Had the amazing opportunity to help assist in hosting a birthday party at my work in Culver City. I had a great time with the kids and witnessing how much music brings them joy. My supervisor, the main act of the show, did a stellar job throughout the music session. Not only is her voice amazing but she captured the audiences’ attention the entire time. Her stage presence and confidence is so admirable; it has only inspired me to become a better performer myself. Everyone felt and enjoyed her talent and energy in the room, it only affirmed my love for music and performance. Anyhow, the birthday party was such a success and I am so proud to be a part of it although it may be for a moment. Today only reminded me of the power of music and how powerful it is to bring a room full of strangers together. Here is many more great memories, and an exciting journey as aspiring artist/ vocalist myself.
As you may already know, lately I have been really into Gospel church music. As an aspiring vocalist, I feel a special connection when listening to Gospel singers and it brings me great euphoria. Don’t really know how to explain all I know is I feel it.. For me, I feel the presence of God when I listen to such singers sing their hearts out. It almost gives me a type of purpose that I can’t really articulate but hope to learn more about and delve into as I grow as a singer and follower of God. While I know I have so much more to learn, I discovered the Anointed Pace Sisters, whose voices are incredibly remarkable.. Gospel singers truly put your mind and soul in a different place, or at least for me it does so. Thought I’d share a little something by one of sisters– Duranice Pace. Hope it brings you as much joy and inspiration as it did me.
Donna Summer, without question, possessed the most versatile voice in popular music. Her forays into rock, disco, R&B, country, jazz, Broadway, and gospel are unparalleled in their quality and breadth. She earned five Grammy Awards in four different genre categories, amassed four era-defining number one pop singles and three consecutive number one albums, a stack of gold and platinum discs, and boldly pushed beyond the “Queen of Disco” title she rightfully earned during her reign of the dance floor in the 1970s.
– Soultracks (read more here)
In honor of Ms. Summer, there was a musical dedicated to the singer called the Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (2019). So bummed out to have missed this amazing show when they were in Los Angeles but super glad it’s making its way around the city to revive the legacy Ms. Summer has left behind!
If ya’ll remember, JoJo was the iconic of my childhood and 6th grade self. I remember admiring her vocal ability and thought she was the coolest person ever. At the age of 13, JoJo reached the charts with her song “Get Out” and “Baby ft. Bow Wow”. Ms. Jojo Levesque recently released Joanna which I found was really heartfelt and endearing so I thought I’d offer it some recognition here on my site.. The song addresses the highs and lows of her career (hence my site name) that I think many artists go through in their career or at least in the onset of starting their career. I think it offers a invaluable and powerful message of resilience. we often underestimate our abilities and gifts which only cause a disservice to us and those around us. Even in face of all her hardships and struggles, Jojo still managed to break through and continue her passion of singing and music. The song served as a source of inspiration and solace to me that I hope some of you may appreciate and can apply to some part of your life too..
A definite oldie, but goodie. Below you will find the original and performances by other artists included Ms. Hudson, Candice Glover & Jasmine Trias from American Idol. Hope this song takes you back to a good place in time.
John Roger Stephens (born December 28, 1978), known professionally as John Legend, is an American singer, songwriter, producer, actor, and philanthropist. Prior to the release of Legend’s debut album, Get Lifted, (2004) he had collaborated with already established artists and signed to Kanye West‘s GOOD Music. Legend has sung on Jay-Z‘s “Encore“, Alicia Keys‘s “You Don’t Know My Name“, Dilated Peoples‘ “This Way”, Slum Village‘s “Selfish”, Fort Minor‘s “High Road”, and played piano on Lauryn Hill‘s “Everything Is Everything“. Legend’s single “All of Me” from his fourth studio album Love in the Future (2013) was a Billboard Hot 100number-one hit.
– Wikipedia (read more here)
This song came up to mind lately and I have been playing it non stop.
To be quite frank, there are times I get tired of the city life here in Los Angeles… sometimes I wish I could be in a more quite place and escape from the hustle & bustle of the city just so that I can hear my thoughts and evade the distractions, superficial life, fake people, endless pursuit of money, etc. .. and this song captures precisely everything I am feeling at the moment, even addressing the worries of self-doubt in my journey of being a singer.
Sometimes I wanna leave all the people I know here and hop back on a train to Georgia, where life is peaceful and simple.