Sunday, February 19, 2017

Singing Tips by Benita Charles Music - Tip #33




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Singing Tips by Benita Charles Music - Tip #33
Image: Your Appearance


Your appearance is the first thing people will see of you, even before you speak. Always put your best foot forward!

3 ways to Enhance your appearance

1) Always look your best at all times
  •  When you are out and about, on stage, in a formal interview and even at rehearsals or recording sessions, always look your best.  You never know when a camera will find you or when someone tag you on social media!
2) Be authentic and dress according to your own style and personality
  • If you are a trendsetter, classic or bombshell babe, always dress to show your true identity and personal style. You will fell much more confident and look your best if you're authentic.
3) Own the room
  •  When you look your best, you feel your best. It's such a confidence booster and all a part of putting your best foot forward!

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


Much love,


Benita Charles Music


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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Singing Tips by Benita Charles Music - Tip #32


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Singing Tips by Benita Charles Music - Tip #32

"Love yourself first and everything else falls into place" -- Lucille Bell


Your Self-Image is the most important image!

4 ways to Enhance your Self-Image

1) Take care of yourself
  • Take care of your health
    • Exercise every day
    • Maintain proper rest
    • Eat nutritious meals 
  • Take care of your voice
    • limit shouting and excessive speaking to maintain proper vocal health
    • keep your voice covered in cold weather
    • always warm up your voice before you sing
2) Continue to learn your craft/work on self improvement
  • Rehearsals keeps your talent sharp for any opportunity that may come your way
  • The better you are at your craft, the more confidence you will have when you perform

3) Value yourself and your time
  • Learn to say no without apology
  • Keep your promises to yourself and you'll be able to keep them with others
  • Schedule time for yourself for "me time" to unwind and clear your mind for peace of mind.
4) Be nice to yourself
  • Give yourself positive self talk
  • Value your opinion of yourself more than you value the opinion of what others think of you
  • Allow yourself to shine! 
    • Put your best foot forward - make sure you look your best (you will feel your best)

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!"

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Singing Tips by Benita Charles Music - Tip #31

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 Singing Tips by Benita Charles Music - Tip #31
"Your Image" Section
Image is Everything
- First impressions are lasting
- Always look your best at all times
-Always be professional at all times
 
There are 3 parts to "Your Image" we will cover in this series in the coming weeks:
I. Your Appearance
  • Your physical appearance is the first thing that people will see of you. As an artist you have to look your best at all times. You will be making live appearances, photographed by the press and attend meet-and-greats with your fans. You never know who you will meet nor when the camera will greet you.
 II. Your Communication
  • Your message (Your mission/vision) is what you communicate to the world in everything you do. You must effectively share it properly at all times, whether you are engaging with your fans, interviewing with the media or in all of your marketing and promotions.
 III. Your Behavior
  •  Your behavior affects every aspect of your career. If you are late to your performances or don't show up for a scheduled performance, it will have a negative effect on your reputation. You must always be as professional in your career. You will definitely get more work and further advance your career.
 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 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
 
 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!"

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Singing Tips by Benita Charles Music - The Recap Show (Part 2) - Azania Noah

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The Singing Tips Blog - The Recap Show (Part 2) "Honoring our special guest, Azania Noah 

In this episode, we honored our special guest, Azania Noah who appeared on Tip #22 (Song Topics) on October 15, 2017.

Key points from Azania's speech:
  •  Azania started writing poetry before the age of 15. After 15, she began writing songs as a way to express herself and her feelings.
  • Azania's debut album, "Rising" took her some time to write but she wanted to get it right and exactly how she wanted it.  Her song, "Looking Ahead" is a song about how time passes fast and that you can't dwell on the past.  You have to make every day count.   She received positive feedback from her fans.
  •  Azania offered great suggestions to beginner songwriters: take an online songwriting course or buy a songwriting book to learn the craft of songwriting. Once you get the skill, work on releasing your own music.
  • Azania recently founded The Singer Elite Community on Facebook with a membership over 120+ members and it's growing.  It is a community of singers of various levels who network, connect and encourage each other. She also posts her singing/music business tips as well as other resources in the community.  For more information, visit: http://SingerEliteClub.com.

 About Azania Noah:



 Originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa, this award-winning, multi-cultural artist was born and raised in the U.S. & in Switzerland. Azania Noah’s captivating voice, powerful energy and lovely charisma make her a phenomenal performer and a joy to see on stage. She has performed over 800 concerts around Europe, the U.S., Africa and in Asia. She is just as comfortable in major music festivals, such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, as she is singing for Presidents and politicians such as the U.K.’s Tony Blair. In Paris, she won first prize in the French T.V. competition “Graines de Star” which was the first French show similar to ‘American Idol’. She also recently featured on the famous TV show “The Voice” in France (TF1 TV) seen by over 8 million viewers internationally. As an avid songwriter as well, Azania’s lyrics are often enriched with uplifting and positive messages and her debut album, Rising, released in 2013, was inspired by the groovy old school soul and funk era, interlaced with jazz and pop. She is currently composing songs for a new album. For more information, visit: http://azania.com

A Special Thanks to Azania for her time, knowledge and value she added to Singing Tips with Benita Charles Show!! Best wishes to her and continued success in her music!

 
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Singing Tips by Benita Charles Music - The Recap Show (Part 1) - Your Original Music

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Singing Tips - The Recap Show Part I (Your Original Music)

In this show, we reviewed the 10 tips in the "Your Original Music" Section (Tips 21 - 30)

Tip #21 - Write Your Own Songs (Your original music)
Tip #22 - Choose your song topic
Tip #23 - Song Structure
Tip #24 - Music and Lyrics
Tip #25 - Elements of a Hit Song
Tip #26 - How to Conquer Writer's Block
Tip #27 - Protect Your Work (Copyright it!)
Tip #28 - 3 Key Reasons Why you should Collaborate
Tip #29 - Working with a producer
Tip #30 - The Recording Process and Completing Your Music

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!"

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Only in New York!

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Only in New York: Where else would you find a car with falsies? That's taking beauty to a whole new level!! #nyc #beauty #anotherlevel #onlyinnewyork #oddity #justforfun #weekendfun #weekend

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Singing Tips by Benita Charles Music - Tip #30


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  Singing Tips by Benita Charles Music - Tip #30

Release Your Music (Part 1)

*There's a 3 step process to producing your music for release.

1) Pre-Production
  • Practice your song and make sure it's performance ready before you record it in the studio.
  •  Meet with the producer before the session to go over any questions regarding the music and the arrangement.

2) Production
  •  Record your vocals and music and sing from the heart in the vocal booth. 
    • The mic picks up any vocal imperfections and emotions.
  •  Schedule a separate session for mixing of the music. 
    • It takes that long to get the music just right.
  • Listen to the song outside of the studio on your headphones or smaller system to hear exactly what the song sounds like. 
    • For some reason, everything sounds better in the studio.
  • Ensure that you have a good, quality final mix of the song 
    • This is very important for mastering process.
 3) Post-Production
  •  Ensure that you have a great final mix of the song 
    • This includes but not limited to equalization,and audio level compression and limiting.
    • Ensure the music and vocals are evenly leveled throughout the song)
  • Always master your song
    • Make sure you have a good final mix of the song. This is very important for the mastering process.
    • Mastering the song takes the song to another level and gives it the "radio ready" quality to the sound.
    • The master is the source that you will give the manufacturing company (like Discmakers) to make copies of your CD for purchase.
  • Hire a graphic designer to design the CD cover and liner notes
    • You can use a service like fivrr.com to find a good designer at a good price.
  • Submit the design and master to a duplication company (such as Discmakers) for copies of your music
  • Once you do all those things, your music is ready for purchase!
 Bonus tips (repeated for further emphasis):

Make sure your song is performance ready(fully written, well rehearsed and emotionally connected to the song) before you record the final vocals in the studio.
  • Time is money in the studio and you can waste both if you're not prepared.
Always...always...always master your song!! 
  •  If not mastered, the copies of the CD will not sound professional.
  • I stress: make sure your final mix is exactly what you want. If not, it will not be able to be corrected during the mastering process.
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
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