Junk Performance and More…

Here are a few photos from our performance at JUNK, Ormskirk.  Thanks to Fat Badger Photography for the images!

 

 

We also recently did a bit of busking in Southport:

 

 

Can’t wait for our next performance in November!

 

Rainford & Ormskirk Vocal Academy&Easy Street Big Band

http://www.rainfordandormskirkvocalacademy.com

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Show Season.

Over the past few weeks I have been working full out preparing for show season! Summer term is always full of theatre work.  For the last 2 weeks I’ve been working at LIPA, in the Paul McCarney Auditorium and on Sunday I’ll be in a theatre in New Brighton and finally The Brindley in Runcorn next week.  After that, I’m excited for a showcase at JUNK, Ormskirk on Sunday, 16th July!

 

I have to admit, this side of my work is not my favourite, I mean, I love watching my students shine on the stage but being backstage for 3 weeks straight has been quite taxing! I especially dislike cancelling other work for it, I LOVE teaching and really don’t feel like myself when I’m not doing it! Saying that, I know I will look back on this time with pride, the students I work with at LIPA have made me so proud this year from acing their singing exams earlier in the year to developing their performance skills!

 

I’m so looking forward to our showcase at JUNK! Unlike theatre work, I enjoy these small informal shows so much! They always make me so proud!  More details for the showcase coming soon!

Summer showcase 
@junk

Getting back out there…

As a singing teacher, I probably say “You can do this” about 100 times a day! Recently, I decided to head back in to the recording studio and record a song I’d written years ago.  Just for me, a sort of fun project.  Little did I know it would spark a passion that I had sort of pushed down for many years.  I came out of that studio wondering why I hadn’t done this for so long, and then it hit me.

I have spent the last 5-6 years focusing all my energy on lifting other people, building their confidence and watching many of them make fantastic careers in the music industry, but I had no one there to push me.  Now, I know it sounds as though I needed someone to tell me I’m amazing every 5 minutes but I assure you, thats not what I mean (that would be fantastic though, right?! ha).  Just one person telling me “that song is brilliant” was all it took.  Thats when the cogs started turning and instead of brushing off the compliment, I decided to run with it.  I am telling you now, it feels great!

There’s a lesson to be learned here for everyone.  It is amazing to lift other people up and be an enabler but don’t forget…

You need to tell yourself too! As well as surround yourself with kind, supportive people. Which, thankfully, is what I have right now (so thankyou!)

 

So, below is a little preview of the song i recorded that is being released on 1st May in iTunes etc and hopefully my next blog will include upcoming gigs (gulp!).  I’m not afraid to say how nervous I am about getting back out there but fear shouldn’t stop you from doing anything!

 

You can also follow my journey on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/katieellensinger

As always, thanks for reading and supporting!

Katie

http://www.rainfordandormskirkvocalacademy.com

Singing lessons in Ormskirk & Rainford.

What do you call a singer with no voice?

As I’m writing this, I’m lying on the couch with a stuffy nose, watery eyes and hope that I’ll wake up tomorrow feeling much better.  Yes folks, I’ve got the dreaded cold.  As a singer, I feel every part of a cold, from the warning signs that it’s on its way to the ‘not quite 100%’ a week after it’s gone.  It makes me wonder about ‘non-singers’ in the same way I wonder if they get that same amazing feeling when they hear a fantastic voice or piece of music for the first time…

While I’m here, I thought I’d share my top tips for looking after your voice in lessons when its cold outside!

 

  1. Hydrate!  In winter, when it’s cold, we often forget to drink enough water.  This dehydrates us and that has a negative impact on our singing voice. The NHS in the UK recommends 6-8 glasses a day (http://www.nhs.uk/news/2011/07july/pages/eight-glasses-of-water-a-day.aspx) and don’t forget sugary, fizzy drinks don’t do the job.  If you’re bringing water to a lesson, make sure it is room temperature. You will just undo your warm-up if you grab an icy cold bottle!
  2. Wrap up! Always wear a coat and, especially if you are walking to your singing lesson, wear a scarf to keep that extra heat in the right areas!  You sing with your whole body so you need to protect your whole body!
  3. If you have a cold, sore throat or both, stay away! Sometimes, the best thing to do is rest.  Your teacher should encourage you to rest if you’re not feeling well. You could be doing more damage than good.  Don’t have a lesson if you don’t feel up to it!
  4. And finally… arrive to your lesson around 10 minutes before your start time, especially if you walk to give your body a chance to warm up.  Of you are still cold, ask your teacher to do a physical warm up with you before you start and vocal warm ups.

 

So, if you adhere to all of the above, you should keep your voice nice and healthy.  Colds do slip through though!  The best we can do is try to defend ourselves! Or we could all move to a warmer climate? Who’s with me?

 

Thanks for reading

Katie

Lessons available in Rainford & Ormskirk.  www.rainfordandormskirkvocalacademy.com for more info

 

Musicians, genre and the music snob.

I’m often asked what genre of music I like the best.  Its a question I find really difficult to answer because I’m a firm believer in music as a universal thing that brings people together rather than putting them in to more “boxes”.  There’s enough of that in our society, right?

I’m not saying I listen to all genres of music of course, I’m more inclined to put on a Miranda Lambert album (highly recommend her latest album “The Weight of These Wings” if you’re a fan of country!) than a heavy metal band… but I’m not ruling it out.  The worst experience of a “music snob” I’ve ever had is in a record shop in Liverpool.  So to put this story in to context, I have a small but very varied vinyl collection.  I’m talking things from musical theatre to heavy blues.  I never go out to buy vinyl but if I pass a shop, I’m probably coming out of it with lighter purse.

So , one day I went in to said shop, excited by the colourful sleeves, that record shop smell and the whole process of flicking through the shelves! Then a thought popped in to my mind about an album I wanted.  So I asked “Have you got any Sting albums?” To my surprise, the owner just laid in to my taste in music, why would I want an album by Sting? I was so shocked I couldn’t even defend myself, nor should I have to.  So in the end, I left with nothing but a bad mood and it made me wonder why anyone with that sort of attitude would want to own a record shop!

I’ve met a few music snobs in my line of work and I’ve even heard someone say that music should just be for those who are “good at it”(what?).  But why is important to be inclusive and open to all genres when it comes to singing lessons?

Well number one; I would be out of work if I discounted peoples musical preferences but mainly because by limiting yourself to one kind of music you are limiting your ability to work in the music industry and who knows? You may find your niche outside of your comfort zone!

So, give every kind of music a chance, don’t put others down for their preference in music and don’t be a music SNOB! And if your not sure if your a music snob, find out here

http://www.webdesignschoolsguide.com/library/10-signs-youre-an-insufferable-music-snob.html

Thanks for reading!

 

Katie

Singing lessons in Ormskirk and Rainford, http://www.rainfordandormskirkvocalacademy.com for more information.