Recieved this Congratulations from The Recording Academy’s President/CEO

I just read this in my email and I must say, its interesting news for recording artists! Probably not so great for Radio, though.

“Dear Recording Academy Member:

Today the Senate Judiciary Committee considered our major legislative initiative, The Performance Rights Act. As I’ve written to you many times before, the bill closes the “corporate radio loophole” and makes terrestrial radio play by the same rules as Internet and satellite radio by compensating the performers of the music they play.

It’s been a long road to get here, with many Academy members testifying before Congress, flying to Washington to lobby, and sending literally thousands of emails. Last week, we asked Academy members from the states of key Senators to weigh in with their support. Hundreds of you did, and your voices were heard loud and clear–the Committee voted to APPROVE the measure.

With May’s successful House Judiciary vote behind us, today’s vote was the final committee action before the bill can be considered by the full Congress. While there is much work left to get final passage, today’s historic vote marks the most significant progress on a nearly 80 year quest for performance rights for artists. Congratulations on this important victory and a special thank you to the Recording Academy members who called their Senators in the past week.

Kind regards,
Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy”

Anyone can learn to sing, right? What about developing a 6 octave range online?

Can anyone learn to sing?   From the before and after videos I’ve seen regarding Singing Success (like the one below), anyone can:

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John Stringer singing at NARAS Grammy Block Party

Me (John Stringer) singing with State of Man at the NARAS Grammy Block Party

I’ve sang nearly all of my life and have actually been paid for it for nearly a decade and a half, which includes my current role as front-man for rock band State of Man (PolyPlat Records).  Since rock was a very new challenge for me 8 years ago, I finally got over my own ego enough to seek vocal training.

My vocal coach now is Jan Smith, vocal coach to artists like Usher, India Arie, Rob Thomas of Matchbox20 and many others.  One session with her taught me more than I’d learned singing all my life.  One of the things she  taught me is that vocalists are athletes!  Naturally, the question I asked myself – and one you can ask yourself  – is what sort of vocal athlete do YOU want to be?  Do you want to be a novice or an Olympian… an amateur or professional,.. beginner or a world champion… average or great (… you get the point)?  Like any world-class athlete, GREATNESS requires a great coach.

Since  I needed quick help in increasing my range for a recent recording session and going to my vocal coach was not convenient, I checked out the online site for Singing Success Program by Brett Manning (vocal coach to artists like Haley Williams of Paramore, Miley Cyrus, Keith Urban and more), thanks to another great program I love called The Songwriting Genius Within You.  After checking out videos showing everything from 6 octave vocal ranges like Mariah Carey’s to the the one I featured above, I purchased the program as a sort of virtual, online vocal coach and it really paid off.   I’ve learned a lot and can already hit higher notes with more ease and the best is yet to come.   I also signed up for the affiliate program as well and highly recommend it.

Whether you want to learn to sing or radicly improve, take it from someone who has trained with a top vocal coach – I highly recommend Jan Smith for those who can afford her  and/or  Singing Success by Brett Manning!