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A.V.A Live Radio Exclusive: SJ Premiers His New Christmas Song, One Christmas Wish

Exclusive: SJ Premiers His New Christmas Song, One Christmas Wish with Jacqueline Jax on AVA Live Radio. Catch the rest of the show on the main web site.


Tune in with Jacqueline Jax on A.V.A Live Radio

Tune in to A.V.A Live Radio with host Jacqueline Jax, as she sits down with the hottest upcoming artists, entertainment industry professionals, and celebrity stylists from around the world. Including featured shows like: Fashion Runway Review, Dazzle Diaries with Tracy Timberlake, Behind the Scenes with California Girl Jenny K, Celebrity Fashion Dish with Deserae, and Live Music Spin with Promotor Wanda Ferrari. She’ll bring you the inside scoop on how to get your music career on the road, start an online business, train for top vocals and how to build an online fan base. Find great deals and new products weekly as we feature online business owners and get the inside scoop on their industry. Don’t miss the show!

Be sure to leave Jacqueline a “Shout Out” while your here. (click here)

Visit the Radio Web site :  www.AvALiveRadio.com

Original post from : www.JacquelineJax.com

A.V.A Live Music Spin Featuring Steven Bauer and Glenn Goss from Underground Junction

Join Host Jacqueline Jax and Co-host Steve Minotti with this weeks guests Steven Bauer and Glenn Goss. These talented artists are with a new band named The Underground Junction featuring Steven Bauer. Steven is a notable actor that played Manny in “Scareface” and a number of roles since then. This actor has now embarked on a musical journey with his long time friend and platinum selling songwriter musician Glenn Goss turned to create what is now known as Underground Junction.

Go to the show page to see more photo’s and listen to the show: (Click here)

Visit the band page: Undergroundjunction.net

A.V.A Live Radio Music Spin with Chris Michaud

Join hosts Jacqueline Jax and Steve Minotti as they get up close and personal with Chris Michaud this Thursday August 18th at 10pm EST.


Chris Michaud is a twenty-six year old singer/songwriter from Litchfield, New Hampshire. But even while growing up on all genres of music, it wasn’t until after high school that he began to develop an appreciation for songwriting. It was then that his father gave him his first acoustic guitar.

Two years and a dozen songs later, Chris made the move to Brookline, Massachusetts to put himself in the thick of the Boston music scene. It was there and then that Chris’ personal style really began to take shape. Playing at various open micas in Boston and Cambridge earned him enough credibility to start playing more serious shows at colleges, universities, and a host of other venues.

In the fall of 2009, Chris spent a weekend at Rocking Horse Studios in Pittsfield, NH to record his first EP. Co-produced by Chris, his brother Jeff Michaud and the studio’s owner Brian Coombes, “Connect the Dots” was a collection of modest yet thoughtful acoustic tracks complimented by a studio backing band. Adorned with light drums, bass, cello, and piano, the EP proves to be a noteworthy freshman effort from this unique songwriter.

With plenty more songs in tow, Michaud plans to record the follow up to “Connect the Dots” in the fall of 2011.

With an arsenal of well versed lyrics and a well rounded style, Chris now has a loyal and increasingly large following that continues to grow every day. Chris Michaud is now based in South Florida, playing venues like Kevro’s Art Bar, the Funky Buddha Lounge, and the Design Center of the Americas.

A.V.A Live Radio Features Singer Steve Minotti

Join host Jacqueline Jax with music promoter Wanda Ferrari for a Live Music Spin featuring Steve Minotti sponsored by www.TodaysTruffles.com . They’ll be getting up close and personal with this talented artist and sharing some insider information on the music industry. Including some hot new ways to get your music out there, Open Mic Nights and more… Be sure to visit Steve Minotti’s web site : www.steveminotti.com

Show Airs Sunday July 10 @ 10 p.m eastern time.

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A.V.A Live New Music Spin by Josh Page

Josh Page Performing with Katharine Mcphee

Join Jacqueline Jax on A.V.A Live Radio with another surprise Live Music Spin. This is a new song just out by Josh Page called “Ray”and A.V.A Live Radio premiered it first. The song is his first production written and produced by Brothers Page Productions. We’ll be seeing this single on the soundtrack distributed by Sony Records along side Bob Dylans son, Jakob Dylan for the new movie “A Little help” starring Jenna Fischer, Chris O’Donnel and Josh’s Brother, Zack Page.

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Grammy Best New Artist winner Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding

There’s no rest for a Grammy Best New Artist winner. A week after Esperanza Spalding walked away with the title, the bass-wielding jazz singer is in the studio working on her next album with Q-Tip. In the meantime, you can listen to Esperanza here.

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All Star Tribute Just announced for Grammy Awards 2011

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Music’s Biggest Night, the 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards, will air live from Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. Christina Aguilera will join Jennifer Hudson, Martina McBride, Yolanda Adams and Florence Welch in an all-star tribute to living legend Aretha Franklin during the Grammy Awards, airing this Sunday. Franklin underwent surgery on Dec. 2, 2010, for an undisclosed ailment. As a “valentine” and “get-well card” to Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award and GRAMMY Legend Award recipient Aretha Franklin, these amazing artists will be saluting her and celebrating her life as an 18-time GRAMMY winner and current nominee’s music and ongoing legacy.  The line up includes: four-time GRAMMY winner Yolanda Adams, four-time GRAMMY winner and Latin GRAMMY winner Christina Aguilera, GRAMMY winner and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson, country superstar Martina McBride, and current nominee Florence Welch

Which Aretha classics do you hope they perform?

Make sure to tune in to CBS @ 8 PM EST (or set your DVR) to catch it!


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Play the Main Stage at the 2011 Hollywood Music in Media Awards!

About This Opportunity
Fast Forward Entertainment presents an opportunity to win a performance slot on the Main Stage of the 2011 Hollywood Music in Media Awards in Hollywood, California!

Every year, the HMMA’s present 7 or 8 featured performers during the awards event to entertain the music industry elite in attendance. These coveted performance slots are as exclusive as it gets and bands from all over the world are vying for this all year long to have the chance to perform one song at this exquisite setting. Through an exclusive agreement with the HMMA’s, you can step right in to the lime light!

How it Works:
Each month, a finalist will be chosen based on overall sound, look and originality in any style of music! Those monthly finalists will automatically get complimentary admission to the event and walk the red carpet as a finalist (a $5,000 value). From those monthly finalists, One Band or Solo Artist will be selected to perform at the Main Event on the Main Stage during the Awards Presentation for a captive industry elite, while being filmed with multi-camera HD video for post TV broadcast (a $20,000+ value)!
It’s a musician’s breakthrough moment and Fast Forward Entertainment is Fast Tracking your career this year with this incredible opportunity!
Submit your music now to this exclusive, once in a lifetime opportunity!
Don’t delay as early submissions have better odds due to the rush as we get closer to the event date. Artists can submit as many songs as they wish and may re-submit monthly if they choose to with new material (additional submission fee is required).

Fast Forward wants you to shine at the 2011 HMMA’s so take action now!

HOW DO I INCREASE MY CHANCES OF BEING SELECTED? Before you submit your RPK, make sure your artist profile is updated. You should also sync your MySpace and Facebook pages to your ReverbNation page in order to have a more accurate and competitive RPK. It is not mandatory but it sure does show a better representation of you and your music.
Event Date: November 17, 2011
Submissions End: October 31, 2011
Submission Fee: $25


Preparing for an Audition with Jacqueline Jax

Jacqueline Jax New Music

Jacqueline Jax New Music

1. Prepare Early

If you are serious about auditioning for theater or singing contests then you need to start now. The sooner you can prepare several solid routines to keep in your audition arsenal, the better off you will be come game time. When you audition for anything, it’s nerve racking enough just to be judged without having to worry about a new routine going horribly wrong. My advise to you is to start now by making a list of 10-15 strong possibilities. Select songs from a wide range of genres. I recommend having a balance of musical theater arrangements, pop, rock, jazz, country and at least 3 classics. You will need to cover your bets so that when you show up and the director asks if you can sing …. You at least have a close option to perform. Research different versions of your choices on YouTube to get ideas.  Then video yourself and check your practices for pitch and professional sound. This is where a talented vocal coach can help you perform your best.

2. Originality

Bring your own personality to your audition. If your singing a song, do not try to emulate the original singer. No one can make an impression sounding like a copy cat. Even worse if you don’t get it perfect, you may be titled the worst karaoke bar singer by the judges. And that’s not what your going for. Instead, plan ahead and deconstruct two really solid songs that sound terrific accapella. Select songs that don’t require fast dance style backup tracks. Slow to Mid-tempo songs with really catchy hook lines in the chorus work out the best and are the most memorable. I love songs like “At Last” , “Broken Wing” or “Natural Woman”.

Which ever song you sing, be sure that you put your own spin on it by changing up the phrasing, adding a few transitions (if that’s your style) and finding a part in the song where you add in the wow factor that will set you apart from the rest of the pack.

3. What to wear

It’s important to be comfortable and dressed appropriately. Some auditions tell you what to wear, especially if you need to dance or if they have a specific look in mind. Avoid overly sexy and flashy clothing. A little glitter is fine but an outfit that looks like Silverster Stallon in Rhinestone Cowboy is not a winning combo. Guys stick to jeans and a fresh white button down shirt or cleanly pressed tee. No baseball caps. Girls be careful about dressing age appropriately, nothing to short, to tight or to revealing and please no pearls unless Auntie Thelma is the part your going for. When selecting an outfit, you need to think about your image and personality.

4. A Confident Presence

Unless you are auditioning for the role of a blind person, it is good to make eye contact with everyone, even the person who escorts you into the room. A confident look is preferable to an uncomfortable stare. Try to tell judges in your glance alone that you are more than capable of playing the part you’d like.

A good strong handshake, in any field, is a plus. Firm grips show that you are not afraid of much. A weak grip indicates uncertainty and nerves.

Many people slouch into an audition with the air of apologizing before they have even performed. This will take points from your performance immediately. How can you expect to command a winning roll if your staring at the floor with a scared insecure look on your face? Throw your shoulders back and speak in a confident unwavering voice. Practice this repeatedly on your friends, until it comes naturally.

5. The WOW factor

Every successful audition has what judges call the “Wow Factor”. It’s best to have just 1 Wow per audition. Don’t go for the over kill here. If you want to be memorable and leave the judges wanting more, you’ll want to strategically place and deliver an amazing Wow moment. If you have a large range or an area in your voice that is particularly solid, then hit your strongest note and deliver a dramatic vocal utilizing you best ability. Remember this is show business not the circus, so your wow factor has to be special but not a joke. For instance dressing up like batman and singing “Fly me to the moon” is not a Wow moment for a judge. They may drop their jaws, but trust me these kinds of antics won’t get you the win.

When all is said and done, there is an art to auditioning well. It takes alot of preparation, some experience and a ton of talent. Just remember, the more prepared you are, the better of you will be. My best advise is to start early and develop as many talents as you can. In the end, it’s about building yourself and become a triple threat in the entertainment business.

Be sure to catch the show on www.AvaLiveRadio.com as we talk about these points and more to help you prepare for a successful audition. Join me with my co-host from Australia, Kaitlyn Thomas and former Mrs Texas Christy Whitaker with featured musical guest A.V.A Artist Tracy Timberlake as we discuss “How to prepare for an audition”. We’ll give you everything that you need to help you succeed.

Wishing you all the best,

Jacqueline Jax

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Work with a master instructor on your audition songs, expanding you range, breathing technique and developing a solid professional sound.

I love to hear from you. Please leave me some feedback and contribute your perspective to help me prepare for the next show.

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A.V.A Live Radio features Tracy Timberlake with Audition Success


Tracy Timberlake

Tracy Timberlake

The Secret to Success is being able to take what is your passion and use that passion in a way where you carefully express yourself while benefiting others at the same time. This is your time to shine and we are going to help you do it! Join host Jacqueline Jax, Director of the American Vocal Academy with Special musical guest Pop Singer Tracy Timberlake as she gives you the inside scoop on “How to Prep for an Audition”. With Australian co-host singer/actress Kaitlyn Thomas. Including tips on stage fright, finding your best vocals, what the judges are looking for & how to revamp your image.

Join us on chat during the show to get your questions answered. We want to see you succeed!

Sunday @ 7pm Eastern US time


*Get up close & personal with Tracy Timberlake. Read her latest blog ” A Year in Review” and see her pics and video.

Audition Prep 101 with Tracy Timberlake on A.V.A Live Radio

Tracy Timberlake

Tracy Timberlake

You sit in the waiting area patiently waiting for them to call your name. You try to occupy yourself with cellphone games and daydreaming hoping that you can take your mind off of just how nervous you are. You see other hopefuls who look just as tense as you do. You run though your material in your head, making sure that every line, every song, every detail is perfect. Just then, the door opens, a lady with a clip board calls your name.All of a sudden your palms get extra sweaty. You feel your heart beating faster and faster and the lump in your throat now seems the size of a grapefruit! Despite all this, you smile politely and walk to the door as coolly and calmly as you possible. You enter the room, you say “hello.” And then you say to yourself here goes nothin!

Has this ever happened to you? Whether its for a gig, a commercial or part in a play, as performers we all face the dreaded audition in some way shape or form. The audition process can be very intimidating. You can never really know what to expect. Thinking back, I can say I have had some GREAT auditions and i have had some that have been a complete FAIL! I think we all look at them as the necessary evil that will bring us one step closer to our dreams. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Join me as i join AVA Radio Host, Jacqueline Jax this Sunday as we talk about how to prepare for an audition. We will be discussing practical things you can do ahead of time that will give you the confidence you need to nail it! You can truly learn how to love the audition process and make it work for you, instead of against you.

Remember that opportunity is when preparation meets perspiration.

Love & Light,

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The 5 Secrets to Business Success with Jacqueline Jax

A.V.A Live Radio Jacqueline Jax

Jacqueline Jax

I have been asked many times to reveal my secrets to building a successful online business. With several successful ventures steadily climbing the online ladder of visibility, I thought I would share with you a few great tips to help you succeed in your plans. I’ve spent some time thinking about what characterizes so many of my successful ventures and even more importantly, what went wrong before I got it right. Reflecting across 25 years of strategy, testing and learning. I have come up with five “Secrets” to help you.

No. 1: Enjoy What You Are Doing
Because starting a business is a huge amount of hard work, requiring a great deal of time, you had better enjoy it. When I first started www.JackiesBoutique.com online, we had a family owned fashion design business of retail stores in Florida. Online ecommerce was just launching but people were still very afraid of using their credit cards online, I enlisted my friends husband to teach me how to build a basic website using pictures from our weekly fashion show that we offered for sale online. I did not set out to build a business empire. I set out to create something I enjoyed that would allow our current clients to buy from their homes all over the world and hopefully expand our customer list. After several years of studying web design, search engine listing, html tagging, ect I established a really solid customer list and saw some profits from my hard work. The point being that I stuck with it, learned everything I could about the business I was pursuing and put in the time and energy necessary to make the venture successful. And let me just note that at the time I was still in school, working full time for my Mothers retail stores, was a Miami Dolphins Cheerleader touring and performing, filming commercials, modeling and produced a weekly fashion show. So no excuses that you don’t have the time…
For me, building a business is all about doing something to be proud of, bringing talented people together and creating something that’s going to make a real difference to my life and hopefully the lives of others.
A businesswoman or a businessman is not unlike an artist. What you have when you start a company is a blank canvas; you have to fill it. Even if that means making some mistakes along the way and then correcting them later. A good business is never finished. It constantly evolves and hopefully you will evolve with it. If a businessperson sets out to make a real difference to other people’s lives, and achieves that, he or she will be able to pay the bills and have a successful business to boot.

No. 2: Create Something that Stands Out
Whether you have a product, a service or a brand, it is not easy to start a company and to survive and thrive in the modern world. In fact, you’ve got to do something radically different to make a mark today. Look at the most successful businesses of the past 20 years. Microsoft, Google or Apple, for example, shook up a sector by doing something that hadn’t ever been done and by continually innovating. They are now among the dominant forces. In music branding, Madonna has always been one to watch. She radically changes her image as she evolves with her art. Not only that but when she puts out a album, she strives to expose her fans to a new sound that she has spent a great deal of time studying. From bubble gum pop to techno trends Madonna throws herself completely into her work, hires the best of the field and revamps her whole look to paint the picture for us all to enjoy. As a result, when she releases an album and tours you always know that she’ll be cutting edge on the trends. This kind of strategy is brilliant because she not only takes her current fans on a new journey, she attracts new fans of that genre of music. We have seen it again in other artists like Christina Aguilera, Cher and Britney Spears. Other great music models that are setting up this kind of powerful plan are Lady Gaga and Katie Perry. If they follow through, you’ll see that they are not just flashes. They are in it for a long successful career. But it does take constant reinvention, growth and evolution with the times.

No. 3: Create something that everybody who works for you is really proud of
Businesses generally consist of a group of people, and they are your biggest assets. Don’t just hire help, enlist people who want to be a part of what you are doing. Making your employees a part of your business attracts good energy to your projects and keeps them motivated to move forward as a team.

No. 4: Be a Good Leader
As a leader you have to be a really good listener. You have to be confident in your own path but there is no point in imposing your views on others without some debate. No one has a monopoly on good ideas or good advice.
Get out there, listen to people, draw people out and learn from them. As a leader you’ve also got to be extremely good at praising people. Never openly criticize people; never lose your temper and always lavish praise on your colleagues for a job well done.
People flourish if they’re praised. Usually they don’t need to be told when they’ve done wrong because most of the time they know it. If somebody is not working out, don’t automatically throw him or her out of the company. A company should genuinely be a family. So see if there’s another job within the company that suits them better. On most occasions you’ll find something for every single kind of personality.

No. 5: Be Visible
A good leader does not get stuck behind a desk. I’ve never worked in an office – I’ve always worked from home, a studio or a retail atmosphere. But I get out and about, meeting people. It seems I am traveling all the time but I always have a notebook in my back pocket or should isay IPad to jot down questions, concerns or good ideas.
I meet new people every day and always end up talking about ideas for the radio show, new fashions, events, life experiences to reflect upon. If I don’t write them down, I may not remember the next day. Get out and shake hands with the people around you. Make new friends, get their cards and try to connect with them again somehow. It’s a great way to make new friends and hopefully you can work together to promote each others projects.
When you’re building a business from scratch, the key word for many years is “survival.” It’s tough to survive. In the beginning you haven’t got the time or energy to worry about saving the world. Literally, your full concentration has to be on surviving. Make each day count and you will succeed.

Obviously, if you don’t survive, just remember that most businesses fail and the best lessons are usually learned from failure. You must not get discouraged, it never stopped me. Just get back up and try again. It’s only a matter of taking the right idea in the right direction then putting 150% of yourself behind it and success will be yours.

Aim high and work hard. I’m behind you all the way.
I want to hear your story so share your story with me. You could end up on www.TodaysTruffles.com and get your project featured on www.AvALiveRadio.com

Warm wishes,
Jacqueline Jax
Editor of Today’s Truffles and Host of A.V.A Live Radio

© 2011 www.Jacqueline Jax.com

Catch the show with Jacqueline Jax, Wendi Russo and Sabrina Carpenter on  www.AvALiveRadio.com

Tracy Timberlake- A Year in Review: 2010

As I look back on last year, it’s kind of hard for me to chronicle the whole thing in one blog post! I kinda wish I would have blogged the whole year through. All I can say is that it was one heck of a ride!!! I got to be involved in some really great projects and performances! There are 2 major highlights that come to mind:1. Combing Through Life’s Tangles and 2. A.V.A’s Christmas Frosting project.

Combing Through Life’s Tangles is a musical written by local playwright, Mario Betto. It’s the first time I’ve ever gotten to take a “lead role” in a musical and it was so fun! More musical theater is definitely one of my goals for 2011. The show ran for only one weekend, with all of the proceeds going to the Hairstylists for Humanity charity. The cast was fantastic! I just cannot say enough about them, and we all have high hopes for there being a spring production of the show in the Ft. Lauderdale area. I will be sure to keep everyone posted!

Second, Christmas Frosting!!! Mind you, I was working on the musical and the Christmas Frosting Project simultaneously, and I LOVED every minute of it. Anyone that knows me knows I like to work hard! 110% effort is always my motto. It was such an incredible experience to get to share the mic and the video camera with the other AVA students. Jacqueline Jax was fabulous and worked extra hard to get all of the recording and mixing done for the videos. I’m sure they all had as much fun as I did playing around in the studio and trying to get into the Holiday spirit in the middle of September J. I am sooo looking forward to the other projects that the AVA has coming up, so make sure you stay tuned for those as well!

You can also check out my Up Close and Personal Interview that I did for the American Vocal Academy. I go into more detail about the 2010 projects there, and answer a few more questions as well.

All in all, 2010 was a great year. It was so memorable I learned a lot about my voice and the business. And I am even more inspired in 2011! If you’re curious, one of my New Years Resolutions is to write more! Just about experiences or thoughts and feelings. You never know, those thoughts and feelings might end up in a song one day ;-).

Thanks for your support everyone. Don’t forget to check out my pages for more updates:


Warm Wishes for 2011,
Tracy Timberlake

** Be sure to catch Tracy Timberlakes interview on www.AvALiveRadio.com

Florida Grammy Showcase 2011

Grammy Showcase 2011

Grammy Showcase 2011

Links: http://www.floridamusicfestival.com/

Florida & Puerto Rico Electronic Entry:  http://www.sonicbids.com/Opportunity/OpportunityView.aspx?opportunity_id=101751


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Fan Pages- Sabrina Carpenter’s Trip to China

Hi It’s Sabrina,

When I Vlog, I usually say what’s up with my “career “, if anything is new or maybe just answer a few questions to fans and sometimes sing a song! But since I can’t sing a song on a blog, I thought I’d share some pics with you from my trip to  China ! I also will be on the A.V.A. show on Blogtalk radio with the most awesome host, Jacqueline Jax this Sunday. I will share a little bit more about my China trip and also talk about my latest video recording in Toronto for my new single “Fall Apart”, which I hope to be releasing on i-tunes very soon.
So enjoy J.

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See her latest video and hear her interview on www.AvALiveRadio.com

A.V.A Live Radio Update – The Bitter End with S.J Acoustic


On Monday, January 17 (MLK Day!) at 8pm sharp, I will be performing a very special showcase in NYC. I wanted to take a moment and let you know just how special it is, and humbly ask for your much appreciated support.

First, I will be playing at The Bitter End in Greenwich village (176 Bleecker Street), which is NYC’s oldest rock club. You can just look at its website and see that the statement that “since 1961, many legends have launched their careers in front of the Bitter End’s brick wall” is backed up by the mega-list of famous musicians that have played there, from Joni Mitchell to Neil Young to Billy Joel to Stevie Wonder to Tori Amos and Norah
Jones…the list goes on and on and on.

Second, and most importantly, I am playing at the special invitation of SongCircle Music and its Founder and Artistic Director, Tina Shafer. Tina is an accredited songwriter and musician whose song credits include artists as accomplished as Celine Dione and Bette Midler. For 20 years, Tina and SongCircle have been supporting and showcasing emerging artists, including tiihyseveral now multi-platinum and Grammy Award winning artists such as Norah Jones, Gavin DeGraw, Vanessa Carlton, and Lisa Loeb. So, as you can imagine, this is a very special showcase for me, and I feel quite honored to be invited at this point in my music career. The catch is, though, that it’s important that I have a fan showing at the showcase. So…

I’m asking for your support if you are in NYC or near…to come out to The Bitter End by 8pm (starting on time) for what I believe will be a wonderful night of musicians.. songwriters “in the round style”, taking turns and sharing songs in their most intimate, acoustic form. If you can’t make it, I’m asking that you please forward this message to friends who might make it, and help spread the word about the showcase. Whoever can make it out, just say at the door that you’re there to see SJ.

Thanks for reading this, and thanks so much for your support. I hope to see you and many others in NYC!

My best,


Be sure to catch SJ on www.AvALiveRadio.com

A.V.A LIVE features David Foster Contest Finalist Erika Rodger Fatale

With incomparable vocal power and a sexy yet edgy style, Erika’s set to take pop music to a whole new level. Her music blends seduction, glamor and confidence.
Join host Jacqueline Jax, Director of Artist Development for the American Vocal Academy as she sits down with David Foster “Get Famous” Contest Finalist singer songwriter, Erika Rodger Fatale. She’ll be telling us about her experience since the contest, relocating to L.A. to record with Diane Warren’s amazing producer Peter Stengaard and her fresh new sound. We’ll be showcasing some of her new tracks during the show. Join us on chat during the show to get your questions answered. We will be taking callers from our A.V.A community to speak with Erica live on the air. Don’t miss it!
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Opportunity for new Artists with MMS “Artists on the Verge” during Grammy Week

Check out this terrific opportunity to expose your music to the world.

Dear American Vocal Academy,

This is to inform you of various opportunities at the New Music Seminar L.A. 2011!

Event Dates: Monday, February 14th, 2011 – Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
Event Location: Roxy Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
Submissions Open: Submissions are open NOW!
Submit right now »<
Submissions Close: Friday, December 31st
Submission Fee: $0.00

Event Description:
The New Music Seminar (NMS) is taking place February 14-16, 2011 in Los Angeles, CA 2011.

This Invite Serves Three Purposes:
The NMS has guaranteed a performance slot to an artist submitting their RPK. This artist is not necessarily guaranteed to be part of the “Artist on the Verge (AOV) Contest” explained below. This guaranteed performance slot will be at The Roxy, Tuesday, February 15th at 9:00 pm for 25 minutes as part of the New Music Seminar.

NMS is looking to expose the Top 100 “Artists on the Verge (AOV)” by announcing these artists/bands during Grammy Week.
From this Top 100 AOV, NMS will then choose the Top 3 to come to Los Angeles and perform at the famed Roxy on Sunset Blvd. on Tuesday, February 15th in front of A&R, agents, managers, labels, CEO’s of the biggest tech companies, ad agencies and licensing companies.

The winner will be announced the following day at NMS and walk away with over $50,000 in promotion, marketing and musical equipment.

All three artists chosen to perform will win prizes and the event will help to elevate these artists and assist them in breaking into the main stream.

Artist on the Verge Rules:
– Must be a US based artist
– Artist must not have sold over 10,000 units of any album or over 35,000 of a single release per soundscan
– Not selling over 400 tickets in five markets or more

Artist on the Verge Requirements:
– Must include your 3 best songs
– Must post a video of a song only in actual performance in front of live paying audience(camcorder OK)
– Must have 3 photos of artist/band
– To activate your nomination into Artist on the Verge, you must answer some questions at http://www.newmusicseminar.com/blog/aov

2 for 1 Discount to Attend NMS
All ReverbNation Artists also have the opportunity to receive a discount to attend NMS LA 2011 by clicking here, checking PARTNER DISCOUNT and entering the promotional code “NMSLARN2321”.

Why Attend the NMS?
The NMS is the one Seminar you have to attend with the best networking and curriculum to enable an artist, manager, agent and label, to see firsthand the NEW ways of doing business and how to maximize fan relationship management in order to make more money and elevate your career.

Before you submit your RPK, make sure your artist profile is updated and you should also sync your MySpace and Facebook pages to your ReverbNation page in order to have a more accurate and competitive RPK. It is not mandatory but it sure does show a better representation of you and your music.

-RN Staff


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So you want to be a Songwriter? Can you make a career of it?

Can someone make a career as strictly a lyricist?
Yes. I have been a cowriter in Nashville and the people that I write with are very knowledgable and have shared many things about their careers with me. For many of these writers, writing lyrics comes much easier than writing music. Indeed, some of them have written #1 country songs. Obviously if you write lyrics only, you need to find someone who writes music that you can collaborate with. It may take time to find people whose music you think compliments your lyrics and someone who thinks your lyrics compliment their music. Be patient! If you truly commit to the process of finding these collaborators, you’ll find them. They are out there, believe me!

Also, I trust you know the difference between poems and songs — and there is a big difference. A good lyricist must still understand the phrasing, meter, mood, etc., of music, even if they can’t write it. The more they understand of what the melody writer has to contend with, the better a lyricist they will be. Also, consider this…it really is not that hard to learn to play the guitar or piano! At least not hard to learn enough to write songs. I have personally sat and listened to some of the most successful songwriters in Nashville play their hits — and they only know a few chords! Anyway, you’d be surprised how much the world of melody would open up to you with just 4 or 5 chords. Maybe you should give it a try! You might surprise yourself!

Next is publishing. it’s best to concentrate on one genre of music, rise to the top of your profession in that style, and then maybe branch out and try other styles. Don’t get me wrong! Being versatile is a wonderful thing, but those who can write many different styles and truly do each one excellently are few and far between. Plus, when most publishers are looking to sign a writer they look for people to fill predesignated slots within their company — that is to say, if they have a need within their catalog for really traditional country songs, and you’ve worked really hard and focused on being a great, really traditional country writer, well then that focus will pay off.

Once you’ve realistically compared your songs with the top songs in whatever genre of music you’re interested in focusing on, and you truly believe that your songs are as good or better than those songs, then it’s time to consider the following factors. Location! If you don’t live in or near a city where people can make a living writing songs (a ‘music centre’) then you’ll probably have to move or find a person who is connected to the business. While there are some exceptions, most successful songwriters who are currently on the charts live in a music centre. Miami, New york, Nashville, California, UK… But take heart. Todays music markets are web focused. Meaning that everything today that’s hot is happening online. Stars don’t just listen to demo tapes anymore. In fact, they surf the web for songwriters with new songs to share and that includes Music execs, A&R people and Publicists. So getting listed online is a career must!

Repeat after me — “It’s a WHO-YOU-KNOW business.” (Say this over and over to yourself, because it’s a fundamental truth.) Meet people, meet people, meet people. Always be polite, courteous, charming and friendly. Be assertive but never abrasive. Good people skills and conversational skills are extremely beneficial. When you meet a ‘professional’ (someone whose already ‘made it’ in the music business), be cautious not to be a pest– nothing can damage your career more. Be to-the-point in conversation and respect their time, and they’ll respect you for it. Understand upfront that these people are often bombarded with a thousand questions and have had their share of encounters with tape-wielding, overbearing lunatics, so forgive them if they seem distant, or cold to you at first.

Every time you meet someone in the business, no matter who they are or what their specific job is, you are building your network of people (and hopefully, friends), that you know in the business. Remember, people like to work and spend time with nice people — people who make them feel good about themselves. That’s really simple, but it’s true! You never, ever, know where any of those connections are going to lead you. Repeat after me– it a WHO-YOU-KNOW business.

Once you’re out there meeting all the people you can, and you have a 3 to 5 song demo of your best, knock-’em-dead tunes (full-band or simple guitar/vocal or piano/vocal), that you feel best represents what you do! Then, keep writing every day, as much as you can. Keep making demos and keep putting yourself out there as you build your contacts and fan pages. You never know what the next big song will be and IT COULD BE YOUR TURN– YOU WILL WANT TO BE READY!


(For more information on creating a promotional plan to market your career on the internet, contact the American Vocal Academy and join the Artist Development Program. We have services that help you to create and release your Artist Development packages.)

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