal woman who are striving for excellence and to help others. It is often said that you should surround yourself with great people and people who are doing better than you. I've found this to be very true. Every Activate event was a learning experience and a wealth of knowledge that is invaluable. They have definitely kept me focused.

If you want to learn how to take your life to the next level, visit: http://www.activateconference.com/ .



Sunday, September 11, 2016

Remembering September 11th









 
Remembering September 11th: Today on the 15th anniversary of September 11th, we remember and honor those who lost their lives on 9/11/01. We will never forget.

Sending peace, love and God's comfort to those who lost loved ones and friends on that day.





Saturday, September 10, 2016

Singing Tips by Benita Charles Music - Tip #19

Benita Charles with special guest, Minister Angela Williams

Singing Tips by Benita Charles Music - Tip #19

Always use a Set List


1) A set list allows everyone to know which songs are presented and in the order of the show.

2) A set list helps with the flow of the show.

3)  When selecting the order of the show, think about the songs in terms of music, tempo and where they are happening during the evening.
(For example, you may want to start with something easy-breazy in the beginning and work your way to something more danceable.
Or, you could group the songs by genre if it's a corporate or club gig and you have different genres on your list.)
Most importantly, a well, thought out set list works best for the show.

4) Be flexible in your set list because the show can change due to the audience's engagement. If set is high energy and the audience is dancing, you may want to change the song if the next song on your list is slow. 
In this instance you have to play it by ear and decide what will work best for the flow of the show.

Today, we was honored to have a special guest, Minister Angela Williams for Deerfield Beach, FL give words of encouragement to all.

Her message "Prepacked for the Journey" was so powerful and resonated with the audience! A special thank you to her for sharing her words of wisdom to the show today.

About Minister Angela Williams:

Minister Angela Williams is from Deerfield Beach, FL. By day is a Senior Director Customer Service Operations for a publishing company. In life, she ministers women and children.  She is the president of  the Women's Auxiliary for Florida East Coast Baptist Association. It's the largest association in Florida and the fourth largest in the nation. She is also the founder and director of A Girl and Her Pearls, a girl's ministry.

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

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Singing Tips by Benita Charles Music - Tip #18

Benita Charles Music at Coney Island (Brooklyn, NY)
 
 Singing Tips by Benita Charles Music - Tip #18
 
 
Performing with a Live Band

Here are a few key points to working with a live band:

1)  Select your songs and learn them on your own before you rehearse with the band.
    A) The more prepared you are, the more efficient your rehearsal will be.

2)  Find your musicians for your show.
    A) Personal referrals are the best way to find musicians.
    B) There are online sites that are good for finding musicians such as Bandmix and Craigslist

3) Rehearse with the band as much as needed.
   A) The more you can work on the music with the band, the better you will sound at the show.
  
4) Perform at your best at the show.
   A) Always look your best
   B) Sound your best (you will since you prepared with your band!)
   C) Engage with your audience.
   D) Sell your protect product.

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


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Monday, August 29, 2016

Singing Tips by Benita Charles Music - Tip #17

Benita Charles Music at High Line Park (NYC)

Singing Tips by Benita Charles - Tip #17

Equipment every singer should own

Here are a few vital items that every singer should have for their live performances:

1)  Professional Microphone with cord (or cordless mic)
    A) I recommend Shure mics. They are one of the most popular brands for vocal mics.
    B) You may want to invest in a mic strand as well. Some venues don't have them.

2)  Portable PA System
   A) I use the Roland "Cube." This system is excellent for small - medium sized rooms.
   B) There are other systems you can research online.

3) Video Camera
   A) It's good to record your performances to see how you can improve
   B) You can post snippets of your performances on Youtube for promotion
   C) You can live stream your performances for maximum exposure

4) Audio Recorder
   A) You can put snippets of your show on Soundcloud
   B) You can sell your live performances and your shows

5) Percussion instruments
   A) It's good to have percussion instruments (tambourine, shakers, etc.) to add to the music when
        you're not singing.
   B) It allows you to further bond with the band.

6) iKlip for iPad
   A) This eliminates the need for you to carry a bulky lyric book.
   B) This allows you to peak at your lyric using your iPad without distracting from your performance.

7) Lyric Apps
   A) It's best to download your songs on your iPad before the show.
   B) I recommend the app "Set List."  It allows you to download lyrics from the internet and save them in different folders thus creating your "set lists."
   C) Another good lyric site app to download is "Lyric Finder"
   Bonus tip: It's best to download your lyrics on your iPad or iPhone and not rely on getting the lyrics from the internet at the gig.

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!

Artist website: http://benitacharles.com
Blog:               http://singingtipsbybcm.blogspot.com
Instagram:      @bcmsings


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