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Governor’s Honors Nominations (Vocal Performance) - 2001-2003
‘Best New Artist’ Nomination (Reggae) IRAWMA Awards - 2013
I have over 15 years of experience as a recording artist, singer, songwriter, composer, live musician, musical director, and voice instructor. I was trained at the Dekalb School Of The Arts for four years where I refined my vocal talent with Classical Voice Training, Piano Lessons, and Musical Technology. I began my music career two years after graduation, and performed as a Reggae/Alternative artist for over a decade. I composed original music for myself and other entertainers, played on several projects, and recorded harmonies for other recording artists. I’ve worked for several record labels, including Tuff Gong Records, as a recording artist, musical director, and musician. During this time, I had the pleasure of working with many celebrated musicians and performers. I specialize in Reggae, R&B, Alternative, Jazz, Showtunes, and a few other genres of music. My strength is in Vocal Performance (High Tenor/High Soprano range), but I am popular for my Acoustic performances and Unplugged showcases.
I believe that practice is key to developing any craft. I have seen significant growth in people who were thought to have mediocre talent by dedicating time to exercising their skills. I have worked with several people who went on to becoming solo artists, musicians, and even musical directors themselves. I have a unique talent to build confidence in people, and I always encourage my students to be their best. I love to work on areas where I see the greatest potential, but I am greatly moved by pulling out hidden gems. I am a great communicator, and I find equal ease in working with people of all ages and backgrounds. I have a flowing spirit. I am also firm and have no problem helping my students maintain focus.
I try to help my students explore different aspects of music. I encourage creativity. I keep my students engaged by demonstrating the connection between music and real life. I believe that traditional basics in music theory help to develop students’ professionalism. Respecting the foundations of music education is key. I mostly use what I have learned during my years of training and experience, which can range from Musical Scales in Nursery Rhymes, to Classical Standards. I allow my students to delve deeper into styles that interest them, and also to remain open to educational styles that are outside my realm of experience. I create lesson plans based on age range. I require my older students to present their own musical interests, and my younger students I teach with Jazz and Classical basics
I love vision-boards! I help each student create a timeline of the things they will achieve during the course of their study. We may work towards mastering a challenging piece of music, or towards building the courage to blow away an audience. At the end of each term of instruction, each student should be vocally strong enough to survive an audition, at the least. I approach teaching with life application. Everyone has the potential to becoming better musicians when there is good communication and understanding. Goals are also very important, and understanding the fringe benefits of reaching certain goals helps make the journey smoother and more rewarding. I feel great when goals are met
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