Benefits of Singing

Whether you’re looking to build your career as a singer or conquer a new hobby, singing provides physical, psychological, emotional, and social benefits to all ages. On this week’s episode of The Business Savvy Singer, Dr. Greta Pope shares insight into all the benefits singing has to offer regardless of your age.

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Meet LaShera Moore

This week Dr. Greta Pope sits down with LaShera Moore. LaShera is a Chicago Native, Singer, Lyricist, Actress, EMC (Equity Membership Candidate), member of the Chicago Cabaret Professionals, and Graduate from Columbia College Chicago, where she received her B.A. in Vocal Performance.

At Columbia, she proved herself to be the goto singer for any style needed. She is currently a freelance vocalist and lyricist with The Forte Band alongside her band leader, guitarist and dear friend – Chris Forte. She also often performs at United Supper Club as LaShera Moore & Company.

Learn more about LaShera Moore by listening to her full podcast and visiting her website.

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Meet Douglas Blue Feather

Douglas Blue Feather is an internationally known recording artist and performer of music featuring the Native American flute. His ancestry as proven by DNA testing includes Iberian, American Indian, and European and he is an adopted Dakota Sioux member of the Zephier Family (Ihunktowan Band of the Yankton Sioux Nation of South Dakota). Recognized as one of the most accomplished flutists of today, he has released 22 CDs which have been heard on radio stations and TV music channels worldwide including Pandora, iTunes, Soundscape, Sirius, and many others.

Learn more about Doulas Blue Feather by visiting his website or following him on Facebook.

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Dr. Greta Pope: Taking Care of Your Voice

As summer comes to an end and the weather will soon begin to change, it’s important to take extra care of your health. As singers, taking care of our voice is important as it’s our livelihood. On this week’s episode of The Business Savvy Singer, Dr. Greta Pope shares details on how to ensure you stay healthy and keep your voice in tiptop shape through the change of seasons.

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Dr. Greta Pope: Performance Anxiety

Stage fright/anxiety is common for many people in a variety of professions. Many people ask how to overcome stage fright and become more confident. This week on the podcast, Dr. Greta Pope shares her knowledge on the topic and how to best overcome stage anxieties for future performances.

Learn more about Performance Anxiety and how to overcome in by enrolling in Dr. Greta Pope’s Music Business Secrets courses.

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Meet Yvonne Gage

This week we sit down with singer Yvonne Gage from Chicago, Illinois. Active since the late 1970s, she has done background vocals for artists prior to and after her own solo success. As a session musician, she has provided vocals for many well known artists.

Follow Yvonne on Facebook and Instagram.

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Meet Mark Sorlie

This week Greta Pope sits down with Mark Sorlie. Mark is a professional bassist and singer, he has played in all genres of live and recorded music with a degree in Double Bass Performance from the University of North Dakota and additional schooling at Berklee in Boston. After years of making a living playing music, he developed the interest in the instruments that he plays into the repair of them.

He has trained in the repair of brass, stringed instruments, and percussion with a minor in woodwinds. Having specifically honed his trombone manipulation skills over the years, he still keeps the trombones in top shape for many of the professional trombone players in the Chicago area and beyond in his home shop. He is a long time member of NAPBIRT and he has taught NAPBIRT clinics at both Regional and the NAPBIRT Conferences.

He also played in many small group to big band ensembles over the years behind such artists as Arturo Sandoval, Claudio Roditi, Pete Christlieb, Pat LaBarbara, Gary Foster, Louie Bellson, Karyn Allison, Kevin Mahogany, and many others. And he has sung and played on jingles for Popeye’s Chicken (with Dr. John), Pioneer Corn, The Snuggery and Hires Root Beer and others.

Listen to the full episode now!

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Meet Dr. Jeffrey Carter

Dr. Jeffrey Carter is a Professor & Director of Music Direction for Musical Theatre at Webster University in Saint Louis, Missouri.

He gained success with university ensembles, amateur choral groups, show choirs, volunteer church choirs, and festival choruses alike. His performance experience and training ranges through nearly 1000 years of the Western musical tradition, with performing and educational endeavors taking him to the continents of Asia, South America, and Europe, in addition to the continental United States.

He holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Kansas, and the Master of Arts degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Central Missouri.

Dr. Carter is especially proud that his students have held and continue to hold in prominent positions in such various places as the male ensemble Chanticleer, on Broadway and in national tours, and on various college and university faculties.

Learn more about Dr. Carter by visiting his  website. Check out his voice lessons page here. Follow him on Instagram. Learn more about NATS.

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57th NATS Conference Reflection

On This week’s episode Dr. Greta Pope shares her experience at the 57th NATS Conference held in Chicago, IL in July 2022. After two years in the pandemic, NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc.) finally brought back their live conference and it did not disappoint. Aside from talking all things singing, attendees participated in a Community Sing Session, over 65 breakout sessions, networking, expanded student workshops, much more!

Learn more about NATS by visiting their website. Follow them on FacebookInstagram, and YouTube.

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Meet Johnny Petillo

This week Greta Pope sits down with Johnny Petillo – the man who does it all!

With over 30 years of experience, his talents bring an incredible experience to fans young and old. Even with his Hall of Fame standing he remains a humble and humorous entertainer from Jersey.

Johnny has appeared on The Tonight Show and The Late Night with David Letterman as well as traveled the world performing for fans of all ages.

Listen to the full episode now.

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