Exciting News: December Vocal Performance

Excited to announce that I have a secured a spot to perform with a well established band in Los Angeles. I feel so incredibly blessed and lucky to have this opportunity. I will be joining a band in their Christmas concert performance, who is known to play classical soul, funk, R&B music. The concert will be taking place for a good cause, and I only feel honored to be a part of it.

The leader of the band and I have been in correspondence for a while as we have been meaning to collaborate on music for quite some time. The amazing part of having this opportunity is the fact that it is a Christmas benefit concert. All funds will go towards children with anger management issues to ensure they get the help they need to live happier lifestyles. As someone who aspires to build her own non profit herself, this is a great chance for me to learn from others who are doing the same thing. I am so lucky and blessed, it feels as though things are falling together for me to help me accomplish my long-term goals. There will also be A/B/C listers at the concert who are regular guests for the bands’ appearances. Aretha Franklin’s manager will be there along with many others alike, retired football players and others flying in from other states like Georgia to name a few. It’s going to be a huge event, and I can not be any more excited. This is a chance for to gain some exposure as an artist while also experience performing live in front of a huge audience of about 200-300 people. We will be performing Christmas and holiday songs that will appeal to everybody and who will find a liking to.

As a sneak peak, I thought I’d  include a snippet of me performing for rehearsals and recorded by the band leader himself. Quite honestly, there is no other place that feels like home than to be on a stage, holding a microphone, and pouring my soul out in the form of notes and melodies. While I can appreciate my performance (and I hope you do too) I am a perfectionist and so, it makes me so uncomfortable to hear my mistakes in the video. However, as an aspiring vocalist, I am learning every day to become a better artist. As I’ve always lived by, mastery takes humility and this is only the beginning. Anyhow, hope you enjoy.

I suggest you put your volume up since it is a bit low in the video!

 

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New Netflix Series: Rhythm & Flow

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Netflix just released a new series called Rhythm & Flow, and it’s fire. The show entails stars Chance the Rapper, Cardi B, and T.I. on the hunt for the next rap star. They visit the four biggest cities which resides the hub of music: Chicago, New York, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. The winner gets $250,000 cash prize alongside a feature with big name rappers. It’s an all or nothing deal. Let me tell ya’ll somethin’, there was some damn talented rappers out there. You can tell simply by their presentation and delivery, who was serious about winning, and who wasn’t. By their cadence, style, flow, lyricism, and their overall energy who was the real deal. Also who has been in the game the longest! My top favorites are definitely: D Smoke, London B, Flawless, and Rae Kahlil (who I personally think was robbed in this show which you’ll have to watch to find out!). You can tell that they have put some much time, effort, and love in their craft that its so admirable. I think the rap battles is where their artistry and confidence as an artist truly shows. Despite of doubt and tribulation, they did that. It only encourages me to work at my game and to be patient with myself. Because I think all it takes is a little skill, perseverance, faith, and hard work ethic. Those who are natural stars will simply shine brighter period. But it’s up to the people to see it and decide for themselves.

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Overall, all that aside, I am a bit skeptical about the judges and the way they have approached the show in terms of their judgments. In my opinion, I think there is possibly a better match team of judges who I think can offer more valuable insight into the art of rapping (though the judges did drop some words of wisdom). Idols, in my opinions, with much higher credibility. In my opinion, there should be legends and more main star appearances of OG rappers like Snoop Dog or even ice cube. I think this will give more overall value to the show. To me, the current judges are simply the face of modern rap music (while Cardi B and Chance the Rapper have somewhat generated a household name for themselves, they haven’t left a legacy that give them the credibility to critique other artists’ work). So it only leaves me under the impression that the show is more a matter of entertainment than the true art of rap (much like how singing competitions like American Idol and The Voice turned out). But any who, who wants to hear about semantics, right?

If ya’ll want to keep up with the culture, I definitely recommend the watch. Certainly not a waste of time if you a fan of the arts yourself. Can also read more about the show here.

Playing For Change Non-Profit Organization: What’s Going On

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Absolutely, love everything this organization represents.
I was first contacted by Playing for Change back in 2016 for an internship position.
However, due to the circumstances of that time, I was unable to move forward with the process. While I do somewhat hold regret, I know that maybe one day I can re-apply if it is meant to be.

Playing For Chance is a non profit organization based in Los Angeles that helps to create social change on a global scale through music. The organization offers educational opportunities to marginalized and under served youth, traveling the world to record/film musicians from different countries. You can check out their amazing work below. As someone with Batchelor’s in Sociology and who studied social change for years and who has such great passion for music, I am so fascinated and delighted by this organization. They have so much to offer, and I can not wait to be a part of this movement in the future.

Playing For Change Non-Profit Organization: What’s Going On

Check out their video “Playing For Change Non-Profit Organization: What’s Going On” in the link below. It’s definitely a joy to watch.

 

 

New Cover on IG singing Account

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I know it’s been a minute, but thought I would drop a little something for you guys. Went out of town for a little break to visit my family in Georgia. Had a great time seeing the family again and can’t wait to share more of my trip with you guys on here. In the meanwhile, I have been dying to create new music and have been coming up with new stuff to share with ya’ll. Here’s a little piece I did on Chris Stapleton’s Tennessee Whiskey, in honor of the country side! (maybe soon to be home..??). Anyhow, hope ya’ll enjoy this super rough cover. Don’t want to disappoint and will be coming out with more original stuff in the future. Please like, comment, and follow this post and show some love on my IG Singing Account @the.highsnlows too, for more!

Peace & Love,

x Lo

Online Submission For Vocal Competition: 2019 StarQuest Taste Of Soul Festival

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Ahh, I am so excited to announce that I submitted my audition video for the 2019 StarQuest: Taste of Soul Festival, which they just posted on their site. The festival will take place sometime in October, which I look forward to attending. As you may or may not know, I decided to stay in Los Angeles to get more involved with the great music scene here. As a little girl, I’ve always dreamt of becoming a professional singer and now that I am older, I have realized nothing else is my truest passion. I recall friends and family asking my 13 year-old self what I wanted to be when I was older and I knew I wanted to become a singer. But my insecurities, lack of faith/self-confidence, and judgment of others held me back. Today, I am currently trying to overcome my fears and leave all the negative energy built over the years behind and even though it is hard.. I know it will be worthwhile. I feel the most alive when I am singing, and I know that there is soo much more in my journey to learn and explore as an aspiring singer. And for me, as an artist, I think that is the most exciting part. I’ve learned this is only the beginning. If you have a chance, I ask if you can please check out my audition video. You can check it out here! Every like counts ♥ Also, please don’t forget to check out the fellow talented singers, which you can find here. Your encouragement and support truly means a lot. Thanks for sticking with me and listening to my rant. Please share && comment with your friends!

Much much love,

Lorraine

 

Quick PA: Amazon Music Affiliate Links

Hi guys,

So as you may have noticed, I have been including affiliate links at the very bottom of my posts on new& old songs I have discovered or simply thought was worthy enough of sharing with ya’ll. At this point, ya’ll know how passionate I feel about good music and how much adamant I am about keeping it alive through the medium of this blog. And that was my intention when I created this music blog for ya’ll. Though this seems far-fetched, I would love to make blogging my full-time job. While others may not understand why I would love to do so, I know for me, this blog is a way to connect with ya’ll and finding my happy place in doing so (selfishly so I suppose). I never thought I had the ability to monetize this hobby of mine, but as I found that it brings me joy to invest in this little baby blog of mine and that it somewhat brings my followers satisfaction (or at least I hope so) the thought of it became feasible to me— with plenty of time, energy, and dedication of course. Anyway, this is the part where I ask ya’ll  for your support and if you could purchase from the amazon links that I include in my posts if and only if you enjoy the songs I post about! (Sorry I had to!) However, it’s only if you like the songs and have the desire to purchase to them. It wouldn’t mean as much if you don’t enjoy the songs. The songs are downloaded as MP3 files which saves in the music library on your computer. The songs run from any from $1-3. I Again, thank you so much for your support this far. Your support keeps me going and delivering the best content for you guys. And as always, I have more news to share with ya’ll very soon. Stay tuned.

much love, much peace.

Lo.